Insurance Ups the Odds of Beating Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Your chances of surviving cancer may depend on the type of insurance you have. Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found significant improvements in survival among cancer patients with private insurance or Medicare, but not among those who have public insurance such as Medicaid, or are…

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Think Before You Drink

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do? Start by taking a closer look, now, at your drinking habits, one mental health expert suggests. “The holidays generate both positive and negative emotions, and drinking is one of…

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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…

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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…

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