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Feds and Pharma Spar Over Drug Costs in TV Ads
The Trump administration first mentioned requiring drug prices in ads in May, as part of the government's American Patients First plan to lower drug costs. In August, it began officially reviewing a proposed rule.
Oct 16 3:10PM WebMD

Obesity Surgery May Cut Diabetics' Heart Risk
Severely obese patients who had weight-loss surgery were 40 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke over five years, versus those on standard diabetes care, according to a new study.
Oct 16 1:15PM WebMD

Gluten-Free Craze Good, Bad for Celiac Patients
People with celiac disease are happy to have more food choices away from home, but some sense a growing stigma as other people voluntarily go gluten-free.
Oct 16 9:15AM WebMD

Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression
Using sophisticated software, researchers scanned social media posts and detected depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests, according to a recent study.
Oct 15 5:15PM WebMD

Your Gut May Be to Blame for Your Blood Infection
A Stanford University study of 30 patients with bloodstream infections showed that the infections mostly started in patients' own bodies -- often in the large intestine.
Oct 15 3:15PM WebMD

Despite Crisis, Most Want Opioids for Post-Op Pain
The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids afterward. Most also thought opioids were the most effective treatment for post-surgery pain.
Oct 15 1:15PM WebMD

Cancer Bell Ringing Angers Some Who Can Only Watch
For patients whose cancer has spread, who cannot "beat" cancer, the sound of the bell can trigger anger, resentment, resignation, or depression, according to various online accounts.
Oct 15 1:02PM WebMD

What Kids Fear Most at the Doctor's Office
Half of 2- to 5-year-olds are afraid of going to the doctor, according to a new survey. And some kids get so upset that 1 in 5 parents say they find it hard to concentrate on what the doctor or nurse is saying.
Oct 15 9:15AM WebMD

Kids' Concussion Symptoms May Persist for a Year
A year after a concussion, as many as 31 percent of kids ages 4 to 15 still had symptoms that included inattention or fatigue, researchers report.
Oct 15 9:15AM WebMD

FDA: Unapproved Ingredients in Many Supplements
Many dietary supplements, especially those promising enhanced sexual pleasure or weight loss, contain unapproved and potentially dangerous ingredients, the FDA says.
Oct 12 1:15PM WebMD

Pot May Help MS A Little, But Questions Remain
People with MS who used cannabis-derived drugs reported slightly fewer muscle contractions, less bladder dysfunction and pain in a new study. But the self-reported results differed from those doctors came up with.
Oct 12 1:15PM WebMD

CDC: More Kids Not Getting Recommended Vaccines
The percentage of U.S. children under 2 who haven't received any recommended vaccinations quadrupled in the past 17 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Oct 12 11:09AM WebMD

Study: C-Section Rates Nearly Doubled Since 2000
Worldwide, births by C-section nearly doubled between 2000 and 2015, a new study has found.
Oct 12 9:15AM WebMD

Are Shorter Days Linked to Postpartum Depression?
Pregnant women's odds of developing postpartum depression were strongly influenced by the number of daylight hours during the last month of pregnancy and immediately after delivery, a new study has found.
Oct 12 9:15AM WebMD

Genes, Not Diet, May Be Key to Gout Flare-Ups
Diet was much less important than the individual's genes in deciding whether they would develop hyperuricemia, which can lead to gout, according to researchers who analyzed data from nearly 17,000 American men and women of European ancestry.
Oct 11 5:15PM WebMD

Pop Culture: Behind the Pimple Video Craze
Videos of pimples being squeezed or drained get millions of views regularly on YouTube. One Southern California dermatologist who calls herself Dr. Pimple Popper has a television show.
Oct 11 3:24PM WebMD

Flu Shot in Pregnancy Keeps Women Out of Hospital
In pregnant women, the flu shot protects equally during all three trimesters, and for those with health problems like asthma and diabetes, a new study finds. It also reduces hospitalizations for complications like pneumonia.
Oct 11 3:15PM WebMD

Obesity Doubles Younger Women's Colon Cancer Odds
Women aged 20 to 49 who were overweight or obese had up to twice the risk for colon cancer before age 50, compared with normal-weight women, in a new study.
Oct 11 1:15PM WebMD

What's The Right Amount of Sleep?
A recent study of more than 40,000 people worldwide confirms the sweet spot for sleep: People who got average of seven to eight hours a night did better than those who got more or less sleep a night.
Oct 11 9:15AM WebMD

Skip the Cold Meds for Kids Under 6, Experts Say
Decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there's no evidence that they do any good, according to a new review published online Oct. 10 in the BMJ.
Oct 11 9:15AM WebMD