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  • Early Menopause May Be Tied to Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Early Menopause May Be Tied to Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The earlier a woman begins menopause, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Following almost 4,000 women in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers found that those who went through menopause before age 40 were almost four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women whose menopause was late -- at 55 or older. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, according to th...

  • Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests. British scientists found that women who engage in "brief bursts" of any high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity had 4 percent better bone health than their less active peers. "We don't yet know whether it's better to accumulate this small amount of exercise in bits throughout each day or all at once, and also whe...

  • Experimental Vaccines Might Shield Fetus From Zika

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    Experimental Vaccines Might Shield Fetus From Zika THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two experimental vaccines might help protect human fetuses against the Zika virus, a new mouse study suggests. Researchers found female mice that were vaccinated before they got pregnant had babies with no sign of Zika infection. "There are several vaccines in human trials right now, but to date, none of them has been shown to protect during pregnancy. We tested two different vaccines, and they both provided s...

  • Early Parkinson's May Prompt Vision Problems

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    Early Parkinson's May Prompt Vision Problems TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in vision may be an early sign of Parkinson's disease, researchers report. The neurodegenerative condition is caused by the loss of neurons in several brain structures, resulting in tremors, rigidity or stiffness, along with impaired balance and coordination, the Italian researchers explained. But, "although Parkinson's disease is primarily considered a motor disorder, several studies have shown non-motor sym...

  • Exercising Safely With Diabetes

    Posted: 07/18/2017

    Exercising Safely With Diabetes FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a powerful tool for managing diabetes. Doing it safely can be a bit of a challenge, but the extra effort is worth it. Regular exercise has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Working out uses sugar from your bloodstream to fuel your muscles. It also helps the insulin in your body to work better, according to the American Diabetes Association. Talk to your doctor about which activities are safe for you, what your blo...

  • Exercise Can Keep Obese Seniors on the Go

    Posted: 07/16/2017

    Exercise Can Keep Obese Seniors on the Go WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may improve everyday life for even severely obese older adults, a new study says. Obese seniors can become unable to walk short distances -- this is termed a major mobility disorder -- and perform day-to-day tasks. Extreme obesity, in particular, may threaten someone's independence, researchers say. "Having a major mobility disorder can really affect the quality of life and independence for older people, but w...

  • Eye Docs Debunk 5 Fireworks Myths

    Posted: 07/13/2017

    Eye Docs Debunk 5 Fireworks Myths SUNDAY, July 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets may seem harmless enough, but there's really no such thing as safe fireworks for consumers, eye doctors warn. Each year, about 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated at U.S. emergency departments. Most of those cases involve children, including many who suffer eye injuries, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Most of the injuries are caused by legal fireworks...

  • Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Dangerous Viruses

    Posted: 07/12/2017

    Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Dangerous Viruses THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental antiviral drug is effective against a number of coronaviruses, including some that can cause deadly epidemics, researchers say. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans. These viruses include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which has a 10 percent death rate, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which has a 40 percent de...

  • Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication. In a trial that pitted transcranial, direct-current stimulation (tDCS) against the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro), researchers found that lessening of depression was about the s...

  • Elevated Protein Level Increases Blacks' Risk of Kidney Disease

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Elevated Protein Level Increases Blacks' Risk of Kidney Disease TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans with gene variants that raise their risk of chronic kidney disease don't always develop it, and researchers now think they know why. Fifteen to 20 percent of black Americans have inherited variations of the apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) that put them at risk for chronic kidney disease, but only about half of them are diagnosed with the illness. Scientists analyzed blood samples from mor...