Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 15, 2019, 12:08 PM GMT By Maggie Fox Birth control that you have to remember every day (like pills) or every time (like condoms) doesn’t always work so well. It’s one of many reasons that 40 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. are planned. Long-acting birth control such as implants and intrauterine devices, IUDS, are far more reliable, but they require a doctor visit and are not as popular. A team at Georgia Tech has invented a patch that women can press into an arm or a leg and get a month’s worth of birth control — no doctor visit needed. The patch uses dissolvable microneedles that implant into a user’s skin and slowly dissolve over time, delivering the hormone that is the basis of the most popular method of contraception, the team reports in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering. The technology is … [Read more...] about Long-acting contraceptive patch gives women DIY option for birth control
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(CNN)When a pregnant woman feels persistent nausea and even has to throw up, she might see whether ginger can help settle her stomach, or perhaps plenty of water. If that doesn't help, a physician might prescribe doxylamine and pyridoxine, a drug combination often used to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Still no relief? Then, a physician might recommend something else: ondansetron. The anti-nausea medication, sold under the brand name Zofran, comes in tablet form and primarily is used to prevent nausea and vomiting after cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. Although it's not formally approved for this purpose, ondansetron also may be prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, including hyperemesis gravidarum, which is extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. JUST WATCHED Hyperemesis: what is severe morning sickness? Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Hyperemesis: what is severe morning sickness? 02:28 … [Read more...] about Morning sickness pill study finds small link to increased risk of clefts
The blood clot was enormous—stretching from the patient's groin to her calf. (iStock) Three years ago while I was at work, I was hit suddenly by a blinding pain exploding in my groin. One minute I was on an afternoon conference call in my cubicle, and the next I shot up from my desk, hung up the phone mid-sentence, grabbed my purse, and hobbled out to my car. The pain was now shooting down my left leg. In fear and disbelief, I wondered how on earth I’d managed to injure myself while sitting at my desk. During the excruciating drive home, I convinced myself that I just needed to lie down on the couch and rest. But by the time I pulled into my garage, the pain was too severe to put any weight on my leg. So, I crawled into my house and telephoned my neighbor, begging her to drive me to the ER. When I finally got in, the staff ran tests along with a CT scan of my lower back (the staff assumed that was the source of my pain). When they couldn’t find anything, they … [Read more...] about This woman almost died from a blood clot at 38
Seeing extra pounds creep up on the scale or barely squeezing into a pair of lose pants can feel frustrating, especially if you're following a healthy lifestyle. So what gives? The truth is that sometimes weight gain has nothing to do with what you're eating or how much you're working out. Here are other factors that could be standing between you and your ideal weight—plus expert tips on how to fix them. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below You’re not sleeping enoughSkimping on shut-eye won’t just leave you tired the next day, but in the long run, it could cause you to pack on a few pounds. While researchers are still looking at the exact connection between lack of sleep and weight gain, Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH, says one reason may be that you’re simply awake longer, so you eat more overall. “You have a few more hours in your day, so you’re consuming more calories,” she says. What’s more: Getting irregular zzz’s can mess … [Read more...] about 11 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight That Have Nothing to Do With Your Diet
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 11:18 PM EST Nov 25, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, a person wrote that it took weeks to schedule an appointment with her primary care physician. I have found that it takes months, not weeks, to schedule an appointment with primary care physicians in my area (a large city with two medical schools). I am on Medicare, as are many of my friends. They have said that they have the same problem. Do some medical practices limit the number of appointments available for people on Medicare? My younger friends with regular insurance don’t seem to have this problem. L.S. Dear L.S.: A 2015 study of primary care physicians found that 93 percent accept Medicare, while 94 percent accept private insurance. In a 2018 study, 13 percent of Medicare recipients said there was a small problem finding a new primary care physician, and 14 percent said there was a big one. I suspect there are strong regional differences; however, those with private … [Read more...] about Does your insurer affect the wait for an appointment?