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Common osteoporosis medications protect against hip fracture during a 2-year drug holiday

New research findings may help physicians and older adults with osteoporosis better manage their hip fracture risk while taking a break from their medication. The first-of-its-kind study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the oral bisphosphonates risedronate and alendronate equally protect against hip fracture during a 2-year drug holiday. However, the risk […]

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In cancer treatment, quality of life matters more and more

Google “chemotherapy side effects” and the results abound. Nausea, anemia, infection, fertility problems, kidney problems, mouth sores. The list goes on and on. The seemingly inevitable downside of treating one’s cancer always seems to be a reduction in their quality of life. But a new Northwestern Medicine study found that a new combination immune therapy […]

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Study: Get moving to put the brakes on early Parkinson’s

A new study suggests that people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease who regularly got one to two hours of moderate exercise twice a week, like walking or gardening, may have less trouble balancing, walking and doing daily activities later. The research is published in the January 12, 2022, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of […]

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How to Make Sense of Omicron and Changing COVID Protocols

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. If you’re confused about guidance on the Omicron coronavirus variant ― which seems to change almost daily at this point ― you are not alone. The widely reported, record-breaking jump in daily cases seems easy to understand. Beyond that, many unanswered […]

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Medicaid rules may affect Americans’ cancer survival

(HealthDay)—The chance of someone who is covered by Medicaid surviving cancer may depend in part on where they live, a new analysis finds. In states that had lower Medicaid income eligibility limits, cancer survival rates were worse for cancers both in early and late stages compared to states with higher Medicaid income eligibility limits, American […]

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Experts debunk COVID-19 vaccine myths

COVID-19 vaccines protect you from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are well-protected from serious illness and dying from the disease. But millions of people in the U.S. remain hesitant or refuse to be vaccinated. As of […]