Mavyret approved as 8-week treatment for hep C, compensated cirrhosis

(HealthDay)—Approval of Mavyret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) tablets has been expanded to eight-week treatment for treatment-naive patients aged 12 years and older with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 through 6 and compensated cirrhosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week. Mavyret is the first eight-week treatment approved for any treatment-naive HCV patients, regardless of cirrhosis status or […]

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Q&A: Mild hypothyroidism may not need treatment

Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism that isn’t causing symptoms. My doctor says I don’t need treatment now, but she wants me to come back for regular checkups. Does hypothyroidism usually get worse over time? If it does, how is it treated? A: For mild cases of hypothyroidism, not all patients need treatment. Occasionally, the condition […]

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Researchers identify potential target for cardiac fibrosis treatment

A research team led by scientists from the Consortium for Fibrosis Research & Translation (CFReT) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has identified a potential target for treating heart failure related to fibrosis. Fibrosis is a wound-healing response after tissue injury or stress. Cardiac fibrosis can cause abnormal stiffening of the heart, contributing to the pathogenesis of heart […]

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Scientists discover new breakthrough in treatment for cancer hair loss

Scientists have determined a new way to protect the hair follicle from chemotherapy in an effort to prevent hair loss as a result of cancer treatments. Researchers based at The University of Manchester have discovered a new strategy for how to protect hair follicles from chemotherapy, which could lead to new treatments that prevent chemotherapy-induced hair loss—arguably one of the […]

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This Woman Tried a Vaginal Steam Treatment Gwenyth Paltrow Recommends—and Ended Up With Second Degree Burns on Her Vagina

Gwenyth Paltrow’s wellness advice may be trendy—but apparently it can cause serious injury. One woman learned that the hard way when she tried a Paltrow-endorsed therapy called "vaginal steaming" and ended up in the ER with a second-degree burn on her vagina. According to a case report from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada, the 62-year-old woman had a prolapsed vagina—meaning her […]

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Parents of depressed teens in treatment may also benefit from counseling

Teen depression can affect parents’ marital satisfaction, a new Northwestern Medicine study has found. Parents often seek mental health treatment for a child struggling with depression, but the treatment shouldn’t stop with the depressed teen, suggests the study. The study found that while depressed teens were involved in active treatment, parents’ marriages and parent-child conflict remained stable. Once the teens’ […]

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Genetic test for breast cancer helps women decide if preventive cancer treatment is right for them

A new study by University of Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba and Mayo Clinic researchers has found that when women at high risk are provided with the results of genetic testing, they are more likely to take preventive medications to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer. Studies have shown that the risk of breast cancer can be reduced by half using […]

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Study paves way for better treatment of lingering concussion symptoms

A La Trobe University study has lifted the lid on the debilitating effects of persistent post-concussion symptoms (PCS) felt by many—10% of concussion-sufferers—after a knock to the head. The results of the study, released in Neuroscience journal, show that significant levels of fatigue and poorer brain function can persist for months, or even years, following concussion. Renowned concussion expert Professor […]

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Mindful body awareness training during treatment for drug addiction helps prevent relapse

A novel type of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, according to new research from the University of Washington. People in the study made marked improvement, and many improvements lasted for a year. It’s the first time the mindfulness approach has been studied in a large randomized trial as an adjunct treatment. The training helps people better […]

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