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  • Can Video Game Playing Cost You Gray Matter?

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Can Video Game Playing Cost You Gray Matter? MONDAY, Aug. 7 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that certain players of action video games may lose gray matter in a part of the brain that's linked to mental illness. On the other hand, the Canadian study suggests, other players may actually benefit from the games. And a psychologist not involved with the study said there's no evidence that video games are harmful to the brain. The results indicate that the reported benef...

  • Can Scans Predict Some Autism Cases?

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Can Scans Predict Some Autism Cases? TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with a particular genetic cause of autism show structural abnormalities in the brain that are readily detected with noninvasive imaging, according to a new study. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found clear brain structure abnormalities in people with autism caused, in part, by defects in chromosome 16. Those MRI findings were, in turn, related to particular impairments, such as problems with communication and socia...

  • Caring for Aging Parents

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Caring for Aging Parents TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans are juggling working and raising a family with taking care of an older relative. If you're facing this situation, it can be hard to figure out the best use of your time and energy for caregiving, while also meeting other home and family obligations. Here's an approach suggested by the Family Caregiver Alliance to help you prioritize and delegate responsibilities. Start by making a list of everything you do as a care...

  • Certain Jobs Linked to Raised Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Certain Jobs Linked to Raised Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease in which a person's immune system attacks the joints, appears to be more common among people in certain types of jobs, researchers suggest. The findings "indicate that work-related factors, such as airborne harmful exposures, may contribute to disease development," study author Anna Ilar said. She is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute ...

  • Calming Those Back-to-School Jitters

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Calming Those Back-to-School Jitters SUNDAY, Aug. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many children look forward to heading back to school, but an expert in child psychology notes that the new school year can cause anxiety for some kids. The start of the school year may be especially stressful for some children in a transition year, such as going into kindergarten, into middle school or to a new school, according to Rachel Busman. She's a senior clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York Cit...

  • Could Newborn Heart Stem Cells Jump-Start Old Hearts?

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Could Newborn Heart Stem Cells Jump-Start Old Hearts? TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cells from young hearts might breathe new life into aging ones, research in rats suggests. In the study, a special type of stem cells was taken from the hearts of newborn rats and injected into the hearts of old rats, average age 22 months. Other rats from the same age group were given saline shots instead. Baseline heart function was measured in all the rats, using echocardiograms, treadmill stress tes...

  • Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes? TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to type 2 diabetes management, a new study finds that more is definitely better for lowering blood sugar levels. The study showed that adding intensive lifestyle management to standard diabetes care (diabetes medication and usual lifestyle change advice) brought blood sugar into a nondiabetic range. The intensive intervention worked so well that "half of the intervention group did not...

  • Choosing a Gym: Exercise Your Options

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Choosing a Gym: Exercise Your Options WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's more to choosing a gym than just a low membership cost or lots of fancy equipment. Get the answers to the following questions to find the right one for you. First, see if there are enough cardio and strength-training options to meet both of these key health goals, suggest the experts at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Ask if the facility has both the types of equipment and the classes you like. If,...

  • Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests. The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu. By reviewing these DNA fragments for mutations found in 58 "cancer-driver" genes, the blood test detects many early stage cancers without rendering ...

  • Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some adult survivors of childhood cancer go on to develop brain tumors, and now researchers say they've found a gene mutation that seems to increase that risk. The researchers said their findings could lead to ways to prevent these brain tumors. Adults who had radiation to their head and spine to treat childhood cancer have a greater risk of meningiomas. These tumors, which are often benign, are ...