Today's Health News

From 1999 to 2019, Death Rates Higher in Rural Versus Urban Areas

Death rates higher in rural areas for both males and females; difference in rates widened during study period

Overall Cancer Incidence, Mortality Lower for U.S. Hispanics

But rates higher for infection-related cancers, such as liver and stomach cancers, and cervical cancer

Urban-Rural Disparity Seen in New Liver Cancer Cases

Incidence of liver cancer rising at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in rural areas

Robotic Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer Does Not Cut Postop Infections

But overall incidence of postoperative complications significantly lower with robotic versus laparoscopic gastrectomy

Precedent Needed for FDA Approval Decisions When Evidence Lacking

In seven of 22 cases, approval used new interpretations of original evidence and did not require new evidence

Chewing Gum After Surgery May Reduce Gut Problems

Chewing gum after cardiac surgery associated with significant reduction in postoperative ileus

Cancer Linked to Shortened Life Span for Solid Organ Recipients

Overall, cancer responsible for loss of 1.9 percent of total life years expected in the absence of cancer in transplant recipients

Americans Struggling With High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Adults younger than 65 years twice as likely to report not filling needed prescriptions due to cost versus seniors

Statins ID’d as Potential Therapy for Ulcerative Colitis

People with ulcerative colitis taking statins, regardless of their age, have nearly half the colectomy rates

Mortality Risk Increased for MS Patients Soon After CRC Diagnosis

Associations between MS and all-cause, cancer-specific death partially attenuated after adjustment for disability status