At least 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib. It's an irregular heartbeat or a "quivering" heart that, left untreated, could lead to blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. Medication is the gold standard treatment, but a new study may lead to a change for doctors and patients.
Congenital pulmonary airway malformation, also called C-PAM, is a rare birth defect that only occurs in up to one in every 35,000 births, causing a mass to form on the lung of a fetus. The condition can also be accompanied by hydrops, where fluid builds up in a baby's tissue, causing extreme swelling as well as excess fluid inside the placenta. And in cases of C-PAM with hydrops, 95% of babies die before or soon after birth.
More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure; of these, 468,000 are on dialysis, a lifesaving, but time-consuming procedure that removes waste and excess water from the body. For many, it means repeated trips to a special dialysis center and hours hooked to the dialysis machine. A newly FDA-approved home system is helping patients do dialysis themselves.
For months, research has shown how the COVID-19 virus affects the brain, causing infected patients to experience memory loss, difficulty sleeping, and problems focusing, but now, patients who have never had COVID are experiencing the same symptoms.
About 6.2 million children in the U.S. are living with asthma. This chronic disease can severely limit daily activities and impact quality of life. Now, scientists are uncovering clues that could protect kids against this condition.
Peritoneal cancer is cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that covers the abdomen on surfaces of organs, like the appendix, stomach, or intestines. Meet one man who said he owes his survival not only to his surgeon, but in a rare coincidence, a colleague who knew exactly what to look for.
More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease, and despite ongoing research, no new approved drug for Alzheimer's has been approved since 2003. Now, a new drug that is showing mixed results in trials is still giving Alzheimer's patients a lot of hope.
In the next year, more than 32,000 Americans will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the body's white blood cells called plasma cells. Almost 13,000 will die from the disease. Now, researchers are testing a type of immunotherapy that unleashes cells into the body designed to destroy the cancer.
More than 34 million Americans are dealing with diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar will cause nerve damage in their feet, and without care, ulcers could form and never heal. More than 80% of amputations begin as foot ulcers, but with simple daily changes, this is preventable.
Prenatal vitamins are essential for pregnant women. Studies show more than 120,000 babies will be born with birth defects in the United States this year. Up to seven in 10 could be prevented if expectant mothers took a prenatal vitamin, according to the March of Dimes. Folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D are all essential for your unborn baby, and now, another nutrient is being added to the list to not only help the babies' brain development, but also protect them from COVID-19.
BERLIN — Austria is extending its lockdown until Feb. 7 in an attempt to bring down still-high infection figures, as authorities worry about the possible impact of more infectious variants of the coronavirus.
BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing, and no deaths.