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  • Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who've ever suffered gallstones may have a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease down the road, a large new study suggests. In a group of more than one-quarter million U.S. adults, researchers found those with a history of gallstones were 17 percent more likely to develop heart disease over the next few decades. Gallstones and heart disease share some of the same risk factors -- such as obesit...

  • Genes Might Explain Hispanics' Added Longevity

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Genes Might Explain Hispanics' Added Longevity FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics might carry genetic advantages that allow them to age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups, a new study finds. DNA analysis using a newly developed genetic "clock" found that Hispanics age more slowly because they are more resistant to natural processes that interfere with cell repair and development as we grow older, said lead researcher Steve Horvath. He is a professor of human genetics at the David...

  • Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A quick genetic test might one day help doctors determine within hours whether a baby's fever is from a virus or a serious bacterial infection. "Doctors have great difficulty in distinguishing whether a child with a high fever has a bacterial or viral infection on clinical features alone," said Dr. Michael Levin. He is a professor of pediatrics and international child health at Imperial College London in England. "As ...

  • Granddaddy of Sharks May Live to 400

    Posted: 08/22/2016

    Granddaddy of Sharks May Live to 400 MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's entirely possible that a very old shark native to Arctic waters was alive and swimming soon after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Using carbon dating techniques usually reserved for archaeology, researchers now estimate that a large Greenland shark was up to 392 years of age when it died -- the longest lifespan of any vertebrate on Earth. At the lower end of lifespan estimates, the shark might be 272 years of age -...

  • Gay, Lesbian Teens More Likely to Suffer Rapes, Attacks: CDC

    Posted: 08/21/2016

    Gay, Lesbian Teens More Likely to Suffer Rapes, Attacks: CDC FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are much more likely to be victims of physical and sexual violence and bullying, and more needs to be done to protect them, a new U.S. government study says. "These tragic disparities call for accelerated action by public health and education agencies, communities, and families to protect the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth," said Dr. Jonathan Me...

  • Giving Brings a Health Dividend

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Giving Brings a Health Dividend TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When older people devote time and effort in volunteering, better health may be their reward, new research suggests. In a large British study, among those 40 and older, volunteering was associated with good mental health and emotional well-being. But no such link was seen among those younger than 40, the researchers said. "Volunteering might provide those groups with greater opportunities for beneficial activities and social contac...

  • Growth Hormone with Suppression (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Growth Hormone with Suppression (Blood) Does this test have other names? GH What is this test? This test measures the level of growth hormone (GH) in your blood. GH is made in your pituitary gland. It affects height, bone, and muscle growth in children. It affects how adults look and feel, as well as their bone and muscle health. GH is made in a pulse-like manner. Most GH is made while you sleep. When you're awake, little or possibly no GH is found in your blood. That makes it hard to test your GH level...

  • Growth Hormone with Stimulation (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Growth Hormone with Stimulation (Blood) Does this test have other names? GH, GHD, arginine, insulin tolerance test or insulin-induced hypoglycemia, clonidine, L-dopa, glucagon, growth-hormone-releasing hormone, GHRH What is this test? This test measures the level of growth hormone (GH) in your blood. GH is made in your pituitary gland. It affects height, bone, and muscle growth in children. It affects how adults look and feel, as well as their bone and muscle health. GH is made in a pulse-like manner. M...

  • Growth Hormone (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Growth Hormone (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test measures the amount of growth hormone (GH) in your blood. GH is made in your pituitary gland. It affects height, bone, and muscle growth in children. It affects how adults feel and look, as well as their bone and muscle health. GH is made in a pulse-like manner. Most GH is made while you sleep. When you're awake, little or possibly no GH is found in your blood. That makes it hard to test your GH level. Specialists h...

  • Growth Hormone Antibody

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Growth Hormone Antibody Does this test have other names? Anti-human GH antibodies, growth hormone neutralizing antibodies What is this test? This test looks for growth hormone (GH) antibodies in your blood. GH is used to manage height issues linked to a growth hormone deficiency (GHD). If your body makes GH antibodies in response to GH treatment, the treatment may not work the way it should. Why do I need this test? You might have this test if your healthcare provider suspects that your GH treatment isn...