Serious psychological distress affected male and female tobacco users differently (dailyRx News) Tobacco use remains one of the most preventable causes of illness and death in the United States each year. It seems that some adults may be driven to using tobacco by serious stress. According to a new study, adults experiencing psychological stress were…

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Pneumonia patients who took azithromycin had slight increase in heart attack risk but not heart failure or arrhythmia risk (dailyRx News) While some antibiotics may cure a bacterial infection, they also may be linked to less desirable health effects. Azithromycin (brand name Zithromax or Z-Pak) is an antibiotic that may be used to treat pneumonia.…

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Drowsy driving tied to binge drinking and lack of sleep (dailyRx News) Falling asleep behind the wheel is a dangerous situation. Preventing such situations requires knowing what can lead to drowsy driving — a topic that researchers recently explored. A new study looked at survey results measuring a number of behaviors and risk factors from…

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Eating dark chocolate tied to improved walking ability for patients with peripheral artery disease (dailyRx News) Peripheral artery disease (PAD) reduces blood flow to the limbs, which can make it painful to walk for some patients. Eating a certain tasty treat before going on a walk may ease some of that pain. In a recent…

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Invasive pneumococcal disease in children not always covered by current vaccine (dailyRx News) Vaccines can be used to protect against both viruses and bacteria. But bacteria have a secret weapon that makes them harder to fight. Bacteria can have different strains, or “serotypes,” that can make humans sick. This trick means that vaccines usually have…

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Fireworks injuries during Fourth of July most often affected hands and fingers (dailyRx News) Celebrating Independence Day with food, fun and fireworks is an American Fourth of July tradition. And every year, emergency rooms and trauma centers nationwide become packed with patients who have lost fingers or hands due to firework misuse. The Consumer Product…

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Psoriatic arthritis treatment shows promise in reducing tenderness and swollenness (dailyRx News) About 15 percent of psoriasis patients get arthritic inflammation that may cause joint pain, according to the American College of Rheumatology. A new therapy, however, may bring some relief. Characterized by red and white scaly patches on the skin, psoriasis develops when the…

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Breast cancer in African American women associated with higher risk genomic profiles (dailyRx News) Breast cancer is less common in African-American women, but death from breast cancer is higher. The reasons may lie in the types of breast cancer African-American women develop. Breast cancer tumors are usually tested for different proteins, including hormone receptors and…

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Cancer survivors had higher annual medical expenses and greater productivity issues (dailyRx News) Surviving cancer involves more than just physical health. A new study explored the financial burden often experienced by these survivors. A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the financial experiences of cancer survivors…

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Processed red meat linked to heart failure and death (dailyRx News) Bacon for breakfast, a ham sandwich for lunch and hot dogs for dinner could be a recipe for heart failure. A recent study found that heart failure rates were more common among people who ate the most processed red meat. The authors of this…

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