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  • Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Annual medical checkups are changing so that they'll be more beneficial for patients, according to a family medicine physician. Research suggests that getting a regular physical examination doesn't necessarily improve patient health. So, the annual physical is transforming into a wellness visit, said Dr. Bill Curry, from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Instead of a short physical exam, a brief ch...

  • Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti. Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area of the Caribbean country has contracted Mayaro virus. The infection was diagnosed after the boy developed a fever and belly pain, the researchers said. Mayaro virus, whic...

  • Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All that feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can mean widening waistlines for Americans. But they're not alone: New research shows that holidays in Germany and Japan pose the same challenges. "In these three prosperous countries, weight gain occurs during national holidays," concluded a team led by Elina Helander, of Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. The study, published Sept. 22 ...

  • Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholics may lack an enzyme that would help them control their impulse to drink, a new study with rats suggests. Researchers found that turning off production of the enzyme PRDM2 in the frontal lobes of the rodents led the animals to drink alcohol, even when it was unpleasant to do so. "PRDM2 controls the expression of several genes that are necessary for effective signaling between nerve cells. When too little enzyme is prod...

  • Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who suffer from a condition that causes disfiguring hair loss, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis might regrow their hair, a new, small study suggests. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes patchy or complete hair loss, including on the head, body, eyebrows and eyelashes. Researchers found that more than 50 percent of 66 patients treated with the drug Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate) saw ...

  • Amjevita OK'd to Treat Inflammatory Diseases

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Amjevita OK'd to Treat Inflammatory Diseases MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) -- a biosimilar drug similar to the popular anti-inflammatory drug Humira -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Amjevita has been approved for moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis; psoriatic arthritis; ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis that affects the spine); Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis; plaque psoriasis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, the FDA said...

  • Always Feeling Lonely? Maybe It's in Your DNA

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Always Feeling Lonely? Maybe It's in Your DNA MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with a lifelong inclination towards loneliness can probably place at least some of the blame on their genes, a large analysis suggests. The finding stems from a study involving nearly 11,000 men and women aged 50 and older. All were participants in a U.S. National Institute on Aging study focused on issues related to health, retirement and aging. Honing in on lifelong loneliness (as opposed to momentary bouts...

  • Are There Alternatives to Statins?

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Are There Alternatives to Statins? TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Statins are the go-to therapy for lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol, but other treatments also can effectively reduce risk of future heart problems, a new evidence review reports. These alternative therapies -- including a heart-healthy diet, other cholesterol-lowering medications, and even intestinal bypass surgery -- seem to confer the same level of heart health protection as statins when cholesterol levels decrease, according...

  • Aggressive Drivers: An Accident Waiting to Happen

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    Aggressive Drivers: An Accident Waiting to Happen FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fury behind the wheel could cost you: Canadian researchers report that angry and aggressive drivers are more likely to get into car accidents. "Even minor aggression, such as swearing, yelling or making rude gestures, can increase the risk of a collision," said lead author Christine Wickens, a scientist with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. Researchers analyzed responses of 12,830 adults in the provin...

  • A New Roadway Danger: Drivers Chasing 'Pokemon Go'

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    A New Roadway Danger: Drivers Chasing 'Pokemon Go' FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pokemon Go is becoming a dangerous distraction for drivers who are using their cars to catch the battling critters in real-world locations, researchers report. An analysis of Pokemon Go-related posts on Twitter found that a disturbing number of people are playing the game in their cars or on foot near traffic, said lead researcher John Ayers, a professor of public health at San Diego State University. At least ...