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Anxiety and depression linked to increased cancer death risk

"Depression linked to higher chance of dying from cancer," The Independent reports. Analysis of English and Scottish data found a link between mental distress and cancer mortality, which remained even after other factors such as smoking were tak ...

Young people’s annual statistics from NDTMS released today

The latest 2015-16 young people’s statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) show that there were 17,077 young people (under the age of 18) in substance misuse services,. ...

2 Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off

A plan by Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington to fund health subsidies for low-income consumers won President Trump’s backing. ...

Google Maps Pulls Calorie-Counting Feature After Criticism

The app told users how many calories they would burn by walking instead of driving, but was criticized as dangerous to people with eating disorders. ...

Two senators reach bipartisan deal to save health insurance subsidies

Two senators have struck a bipartisan deal to temporarily preserve subsidies for health insurance companies set to be scrapped by President Donald J. Trump, The New York Times reports. Senators Lamar Alexander (R- Tennessee) and Patty Murray (D- Washington ...

ReWalk completes design review of exoskeleton for stroke rehabilitation

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. announced it has completed internal laboratory testing and design review to begin clinical studies and initial production of a “soft suit” exoskeleton for patients who have experienced a stroke. The new system, called Restore, will be ...

New Zealand joint registry study: Rate of joint replacements did not decrease for patients with RA

Results from this study indicated there was a significant increase in joint replacements in New Zealand for patients with osteoarthritis between 1999 to 2015. However, apart from elbow replacements, joint replacement rates did not decline for patients with ...

Court rules Allergan’s Restasis patents invalid, criticizes Native American deal

A federal court ruled Monday that Allergan’s patents for Restasis were invalid “based on obviousness,” opening the door to generic competition. Patents for Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion 0.05%), Allergan’s dry eye drug that brings in $1.5 billi ...

Sister Stan praises Sisters of Charity founder

The social justice campaigner Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dublin City University, has paid tribute to the founder of the Sisters of Charity, Mary Aikenhead, whose example had taught her "a deep respect for the p ...

Everyone should be familiar with CPR

Everyone can and should become familiar with the first aid technique CPR, the HSE has said. This week is European Restart a Heart Week- an initiative aimed at creating awareness of the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR should be admini ...

California law may minimally impact drug pricing transparency

Lisa Kroon California Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation that will require pharmaceutical companies to give the state advanced notice of, as well as justify, dramatic drug price increases. The intent of this bill is to increase transparency of drug pric ...

VIDEO: Consider neuropathic pain in stubborn dry eye

CHICAGO – Rich Mangan, OD, and Scott Hauswirth, OD, discussed a new area of ocular surface disease involving chronic, or neuropathic, pain. Hauswirth said to consider this condition in dry eye patients who experience light sensitivity and those with sympto ...

Arthrex to build new surgical device manufacturing facility

Arthrex announced plans to build a surgical device and implant manufacturing facility in Anderson County, South Carolina, according to a company press release. “This investment is part of Arthrex’s global expansion plan to support the growth and developmen ...

NASS works with Aetna on laminectomy with arthrodesis policy

In a letter to its members, The North American Spine Society provided an update on efforts by its health policy team regarding Aetna’s coverage policy update on laminectomy with arthrodesis procedures. F. Todd Wetzel According to the letter from NASS Presi ...

A Diabetes Monitor That Spares the Fingers

The device helps me control my glucose without pricking my fingers to test drops of blood. I buy it overseas, but it’s coming to America. ...

Topcon’s Pascal Synthesis TwinStar receives 510(k) clearance

The FDA has issued 510(k) clearance for the Pascal Synthesis TwinStar laser photocoagulator from Topcon, according to a company press release. The device can treat retinal disorders with a 577 nm yellow wavelength or a 638 nm red wavelength. The yellow mod ...

Study on GP referrals to weight management schemes 'positive and encouraging' says RCGP Chair

"Losing weight through a combination of responsible dieting and appropriate physical activity is one of the best things people can do to avoid developing, or lessen the impact of type 2 diabetes – but we know that many patients struggle to lose weigh ...

VIDEO: Anabolic agents should be prescribed early for high-risk osteoporosis

PHILADELPHIA — In this video exclusive, Neil C. Binkley, MD, professor in the divisions of geriatrics and endocrinology, associate director of the Institute on Aging and co-director or the Osteoporosis Clinical Center and Research Program at the University ...

Can Fathers Have Postpartum Depression?

A growing body of research has given rise to the idea that you don’t have to give birth to develop the “baby blues.” ...

Dexamethasone/povidone-iodine effective against adenoviral conjunctivitis

CHICAGO – A phase 2 study showed SHP640 to have significantly better outcomes in clinical resolution and adenoviral eradication compared with vehicle in patients with acute adenoviral conjunctivitis, Abhijit Narvekar, MBBS, DPM, MS, reported here at the Am ...