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  • A New Roadway Danger: Drivers Chasing 'Pokemon Go'

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    A New Roadway Danger: Drivers Chasing 'Pokemon Go' FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pokemon Go is becoming a dangerous distraction for drivers who are using their cars to catch the battling critters in real-world locations, researchers report. An analysis of Pokemon Go-related posts on Twitter found that a disturbing number of people are playing the game in their cars or on foot near traffic, said lead researcher John Ayers, a professor of public health at San Diego State University. At least ...

  • Aggressive Drivers: An Accident Waiting to Happen

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Aggressive Drivers: An Accident Waiting to Happen FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fury behind the wheel could cost you: Canadian researchers report that angry and aggressive drivers are more likely to get into car accidents. "Even minor aggression, such as swearing, yelling or making rude gestures, can increase the risk of a collision," said lead author Christine Wickens, a scientist with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. Researchers analyzed responses of 12,830 adults in the provin...

  • Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Annual medical checkups are changing so that they'll be more beneficial for patients, according to a family medicine physician. Research suggests that getting a regular physical examination doesn't necessarily improve patient health. So, the annual physical is transforming into a wellness visit, said Dr. Bill Curry, from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Instead of a short physical exam, a brief ch...

  • Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti. Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area of the Caribbean country has contracted Mayaro virus. The infection was diagnosed after the boy developed a fever and belly pain, the researchers said. Mayaro virus, whic...

  • Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholics may lack an enzyme that would help them control their impulse to drink, a new study with rats suggests. Researchers found that turning off production of the enzyme PRDM2 in the frontal lobes of the rodents led the animals to drink alcohol, even when it was unpleasant to do so. "PRDM2 controls the expression of several genes that are necessary for effective signaling between nerve cells. When too little enzyme is prod...

  • Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All that feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can mean widening waistlines for Americans. But they're not alone: New research shows that holidays in Germany and Japan pose the same challenges. "In these three prosperous countries, weight gain occurs during national holidays," concluded a team led by Elina Helander, of Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. The study, published Sept. 22 ...

  • Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who suffer from a condition that causes disfiguring hair loss, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis might regrow their hair, a new, small study suggests. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes patchy or complete hair loss, including on the head, body, eyebrows and eyelashes. Researchers found that more than 50 percent of 66 patients treated with the drug Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate) saw ...

  • Alcohol May Damage the Heart -- at Least for Some

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Alcohol May Damage the Heart -- at Least for Some WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You might need to reconsider that nightly glass of wine (or beer, or liquor) because new research suggests that alcohol may not be as healthy for everyone's heart as previously believed. Long-term drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol may increase some people's risk of stroke by causing the heart's left atrium to get bigger, the researchers said. The left atrium is the upper left chamber of the heart. Thi...

  • Antidepressant Might Prevent Depression Following Brain Injury

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Antidepressant Might Prevent Depression Following Brain Injury WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Depression can often follow a traumatic brain injury, but new research suggests the antidepressant Zoloft might help prevent this from happening. One expert said prior studies have produced similar findings. The new research "provides further support of the possibility that depression following neurological injury could be avoided, rather than treated after the fact," said Dr. Paul Mattis. He is ...

  • As Traffic Piles Up, So Does Air Pollution

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    As Traffic Piles Up, So Does Air Pollution MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stuck in traffic? Shut your car windows and turn your ventilation system to re-circulate air, researchers advise. Doing so can reduce your exposure to toxic air pollution from a traffic jam by up to 76 percent, a new study suggests. "Where possible and with weather conditions allowing, it is one of the best ways to limit your exposure by keeping windows shut, fans turned off and to try and increase the distance between...