Posted 5:30 PM 4/30/2013 by Kathy Kuretich
There is a growing shortage of primary care physicians both nationwide and here on the Central Coast.In part two of our series The Doctor Deficit, we looked into what's being done locally, before the number gets out of control.
Posted 3:41 PM 4/30/2013 by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a (More)
Posted 9:12 AM 4/30/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
The FDA is investigating the growing trend of foods and drinks touting an 'extra' boost of caffeine. The agency says it will study the potential impact these "new and easy sources" of caffeine will have on children and teens.
The move comes in responses to a new caffeinated gum that was (More)
Posted 9:05 AM 4/30/2013 by Michael Handler;KSBY News
New research suggests two doses of the HPV vaccine may be enough to protect girls against Cervical Cancer.
Young women typically get three doses of the vaccine, but the cost of the regimen has made it difficult to implement worldwide. A Canadian study looked at antibody levels for girls who got the regular three doses of the vaccine, and compared them to girls who got only two doses.
Those who got two doses had immune responses to the two most common types of HPV.
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Posted 8:58 AM 4/30/2013 by Michael Handler;KSBY News
2013-04-30More programs are being used to help reduce the number of young people who become smokers.
A review of more than 100 studies in 25 countries found youth smoking was significantly lower when kids were exposed to smoking interventions.
The most successful programs helped develop social skills and taught ways for students to resist the social pressure to smoke.
Posted 4:30 PM 4/29/2013 by Kathy Kuretich
Have you had to wait an unusual amount of time to get an appointment with your doctor, or have you had trouble finding one at all?There seems to be a reason for that.According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there's a critical shortage of primary care physicians on (More) • Video (1)
Posted 3:12 PM 4/29/2013 by ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The federal receiver who controls medical care in California's prisons is ordering thousands of high-risk inmates out of two Central Valley prisons in response to hundreds of hospitalizations and dozens of deaths due to valley fever. Medical receiver J. Clark (More)
Posted 9:29 AM 4/29/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Getting lifestyle counseling and treatment from naturopathic doctors can reduce a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
A yearlong Canadian study compared the effects of a typical medical care versus naturopathic lifestyle and diet counseling.
There was a 17% reduction in (More)
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Posted 12:11 PM 4/26/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Harvard scientists may have discovered a new way to treat type 2 diabetes.
The discovery is centered on a hormone called beta-trophin. Researchers say that in mice, the hormone leads to an enormous boost in beta cell production by the pancreas. It is at least 30 times more than the normal rate.
Much more work needs to be done, including lab work involving human patients. But if it proves effective, it could someday replace insulin injections.
Posted 12:08 PM 4/26/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Another HIV vaccine trial has stopped after more men given the vaccine developed the virus compared to those given the placebo.
A study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases enrolled 2500 gay men in a trial testing a new HIV vaccine. The trial was halted after (More)