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  • If You're Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored

    Posted: 05/01/2016

    If You're Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself reaching into a bag of chips and you know you're not hungry, maybe you're just bored instead, new research suggests. British researchers conducted two experiments to see how boredom affects people's food choices. In one trial, the researchers asked 52 participants to fill out a questionnaire about their food preferences before and after repeatedly copying the same group of letters. After co...

  • Implanted Brain Chip Restores Hand Movement to Quadriplegic Man

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    Implanted Brain Chip Restores Hand Movement to Quadriplegic Man WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freak diving accident at age 19 left Ian Burkhart's arms and legs paralyzed. Now 24, the former athlete has regained some use of his fingers, hand and wrist thanks to an experimental technology never before tried in humans, researchers report. A surgically implanted computer chip enables messages to travel from Burkhart's brain to his limbs, bypassing the damaged spinal cord, the researchers s...

  • Intensive Exercise a Fountain of Youth for Aging Muscles

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    Intensive Exercise a Fountain of Youth for Aging Muscles WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One key to keeping muscles young is as close as the nearest gym, researchers say. "High-level" exercise appears to help keep older people's muscles young at the cellular level, the Canadian study finds. "Exercise is definitely an important contributor to functional performance," and even non-athletes can benefit from workouts, study lead author Geoff Power, of the University of Guelph, said in a univers...

  • Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

    Posted: 04/13/2016

    Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its second-ever "biosimilar" drug, Inflectra, for adults with Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic plaque psoriasis, among other prescribed uses. In a media release, the agency said Inflectra was biosimilar to Janssen Biotech's Remicade (infliximab), first licensed in 1998. A biosimilar drug is sanctioned based on its maker's ability to show that it i...

  • Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

    Posted: 04/10/2016

    Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health? FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking ("cognitive") abilities. In a new report, investigators reviewed studies on oral health and cognition published between 1993 and 2013. Some of the studies found that oral health indicators -- such ...

  • Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity, Study Says

    Posted: 04/10/2016

    Infant's BMI May Predict Early Childhood Obesity, Study Says FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A high body mass index (BMI) in infancy may predict which children are likely to be obese at age 6 years, scientists say. "Our study shows that growth patterns in children who become severely obese by 6 years of age differ from normal-weight children as young as 4 to 6 months of age," said the study lead investigator, Dr. Allison Smego. She is a pediatric endocrinology fellow at Cincinnati Children's H...

  • Is Your Doctor Trustworthy? Past Records Tough to Find, Experts Say

    Posted: 04/05/2016

    Is Your Doctor Trustworthy? Past Records Tough to Find, Experts Say TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans would want to know if their doctor has a troubled past, but getting that information is difficult, a new report finds. Thousands of practicing doctors in the United States are on probation for offenses such as sexual misconduct, drug addiction or unprofessional treatment of patients, according to Consumer Reports . A survey by the nonprofit group found that 82 percent of respond...

  • Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common

    Posted: 04/05/2016

    Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Painful ear infections remain a scourge of childhood, but fewer American babies are getting them now compared with 20 years ago, new research shows. The study didn't dig into the reasons for the decline. But experts say the credit likely goes to certain childhood vaccines, rising rates of breast-feeding and the drop in Americans' smoking rate. The new research found that 46 percent of babies followed during 2008 to 201...

  • Injuries More Common in Teens Who Focus on Single Sport

    Posted: 04/04/2016

    Injuries More Common in Teens Who Focus on Single Sport SATURDAY, March 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High school athletes who focus on a single sport may be at increased risk for knee and hip injuries, a new study suggests. "Make sure your children are getting breaks in competition," said study author David Bell, assistant professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "There are so many great aspects to sports participation and we ...

  • Inhalation Anthrax Treatment Approved

    Posted: 03/28/2016

    Inhalation Anthrax Treatment Approved MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anthim (obiltoxaximab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat inhalational anthrax, a rare disease stemming from infected animal products. Bacillus anthracis spores also pose a deadly bioterrorism threat if released intentionally. Anthrax toxins can cause severe tissue damage and death, the FDA said Monday in a news release. Anthim, combined with certain antibacterial drugs, is designed to neutr...