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  • Germs, Mold Found in Some Medical Pot

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Germs, Mold Found in Some Medical Pot WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana carries infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose a life-threatening risk to cancer patients who use pot to help with side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests. The study was initially prompted by the death of a man using medical marijuana to combat the side effects of cancer treatment. His death was believed to be caused by a fungus from his marijuana, his doctor said. Study researchers teste...

  • Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene variants that raise a person's odds of being "apple-shaped" may be linked to heightened risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a large study suggests. Many previous studies have hinted that a large waistline can be particularly unhealthy, compared to carrying your weight around the hips and thighs ("pear-shaped"). This new research suggests that people who carry weight at the belly tend to have hig...

  • Geneticists Get to the Roots of Hair Loss in Men

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Geneticists Get to the Roots of Hair Loss in Men TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene research may offer a glimmer of hope for men challenged by that bane of aging -- male-pattern baldness. In the largest such study to date, a Scottish research team said it has identified close to 300 genetic regions tied to baldness. Previously, only a handful had been identified, the scientists said. The University of Edinburgh researchers stressed that their findings don't mean a cure for shiny pates is co...

  • Gay Men Less Likely to Have Safe Sex Now: Survey

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Gay Men Less Likely to Have Safe Sex Now: Survey MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a sign that powerful new ways to treat and prevent HIV are relaxing attitudes about safer sex, a new survey finds that gay and bisexual men are much less likely to use condoms than they were two decades ago. Men questioned at a Atlanta gay pride event in 2015 -- including HIV-positive men -- were more likely to say they'd recently had anal sex without a condom compared to men who were questioned at the same eve...

  • Gym Membership Makes Your Heart Fitter, Too

    Posted: 02/16/2017

    Gym Membership Makes Your Heart Fitter, Too WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're on the fence about joining a gym, consider this: Health club members exercise more and have better heart health, according to a new study. Researchers from Iowa State University found men and women who have a gym membership get more aerobic and strength-training activity than those who don't. "It's not surprising that people with a gym membership work out more, but the difference in our results is pretty dr...

  • Gay Man Infected With HIV Despite Using Preventive Drugs

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    Gay Man Infected With HIV Despite Using Preventive Drugs WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors report that a gay Canadian man contracted HIV even though he had been taking daily medication to ward off infection. Based on a genetic analysis of the virus, it was determined that the 43-year-old Toronto resident was infected with a strain of HIV that had become resistant to the anti-HIV drug Truvada, said report author Dr. David Knox. He is a doctor with the Maple Leaf Medical Clinic in Toront...

  • Gene Discoveries Offer New Height Insights

    Posted: 02/08/2017

    Gene Discoveries Offer New Height Insights WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dozens of newly identified gene variants may have a major influence on height, British researchers say. "The new genetic variants we found are rare in the population but their large effects on human height have revealed important new insights into human skeletal growth," said Panos Deloukas, senior co-lead author of a new report on the genes. He's a professor at Queen Mary University of London. The identified genes wi...

  • Got an Itch? Use These Tips for Relief -- and Don't Scratch

    Posted: 02/08/2017

    Got an Itch? Use These Tips for Relief -- and Don't Scratch TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Itchy skin is a common problem, but there are several ways to find relief, a dermatologist says. "There are many reasons for itchy skin," Dr. Hassan Galadari said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "It could be the result of a skin condition, such as eczema, shingles, hives or psoriasis, or it could be a sign of a contagious disease, like scabies or ringworm." To relieve itchy skin, Ga...

  • Good News for Older Women With Early Form of Breast Cancer

    Posted: 02/06/2017

    Good News for Older Women With Early Form of Breast Cancer FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older women treated for a very early form of breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), do not have an overall increased risk of early death compared to their peers, a new study finds. "Being diagnosed with DCIS can be extremely distressing, and research indicates that many women overestimate the risks involved and are confused about treatment. This study should provide reassurance that a dia...

  • Gut Bacteria May Link Diet, Colon Cancer, Study Says

    Posted: 02/04/2017

    Gut Bacteria May Link Diet, Colon Cancer, Study Says THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers think they know why a diet high in whole grains and fiber might lower the risk of certain types of colon cancer. The mechanism behind this link appears to be a type of intestinal bacteria, the Boston research team said. Specifically, they looked at Fusobacterium nucleatum , which is among hundreds of types of bacteria found in the large intestine. It's believed to play a role in colon cancer. The...