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Weight loss surgery in teen years may improve diabetes, blood pressure outcomes

Weight loss surgery in teen years may improve diabetes, blood pressure outcomes

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May 16 (UPI) -- Gastric bypass surgery is producing good, sustained health outcomes for adults, but in some ways isn't working as well for teens, a new study says. After having weight loss surgery, a group of teens with obesity lost 26 percent of their body weight, while the adults with obesity lost 29 percent of their weight, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was also funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases. "Obesity increases the risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and these conditions can be more difficult to manage in young people," Mary Evans, program director of Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at NDDK and study author, said in a news release. The surgery, however, does come with c...
Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

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The world's first drugs designed to stop cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment could be available within the next decade, scientists have said.A £75m investment to develop the drugs has been announced by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).Chief executive Prof Paul Workman said cancer's ability to adapt to drugs is the biggest challenge in treatment.The new drugs could make cancer a "manageable" disease in the long term and "more often curable", he said.Researchers say existing treatments such as chemotherapy sometimes fail because the deadliest cancer cells adapt and survive, causing the patient to relapse.Prof Workman said: "Cancer's ability to adapt, evolve and become drug resistant was the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the diseas

Frail elderly ‘failed by care deserts’

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The system for looking after frail older people in England is falling apart, with what are being dubbed "care deserts" emerging, a charity says.An analysis carried out for Age UK indicates about 30% of areas now have no residential care beds.The situation is even worse for nursing homes - needed for the most frail - with more than 60% having no places.Recruiting staff and keeping services running were proving a real challenge some areas, the charity said.Age UK believes the situation is now so bad that about 1.4 million older people are not getting the care they need - nearly one in seven of the over-65 population.Ruthe Isden, from Age UK, said: "The system is failing people - and that is having catastrophic consequences."The government has promised plans...

Oregon vaccine bill dead as US measles count soars

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Critics blasted a decision by Oregon lawmakers that killed a bill aimed at getting more children vaccinated for measles and other preventable diseases in order pass a tax on large businesses, saying it jeopardized public health. Despite passing the House and having the necessary votes in the Senate, the measure to make it harder for families to opt out of required vaccinations was nixed as part of a deal announced Monday to end a week-long Republican walkout over a multibillion school funding tax. Under the vaccination measure children would only have been be able to forgo vaccine requirements with a doctor's note, otherwise they'd be unable to attend public school. Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Beaverton, Oregon, and the bill's sponsor, said the move prevents the state ...