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Typical US patient receives 20% higher radiation dose than someone getting myocardial perfusion imaging outside US

Typical US patient receives 20% higher radiation dose than someone getting myocardial perfusion imaging outside US

A latest study has suggested that the typical US patient gets more often exposed to extreme radiation during myocardial perfusion imaging as compared to patients in other countries. In the US alone, myocardial perfusion imaging, also known as a nuclear stress test, is carried out on millions of people per year to help diagnose and coronary artery disease treatment.

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Even after overdosing on opioid medications, many patients get prescriptions for powerful painkillers

Even after overdosing on opioid medications, many patients get prescriptions for powerful painkillers

A latest study has suggested that even after overdosing on opioid medications, over nine of 10 patients continued to receive prescriptions for the powerful painkillers. Some patients suffered another overdose, as a result.

Published on Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, the findings, as per the study authors were ‘highly concerning’. The report examined overdoses, and they were serious enough that some patients were sent to emergency rooms or were admitted to hospitals. The patients must not have escaped the attention of their doctors.

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Reducing Salt Intake Increases Risk to Heart Failure Patients

Reducing Salt Intake Increases Risk to Heart Failure Patients

If you are a heart patient or at risk of heart disease, then you must be surely advised by your doctor to stop taking excess of salt. But, the new study proves that advice to be wrong claiming the decrease in the salt intake potentially increases the risk of heart failure or death or hospitalization. In the new study, researchers found 85% increased risk of death or hospitalization among patients with moderate heart failure and stuck to low-sodium diet.

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Childhood Asthma Rates Leveling Off with Rates Still High among Poor

Childhood Asthma Rates Leveling Off with Rates Still High among Poor

As per the latest statistical report released by US Health officials, rates of childhood asthma appear to have plateaued leaving poor kids aged between 10 and 17. A huge increase in childhood asthma rates have been seen from 2001 to 2009 with 10% increase in 2009. The rate slightly leveled off by about 8% in 2013. But, the good thing to note is that researchers found that trends in childhood asthma have slightly stopped increasing.

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Asthma Cases among US Children Declining after Decades-long Rise: Study

Asthma Cases among US Children Declining after Decades-long Rise: Study

A government analysis is suggesting children’s asthma rates in the United States have stopped increasing after rising for many years. The number of kids with the breathing disorder has finally started falling, it stated.

The new figures are surprising as researchers were expecting children’s asthma rates to be increasing, but they are decreasing, said Lara Akinbami, a researcher from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Here’s Insight into Reasons behind Heart Issues

Here’s Insight into Reasons behind Heart Issues

Heart Problems result in deaths of approximately 600,000 men and women per annum in the United States. There are several risk factors attached to the heart problems, including other health conditions, lifestyle, age and family history. However, three primary risk factors determined by the researchers are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

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Norovirus Outbreak Infects Several Hundreds across US

Norovirus Outbreak Infects Several Hundreds across US

So far there have been several norovirus outbreaks in the United States. The same virus was blamed for spreading illness in Asia last year. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that experts this year have found new strain of the virus which can increase infection by almost 50%.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said it has found that new strain of norovirus in connection with an outbreak earlier this week, CBS Minnesota reported.

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Mexican Government nod for Sanofi to Market First Dengue Vaccine

Mexican Government nod for Sanofi to Market First Dengue Vaccine

The world may have a dengue vaccine soon as Sanofi Pasteur has received approval from the Mexican government to market the first ever dengue vaccine that can prevent the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease in the world today.

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Researchers find liver hormone that regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

-Researchers find liver hormone that regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers claimed to have found the hormone that works through the brain’s reward system to weaken cravings for sweets and alcohol.

The hormone, Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21), is induced in the body by tremendously cold temperatures, abrupt changes in diet as well as in carbohydrate consumption. During the study, health researchers found that mice with higher levels of FGF21 showed less preference for sweetened and alcohol-laced water.

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Scientists Reveal Sweet Blocking Hormone that Signals Brain to Control Sugar Cravings

Scientists Reveal Sweet Blocking Hormone that Signals Brain to Control Sugar Cravings

On conducting research on mice and monkey, researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that the sweet tooth blocking hormone found in liver has the potential to curb desire for sugar. They have discovered a hormone, fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), that works with brain to control intake of sweet seeking foods. Scientists found that the hormone has the tendency to suppress the desire for sugar. Scientists found that the hormone is produced in response to high carbohydrate levels and enters the bloodstream to signal to the brain to suppress the cravings.

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