Know the signs of heat stroke and exhaustion

As summer temperatures climb—and as climate change contributes to more 100-degree days each year—heat illnesses become a more serious risk, particularly for young children, older adults, outdoor workers, athletes and people with chronic conditions. “On any day with extreme heat, emergency rooms in Los Angeles see an additional 1,500 patients,” said Dr. David Eisenman, a […]

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Most US hospitals not sharing price information for joint replacement as required

On January 1, 2021, the federal government began requiring U.S. hospitals to maintain clear, accessible online price lists for 300 common services. Yet only 32% of hospital websites sampled a year later were fully compliant with transparency in pricing about knee and hip replacement, according to a study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. “Although […]

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Study finds breast cancers with low levels of HER2 protein are not a distinct subtype of the disease

The treatment of breast cancer abounding in the protein HER2 was revolutionized with the introduction of drugs like trastuzumab (Herceptin) that target the protein. When researchers discovered that breast cancers with lower levels of HER2 often respond to a trastuzumab-and-chemotherapy drug conjugate, they wondered whether such tumors represent a distinct subtype of breast cancer, with […]

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Alzheimer’s disease affects most known biological pathways in the brain, researchers find

Nearly 6 million older adults have Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, a number expected to double by 2050. Already the sixth leading cause of death, Alzheimer’s disease is a complex neurodegenerative disease that causes memory loss, confusion, poor judgment, depression, delusions and agitation that robs people of their ability to live independently. Currently, the […]

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