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Website aims to help patients live with challenges of HCV

The new website HepCRedefined.com, developed by Boehringer Ingelheim with help from health care providers and hepatitis C community advocates, aims to empower and improve the lives of patients. The portal includes an interactive checklist to assist patients in managing their care, a mortality fact page, information aimed at debunking myths about HCV and resources aimed […]

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A look at what preventive services are covered by Medicare

Medicare and Medicare Advantage offer many preventive health services at no cost to patients, but some do carry out-of-pocket costs, and consumers should know the difference. Fully covered services include wellness visits, mammograms, diabetes screenings, bone mass assessments, colorectal and prostate cancer screenings, provided patients meet the eligibility requirements. The Huffington Post (1/15) Full Story

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Brief intervention effective for children with abdominal pain

Participation in a short social learning and cognitive behavioral therapy program for children with persistent abdominal pain was associated with significant decreases in severity of symptoms and better pain-coping responses 12 months later, a study found. University of Washington researchers noted that parental solicitous responses to children’s symptoms and maladaptive beliefs on pediatric pain were […]

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Study links headaches to IBD, celiac disease

Study data show patients with celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease had a higher prevalence of headaches when compared with a control group. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York said compared with healthy individuals, the odds of having a migraine were 2.66 times higher for IBD patients and 3.79 times greater for […]

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Proper handling practices can cut the risk of foodborne illness

Foodborne illnesses may be becoming more common, but proper food handling techniques can keep sickness at bay, experts say. Some foods such as leafy greens, eggs and certain seafoods are more likely to carry disease-causing bacteria, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says. Foodborne illnesses can be avoided by properly washing hands, foods, […]

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Dietitian targets health claims about juice cleanses

Juice cleanses may not be harmful, but they also may not be helpful, registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman writes. Juice cleanses do not detoxify the body or support optimal organ function, and often make false claims about the health value of allowing the gut to rest from its work of digesting food, she writes. U.S. […]

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Hypertension, diabetes linked to risk of cancer recurrence

Colon cancer patients and survivors who had diabetes or hypertension had an 8% greater risk of cancer recurrence in five years compared with those who did not have either condition, according to research from Temple University School of Medicine. The study also noted lower survival in cancer patients with either condition. DailyRx.com Full Story

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Research finds celiac risk rises with infant infections

Swedish researchers said children who experienced at least three infections during the first six months of life faced a significantly higher risk of developing celiac disease. Researchers also found a link between celiac disease and infant diets that included large quantities of gluten after stopping breastfeeding. Medscape (free registration) (12/20) Full Story

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Reducing fat consumption without otherwise dieting may facilitate weight loss

People who replaced high-fat foods with low-fat alternatives showed significant improvements in BMI, waist circumference and blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a study by researchers at the University of East Anglia. They found the weight loss was consistent across the trials they studied and was maintained for at least seven years. HealthDay News […]

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Study shows only 20% of patients begin HCV treatments

There are effective antiviral treatments for hepatitis C, but a data review showed only 20% of people diagnosed with the condition begin therapy and fewer than 5% eradicate the virus, according to research from the Washington University School of Medicine. Substance abuse and depression are barriers preventing people from getting treatment, along with lack of […]

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