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  • Brain Harm May Last Long After College Football Players' Final Game

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Brain Harm May Last Long After College Football Players' Final Game FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tissue thinning is still evident in former college football players several years after they stop playing, a new study finds. University of Cincinnati researchers conducted MRI scans of 11 former college players and found they had significantly less cortical thickness in parts of the frontal and temporal cortex of the brain, compared with former track-and-field athletes. "The former footbal...

  • Baby Boomers Going to Pot

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Baby Boomers Going to Pot TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More older Americans are rolling joints or firing up their bongs, a new study on marijuana use finds. "Given the unprecedented aging of the U.S. population, we are facing a never before seen cohort of older adults who use recreational drugs," said Dr. Benjamin Han. He is a geriatrician and health services researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "Older people may use ...

  • Best Way to Beat Back Zika a Matter of Debate

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Best Way to Beat Back Zika a Matter of Debate WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis questions the effectiveness of different methods for controlling the mosquitoes that can transmit Zika and other diseases. The researchers, from the University of East Anglia in England, reviewed evidence about chemical controls, such as pesticides and larvicides, and biological controls, such as placing mosquito larvae-eating crustaceans or fish in standing water containers. Biological controls did ...

  • Brain Scan Test Predicts Fall Risk in Elderly

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Brain Scan Test Predicts Fall Risk in Elderly WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Falls can prove very disabling for the elderly, and new research suggests that measurements of healthy older adults' brain activity may help determine their future risk. "Our findings suggest that changes in brain activity that influence walking may be present long before people exhibit any sign of walking difficulty," said study lead author Dr. Joe Verghese. He directs the Montefiore Einstein Center for the Aging ...

  • Breast Cancer Cells May Change When They Spread to Brain: Study

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Breast Cancer Cells May Change When They Spread to Brain: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When breast cancer spreads to the brain, important molecular changes may occur in the cancer, a small study found. The discovery of these changes could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment, the researchers said. About 20 percent of breast cancers are a type known as HER2-positive, which typically respond to targeted therapies. However, HER2-negative breast cancer that has spread to the brain d...

  • Benign 'Toothlet' Tumor Found in 255 Million-Year-Old Fossil

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Benign 'Toothlet' Tumor Found in 255 Million-Year-Old Fossil THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A fossil of a distant ancestor of today's mammals -- which include humans -- shows evidence of a benign tumor of the jaw, scientists report. The finding pushes back by hundreds of millions of years the advent of these "toothlet" tumors, called odontomas, says a team from the University of Washington in Seattle. The researchers discovered the compound odontoma tumor in the fossilized jaw of a gorgonops...

  • Babies' Marijuana Exposure Evident in Their Pee

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Babies' Marijuana Exposure Evident in Their Pee FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke take in THC, the primary psychoactive chemical in pot, a new study shows. Researchers discovered traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in urine samples from babies and toddlers in Colorado whose parents smoked marijuana. The researchers also found that children exposed to marijuana smoke are more likely to be exposed to tobacco smoke, which increases their risk for health ...

  • Breast Cancer Death Rates Vary Around the World

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Breast Cancer Death Rates Vary Around the World FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer death rates are falling in the United States and many other countries, but increasing in South Korea and some Latin American countries, researchers report. The investigators looked at data from 47 countries from 1987 to 2013. They found that breast cancer death rates declined in 39 of those nations due to advances in detection and treatment over the past few decades. The largest decrease was in England...

  • Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures? MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure and weakened bones are two big health issues for seniors. Now, new data suggests that one class of drugs might help protect against both. The study of thousands of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare patients found that anti-hypertension meds called thiazide diuretics also seemed to lower odds of a patient suffering a hip or pelvic fracture, compared with people on other high blood pressure ...

  • Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria

    Posted: 11/28/2016

    Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prepackaged salads may promote the growth of salmonella bacteria, researchers report. They found that even slight damage to leaves in salad bags released juices that encouraged the spread of salmonella. These salad juices also boosted the bacteria's ability to form biofilms, which cling tightly to the surfaces they coat. This makes it hard to wash the bacteria off the produce, the researchers said. Most salad leaf...