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  • Lung Cancer Drug Targets 'Hidden' HIV in French Patient

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Lung Cancer Drug Targets 'Hidden' HIV in French Patient FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a case that investigators say is a first, a lung cancer drug unmasked and then attacked the kind of HIV-infected cells that standard antiretroviral therapy has been unable to touch. The finding was reported on Dec. 1, which is also World AIDS Day, in the Annals of Oncology . While one AIDS expert said the findings were promising, she noted the drug did not "cure" the patient of HIV. The potential breakthr...

  • Lock Eyes With Your Baby, Synchronize Brain Waves?

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Lock Eyes With Your Baby, Synchronize Brain Waves? FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gazing at your baby may do more than strengthen that bond with your newborn, a new study suggests. Eye contact between parents and their infants actually helps synchronize their brain waves, researchers report. "When the adult and infant are looking at each other, they are signaling their availability and intention to communicate with each other. We found that both adult and infant brains respond to a gaze signal...

  • Later School Start Times Do Help Kids Feel Rested: Study

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Later School Start Times Do Help Kids Feel Rested: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Later school start times could help teens get the amount of sleep they need, according to a new study. The finding contradicts the common belief that teens will simply go to bed later if they can sleep later in the morning. In fact, the study found that even those who did stay up a bit later got more sleep than teens who had to get up for early morning classes. When high schools started classes at 8:30 a.m...

  • Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet -- or 'Low Both'?

    Posted: 11/21/2017

    Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet -- or 'Low Both'? THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low-carb diets are often thought of as fad diets that might yield a rapid initial weight loss, but aren't sustainable or necessarily healthy. But when there's academic research behind the approach, it's worth taking a second look. A study from Tulane University made headlines for showing that a low-carbohydrate diet (think Atkins and South Beach, to name a few) is more effective at losing weight and lowering heart d...

  • Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between 1993 and 1998. Some were assigned to eat less fat and more vegetables, fruits and grains (the intervention group). Others followed their normal diet...

  • Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Liposuction may help people with lymphedema -- a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet. Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema as a side effect of cancer treatment. The other one had a naturally developing form of lymphedema. In all three cases, there was impro...

  • Lethal Dangers Lurk Even After Opioid OD Rescue

    Posted: 11/09/2017

    Lethal Dangers Lurk Even After Opioid OD Rescue MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid addicts saved by the overdose reversal medication naloxone are still in danger following their close brush with death, a new study shows. About 10 percent of overdose patients saved with naloxone (Narcan) in Massachusetts hospitals ended up dying within a year, Harvard researchers reported. Further, half of those who died did so within one month of their rescue, the investigators found. "The opioid overdose ...

  • Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea?

    Posted: 10/31/2017

    Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea? THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lying down after an epidural increases a first-time mother's chances of having a normal birth, a new study suggests. With an epidural, a tube is inserted into a space below the spinal cord, and small doses of painkillers can be given during childbirth. More than 50 percent of U.S. women in labor have an epidural for pain relief, according to the American Pregnancy Association. But having an epidural increases the ris...

  • Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neanderthals are long gone, but bits of their genetic code help shape the bodies and minds of people today, researchers report. These ancient genes still appear to play a role in determining people's skin tone and hair color, plus characteristics as varied as mood, tendency to smoke, and sleep/wake patterns ("circadian rhythms"), the scientists said. The key to these traits in today's humans may lie in...

  • Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By improving the way certain donated organs are handled before a transplant, more organs could end up being used, new research suggests. The concern centers on organs donated following "circulatory death" (DCD). That means a patient's heart, breathing and circulation stop functioning. Most donated organs come from people who are brain dead, but their circulation is continued with machines. Org...