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  • Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Couch potatoes, there are no more excuses. New research from Canada contends that just one minute of high-intensity exercise can boost your health as much as 45 minutes of a moderate workout. That means you can't claim that you don't have enough time to get in shape. "Most people cite 'lack of time' as the main reason for not being active," said study author Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in ...

  • Got Unwanted Pills? Drug Take-Back Day Is April 30

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Got Unwanted Pills? Drug Take-Back Day Is April 30 THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever wondered how to get rid of an unfinished bottle of prescription drugs? Don't throw it in the trash or flush it down the toilet, advises the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Those methods of dumping your pills can actually be a safety hazard, the DEA says. Instead, Americans with expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can bring them for disposal at drop-off centers nationwide ...

  • Gene Therapy May Offer Hope for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Gene Therapy May Offer Hope for 'Bubble Boy' Disease WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene therapy shows preliminary promise against so-called "Bubble Boy" disease, researchers report. A small, early-stage trial assessed the safety and effectiveness of the gene therapy in five patients with Bubble Boy disease, formally known as severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). Previous bone marrow transplants had failed to correct their immune function. SCID is a severe, inherited diso...

  • Generic Hepatitis C Drugs as Effective as Pricey Brand Names: Study

    Posted: 04/25/2016

    Generic Hepatitis C Drugs as Effective as Pricey Brand Names: Study SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low-cost generic antiviral drugs are as effective and safe as more expensive brand-name drugs in treating people with hepatitis C, researchers report. In many countries, people don't have access to a course of brand-name direct-acting antiviral drugs due to the high cost -- as much as $94,000 a patient, the researchers explained. However, mass-produced generic versions are available for less ...

  • Getting Active After Knee Replacement Might Raise Hip Fracture Risk

    Posted: 04/25/2016

    Getting Active After Knee Replacement Might Raise Hip Fracture Risk SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There could be a downside to knee replacement: As people get more active, their odds for hip and spinal fractures rise, a new study suggests. One expert wasn't surprised by the finding. While the exact reason for the increase in hip and spine fractures isn't clear, it's most likely due "to improved mobility and activity as a result of the knee replacement surgery," said Dr. Caroline Messer, w...

  • Gene May Raise Melanoma Risk, Even Without Sun Exposure

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    Gene May Raise Melanoma Risk, Even Without Sun Exposure WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study hints that genetics could play a role in the development of melanoma even if people don't get a lot of sunburns. But some U.S. experts say people shouldn't take this news as an excuse to bake themselves in the sun, which is considered a major cause of the often-deadly skin cancer. "There should be no change to the current recommendations to adopt sun-safe behaviors for melanoma prevention," c...

  • Gene May Explain Higher Rates of Some Cancers in Black People

    Posted: 04/08/2016

    Gene May Explain Higher Rates of Some Cancers in Black People THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A single gene variant may explain why black Americans with common cancers have shorter survival times and higher death rates than other races, a new study suggests. While some researchers have examined possible socioeconomic factors to explain these differences, others have focused on genetics. "We may finally have a truly genetic explanation for why African-Americans are more prone to a variety of...

  • Great American Smokeout Stands Out Among 'Awareness Days'

    Posted: 04/08/2016

    Great American Smokeout Stands Out Among 'Awareness Days' THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health-focused awareness days dot the calendar each year. There's World Health Day, World Dolphin Day, World Lupus Day and hundreds more. Whether they actually boost action on specific health issues isn't clear, however. But a new study reports that one event -- the Great American Smokeout -- does have a significant impact. This is held each year on the third Thursday of November in an effort to get mo...

  • Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Heart Failure

    Posted: 04/06/2016

    Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Heart Failure WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There might be good news for millions of Americans who suffer from heart failure: A trial using gene therapy appears to have boosted patients' cardiac function. "This type of an intervention would be the ultimate method to reconstruct damaged heart tissue so that it can be mechanically functional again," explained one expert, Dr. Justine Lachmann. She directs the Congestive Heart Failure Program at Winth...

  • Genes May Link Risks for Pot Use, Depression

    Posted: 04/06/2016

    Genes May Link Risks for Pot Use, Depression WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A genetic risk for marijuana dependence may be associated with a higher inherited risk for major depression, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the gene profiles of more than 14,000 people and identified several genetic variants that significantly boost the risk of marijuana dependence. According to the researchers, it's the first study to pinpoint those variants. The investigators also examined whethe...