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  • Can 'Magic Mushrooms' Kick-Start Depression Treatment?

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Can 'Magic Mushrooms' Kick-Start Depression Treatment? FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help patients with tough-to-treat depression, a new study suggests. Twenty patients received psilocybin -- the psychoactive compound in a group of mushrooms that cause hallucinations. Nineteen who completed the study showed improvement in their depression symptoms for up to five weeks after treatment, according to the researchers at Imperial College London. None...

  • Common Exercise Therapy May Not Help Women With Leaky Bladder

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Common Exercise Therapy May Not Help Women With Leaky Bladder MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A commonly promoted exercise purported to help a woman control a leaky bladder probably isn't effective, experts say. The workout -- called the abdominal hypopressive technique -- (AHT) is a breathing and "posture-correcting" approach widely known and used in North America, South America and Europe, said a team of European researchers. With AHT, patients breathe in deeply through the diaphragm, contra...

  • Could 'AI' Become a Partner in Breast Cancer Care?

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Could 'AI' Become a Partner in Breast Cancer Care? TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Machines armed with artificial intelligence may one day help doctors better identify high-risk breast lesions that might turn into cancer, new research suggests. High-risk breast lesions are abnormal cells found in a breast biopsy. These lesions pose a challenge to doctors and patients. The cells in such lesions aren't normal, but they're not cancerous either. And although they can develop into cancer, many don...

  • Clues to How You Hear in a Crowd

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Clues to How You Hear in a Crowd TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Voice pitch plays a role in your ability to hear someone in a crowded setting, British researchers say. This process is called selective attention. It was known that selective attention occurs in a part of the brain called the auditory cortex, which processes speed information. But what triggers it was unclear. "Humans excel at selectively listening to a target speaker when there are a lot of background noises, such as many comp...

  • Cooling Mitts, Socks May Ease a Major Chemo Side Effect

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Cooling Mitts, Socks May Ease a Major Chemo Side Effect WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer drugs can cause debilitating nerve damage as a side effect. But a small study suggests that simple cold wraps to the hands and feet might prevent it. The side effect, known as peripheral neuropathy, damages nerves in the limbs. This often leads to pain, numbness and tingling, and difficulty with balance and using the hands and fingers. There are treatments for peripheral neuropathy, according...

  • Could Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Men's Hearts?

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Could Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Men's Hearts? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to exercise, can you get too much of a good thing? Possibly, suggests a new study that found white men who exercise more than seven hours a week have an 86 percent higher risk of developing plaque build-up in their arteries. No such elevated risk was seen among either black men or women. Plaque build-up is a critical warning sign for possible future heart disease risk. "We were surprised by the fi...

  • Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients? FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests. Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Previous research suggests daily low-dose aspirin therapy may prevent cancer, but there is little clinical evidence on whether regular aspirin use can prevent liver cancer in people with hepatitis B. Researchers from Taiwa...

  • Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure? MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests. Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a week cut their risk of high blood pressure by nearly half, compared to once-a-week sauna bathers. "Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms," said stu...

  • Childhood 'Growth' Tests Not Always Necessary

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    Childhood 'Growth' Tests Not Always Necessary FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just because a child isn't growing or developing exactly like his or her peers doesn't mean a host of medical tests are in order. In fact, five medical tests commonly ordered for children who are short, overweight or showing signs of early puberty aren't always necessary. And, that's particularly true if youngsters are otherwise healthy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The five tests include hor...

  • Coming Soon: A Faster Test for Antibiotics Against UTIs?

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Coming Soon: A Faster Test for Antibiotics Against UTIs? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) plague millions of Americans each year. Now, researchers say they've developed a test that can tell in minutes whether or not a particular antibiotic can clear up the problem. The issue is an important one, doctors say, since many of the bacteria behind UTIs have grown resistant to certain antibiotics. And, left untreated, these infections can have serious effects, especia...