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Heart attacks spike during Christmas and Holiday Season: American Heart Association

Heart attacks spike during Christmas and Holiday Season: American Heart Association

Heart related death cases in the United States spike every year during the last week of each year and first week of New Year. The American Heart Association has indicated about the spike is heart attacks and heart related death cases in the United States between Christmas Day and January 7. Cardiologists term it as "Christmas Coronary.” As per heart disease experts, the condition is caused mainly due to holiday stressors and bad habits.

Cardinal Health settles suspicious painkiller shipments case

Cardinal Health settles suspicious painkiller shipments case

Cardinal Health Incorporated has agreed to resolve the issue regarding suspicious painkiller shipments case by paying $44 million. The company failed to alert the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding the large orders of addictive painkillers.

The company reached a deal with the DEA in 2012. The current settlement with the U.S. Justice Department will resolve the long pending issue for Cardinal Health. The deal covers the claims by authorities in Washington state, Florida, Maryland and New York.

Oklahoma among worst states in terms of health: report

Oklahoma among worst states in terms of health: report

Oklahoma is among the nation’s worst states in terms of health rankings and even preventable diseases are claiming thousands of lives each year, according to the United Health Foundation’s latest report.

The United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report ranked Oklahoma at No. 46 out of fifty states for its poor health behaviors and outcomes.

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline acknowledged that the state is in the grip of a number of health issues, including obesity, drug overdose deaths and premature deaths.

Scalp Cooling Cap Trial for Chemotherapy Patients Registers Success in Reducing Hair Loss

Scalp Cooling Cap Trial for Chemotherapy Patients Registers Success in Reducing Hair Loss

Widely used chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients leaves many side effects. Hair loss associated with chemotherapy sessions is one of the worst visible impacts on patients, other than numerous side effects on long term health. Researchers have been working hard to find ways to reduce hair loss related to chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients. For women, hair loss caused by chemotherapy is considered as a major blow to body image. Last year, the U.S. FDA approved scalp cooling caps for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

E-cigarettes not safe for young people: U.S. Surgeon General warns

E-cigarettes not safe for young people: U.S. Surgeon General warns

Electronic cigarettes can cause health issues and the increasing use of these devices has become a public health threat to America’s youth, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has cautioned.

In his first report on e-cigarettes, the United States’ top health official has almost tripled over the last 5-year period. More than 25 per cent of school students in 6-12 grades and more than 33 per cent of young adults admitted in a survey that they have used e-cigarettes.

Scalp-cooling device cuts hair loss effectively reduces hair loss caused by Chemotherapy

Scalp-cooling device cuts hair loss effectively reduces hair loss caused by chemotherapy

Hair loss after chemotherapy is one of the most traumatic experiences for cancer patients. The impact of chemotherapy on body is long lasting and researchers have been working hard to find treatment options with least side effects. Particularly for women cancer patients, hair loss is a major setback for body image. A research team working with cancer patients has found a scalp-cooling device that can reduce hair loss impact of chemotherapy.

21st Century Cures Act aims to improve mental & physical health care

21st Century Cures Act aims to improve mental & physical health care

The U.S. federal government’s 21st Century Cures Act, which gained congressional approval on Wednesday, aims to speed up drug development and significantly improve mental and physical health services while also battling the opioid epidemic.

The bill includes provisions designed to increase the number of psychiatrists and psychologists, who are currently in short supply across the United States. In addition, it would push states to ensure early intervention for a mental health treatment program called psychosis.

President-Elect Trump Talks about pushing Pharmaceutical Companies to Reduce Prices

President-Elect Trump Talks about pushing Pharmaceutical Companies to Reduce Prices

President-elect Donald Trump recently said that his government will work towards bringing down drug prices in the United States. Previous government has failed to check the rise in drug prices and government reports have confirmed that price of some drugs has increased by more than 200 percent in the last 4-5 years. In a statement issued to Time Magazine, Donald Trump said that the government will use Medicare’s bargaining capacity to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Hospitals failing to fully enforce no-smoking policy: survey

Hospitals failing to fully enforce no-smoking policy: survey

A big majority of hospitals are failing to fully enforce a no-smoking policy and crack down on the unhealthy habit on their premises, a newly published report revealed.

A fresh survey of 140 hospitals for the British Thoracic Society indicated that that merely 1 in every 16 hospitals have been able to fully enforce a no-smoking policy on their premises.

Enforcement of a no-smoking policy includes providing individuals with information on the trust’s smoke-free policy, as well as putting up “no smoking” signs and policing hospital grounds.

Alerts remind people to refill medications before storms

Alerts remind people to refill medications before storms

Telephone calls or text messages from pharmacies before a major storm prompts people to stock up on their medications, a new study revealed.

Researchers, who included representatives from CVS Health and HHS, found that those who received a call or text message before a major blizzard hit the northeastern U.S. in January this year were 9 per cent more likely than others stock up on medications before travel became perilous.

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