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  • Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that pulls the roots of two mental illnesses closer together, researchers say people with bipolar disorder that's resistant to the drug lithium have a high number of genes associated with schizophrenia. Since the 1950s, lithium has been widely used to treat bipolar disorder. The drug stabilizes mood swings -- the highs and lows associated with the disorder -- and reduces the risk of suicide....

  • Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The diagnosis and treatment of two conditions -- chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness -- could improve thanks to the discovery of distinct brain chemistry signatures in people with these disorders, researchers say. The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking problems and exhaustion after exercise. They're often misdiagnosed as depression or other mental health prob...

  • Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have been tackling increasingly serious injuries in the gunshot victims they treat, a 20-year review reports. "The severity of hospitalized firearm injuries [has] increased significantly," said researcher Bindu Kalesan, amounting to what she described as "a significantly elevated cumulative probability of death and disability from firearm injury." That proved to be the case among victims of the Oct. 1 L...

  • Gene Therapy, New Drug Battle a Rare But Deadly Disease in Kids

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Gene Therapy, New Drug Battle a Rare But Deadly Disease in Kids WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born with a previously untreatable degenerative nerve disease now have two fresh sources of hope for their future. Two innovative new therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 have proven highly effective in clinical trials, researchers report. Babies with SMA are born without the gene that promotes production of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Without this protein, nerve cell...

  • Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return

    Posted: 11/07/2017

    Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer. The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer. Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more than a quarter of the patients were still alive. Median survival for patients was 14.4 months, compared with eight months typically seen in patients. "Given the deadly nature of this disease, three-...

  • Gut Bacteria May Change Rapidly After Severe Injury

    Posted: 11/06/2017

    Gut Bacteria May Change Rapidly After Severe Injury THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After a severe traumatic injury, the composition of a patient's intestinal bacteria quickly changes -- a phenomenon that could affect the patient's prognosis, new research suggests. The finding that the gut's so-called "microbiome" experiences a depletion in the presence of some bacteria and an increase in the presence of others came from a small investigation, involving 12 critically injured adults. The pati...

  • Get In Step With Tai Chi

    Posted: 11/05/2017

    Get In Step With Tai Chi TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a low-impact exercise that can have a big impact on your quality of life, give Tai Chi a try. This ancient Chinese practice combines slow, flowing movement with meditation and deep breathing. According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies show that Tai Chi is very good at improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. That's a plus as you age because good balance can ke...

  • Gunshot Sensors Improve Odds for Shooting Victims

    Posted: 11/03/2017

    Gunshot Sensors Improve Odds for Shooting Victims TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gunshot sensors may help speed treatment of shooting victims and potentially improve outcomes for those with the most serious injuries, a new study suggests. About 90 U.S. cities have installed the sensors to help pinpoint shooting scenes and find victims. Fewer than 20 percent of shots fired are reported to police, according to the researchers. They analyzed the cases of 731 gunshot victims, including 192 who w...

  • Gung Ho for Green Tea

    Posted: 11/01/2017

    Gung Ho for Green Tea THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether to relax, warm up or even curb your appetite, there's nothing quite like sipping a soothing cup of tea. And while there's no shortage of brews available, green tea in particular has many potential advantages. There are actually three types of tea leaves: green tea, black tea and oolong. The difference is all in the processing. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves. Like the others, it's naturally caffeinated, though it has far...

  • Go Fish!

    Posted: 10/29/2017

    Go Fish! TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seems like there's no end to the list of benefits from eating seafood. Ounce for ounce, you get more protein and less fat and fewer calories from most fish and shellfish. And there are heart-health benefits as well as weight-loss ones. But just how can you get more seafood in your diet if you've never been a fan? Here are easy ideas you can try right now. At home, start by replacing one meat meal each week with a fish dish. Fish burgers, tacos and keba...