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  • Blood Test Can Screen for Rare Sinus Cancer, Study Finds

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Blood Test Can Screen for Rare Sinus Cancer, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new DNA blood test can catch a rare but deadly form of cancer that occurs in the sinuses, researchers report. The test, which looks for DNA evidence of Epstein-Barr virus in blood samples, was 97 percent accurate at detecting the presence of nasopharyngeal cancer, according to the results of a clinical trial. "I believe that the test is technologically ready for use for screening nasopharyngeal cancer ...

  • By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children from poor families are more likely than their richer peers to show signs of narrowing in the neck arteries -- hinting they could face a heightened risk of heart disease as adults. That's the finding of a new study that followed children from nearly 1,500 Australian families. The study builds on evidence that heart disease risk can start to take shape at a young age. It also adds another layer: Social...

  • Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your blood pressure varies from day-to-day, you may be at higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer's disease, new research from Japan suggests. People whose systolic blood pressure (the top reading) fluctuated from day-to-day were more than twice as likely to develop any type of dementia or Alzheimer's disease compared to those with more stable day-to-day blood pressure, the researchers found. And the stu...

  • Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 08/13/2017

    Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding helps protect women against breast cancer, a new report finds. Of the 18 studies analyzed by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 13 found the risk of breast cancer dropped 2 percent for every five months a woman breast-fed. The report, updating global science on breast cancer, also found that breast-fed babies are less likely to gain excess weight as they grow, which could reduce...

  • Blood Proteins Linked to Severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Posted: 08/10/2017

    Blood Proteins Linked to Severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome has no cure and reliable treatments remain elusive, but new research links it to changes in 17 immune-system signaling proteins called cytokines. That suggests inflammation plays a part in the disease, which can persist for years, according to researchers at Stanford University Medical Center. They said their findings could help doctors diagnose chronic fatigue and gauge its s...

  • Bacteria May Explain Why Uncircumcised Face Higher HIV Risk

    Posted: 08/06/2017

    Bacteria May Explain Why Uncircumcised Face Higher HIV Risk TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, bacteria that live under the foreskin of uncircumcised straight men have been linked to a rise in the risk for contracting HIV, new research indicates. Researchers found four specific types of bacteria tied to a higher risk of the AIDS-causing virus. These bacteria are part of the microbiome -- a collection of microorganisms found in a particular area -- of the area on the penis loc...

  • Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

    Posted: 08/02/2017

    Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two particular types of nerve damage -- neuropathy -- have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says. Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a neurologist at Penn State Health ...

  • Big Baby, Heavier Kid?

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Big Baby, Heavier Kid? MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Those chubby baby cheeks that everyone loves to squeeze may signal an increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 children in the United States and found that those who were more than 10 pounds at birth were 69 percent more likely than average-weight babies to be obese by kindergarten. This risk continued at least until the second grade, when the study ended. By the second grade, about...

  • Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common? Do those sports lead to any long-term brain damage? Possibly, suggests a new study that found boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have higher levels of certain brain proteins t...

  • Better Diet, Longer Life?

    Posted: 07/24/2017

    Better Diet, Longer Life? WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows. The findings, reported in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , might not sound surprising. Health experts said they basically reinforce messages people have been hearing for years. But the study is the first to show that sustained diet changes -- even later in life -- might extend people's lives, the researche...