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  • Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress SATURDAY, May 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A view of the ocean is good for the soul, a new study says. Researchers compared people who lived in various areas of Wellington, New Zealand, and found that having the sea in sight every day was linked with lower levels of stress. This association remained even after residents' wealth, age, sex and other factors were taken into account. However, viewing green spaces -- such as grassy parks and forests -- did not seem to show the s...

  • Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stool transplants helped ease debilitating symptoms and heal the colons of tough-to-treat ulcerative colitis patients, new research shows. Australian scientists said the findings could pave the way for such transplants to be used on a more widespread basis. Transferring fecal matter from healthy donors into these patients alters the composition of their gut bacteria, circumventing one of the drivers of ulce...

  • Smoking Harms Black Americans' Kidneys, Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Smoking Harms Black Americans' Kidneys, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may pose a significant risk to kidney health for black Americans, new research suggests. The study included more than 3,600 black adults, aged 21 to 84, from Jackson, Miss., and the surrounding area. The researchers followed their health for 12 years. During that time, the researchers found that, overall, study participants who were current smokers had an 83 percent greater decline in kidney functi...

  • Some Experts Question Extent of Zika Threat to U.S.

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Some Experts Question Extent of Zika Threat to U.S. THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are health officials in the United States overreacting to the threat posed by the Zika virus this summer? Some leading insect and infectious-diseases experts think so, arguing that the mosquito-borne virus is unlikely to become a widespread hazard to pregnant women throughout the United States. "I think the risk for Zika actually setting up transmission cycles that become established in the continental U.S. is...

  • Sun Protection Comes in Many Forms

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Sun Protection Comes in Many Forms SUNDAY, May 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As folks start baring more skin at the beach, pool or barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, that means it's time to start covering up with sunscreen. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays is always harmful, an expert from Penn State Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center pointed out. The damage from these UV rays may be obvious right away in the form of a tan or sunburn, but they can lead a range of problems, from wrinkles to skin cancer, caution...

  • Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola virus was transmitted by semen and breast milk during the latter stages of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, a new study shows. Researchers from the United Kingdom identified several instances of unconventional transmission of the deadly disease, including a mother who may have passed it to her baby through breast-feeding. In another instance, an Ebola survivor sexually transmitted the virus a month ...

  • States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead resear...

  • Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hallucinogenic compound found in "magic mushrooms" shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found. "Depression continues to affect a large proportion of the population, many of whom do not respond to conventional treatments," said Dr. Scott Krakower, a psychiatrist who reviewed the study. "Although this was a small study, it does offer hope for new, unconventional t...

  • Severe, Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Aggressive Melanoma

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Severe, Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Aggressive Melanoma MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep is key to immune function and health, and a new study finds that may be especially true for patients battling melanoma. The study found that severe, untreated cases of sleep apnea -- interruptions in nighttime breathing -- are linked with more aggressive melanomas. "This is the first large, prospective multicenter study that was specifically constructed to look at the relationship between sleep apn...

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they now have more evidence that sleep apnea might worsen heart disease. Sleep apnea leads to interrupted breathing during sleep. In their study, the researchers found that patients with the condition who had a form of the heart procedure called angioplasty were much more likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes after their procedure. The big difference held up even when the researchers adjusted...