Can Apps Help You Manage It?

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SOURCES: PM&R: “Consumer Mobile Health Apps: Current State, Barriers, and Future Directions.” Shiraz Khaiser, MD, gastroenterologist, Illinois Gastroenterology Institute, Peoria, Ill. JMIR MmHealth and uHealth: “Mobile Phone Apps for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Self-Management: A Systematic Assessment of Content and Tools.” Sage Journals: “Use of mobile health applications for health-promoting behavior among individuals […]

Mark Found Inspiration Close to Home

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This post appears as part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three WebMD team members as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their journeys here. By Mark Spoor Through 3 weeks of my healthier 2021 (which actually started in late 2020), things were cruising […]

Baseball Great Hank Aaron Dies at 86

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Jan. 22, 2021 — Henry “Hank” Aaron, whose dramatic chase of the Major League home run record in 1974 made him a baseball legend, died Friday at his home in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves, his former team, announced Aaron’s death at age 86. He died in his sleep, The Associated Press reported, and no […]

FDA Approves First Once-a-Month HIV Therapy

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FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The first monthly shots to treat adults with HIV were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday. “Currently, the standard of care for patients with HIV includes patients taking daily pills to adequately manage their condition. This approval will allow some patients the option […]

Lung Cancer: Foods to Avoid

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SOURCES: Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND, associate professor, Division of Medical Dietetics Director, Hope Lab, Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center. Oncotarget: “Prevalence of malnutrition in patients at first medical oncology visit: the PreMiO study.” University of California San Francisco: “Diet for Cancer Treatment Side Effects.” American Cancer Society: “Food Safety […]

MS: Finding Your Support Community

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In 2009, Hannah Perryman made an appointment with an ophthalmologist to find out what was causing blurred vision and eye pain. After a series of tests, including an MRI, she received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She started medication to manage the optical symptoms but realized she also needed help with the emotional toll of […]

More Than 200,000 Americans Have Lupus

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Just over 200,000 Americans have the autoimmune disorder lupus, and minority women are at highest risk, according to a new study. It’s the first estimate of how widespread the disease is in the United States. The number comes close to reclassifying lupus as a rare disease, defined […]

Two-Drug Combo May Help Fight Meth Addiction

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In the first stage, patients (aged 18 to 65) were divided into two groups. One was given the combination therapy, which involved a shot of naltrexone every three weeks along with a daily dose of bupropion. The other group was given placebo shots and pills. Urine drug screening was conducted four times in each […]

COVID-19 Ups Complication Risks During Childbirth

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Women who have COVID-19 during childbirth are more likely to face complications than moms-to-be without the coronavirus, researchers say. Fortunately, the absolute risk for complications for any one woman is very low (less than 1%). But the relative risks for problems — such as clotting and […]

Music Therapy for Your Lungs

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SOURCES: UpToDate: “Overview of pulmonary function testing in adults.” National Institutes of Health: “Usefulness of harmonica playing to improve outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” Catawba Valley Health System: “Top 5 COPD Myths Debunked in Favor of Better Breathing.” COPD Foundation: “Breathing through Music: COPD360o Harmonicas for Health™.” Cleveland Clinic: “Pursed Lip Breathing.” […]