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  • Another Step Toward Ebola Protection

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Another Step Toward Ebola Protection THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On the heels of concerns about a new Ebola outbreak in Africa, scientists say they've discovered the first human antibodies effective against all major Ebola viruses. The findings could lead to the first effective treatments and vaccines, according to the team of academic, industry and government researchers. Analysis of the blood of a survivor of the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa led to the discovery. That epid...

  • Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As great as smartphones are, you can get too attached to the gadgets. According to experts at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Behavioral Health, cell phone overuse can be just like any other kind of addiction. And here are two warning signs: your smartphone is interfering with your life, and you get withdrawal symptoms when you try cutting back. Ask yourself these questions to check on the health of your relationship with yo...

  • Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of muscle-building anabolic steroids may take a toll on the heart, researchers say. Bodybuilders who take these drugs to bulk up should take note: prolonged use of anabolic steroids makes it harder for the heart to function properly. The steroids might also contribute to artery-clogging, study findings showed. "It is critical that clinicians become aware of the long-term risks of anabolic steroid use on the heart,...

  • Americans Skeptical of Corporate-Backed Health Research

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Americans Skeptical of Corporate-Backed Health Research MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people don't trust health research when industry is involved, a new study finds. "People have a hard time seeing research related to health risks as legitimate if done with a corporate partner," said lead author John Besley. He's an associate professor at Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences who studies the public's perception of science. Study participants included adu...

  • Actemra Approved for Certain Blood Vessel Inflammation

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Actemra Approved for Certain Blood Vessel Inflammation MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The injected drug Actemra (tocilizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, an inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis). In a media release Monday, the FDA said this form of vasculitis mostly involves blood vessels of the head. Traditional therapy includes large doses of anti-inflammatory drugs called corticosteroids. "We expedited the de...

  • At Major Teaching Hospitals, Lower Death Rates

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    At Major Teaching Hospitals, Lower Death Rates TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Major U.S. teaching hospitals are often considered more expensive than the competition, but a new study suggests they may have an important quality advantage. Older adults treated at major teaching facilities are less likely to die in the weeks and months following their discharge than patients admitted to "non-teaching" or community hospitals, the study found. The study involved more than 21 million hospitalization...

  • Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDC

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDC THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report. "Alzheimer's disease is a public health problem that affects not only people with Alzheimer's disease, but also the people who provide care to them, which is often family members," said report author Christopher Taylor. He's...

  • Autism's 'Worryingly' High Suicide Rates Spur Conference

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Autism's 'Worryingly' High Suicide Rates Spur Conference THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High rates of suicide among people with autism are drawing specialists to a conference this week in England. "What relatively little we know about suicidality in autism points to a worryingly high prevalence of people with the condition contemplating and attempting to take their own life," said Sarah Cassidy, co-author of a paper written in advance of the meeting. "More concerning still, the small body of...

  • Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids? THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fidget spinners may be the latest must-have kids' toy, but claims that the gizmos help students pay attention aren't backed by science, experts say. Some retailers market the devices as a way to help kids with anxiety, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep themselves calm and focused in the classroom. However, there have been no studies showing that fidget spinners benefit kids strugg...

  • Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health

    Posted: 05/23/2017

    Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Actress Angela Bassett has graced film and TV screens with a wide range of award-winning performances for decades. But her latest role is that of spokeswoman, raising awareness of links between type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately, it's an issue Bassett understands only too well. "I got involved with this movement because of my mom -- to honor her," Bassett said. "She had type 2 diabetes and three yea...