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'Paleo' Diet May Help Older Women's Hearts, Waistlines
SUNDAY, April 3, 2016 -- The so-called Paleo diet may help older women lose weight, improve their cholesterol profile and lower future risk of diabetes and heart disease, a new study has found.
Women experienced these benefits by sticking to the... Non-Surgical Procedure May Be New Weight-Loss Tool
SUNDAY, April 3, 2016 -- A procedure long used to halt stomach bleeding may offer another way to treat severe obesity, a preliminary study suggests.
The study, of seven severely obese adults, found that the minimally invasive procedure caused no... 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Might Help Dieters' Self-Control
SATURDAY, April 2, 2016 -- In spray form, the "love hormone" oxytocin might aid weight loss, a small pilot study suggests.
A single dose of oxytocin nasal spray decreased impulsive behavior in overweight and obese men, researchers found.
"Impulsive... Waistline May Predict Heart Disease Better Than Weight
SATURDAY, April 2, 2016 -- When it comes to heart health, new research adds to the argument that a pear-shaped body, which is heavy in the hips, may be better than an apple-shaped body, which carries more weight around the belly.
A study of diabetes... Right Neighborhood May Mean 90 Extra Minutes of Exercise a Week
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- People who live in bustling neighborhoods get at least 90 more minutes of exercise a week than other city dwellers, a new global study finds.
The study included more than 6,800 adults, aged 18 to 66, in 14 cities in 10... Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- 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... FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- A proposed limit on "inorganic" arsenic in infant rice cereal was announced Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Infant rice cereal is a leading source of arsenic exposure in babies, the agency said, since... CDC Zika Summit Details Plans to Fight Mosquito-Borne Illness
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- As the continental United States braces itself for the Zika virus, federal, state and local health officials gathered Friday in Washington, D.C., to prepare for the upcoming mosquito season.
More than 300 public health... Could ADHD Drugs Lower Kids' Bone Density?
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- Commonly prescribed drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may affect bone density, a new study says.
Researchers found that young people who take stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin,... Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity, Study Says
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- A high body mass index (BMI) in infancy may predict which children are likely to be obese at age 6 years, scientists say.
"Our study shows that growth patterns in children who become severely obese by 6 years of age differ... Obese People Trying to Shed Pounds Often Go Up and Down
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- The biggest losers -- those who lose the most weight -- tend to be the ones who win when it comes to keeping weight off, new research suggests.
Weight cycling -- or the repeated loss and regain of body weight -- is common.... A New Health Perk for Coffee Drinkers?
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- Drinking coffee may cut your risk of colon cancer by as much as 50 percent, a new study suggests.
The more you drink, the more you may reduce your risk -- and it makes no difference whether the coffee is regular or decaf,... Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say.
However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking... Web Searches for E-Cigs Focus on Buying
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- Most people who search the Internet for e-cigarettes are shopping for the products -- not looking to quit smoking, a new study reveals.
In fact, researchers found that less than 1 percent of millions of Google searches on... Booze-Branded Merchandise May Spur Teen Drinking
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- Teens who own caps, shirts, and other merchandise displaying alcohol logos are more likely to drink, a new study finds.
Australian researchers reviewed results from 13 studies looking at alcohol-branded merchandise and teen... Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- Mindfulness training can trigger brain changes that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manage disturbing memories and thoughts, according to a new study of war veterans.
The goal of mindfulness... Health Highlights: April 1, 2016
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Lab Worker Salmonella Infection Being Investigated by CDC
A salmonella infection in a lab worker is being investigated by the U.S. Centers for... Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 -- There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that... Health Tip: Limit Your Child's Sugar Consumption
-- While your child may beg for sugary sweets, they're usually a poor choice nutritionally and bad for young teeth.
The American Dental Association suggests:
Always check food labels to look for added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars (such as... More of the World's People Are Now Obese Than Underweight
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- More people worldwide are obese than underweight, a new study found.
The researchers added that about one-fifth of adults could be obese by 2025.
The number of obese people in the world rose from 105 million in 1975 to... Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Epilepsy Risk, Study Suggests
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- People who have type 1 diabetes may be nearly three times more likely to develop the seizure disorder epilepsy than people without type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.
The youngest people with type 1 diabetes -- under... Cold Weather Can Spike Football Injuries, Study Finds
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- NFL players are more likely to suffer concussions and ankle injuries during games played on colder days, a new study finds.
Canadian researchers analyzed data on the five most common injuries that occurred during two... Scientists Reduce Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques in Mice
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- 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... Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- Even when their seizures are well-controlled, children with epilepsy can still have learning and behavioral disorders that lead to social and educational problems when they're young adults, a new study finds.
"Frequency... Diabetes Meds Vary in Safety and Effectiveness, Study Shows
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- A study of nearly a half-million people with type 2 diabetes shows there are pros and cons to nearly every form of drug therapy for the disease.
In the British study, researchers looked at patient outcomes from a large... 'Listeria on Rye'? Many U.S. Deli Meat Slicers Cut Corners on Cleanliness
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- The next time you sidle up to the deli counter for a sandwich, you may want to think about how often the meat slicer gets cleaned.
That's because a new federal government survey of a sample of delis across the United... U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- The autism rate among school-aged children in the United States has held steady in recent years, but it's too early to determine whether rates are stabilizing, according to a federal government report released... Clues to Zika Virus' Structure May Point to Weaknesses
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- With the emergence of the Zika virus' devastating effect on newborns, the race for a vaccine has acquired a new urgency.
Now, U.S. scientists say they've uncovered secrets to the germ's physical structure that might help... Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand'
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- Scientists have created a compact machine that can churn out thousands of doses of prescription medication in a day -- putting the capabilities of a drug-manufacturing plant into a device the size of a kitchen... The 'Not Face' Needs No Translation
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- One type of facial expression expresses negative emotion in a wide range of cultures, researchers say.
They found that a furrowed brow, pressed lips and raised chin was interpreted as an expression of negative feelings,... Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery: Study
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- Examining the right side of the brain might help predict speech and language recovery in people who suffer a stroke on the left side of the brain, researchers say.
The left side of the brain is dominant in language and... Evening Snacking Might Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- Breast cancer patients fond of midnight snacking may be at a higher risk of a breast cancer recurrence, according to new research.
"Women whose usual nightly fast was less than 13 hours had a 36 percent increased risk of... Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- An experimental drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis showed promise in a new six-month trial.
Baricitinib substantially reduced symptoms and improved daily physical functioning among people who failed other treatments for... Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- 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... Great American Smokeout Stands Out Among 'Awareness Days'
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- Health-focused awareness days dot the calendar each year. There's World Health Day, World Dolphin Day, World Lupus Day and hundreds more.
Whether they actually boost action on specific health issues isn't clear,... Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- A seasonal flu shot may reduce a pregnant woman's risk of stillbirth, according to a new study.
Australian researchers examined nearly 58,000 births to mothers in the western part of the country during the 2012 and 2013... Gene Variant May Explain Higher Rates of Some Cancers in Black People
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- A single gene variant may explain why black Americans with common cancers have shorter survival times and higher death rates than other races, a new study suggests.
While some researchers have examined possible... Health Highlights: March 31, 2016
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Injectable Male Contraceptive Gel Effective in Rabbits: Study
An injectable male contraceptive gel was effective in rabbits, researchers say.
The... Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 -- Overall homicide victim rates in the United States fell between 1990 and 2010, but the decrease was much larger among blacks and Hispanics than among whites, a new study finds.
During that time, homicide victim rates fell... Health Tip: Prepare for a Safe Spring Break
-- If you're planning a spring break vacation that involves international travel, take time to prepare for a healthier trip.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:
Research any needed vaccines and potential health concerns...