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  • Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings?

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings? MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teeth might someday repair themselves using their own stem cells -- eliminating the need for conventional fillings, researchers report. Although still in the laboratory stage, a new method tested in mice indicates that a drug called Tideglusib can stimulate teeth to fix decay. "Teeth have a limited ability to repair themselves by activating their own stem cells," said lead researcher Paul Sharpe. That "natural repair ...

  • Common Virus May Have Ties to Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Common Virus May Have Ties to Type 1 Diabetes TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From Finland comes more evidence that a common group of viral infections may play a role in the development of at least some cases of type 1 diabetes. The viruses are known as enteroviruses. These viruses cause a number of infections -- from the common cold to conditions as serious as polio, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that children who had signs indicating they ...

  • Can Brain Scans Help Doctors Navigate Epilepsy Surgery?

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Can Brain Scans Help Doctors Navigate Epilepsy Surgery? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- MRI scans might help doctors protect critical areas of the brain before surgery to treat epilepsy, new guidelines suggest. Scientists found the scans may be a safer and less invasive alternative to another more commonly used procedure, according to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). When medication doesn't effectively control epilepsy, surgery may be recommended. Doctors can remove the part of the ...

  • Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender?

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender? THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The gender of a woman's future child may be linked to her blood pressure six months before she becomes pregnant, a preliminary study suggests. A team of Canadian and Chinese researchers found that a higher pre-pregnancy blood pressure reading may be associated with a greater likelihood for delivering a baby boy. Conversely, lower blood pressure may favor the odds of giving birth to a girl. But the...

  • Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. "When it comes to your feet, rain, snow and slushy weather have something in common: they cause dampness. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection," said Dr. Mi...

  • Can Coffee Perk Up Heart Health, Too?

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Can Coffee Perk Up Heart Health, Too? MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The caffeine in your morning cup of joe may do more than jolt you awake -- it may also help dampen the type of inflammation that's linked to heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. Researchers found that an inflammatory mechanism was dialed up in certain older adults, but not others. When it was highly activated, people often had high blood pressure and stiff arteries. But in lab experiments, there was evidence tha...

  • Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe to assume many new parents aren't sleeping as much as they'd like, but many pregnant women also suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to insomnia. Pregnant women may also have trouble sleeping due to heartburn, having to use the bathroom more frequently or worries about giving birth, the group explained. There are ways mothers-to-be can help...

  • Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development?

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development? TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have obese parents may show signs of developmental delays, such as poor social skills, by the time they're 3 years old, a new study suggests. The specific developmental problems seem to differ depending on whether the mother, father or both parents are obese, according to researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Specifically, mothers' obesity was associated...

  • Cluster Headaches Can Defy Diagnosis But Respond to Treatment

    Posted: 01/10/2017

    Cluster Headaches Can Defy Diagnosis But Respond to Treatment MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cluster headaches are extremely painful, but treatable and preventable, one neurologist says. "Because they are so rare, they are often misdiagnosed as migraines or allergies and aren't treated appropriately," said Dr. Juline Bryson, an assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Cluster headaches are short but extremely painful headaches that occur in...

  • Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss?

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss? THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss may be linked to iron deficiency anemia -- a combination of low levels of iron and red blood cells, new research suggests. The study found that people with iron deficiency anemia have more than twice the rate of hearing loss as people without the blood disorder. The association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia was particularly strong for two types of hearing loss -- one called sensorineural and combi...