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  • Are Heartburn Meds During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Kids?

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Are Heartburn Meds During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Kids? MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take certain heartburn medications during pregnancy may have a child at increased risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. For the new study, investigators analyzed eight studies that included more than 1.3 million children. The researchers found that kids born to mothers who were prescribed drugs for acid reflux during pregnancy were at least one-third more likely to have been seen ...

  • Airway Differences May Explain Why Asthma Can Be More Serious for Blacks

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Airway Differences May Explain Why Asthma Can Be More Serious for Blacks FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in airway inflammation may be one reason why black people with asthma are less responsive to treatment and more likely to die from the disease than white people, a new study suggests. Asthma is a chronic lung disease, and airway inflammation is a major component of asthma. The inflammation causes the airways to swell and become more sensitive, which eventually leads to symptoms ...

  • Artificial 'Voice Box' Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Artificial 'Voice Box' Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An artificial "voice box" has provided long-term relief for a throat cancer patient in France The 56-year-old man can now speak with an intelligible whisper and breathe normally, said lead researcher Nihal Engin Vrana. The patient, who lives in Alsace, received the implant in 2015. He has lived well with it for longer than 16 months, said Vrana, vice president of Protip Medical, the French company that ...

  • Artists' Brushstrokes May Offer First Hints of Brain Disease

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Artists' Brushstrokes May Offer First Hints of Brain Disease THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An artist's work may reveal early signs of progressive brain disease, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the brushstrokes in nearly 2,100 paintings from seven famous artists. Two (Salvador Dali and Norval Morrisseau) had Parkinson's disease, two (James Brooks and Willem de Kooning) had Alzheimer's disease, and three (Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet) had no known neurodegenerative...

  • Antipsychotic Drugs May Up Risk of Early Death in Alzheimer's Patients

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    Antipsychotic Drugs May Up Risk of Early Death in Alzheimer's Patients TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antipsychotic drugs significantly increases the risk of premature death among Alzheimer's patients, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from almost 58,000 people in Finland diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease between 2005 and 2011. Slightly more than a quarter of the Alzheimer's patients took antipsychotic drugs. The study found they had a 60 percent higher risk of death t...

  • Are Your Gifts Always Getting Returned?

    Posted: 01/04/2017

    Are Your Gifts Always Getting Returned? SATURDAY, Dec. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the best of intentions, some gifts just fall flat and end up getting returned. How can there be such a disconnect between giver and recipient? A new study suggests the answer lies in perceptions. According to the study, gift givers focus on the thrill of the moment when the gift is given. But the recipient focuses on how it will be used. "The biggest mistake that people make is that they end up thinking about gif...

  • About 1.3 Million U.S. Adults Identify as Transgender: Study

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    About 1.3 Million U.S. Adults Identify as Transgender: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One of the first comprehensive surveys on the subject estimates that about 1.3 million American adults currently identify as transgender. The new data is based on answers to a 2014 U.S. government survey of more than 151,000 adults conducted across 19 states. Transgender people identify with or express a gender identity that differs from the gender they were born with. Researchers say that 0.53 percen...

  • Anti-Aging Process Rejuvenates Lab Mice: Study

    Posted: 12/25/2016

    Anti-Aging Process Rejuvenates Lab Mice: Study FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In what sounds like a sci-fi movie come true, researchers say they used gene manipulation to counter aging in mice. Using a process called cellular reprogramming, the scientists said they also made human skin cells appear and act young again in a laboratory dish. "Our study shows that aging may not have to proceed in one single direction," said study senior author Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte. He's a professor in th...

  • Angelina Jolie's Mastectomies Tied to Rise in Genetic Testing

    Posted: 12/22/2016

    Angelina Jolie's Mastectomies Tied to Rise in Genetic Testing THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After actress Angelina Jolie had both breasts removed because she faced a heightened risk for breast cancer, there was a spike in the number of women who were tested for the genes that raise that risk. But, there was no corresponding increase in mastectomy rates, researchers report. Jolie's 2013 announcement about her decision was delivered in an editorial in The New York Times . "That editorial was...

  • A Lengthy, Stable Marriage May Boost Stroke Survival

    Posted: 12/22/2016

    A Lengthy, Stable Marriage May Boost Stroke Survival WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke patients may have better odds of surviving if they're in a long-term stable marriage, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 2,300 stroke sufferers, those who'd been "continuously" married had a better chance of surviving -- versus both lifelong singles and people who'd been divorced or widowed. The long-term marrieds' outlook was better even compared to people who'd gotten rema...