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Researchers Identify Symptoms That Often Precede MS Diagnoses

Research suggests that multiple sclerosis may have a prodrome – that is, a group of early symptoms not considered “classic” manifestations of the disease. Diagnosing and treating MS earlier could help slow or prevent the neurological damage caused by the disease.

By Diane Domina

Jury Awards Billions in Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case

In one of thousands of court cases around the United States involving talcum powder and cancer risk, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, awarded $4.69 billion to 22 plaintiffs who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

By Diane Domina

Venomous Snake Bites: More Than 90 Million People Worldwide Are at High Risk

People who live in remote areas are at increased risk of dying from snake bites due to poor access to anti-venom medications compared with people who live in more urban areas.

By Diane Domina

Afib Treatment Can Prevent Thousands of Strokes Each Year

In the UK, as many as 7,000 strokes per year are now prevented because more patients with atrial fibrillation are being identified and treated.

By Diane Domina

The Link Between Heredity and Heart Failure Risk

Researchers evaluated heart failure risk in adults who were adopted to assess the impact of genetic and environmental factors on heart failure risk.

By Diane Domina

Full-Fat Dairy Products and Heart Risk: Is There a Link?

Full-fat dairy products like butter, cheese, milk, and yogurt just may have a place in a healthy diet after all, according to a study that found no significant link between dairy fats and an increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

By Diane Domina

Mom, Dad, Put Down Your Phone While Driving

About half of parents admit to talking on a cell phone while driving with kids ages 4 to 10, according to a survey conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

By Diane Domina

Penicillin Allergy Testing May Reduce ‘Superbug’ Risk, Study Says

People who are allergic to penicillin are often prescribed much stronger antibiotics, increasing antibiotic resistance and their risk for serious drug-resistant infections, but fewer than 1 percent of people believed to be allergic to penicillin are tested.

By Diane Domina

Western Diet Linked to Higher Leukemia Risk

A typical Western diet – high in saturated fat, red meat, refined grains, and processed foods, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and poultry – increases the risk for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

By Diane Domina

Most African Americans Have Hypertension by Age 55

More than 75 percent of African American men and women will develop high blood pressure (hypertension) by age 55, compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

By Diane Domina