Health News

Insurance plans vary in policies for gender-affirming surgeries

(HealthDay)—There is great variability in coverage and medical necessity criteria for gender-affirming top surgery across insurance companies, according to a study published in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Ledibabari M. Ngaage, M.B., B.Chir., from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and colleagues assessed insurance coverage of “top” gender-affirming surgery and evaluated the […]

Health News

The Best Sex Toys for Parents — For Pregnancy, Postpartum & Beyond

Parenting changes everything — including sex. While almost everyone experiences frequent shifts in their sexuality and libido over their lifetime, with parenting there are just more…complexities. Pregnancy and childbirth for gestational parents can really disrupt how you feel in your body (and if you aren’t aware of what it can do to your clitoris, well: […]

Health Problems

Hope for millions of Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers as research identifies cause of pain as ‘gut itch’

This is big news for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients: 11 percent of the world’s population suffers from IBS, but the fight against chronic pain has taken a major step forward with scientists identifying receptors in the nervous system which cause the condition in the hope of developing effective treatments. Flinders University researchers at SAHMRI […]

Health Problems

Study compares anticoagulants for antiphospholipid syndrome

(HealthDay)—In thrombotic antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), rivaroxaban is not noninferior to dose-adjusted vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), according to a study published online Oct. 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Josep Ordi-Ros, M.D., Ph.D., from the Vall d’Hebrón Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues conducted a three-year noninferiority trial at six university hospitals in […]

Health Problems

Nonsurgical treatment options effective for sinus issues

For sufferers of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), surgery is often the only treatment option due to the severity of their condition. A new study led by a University of Cincinnati researcher may provide another option, however: in a recent clinical study, a regimen of combined oral and topical corticosteroids were effectively used to treat patients who […]

Pet Care

Animal Businesses Must Be PREPARED for Major Disasters—Take Action!

blog_prepared-act_020719_main.jpg Whether it’s wildfires in the West, hurricanes on the Gulf Coast or tornadoes in the Midwest, the ASPCA has seen firsthand the severe toll disasters have on people and animals. Our Field Investigations and Response team is committed to ensuring communities are not only prepared before disasters, but are supported as they recover by aiding homeless […]