A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that inherited genetic mutations were behind 35% of colon cancer cases among patients 35 years old and younger. Researchers recommended genetic counseling for young patients with colon cancer. The study was based on data from 200 patients who received genetic counseling from 2009 to 2013.
The FDA on Friday issued a proposed rule that would require food and beverage companies to list amounts of added sugar and recommended consumption levels on the nutrition labels of packaged food and drinks. The proposed rule sets the recommended intake of added sugar at no more than 200 calories a day, equal to about 13 teaspoons and 10% of the standard 2,000-calorie diet used for nutrition guidance.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will acquire Allergan's generic business unit for about $40.5 billion. The acquisition will strengthen Teva's presence in the generic-drugs market and help with cost reductions. Teva will drop its bid for Mylan, CEO Erez Vigodman said.
A 49-43 vote in the Senate fell short of a three-fifths majority needed to use a highway funding bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, could ask the Senate today to change its rules to allow a repeal of ACA by majority vote.
Health care costs have increased at a slower pace than core consumer prices over the past five years, according to a Goldman Sachs research note. This is the first time that's happened since 1959, and economist Alec Phillips said the trend can be partly attributed to government reductions in Medicare and Medicaid payments and slower wage growth in the health care sector.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has drafted a guide to help health IT teams secure mobile devices used in health care. The guidance discusses the most serious risks to patient data and strategies for dealing with security attacks, and it calls for balancing security with ease of use for health care teams.
Information from three large diet databases show calorie consumption by Americans has started to decline since peaking in 2003, and when combined with a flattening of the U.S. obesity rate, it has given public health experts hope that the changes will be meaningful. Eating changes have been seen in all demographic groups, but the biggest shifts are among households with children.
A two-year study suggests low-nicotine cigarettes alone do not compel smokers to quit. Of 80 people who smoked cigarettes with as little as 5% of regular nicotine levels, only one quit smoking. "Nicotine reduction would work best in the context of public education, easy access to smoking cessation services and the availability of non-combustible sources of nicotine for those who have difficulty stopping nicotine completely," said researcher Dr. Neal Benowitz.
Pet snakes are easier to care for than people may think, and they can be a good budget-friendly option for the right home. Milk, king and corn snakes are the most common choices, and owners should have a basic understanding of snake needs and a healthy dose of confidence to ensure a harmonious relationship.
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health revealed that teens who used medical marijuana had a tenfold increased likelihood of reporting problems with addiction than those who bought the drug from street dealers. The findings, based on almost 4,400 high-school seniors, also showed that those who used others' medical marijuana had the greatest odds of using the substance more often to get high and participating in other risky behaviors.