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“Liver Cancer Rx Failed Further Testing”

Everolimus after failure of sorafenib did not improve survival of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma

(dailyRx News) Even when new medications show a lot of promise in the early stages of testing, they don’t always prove to work so well in later stages of testing. For certain liver cancer patients, everolimus (Afinitor) may be less effective against tumors than previously thought.

In a recent trial, everolimus did not boost survival compared to placebo (mock medication) in patients with an advanced form of liver cancer.

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“Undiagnosed STD May Affect Many Americans”

Chlamydia may often be undiagnosed and affect over one million people in the US

(dailyRx News) STDs often come with unpleasant symptoms, but when infections don’t come with visible symptoms, many patients are left unaware. A new report focused on one such STD — chlamydia.

This report estimated that 1.8 million people in the US have chlamydia infections, and many of these people may not realize it.

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“New Guidelines Target Lowering Repeat Stroke Risk”

Stroke survivors may reduce chances of another stroke through exercise and other measures

(dailyRx News) At least a quarter of the 795,000 Americans who have a stroke each year will have another stroke within their lifetime. New guidelines, however, may help cut this rate of recurrence.

Within five years of a first stroke, the likelihood of another stroke may rise by more than 40 percent, according to the National Stroke Association.

For American Stroke Month this May, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have updated guidelines that stress controlling blood pressure, weight and cholesterol to decrease the chances of having a repeat stroke.

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“Stopping a Kid’s UTI from Returning”

Urinary tract infections in children with vesicoureteral reflux less likely with antibiotic

(dailyRx News) A urinary tract infection in a child can become very serious if not treated. Those who repeatedly experienced UTIs with a fever may have an underlying condition.

A recent study found that providing preventive antibiotics to children with one underlying condition — called vesicoureteral reflux — reduced their risk of developing another UTI.

The antibiotic actually cut children’s risk in half of developing another UTI if they had already had one UTI and vesicoureteral reflux.

Vesicoureteral reflux is a condition in which the urine flows abnormally from the bladder to the upper urinary tract.

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“First MERS Case Reported in the US”

MERS virus infection in US discovered in Indiana patient who traveled from Middle East

(dailyRx News) The MERS virus has been under the close watch of health officials around the globe since it first started causing infections in 2012. This week, the first US patient was discovered.

Cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have mostly centered around Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern countries. Much is still to be learned, but some evidence of limited person-to-person transmission in close settings has been seen.

US health officials are investigating the US case and stressed that the risk to the wider public is low.

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“Falls More Common in Arthritis Patients”

Arthritis patients at higher risk for falls and injuries during middle age and older adulthood

(dailyRx News) Falls are a big concern for many older adults, but should falling be something that middle-aged adults with arthritis consider, too? A new study suggests so.

This new study, led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), compared rates of falls among middle-aged and older adults with arthritis and adults without arthritis across the US.

The researchers found that compared to people without arthritis, arthritis patients were more likely to fall twice or more and more likely to be injured from these falls.

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“Preventing Dental Caries in Kids”

Dental caries prevention recommendations include fluoride supplementation and varnish

(dailyRx News) From the moment your child’s first tooth erupts, bacteria has the ability to cause caries, or tooth decay leading to cavities. Dental caries are actually the leading chronic disease among young children in the US.

New recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force address what can be done to help prevent caries in kids.

The recommendations update those issued by the Task Force in 2004. The main recommendation then was to give fluoride supplements to children whose tap water was not adequately fluoridated.

The new statement adds the recommendation that children receive a fluoride varnish on their teeth when visiting their primary care doctor.

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“Diabetes Has Increased in US Youth”

Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes increased significantly in youths between 2001 and 2009

(dailyRx News) Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in childhood. But more children are now getting type 2 diabetes, and the rates of both seem to be rising.

People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar. Type 1 occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to metabolize the sugar. Patients with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but it does not work well enough to lower blood sugar levels.

To look at trends in type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and teens, a research team examined data from 2001 to 2009 in several ethnic groups and geographic areas.

These researchers found significant increases in the rate of both types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurred most frequently in white children, and the rate of type 2 diabetes was highest among American Indian youths.

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“DHA During Pregnancy Didn’t Boost Kids’ Brain Power”

DHA prenatal supplements did not appear to improve child brain development

(dailyRx News) Pregnant women are often encouraged to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement called DHA in addition to prenatal vitamins. But does taking the extra supplement make a difference to the developing baby?

A recent study found that the extra DHA did not appear to affect children’s brain development for better or worse at age 4.

DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid, and it’s thought to enhance the brain development of the fetus.

However, this long-term study did not find any major difference between the cognitive skills of children whose mothers did or did not take DHA supplements during pregnancy.

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“A Vaccine for Two During Pregnancy”

Whooping cough vaccine given during pregnancy increased infant protection

(dailyRx News) Vaccines are designed to protect against disease, but babies cannot get most vaccines until they’re two months old, leaving them vulnerable. A vaccine during pregnancy may help.

A recent study found that giving mothers a vaccine against whooping cough during pregnancy increased their babies’ protection against the disease after birth.

The vaccine is called Tdap, which stands for tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. Pertussis is another name for whooping cough.

The newborns whose mothers received the Tdap during pregnancy had more antibodies (disease-fighting proteins) against pertussis than the babies of mothers who received the Tdap after giving birth.

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