Health

Long-term care costs are surging

By Tom Murphy AP Health Writer Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of care that includes adult day care and assisted ...

Treatment restores signs of awareness in brain-injured man

NEW YORK (AP) — French researchers say they restored some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who hadn’t shown any awareness in 15 years. During months of experimental treatment, his gaze could follow a moving object and he turned his head toward people speaking to him. He could ...

Will cancer immune therapy work for me?

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn’t do much good. It seemed like very bad news, yet his doctors were encouraged. The reason: People ...

Free diabetes workshop to be offered

ESCANABA — A free diabetes self-management workshop is coming to MTEC Center. The Diabetes–PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is a six-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with Type 2 diabetes to improve their health and manage their ...

Pulmonary Support Group plans meeting

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Pulmonary Support Group has been established for anyone with a chronic lung disease, on oxygen therapy, waiting for or has received a lung transplant, and their care givers. The next meeting is Oct. 12 in the DCH Rehab Gym, located on the main level of Dickinson Memorial ...

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

NEW YORK (AP) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other ...

Age matters in screening for cervical cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting checked for cervical cancer isn’t one-size-fits-all: Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus. Draft national guidelines released for the first time say either option is ...

How repeated head blows affect the brain

CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports. As a new NFL season ...

Testing probe to help cancer surgeons know they got it all

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients emerging from cancer surgery want to know, “Did you get it all?” Now scientists are developing a pen-like probe to help surgeons better tell when it’s safe to stop cutting or if stray tumor cells still lurk. The device is highly experimental, but laboratory ...

Medicare to pay for treadmill therapy

CHICAGO (AP) — Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts — pushing her limits, walking faster and adding steeper inclines. The retired school aide has leg pain caused by clogged blood ...

US clears first ‘living drug’ for childhood leukemia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The CAR-T cell treatment developed by ...

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdoses

CHICAGO (AP) — Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs. A petition filed asks the FDA to ban opioid pills that, ...

Neurologists to speak at symposium

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Parkinson Society will host the second annual Parkinson’s Disease symposium at Bay College West Campus in Iron Mountain on Friday, Sept. 22. Two neurologists will be on board to join David Zid and Mary Sue Lanigan as program presenters. Dr. Patti Peterson, a local ...

Symposium on Parkinson’s disease set in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan Parkinson Foundation CEO Mary Sue Lanigan will visit the Iron Mountain area in September to attend the Parkinson Society of Dickinson County sponsored Symposium on Sept. 22. The second annual Parkinson’s Disease symposium will be held at Bay College West Campus and ...

Free Matter of Balance workshop offered

ESCANABA — A Matter of Balance–PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop will be offered at the MTEC Center, in Escanaba. This Matter of Balance-PATH program is a four-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed to help people with the fear of falling to maintain ...

Free diabetes workshop to be offered

ESCANABA — A free diabetes self-management workshop is looking to be offered at the MTEC Center. The Diabetes–PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is a six-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with Type 2 diabetes to improve their health ...

Know your numbers, for the sake of your heart

For Normal, Illinois resident Steve McAllister, retired life was going well. This past spring the former banker was spending his days with his wife of 44 years and was expecting his first grandchild. McAllister was painting houses in his spare time and was generally feeling great. But, ...

Report reveals underground haven for heroin, drug users

NEW YORK (AP) — A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals. None were known to exist in the U.S. until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and ...

Fit couples share workout tips

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It’s hot and sticky outside, all your friends are at the beach or at brunch. It’s tempting to blow off a workout, but getting sweaty with your significant other definitely ups the fun factor and makes it easier to stick to. We asked some of our favorite ...

Leftover opioids a common dilemma for surgery patients

CHICAGO (AP) — Surgery patients often end up with leftover opioid painkillers and store the remaining pills improperly at home, a study suggests. The research raises concerns about overprescribing addictive medicine that could end in the wrong hands. Uncertainty among doctors about how ...