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Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study
Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stool transplants helped ease debilitating symptoms and heal the colons of tough-to-treat ulcerative colitis patients, new research shows. Australian scientists said the findings could pave the way for such transplants to be used on a more widespread basis. Transferring fecal matter from healthy donors into these patients alters the composition of their gut bacteria, circumventing one of the drivers of ulce...
Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress
Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress SATURDAY, May 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A view of the ocean is good for the soul, a new study says. Researchers compared people who lived in various areas of Wellington, New Zealand, and found that having the sea in sight every day was linked with lower levels of stress. This association remained even after residents' wealth, age, sex and other factors were taken into account. However, viewing green spaces -- such as grassy parks and forests -- did not seem to show the s...
States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study
States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead resear...
Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa
Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola virus was transmitted by semen and breast milk during the latter stages of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, a new study shows. Researchers from the United Kingdom identified several instances of unconventional transmission of the deadly disease, including a mother who may have passed it to her baby through breast-feeding. In another instance, an Ebola survivor sexually transmitted the virus a month ...
Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression
Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hallucinogenic compound found in "magic mushrooms" shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found. "Depression continues to affect a large proportion of the population, many of whom do not respond to conventional treatments," said Dr. Scott Krakower, a psychiatrist who reviewed the study. "Although this was a small study, it does offer hope for new, unconventional t...
Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients
Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they now have more evidence that sleep apnea might worsen heart disease. Sleep apnea leads to interrupted breathing during sleep. In their study, the researchers found that patients with the condition who had a form of the heart procedure called angioplasty were much more likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes after their procedure. The big difference held up even when the researchers adjusted...
Severe, Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Aggressive Melanoma
Severe, Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Aggressive Melanoma MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep is key to immune function and health, and a new study finds that may be especially true for patients battling melanoma. The study found that severe, untreated cases of sleep apnea -- interruptions in nighttime breathing -- are linked with more aggressive melanomas. "This is the first large, prospective multicenter study that was specifically constructed to look at the relationship between sleep apn...
Sugar-Free Gum Can Be Deadly for Dogs
Sugar-Free Gum Can Be Deadly for Dogs FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here's an alert for all dog lovers: Sugarless chewing gum isn't good for your pooch. In fact, it could be deadly. Xylitol, the substance that gives sugar-free gum its sweetness, is dangerous to dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The FDA has received multiple reports in recent years of dogs being poisoned by xylitol, which is used in various consumer products, such as sugar-free candy, breath mints, baked goods...
Stoned Stoners OK With Driving While High
Stoned Stoners OK With Driving While High FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana users are more likely to say it's acceptable to drive while stoned if they're asked the question while high, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 865 marijuana users in Colorado and Washington who said they had used marijuana or hashish in the past 30 days. More than 16 percent said they were high at the time they completed the survey. Those who were high at the time of the survey were more likely to believe ...
Stroke Hospitalization Down for Many in U.S.
Stroke Hospitalization Down for Many in U.S. WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While Americans suffered fewer strokes overall from 2000 to 2010, stroke rates climbed substantially among younger adults and blacks, a new study found. Hospitalizations for strokes caused by artery blockages dropped 18.4 percent overall during the decade, with greater decreases among the elderly, University of Southern California researchers found. Within the overall decrease, however, some groups saw an increase i...
Study: Ex-NFL Players Aren't at Greater Risk for Suicide
Study: Ex-NFL Players Aren't at Greater Risk for Suicide WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Professional football players aren't at greater risk of suicide than the general U.S. population, federal health officials report, although players are far likelier to suffer concussions. For the study, the researchers calculated the suicide death rate for 3,439 retired National Football League players who played for at least five seasons between 1959 and 1988. Previous studies have suggested that differ...
Study Links Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight, Smoking to Heavy Kids
Study Links Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight, Smoking to Heavy Kids TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers say two key reasons explain why kids from disadvantaged families are more often overweight and obese than other children: mom smoking in pregnancy and being overweight before pregnancy. The findings suggest "a considerable amount of the social inequalities in pre-adolescent overweight can be explained by these two variables," said David Taylor-Robinson, of the University of Liverp...
Swaddling May Increase Chances of SIDS
Swaddling May Increase Chances of SIDS MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If infants are swaddled during sleep, their risk of dying from SIDS is higher, especially if they are placed on their stomachs, new research suggests. Swaddling is defined in various ways, but it typically refers to wrapping a child snugly in a blanket or cloth, with head exposed but arms inside. Swaddling is thought to have a calming influence on babies that helps them sleep. However, swaddling can be risky, the new study fi...
Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries
Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statins may spare people with narrowed leg arteries from the possibility of amputation and even death, a new study suggests. The higher the dose of these drugs, the lower the risk of both outcomes, the researchers found. "PAD, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head, is the next cardiovascular epidemic," said study author Dr. Shipra Arya. She is an assis...
Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S.
Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S. FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug shortages remain a problem in the United States despite government legislation meant to boost availability, a new study finds. More than half of recent shortages involved acute-care drugs used to treat seriously ill patients in hospitals and emergency departments, according to researchers at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. Those drugs include antibiotics, intravenous saline and naloxone, which is used to treat...
Study Links Climate Change to Kidney Disease
Study Links Climate Change to Kidney Disease THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change may boost rates of chronic kidney disease worldwide as rising temperatures and heat stress harm kidneys, researchers report. They analyzed global data and found that heat stress-related chronic kidney disease appears to be on the rise in rural communities in hot regions. The risk of heat stress-related chronic kidney disease has increased due to global warming and an increase in extreme heat waves, and ...
Stay Lean, Live Longer
Stay Lean, Live Longer THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping trim throughout your life could help you live longer, while being obese might do the opposite, two new studies show. In the first study, U.S. scientists found that slim people had the lowest risk of dying over a 15-year period -- 12 percent for women and 20 percent for men. Meanwhile, obese men and women had the highest risk -- 20 percent for women and 24 percent for men. "People who maintain the leanest body shape have the lowest ...
Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers
Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart pacemakers and sleep apnea are at much greater risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. With sleep apnea, breathing stops or becomes critically shallow during sleep. It's very common in people with pacemakers. The sleep disorder is a known risk factor for atrial fibrillation, but the risk for pacemaker patients with sleep apnea was un...
Some Teen Girls Coerced Into Pregnancy: Study
Some Teen Girls Coerced Into Pregnancy: Study WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Girls as young as 14 have boyfriends who've pressured them to become pregnant, sabotaged their birth control, or otherwise tried to control their reproductive health, a new study finds. The study was small, surveying 77 sexually experienced high school girls in New York City. But researchers said the results show that "reproductive coercion" affects not only adult women, but girls, too. And that means it's a type of...
Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer
Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You probably already know that strength training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups, is good for you, but now new research suggests it may help you live longer, too. When people 65 and older did strength training twice a week, they lowered their odds of dying from any cause by almost half during a 15-year study. "The secret to a longer and healthier life may not be available in pill form, but it may look like a barbell," s...
Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications
Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable defibrillators -- devices that detect and correct an abnormal heart rhythm -- are associated with a high risk of long-term complications, a new study suggests. "An [implantable cardioverter-defibrillator] is a highly effective treatment option to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death," said lead researcher Dr. Isuru Ranasinghe, a senior cardiologist at the University of Adelaide in South ...
Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates
Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with autism or general developmental delay, compared to children in other parts of the...
Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia
Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In some cases, worsening symptoms of depression in seniors might point to early dementia, a new study suggests. The Dutch study can't prove cause-and-effect, and certainly not every depressed senior is headed for dementia. But experts said the findings are intriguing. "More research is needed, but the study raises the possibility of an overlap between the pathology of dementia and depression," said Dr...
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to fine particles of air pollution -- from cars, trucks, power plants and manufacturing facilities -- is tied to an increased risk of dying from several kinds of cancer, a new study suggests. "Air pollution remains a clear, modifiable public health concern," said researcher G. Neil Thomas, a reader in epidemiology at the University of Birmingham in England. "Put simply, the more of these particulates th...
Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer
Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life, but it can be treated and cured if detected early, a dermatologist says. "Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl. He is chair of the dermatology dep...
Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries
Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury struggle with sleep problems they may not be aware of, Swiss researchers report. These patients also can suffer daytime sleepiness for as long as 18 months after their injury, the small study found. And these sleep problems may adversely affect daytime performance at work or school, the researchers said. "Sleep-wake disorders are highly prevalent after trauma...
Spanking: More Harm Than Good?
Spanking: More Harm Than Good? WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spare the rod and spoil the child. Not so fast, suggests a new review that found spanking doesn't produce better behavior and may set up a child for psychological and learning problems later. "Spanking is not achieving parents' goals," said lead researcher Elizabeth Gershoff, a developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. "Children have more mental health problems the more they are spanked. They have lower c...
Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study
Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statins does not appear to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but a person's cholesterol levels might affect risk, a new study suggests. Both statins and cholesterol levels have been linked with lower colon cancer risk, but pinpointing which one is actually responsible has been difficult, the University of Pennsylvania researchers explained. So, they compared statin use and ch...
Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day
Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skateboarding can be a fun and challenging activity, but it also comes with a significant risk of injury, researchers report. The researchers examined data spanning two decades and found that more than 64,500 U.S. children and teens were treated in hospital emergency rooms each year -- about 176 a day -- for skateboarding-related injuries. Fractures and dislocations were among the most common injuries, ...
Swim Safely This Summer
Swim Safely This Summer SATURDAY, April 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With the arrival of swimming season, the American Red Cross reminds people of all ages to follow safety rules at the beach or pool. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards and always swim with a buddy. Everyone in your family should learn to swim well. Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Children should never be ...
Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests a possible link between certain germs found in the mouth and a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer. "We identified two types of bacteria that are associated with a higher risk for pancreatic cancer and have been tied in the past to such diseases as periodontitis, or inflammation of the gums," explained lead researcher Jiyoung Ahn. She's an associate professor of population health ...
Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study
Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans have a higher risk of homelessness if they suffered sexual trauma while in the service, and the odds are worse for men than women, a new study finds. Military sexual trauma is the name for psychological trauma resulting "from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty f...
Small Study Supports New Stool-Based Colon Cancer Test
Small Study Supports New Stool-Based Colon Cancer Test TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new, but small, study finds more evidence that a recently approved, stool-based colon cancer test may be effective for certain patients. Still, experts who looked at the findings stressed that the test, called Cologuard, should never be used as a substitute for the "gold standard" colon cancer test, colonoscopy. Cologuard is a noninvasive stool DNA test that detects red blood cells and certain DNA mutati...
Some Like It Hot! Lab Mice, in Particular
Some Like It Hot! Lab Mice, in Particular TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too-cool living conditions for lab mice could affect study results, researchers suggest. They said the temperature in a typical mouse laboratory is between 68 degrees and nearly 79 degrees Fahrenheit (between 20 degrees and 26 degrees Celsius), but the ideal temperature for mice is about 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). While a cooler temperature doesn't harm the mice, it does make them use more energy to maintain their co...
Simple Steps Can Keep Lawn Mowing Safe
Simple Steps Can Keep Lawn Mowing Safe FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- April showers bring May flowers, green grass and the potential for lawn mower accidents. More than 250,000 people in the United States were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers some safety tips for lawn mowers, whether the riding, power or push style: Keep yo...
Spring Allergies? Don't Assume It's Only Pollen
Spring Allergies? Don't Assume It's Only Pollen FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spring allergy season is here, so if you know your triggers you can start reducing your symptoms, experts say. You may believe pollen is the culprit. But, other substances such as mold may be involved in your allergies as well, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The college says more than two-thirds of people with spring allergies actually have symptoms all year long. Here are s...
Study Links Green Spaces to Longer Lives for Women
Study Links Green Spaces to Longer Lives for Women THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women living in homes surrounded by lots of trees and vegetation may have a lower risk of death than those in areas with less greenery, a new study suggests. Researchers sifted through data on more than 108,000 women across the United States. The information was collected between 2000 and 2008. The researchers found that women living in the greenest surroundings had a 12 percent lower risk of death than those...
Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say
Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain when a simpler procedure would suffice for many patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials. People suffering from spinal stenosis -- pinched nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal -- received similar pain relief with fewer complications when doctors performed a simpler spine surgery called decompression, as oppose...
Study Questions Health Value of Switching From Butter to Vegetable Oils
Study Questions Health Value of Switching From Butter to Vegetable Oils TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A controversial new study challenges the idea that heart health will improve if people cut saturated fat -- typically from animal sources -- from their diets in favor of vegetable oil. The new research found that while people who were briefly forced to change their diets using corn oil in place of saturated fats did lower their cholesterol, their risk of dying prematurely actually increase...
Severe Depression Linked to Dementia in Seniors
Severe Depression Linked to Dementia in Seniors TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Major and worsening depression may significantly increase seniors' risk of dementia, a new study suggests. The research included close to 2,500 people in their 70s who did not have any signs of dementia at the start of the study. The participants were monitored for five years for symptoms of depression, and then for six years for signs of dementia. Dementia developed in just over 21 percent of participants with s...
Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA
Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 14 percent of U.S. veterans surveyed during a two-year Veterans Affairs (VA) study reported having suicidal thoughts. More than 2,000 veterans were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2013. Each time they were asked whether they'd had suicidal thoughts in the past two weeks. Nearly 4 percent reported suicidal thoughts in the first survey, about 5 percent reported such thoughts in the sec...
Smoking Rates Stall Among Young Blacks
Smoking Rates Stall Among Young Blacks FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Little progress has been made to reduce smoking among young black Americans over the past two decades, likely due to aggressive marketing by the tobacco industry, researchers report. Before 1982, smoking rates were falling among black high school seniors, but progress has since stalled. The rate was 8.7 percent in 1982 and 9 percent in 2014, according to a supplement to the April issue of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco ...
Some 9/11 First Responders Suffer Severe Sinus Problems: Study
Some 9/11 First Responders Suffer Severe Sinus Problems: Study FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sinus surgery is more common among firefighters who responded during the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster than those who had less intense or shorter exposures, a new study shows. The same is true for those firefighters who were at the site for six months or more, the investigators added. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 8,000 firefighters who worked at the Trade ...
Schools in Most States Skimp on Phys Ed, Study Finds
Schools in Most States Skimp on Phys Ed, Study Finds FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most states don't provide students with enough physical education, a new report finds. Just 19 states require elementary school students to take physical education classes for a set amount of time, and only 15 set minimum rules for middle school students. Only Oregon and the District of Columbia require the amount of physical education time recommended by national experts. That's 150 minutes a week for element...
Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens
Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries -- often due to risky behaviors -- than those who are well rested, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, riding with a drinking driver, and drink...
Stimulant, Banned From Sports, Found in Dietary Supplements in U.S.
Stimulant, Banned From Sports, Found in Dietary Supplements in U.S. THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A stimulant banned from competitive sports has been found in more than a dozen dietary supplements marketed for "burning" body fat. Researchers found the stimulant -- called oxilofrine -- in 14 supplement brands sold in the United States. All of the products listed the substance on their labels, but under the alternative name of methylsynephrine. Experts said the results raise more questions a...
Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Higher Autism Risk?
Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Higher Autism Risk? THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spacing pregnancies in close succession may increase the risk of autism in children, a large new research review suggests. Examining existing research involving more than 1.1 million children, scientists also found that longer pregnancy spacing -- in excess of five years -- may be linked to raised odds of the increasingly common neurodevelopmental disorder. "Based on the current best available evidence,...
Study Sees No Link Between Common Epilepsy Drug, Certain Birth Defects
Study Sees No Link Between Common Epilepsy Drug, Certain Birth Defects WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite initial concern from early studies, taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine (Lamictal) during pregnancy may not raise the risk for certain birth defects, a large new study finds. "An initial study of this drug showed an increased risk for cleft lip or cleft palate, but a number of other studies since have not, and our previous study showed an increased risk of clubfoot," said study au...
Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers
Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who consume a lot of processed carbohydrates -- think snack foods and sweets -- and sugary drinks may face heightened risks of breast and prostate cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers said the study, reported Tuesday at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in San Diego, does not prove that "bad" carbs cause cancer. But given that breast and prostate cancers are two of the most...
Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study
Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia is linked with abnormalities in the brain's white matter -- the tissues that form connections and carry information between different parts of the brain, a small Chinese study suggests. The researchers said these disruptions occur in areas of the brain involved in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness as well as cognitive function. The researchers explained that white matter tracts are bundles made up...
Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice
Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an advance that could serve as a step toward better transplants of skin and even hair in people, Japanese researchers report that they've grown complex, functioning mouse skin. The bioengineered version of the skin contains all three layers of skin tissue along with appendage organs, such as sebaceous glands and hair follicles, the study authors reported. What's more, the newly developed skin tissue wa...
Scientists Reduce Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques in Mice
Scientists Reduce Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques in Mice THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists working with mice report preliminary progress in efforts to eliminate brain-clogging proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease. By tweaking genes in the brains of mice, researchers say they reduced levels of a substance called beta amyloid that's closely tied to Alzheimer's. There's no guarantee the findings will be relevant to people with Alzheimer's disease because results of animal studies ...
Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds
Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a pregnant woman smokes, the fetus' DNA is altered in ways also seen in adult smokers, researchers say. The researchers were also able to pinpoint new development-related genes that were affected by a mother-to-be's smoking. The findings may help improve understanding about the connection between smoking during pregnancy and children's health problems, the study authors said. For the study, r...
Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'?
Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'? WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At the end of their lives, most people want peace, as little pain as possible, and some control over how they die, a new research review finds. Researchers said the study gives some sense of how people typically define a "good death." For those facing a terminal illness, it seems that what matters most is control over the dying process -- being home rather than in hospital, for instance -- being pain-free, and having their...
Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'
Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease' WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with persistent symptoms associated with Lyme disease are unlikely to find relief from longer-term antibiotic therapy, according to a new Dutch study. Although antibiotics are the correct therapy to treat Lyme disease when it is diagnosed early, longer-term use appears ineffective against the symptoms linked to the tick-borne illness and may carry the risk of side effects, the researcher...
Study Explores Mechanism Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects
Study Explores Mechanism Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've discovered how the Zika virus might cause severe brain and eye birth defects. The Zika outbreak in Brazil and other parts of Latin American and the Caribbean has coincided with a sharp increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, which results in abnormally small heads and brains. There has also been a rise in other brain and eye birth defects in countries affected ...
Smoking Triggers Big Changes in Mouth Bacteria, Study Finds
Smoking Triggers Big Changes in Mouth Bacteria, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking can dramatically change the balance of bacterial species in the mouth, which may affect the risk of mouth, lung and digestive system diseases, a new study says. The research also found that the proper mix of bacteria in the mouth is restored if people quit smoking. Researchers analyzed the mix of about 600 bacterial species in the mouths (oral microbiome) of more than 1,200 Americans. All were...
Scientists Spot 'Switch' That Helps Sperm Penetrate Egg
Scientists Spot 'Switch' That Helps Sperm Penetrate Egg TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The "switch" that triggers the sudden tail whip that sperm use to penetrate and fertilize an egg has been pinpointed by researchers. The finding could help identify a possible cause of male infertility. And, the study authors suggested, the switch could be a potential target for new contraceptives that work in both women and men. The investigators found that the surface of a sperm's tail has thousands of ...
Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break
Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For many Americans, spring break is a good time to head for a beach, lake or pool, which means it's also time to start thinking about water safety. "Families seem to be spending time around water this time of year, so it is important to remind ourselves of the basics of water safety," Michelle Fanucchi, chair in the department of environmental health sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a univers...
Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study
Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People at risk for heart disease are much more likely to die from a stroke if they don't take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and blood pressure medications as prescribed, a new study reports. Folks with high blood pressure and high cholesterol had a seven times greater risk of suffering a fatal stroke if they didn't follow their drug regimen to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The study fin...
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