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  • Prescription drug abuse continues to climb, especially usage of painkillers

    whatdoctorsknow.com When most people think of addiction, they visualize a derelict on a street corner or in a back alley, homeless and wasting away from a nasty and illegal drug habit. In truth, an addict could be the teen next door, a co-worker, the man...
  • Pay attention to those aching feet to protect your mobility

    You're not alone if you've developed pain in your feet since the temperatures outside have dropped. "Colder weather makes you realize there's a problem," says Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. "You're no...
  • Prices of new hepatitis C drugs are tough to swallow for insurers

    A pair of new drugs to treat hepatitis C offer a cure for millions of Americans afflicted with the disease — but at a potentially staggering cost to taxpayers and health plans. Until now, therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of...
  • Improve your irritable bowel symptoms and lose weight at the same time

    Q: I have irritable bowel syndrome. I'm also about 20-25 pounds overweight. What kind of diet do I need to follow to address both of these issues? A: Obesity and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common problems. Still, it's not easy to prescribe a diet...
  • Air pollution linked to low birthweight in Europe

    Air pollution linked to low birthweight in Europe
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women exposed to even low levels of urban air pollution during pregnancy may be at heightened risk of having a low-birthweight baby, according to a review of evidence from Europe. Based on data for more than 74,000 women in 12...
  • Doctors' words can influence whether parents vaccinate kids

    Doctors' words can influence whether parents vaccinate kids
    Pediatricians who presume their patients will get vaccinations are more likely to have parents choose the shots for their babies, and the doctors who pushed their recommendations often got resistant parents to change their minds, researchers said. The...
  • FDA targets prescription drug shortages

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it was stepping up efforts to prevent and address prescription drug shortages, calling the shortfalls a significant public health threat. In addition to expanding early reporting requirements...
  • Alkaline diet claims get sour response from doctors

    Alkaline diet claims get sour response from doctors
    In cookbooks, health food stores and alternative health clinics, the word is getting out: Acid is the latest dietary villain. It's not necessarily the acid in foods like tomatoes and lemons that supposedly cause the trouble. Instead, a growing number of...
  • Ready to ditch the running shoes? Tread carefully

    Ready to ditch the running shoes? Tread carefully
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Evidence is still shaky on whether ditching the sneakers and hitting the streets barefoot will help runners avoid injuries, a new review concludes. Despite the "media craze" surrounding the potential benefits of barefoot...
  • Prioritize university research [Commentary]

    Prioritize university research [Commentary]
    If you Googled something today, you experienced university research in action. In the mid-1990s, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, then doctoral students at Stanford, developed the algorithms that developed into their ubiquitous search engine. Likewise,...
  • Treatment for kidney stones depends on type and cause of stones

    DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I continue to get kidney stones despite drinking plenty of water. They are quite small and I haven't had to be treated yet. But my doctor said if my symptoms get worse, I will need treatment. What would that involve? ANSWER: Treatment...