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  • Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a brother or sister with schizophrenia are 10 times more likely to develop the mental illness, a new study out of Israel suggests. Researchers also found increased risks for bipolar disorder when a sibling had been diagnosed with it. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Weiser, from the department of psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, called the results "quite strik...

  • Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment. "These patients are tremendously disfigured by this skin disease," explained lead researcher Dr. Amy Paller, an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. "It can be pai...

  • Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Software that quickly analyzes mammograms and patient history to determine breast cancer risk could save time and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to the developers of the technology. The software was used to evaluate mammograms and pathology reports of 500 breast cancer patients. It did so 30 times faster than doctors and with 99 percent accuracy, the Houston Methodist Cancer Center researchers s...

  • Smoking Losing Its Cool With Kids, CDC Says

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Smoking Losing Its Cool With Kids, CDC Says THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teens seem to be losing interest in smoking cigarettes and cigars, a new federal report finds. The same can't be said of e-cigarettes. Fewer students reported trying cigarettes or cigars between 2012 and 2014, the new research showed. The report was a joint effort from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. The report also fou...

  • Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cities that promote walking, bicycling and public transportation can expect a drop in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests. The finding stems from an international study led by the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The goal: To see how city design -- including street layout and access to shopping within wa...

  • Study: Colonoscopy After 75 May Not Be Worth It

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Study: Colonoscopy After 75 May Not Be Worth It MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A colonoscopy can find and remove cancerous growths in the colon, but it may not provide much cancer prevention benefit after the age of 75, a new study suggests. A review of more than 1.3 million Medicare patients aged 70 to 79 found that having a colonoscopy reduced colon cancer risk slightly over eight years, from just under 3 percent to a little more than 2 percent in those younger than 75. But it had little o...

  • Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis Patients

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis Patients WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A British study says it provides new evidence that marijuana use may boost the risk that people who struggle with psychosis will relapse. But critics said the effect seems to be small, and they questioned the validity of the research. A study co-author stands by the work, however. "We show that pot use causes an increase in the risk of relapse in psychosis and demonstrate that alternative explanations are ...

  • Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsmokers can be exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke without realizing it, and be unaware that they are at increased risk for lung cancer and heart disease, a new study suggests. The discovery highlights the need for a more accurate way to assess secondhand smoke exposure than having patients fill out questionnaires. "A crucial finding of this study is that nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke without eve...

  • Scientists ID Key Fetal Cells Vulnerable to Zika

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Scientists ID Key Fetal Cells Vulnerable to Zika THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The devastating mosquito-borne Zika virus can infect cells that play a role in skull development, a new study finds. The findings may help explain why Zika infection during pregnancy can lead to babies with smaller-than-normal heads and brains, a birth defect called microcephaly. In laboratory experiments, the Stanford University researchers discovered that cranial neural crest cells are vulnerable to Zika. The...

  • Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may speed progression of Lou Gehrig's disease and shorten the lives of those with the fatal illness, new research suggests. Also known as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These cells control many vital muscle functions, including speaking, swallowing and breathing. Though no cure for ALS has been found, scientists have identified several risk f...