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Health Highlights: March 20, 2023​

By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter

Bile duct cancers: More funding, research needed to fight this silent killer. As too many American families have discovered, this tumor is typically only discovered once the cancer is in an advanced, incurable stage. Anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 such cases occur in the United States each year. Read more

Drug could be new treatment option against eczema. In a clinical trial, lebrikizumab helped clear the skin of a solid minority of patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could approve the drug within a matter of months. Read more

Have type 2 diabetes? Switch to low-carb, plant-based diet to extend your life. People with type 2 diabetes who ate fewer carbs were more likely to live longer, but only if they turned to vegetables instead of meat, new research shows. Read more

U.S. warns of counterfeit pills sold in Mexico that are laced with fentanyl. The travel alert posted Friday says Americans should “exercise caution when purchasing medication in Mexico.” Read more

IUDs, contraceptive implants tough to get for women on Medicaid. Investigators found that while about 48% of physicians who treat Medicaid patients provided prescription contraception like the birth control pill, only 10% offered longer-acting methods like IUDs and implants. Read more

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