MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who take medications that suppress the immune system don’t have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those with normal immune systems, a new study finds. Early in the pandemic, it was feared that people taking immunosuppressive drugs were atContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More older folks are winding up on liver transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States. The percentage of liver transplant candidates aged 65 or older roseContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Weight-loss surgery sliced the risk of severe liver disease or liver cancer in obese people with fatty liver disease, a new study finds. It included more than 1,100 patients with an aggressive type of fatty liver disease. Patients who had weight-loss (bariatric) surgeryContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Nov. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) — All U.S. adults younger than 60 should be vaccinated against hepatitis B, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Wednesday. Until now, the shots were recommended only for certain groups of adults, including prisoners, health care workers, international travelers, people with diabetes andContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Transplant patients and certain other folks may need four shots of COVID-19 vaccine for optimal protection, new research suggests. People with weakened immune systems who’ve received both doses of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines aren’t adequately protected against severe illness. They should be given aContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Anti-vaxxers felt their suspicions confirmed when former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell died from COVID-19 complications in mid-October despite being fully vaccinated. But Powell, 84, was being treated for blood cancer at the time of his death, and a new study reportsContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig functioned normally after being attached to a human patient during a groundbreaking procedure performed by U.S. doctors. If the technique proves generally successful it could revolutionize organ transplant, greatly expanding the pool of available organs.Continue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Black American liver transplant recipients have a lower survival rate than Hispanic or white patients, and a new study suggests that alcohol-related liver disease and insurance coverage are key reasons. “Our findings are a huge wake-up call that physicians and other health careContinue Reading