September 29, 2014

Condoms? Pills? Good Luck

1 Teens Should Use IUDs, Say Pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement recommending that sexually active teenage girls use IUDs or hormonal implants to prevent unwanted pregnancies because both methods are virtually 100 percent effective and thus less likely to fail than birth control pills, patches or injections. They are also cheaper, over the long run, than condoms or prescription birth control methods, and usually remain effective for three or more years, while condoms and pills must be faithfully used on a continuing basis. Condoms alone, while generally effective in principle, have proven to be highly unreliable and ineffective in practice for teenagers. One drawback for some: IUDs and implants must be initially inserted by a medical professional, an often expensive procedure.

More at Bigstory.ap.org | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: IUDs Tied to Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Tags: American Academy of Pediatricians, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Birth Control, Teenagers and IUDs, Avoiding Teenage Pregnancy

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Numbers Remain High

2 U.S. Diabetes Rates Begin to Slow

While the number of people diagnosed with diabetes remains high and is still growing, the U.S. epidemic is showing the first signs of slowing, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection. The study looked at trends in diabetes rates and found steady rates of new cases through the 1980s, sharp increases from 1990- 2008 and slowing rates of increase from 2008-2012. One reason for the decline may be that obesity rates, which follow diabetes rates, are slowing down. While the news is encouraging, Robert Ratner, chief scientific and medical officer, American Diabetes Association, says the news should be interpreted “with caution.” "We need to start preventing diabetes, as opposed to just slowing its development," he says. "We need to stop it."

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Diabetes Costs to Triple

Tags: American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes, Diabetes Rates, Obesity, Obesity Rates, Robert Ratner

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"Plan B"

3 Senator Floats Emergency Contraception Bill

Senator Patty Murray, (D-WA), introduced a bill that would require any hospital that receives funding through Medicare or Medicaid to offer emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, to victims of sexual assault, regardless of their ability to pay for the drug. Nearly 30,000 women a year become pregnant as a result of rape or incest and some states have restrictions on Plan B, says Murray whose bill also directs the department of Health and Human Services to develop and distribute information about how emergency contraception works to clear up widespread misconceptions. Plan B prevents pregnancy from occurring and is not an abortion pill, say doctors. Several states have enacted legislation to restrict access to Plan B and six allow pharmacists to refuse to provide it to customers.

More at Thehill.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 1/2 of Pharmacies Say No Plan B for Teens

Tags: Emergency Contraception, Medicaid, Medicare, Plan B, Rape, Incest, Unwanted Pregnancy, Senator Patty Murray, Health and Human Services

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Cracking Down on Sales

4 FDA Warns Docs to Beware of Bogus Drugs

The FDA is cracking down on the sale and distribution of counterfeit drugs and has begun a program to help doctors spot them. Distributors of fake drugs target doctors and medical clinics and use “aggressive marketing tactics to offer medications at discount rates," says Ilisa Bernstein, FDA office of compliance. For example, three times since 2012, fake versions of the cancer drug Avastin were sold to clinics and hospitals. It’s unknown what amount was administered to patients. The FDA is fighting back with flyers telling physicians how to spot bogus offers. They recommend that doctors only buy drugs from wholesale distributors licensed in their own states. A new federal law, that goes into effect early next year, requires that all wholesale drug distributors be state-licensed.

More at Www.ap.org | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Trying to Catch Fake Drugs Difficult

Tags: Avastin, Counterfeit Drugs, Fake Drugs, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Contaminated Drugs, Ilisa Bernstein, FDA Office of Compliance

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Good for Your Brain, Maybe

5 Beer Has Helpful Flavonoid

Xanthohumol, a flavonoid present in beer, may aid with cognitive function, say researchers who studied the effects of beer on young mice. The study, published in Behavioral Brain Research, found that if you give young mice enough beer, cognitive flexibility is improved. However, to gain the same effect in humans, you'd have to consume around 2,000 liters of beer a day! Plus, the beneficial brain effects were not observed in older mice. Researchers say that the study suggests that beer contains a flavonoid that may be useful in helping you form memories. They believe beer flavonoids deserve further study, right along with flavonoids found in blueberries, dark chocolate and red wine.

More at Science Direct | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Beer Could Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Tags: Health Benefits Beer, Xanthohumol, Flavonoid Beer, Behavioral Brain Research

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No Reason to Delay Treatment

6 Chemo, Radiotherapy Safe for Kids in Womb

While it seems unlikely, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are safe for babies in the womb. Researchers say that infants exposed to radiotherapy or chemotherapy while in the womb don't suffer negative impacts on cardiac development or mental development. Presented at European Society for Medical Oncology 2014, the research examined the outcomes of unplanned pregnancy during cancer treatment, and the impact of in-utero exposure to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Researchers note that when chemotherapy was given after the first trimester of pregnancy, there were no noticeable problems. "Fear about the risks of chemotherapy administration should not be a reason to terminate a pregnancy, delay cancer treatment for the mother, or to deliver a baby prematurely," said lead author Dr Frederic Amant.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Woman's Heart Risk May Begin in Womb

Tags: European Society for Medical Oncology, Unborn Babies, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy Safety, Impact Chemo During Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy During Cancer Treatment

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