The Buzz on How Flies Spread Disease

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Flies aren’t just annoying. They can spread disease — and may be far better at it than scientists previously thought. Penn State University researchers analyzed the microbiome, or bacterial makeup, of 116 different houseflies and blowflies found across three continents. Both types of flies feed on rotting organic…

Will CVS-Aetna Merger Mean Cheaper Health Care?

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — U.S. consumers stand to benefit from CVS Health’s planned purchase of insurance giant Aetna, executives from the two corporations say. Other health care industry observers aren’t so sure. The $69 billion deal was announced Sunday. Merging CVS, which has 10,000 retail clinics and pharmacies, with Aetna means more…

Even Non-Heart Surgery May Harm Your Heart

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Older adults commonly suffer damage to heart cells during various types of surgery — even non-heart-related surgeries — and it can significantly raise their risk of dying from the procedure, a new study finds. The research looked at a phenomenon called perioperative myocardial injury, or PMI. It refers…

Better Balance at Every Age

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — You probably take balance for granted, but it’s a motor skill that benefits from training throughout life. Working on your balance is key to staying active and injury-free today and in the future. Balance is part of some exercise disciplines, and there are also specific exercises you can…

#MeToo No More?

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — From the hills of Hollywood to the halls of Congress, it’s now clear that sexual harassment in the workplace has long been a fact of life for working women. But while the media highlights high-profile firings — NBC anchor Matt Lauer and NPR showman Garrison Keillor among the…

Taking Your Meds? A Digital Pill Can Tell

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Pairing medication with an ingestible sensor can help clinicians track how often and when patients actually take their prescription drugs, according to a small new investigational study. The findings come on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision last month to approve the first digital…