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  • Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds. "It's not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older," said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of cognitive neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "This report provides many helpful suggestions about the things we can do to im...

  • Stress Buster

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Stress Buster (HealthDay News) -- According to an American Psychological Association Stress In America Survey, job stress is one of top causes of stress for American adults. Unfortunately, most of the methods that mental health experts recommend for managing stress -- like exercise, meditation and yoga -- just can't be done in most workplaces. So you need to have some alternative methods you can use on the fly, while your stress levels rise, and nobody knows your using them. Here are five methods for ma...

  • Stem Cell Transplants May Help Some With Multiple Sclerosis

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Stem Cell Transplants May Help Some With Multiple Sclerosis MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell transplants may halt the progression of aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in nearly half of those with the debilitating disease, but picking the right patients for the treatment is key, a new study suggests. Specifically, younger patients with a relapsing form of MS who were not severely disabled and who hadn't found relief with other treatments fared better than others over five years, the i...

  • Same-Sex Marriage Laws Tied to Fewer Teen Suicides

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Same-Sex Marriage Laws Tied to Fewer Teen Suicides MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links the approval of same-sex marriage in American states to lower rates of reported suicide attempts among lesbian, gay and bisexual teens. "The findings suggest that same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts," said study lead author Julia Raifman. She's a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "It's important for polic...

  • Self-Checks Help Spot Melanoma's Return

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Self-Checks Help Spot Melanoma's Return MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Self-checks by melanoma skin cancer patients play an important role in detecting a return of the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research suggests. In the study, which covered the years from 1996 to 2015, investigators from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of North Carolina analyzed data from a multi-institution database on 581 stage 2 melanoma patients who were followed for at least one ...

  • Scientists Shed Light on Possible Cause of Nearsightedness

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Scientists Shed Light on Possible Cause of Nearsightedness TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're nearsighted or not might come down to one particular type of cell in your retina, a new mouse study suggests. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that this cell is highly sensitive to light and controls how the eye develops. If it malfunctions and tells the eye to grow for too long, images don't get focused in the retina as they should ...

  • Scientists Probe Zika's Devastating Effect on Pregnancy

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Scientists Probe Zika's Devastating Effect on Pregnancy TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working with mice, researchers have learned more about how exposure to Zika virus early in pregnancy may increase the risk for miscarriage. Normally, the placenta protects a developing fetus from viral infections. But, somehow, Zika seems able to cross the placenta in early pregnancy, the study authors said. The mouse study also found that Zika-exposed fetuses that survive are more likely to be born with t...

  • Spoiler Alert! Most People Don't Want to Know the Future

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Spoiler Alert! Most People Don't Want to Know the Future WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if it were possible, most people wouldn't want a crystal ball to foresee the future, instead preferring to be kept in the dark, a new study contends. And even if the future holds good surprises, the majority of people still don't want to know what's going to happen ahead of time, the researchers said in the Feb. 22 issue of Psychological Review . "In Greek mythology, Cassandra, daughter of the king...

  • Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting care at a hospital for a psychiatric disorder may be linked to a higher risk of stroke in the following weeks and months, new research suggests. People who sought care at a hospital for serious mental health conditions -- such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder -- faced a tripled risk of stroke following their visit, the study authors contended. The risk started to decrease after 30...

  • Smart Kids Prone to Dumb Choices on Pot, Booze

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Smart Kids Prone to Dumb Choices on Pot, Booze THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smart students usually know better than to light up a cigarette. But when it comes to drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana, these same whiz kids are likely to let knowledge take a backseat to "party" time. New research from the United Kingdom revealed that students who excel in English, math and science appear to be less likely to smoke cigarettes than those with poorer grades. But smart teens are more likely tha...