May 10, 2012
Health Tip: Do I Need the Meningococcal
The meningococcal vaccine helps prevent
meningitis and sepsis (infection of the blood), which can lead to
severe illness and death. People aged 16 through 21 are most likely
to acquire meningococcal disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Health Tip: When Your Knee is Unstable
Your thighbone has a v-shaped notch that
accommodates your kneecap. If the groove is too narrow or shallow,
the knee cap can become unstable and dislocate.
Strides Made in Diagnosing, Treating Lupus
Sometimes it takes years
for people to get diagnosed with lupus. That wasn't the case for
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana, who had so many of the classic systemic
lupus erythematosus symptoms -- such as a butterfly-shaped rash on
her face, a daily fever and achy joints -- that her doctor knew
right away that the 23-year-old had the illness.
Induced Labor Late in Pregnancy Has Pros, Cons
Inducing labor after a
woman has been pregnant for more than 37 weeks can reduce an
infant's risk of death before, during or shortly after birth
without increasing the need for cesarean delivery, a new study
FDA Issues Warning on Controversial MS
Doctors and patients need
to be aware of the potential risk of injuries and death associated
with an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis called
liberation therapy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in
an alert issued Thursday.
Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC
Despite warnings about the
dangers of excess sun exposure, young adults in the United States
still get sunburned or use indoor tanning beds, federal health
officials said Thursday.
FDA Panel Gives Blessing to New Weight-Loss
An advisory panel to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended approval
of the weight-loss medication lorcaserin, even though concerns
remain about cardiovascular side effects.