Did a 1980 Letter Help Spark the U.S. Opioid Crisis?

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — Today’s U.S. opioid epidemic is rooted in a 1980 letter to a medical journal that played down the potential for painkiller addiction, a new report states.
The 101-word letter, written by Boston University Medical Center…
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Drug Xeloda Prolongs Survival for Some Breast Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — A drug called Xeloda can extend the lives of some women whose breast cancer is not wiped out by standard treatment, a new clinical trial finds.
Oncologists said the results are “practice-changing.”
“This drug is already…
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Americans With HIV Staying on Lifesaving Meds Longer

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — More Americans with HIV are sticking with medications that turn a fatal disease into a manageable condition, a new study shows.
“This represents a lot of people who are not dying and not infecting others,” said study…
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Communication Problems Not at Root of Tantrums in Kids With Autism

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — Children with autism spectrum disorders probably aren’t throwing more tantrums because of a lack of ability to communicate, new research suggests.
Speech and language problems are common in autism. Many children with…
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Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows.
Approximately 4…
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Obese Women May Have More Intense Hot Flashes

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — There’s another downside for women who carry a lot of excess weight: more intense hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, new research suggests.
“This study supports earlier studies that found that women who are…
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Getting Bedbugs Out of Nursing Homes, Apartment Buildings – for Good

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 — Preventing bedbugs in multi-unit housing is cheaper and more effective than dealing with the pests after they’ve settled in, a new report says.
The authors looked at dozens of field studies on bedbug management. They…
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Health Highlights: May 31, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Generic ADHD Drugs Approved by FDA
The first generic versions of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Strattera…
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