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  • Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Actress Angela Bassett has graced film and TV screens with a wide range of award-winning performances for decades. But her latest role is that of spokeswoman, raising awareness of links between type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately, it's an issue Bassett understands only too well. "I got involved with this movement because of my mom -- to honor her," Bassett said. "She had type 2 diabetes and three yea...

  • Another Step Toward Ebola Protection

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Another Step Toward Ebola Protection THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On the heels of concerns about a new Ebola outbreak in Africa, scientists say they've discovered the first human antibodies effective against all major Ebola viruses. The findings could lead to the first effective treatments and vaccines, according to the team of academic, industry and government researchers. Analysis of the blood of a survivor of the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa led to the discovery. That epid...

  • Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As great as smartphones are, you can get too attached to the gadgets. According to experts at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Behavioral Health, cell phone overuse can be just like any other kind of addiction. And here are two warning signs: your smartphone is interfering with your life, and you get withdrawal symptoms when you try cutting back. Ask yourself these questions to check on the health of your relationship with yo...

  • Actemra Approved for Certain Blood Vessel Inflammation

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Actemra Approved for Certain Blood Vessel Inflammation MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The injected drug Actemra (tocilizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, an inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis). In a media release Monday, the FDA said this form of vasculitis mostly involves blood vessels of the head. Traditional therapy includes large doses of anti-inflammatory drugs called corticosteroids. "We expedited the de...

  • Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of muscle-building anabolic steroids may take a toll on the heart, researchers say. Bodybuilders who take these drugs to bulk up should take note: prolonged use of anabolic steroids makes it harder for the heart to function properly. The steroids might also contribute to artery-clogging, study findings showed. "It is critical that clinicians become aware of the long-term risks of anabolic steroid use on the heart,...

  • Americans Skeptical of Corporate-Backed Health Research

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Americans Skeptical of Corporate-Backed Health Research MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people don't trust health research when industry is involved, a new study finds. "People have a hard time seeing research related to health risks as legitimate if done with a corporate partner," said lead author John Besley. He's an associate professor at Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences who studies the public's perception of science. Study participants included adu...

  • A New Way to Avoid an Embarrassing Male Sexual Problem?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    A New Way to Avoid an Embarrassing Male Sexual Problem? MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men troubled by the embarrassment of premature ejaculation might soon have an easy way to avoid it, new research suggests. Special "wipes" embedded with a mild anesthetic -- benzocaine -- appear to help reduce premature ejaculation, a small new study has found. According to the American Urological Association (AUA), premature ejaculation is the most common form of male sexual dysfunction, affecting about one...

  • Astronauts' Blood Vessels Less Efficient on Long Missions: Study

    Posted: 05/21/2017

    Astronauts' Blood Vessels Less Efficient on Long Missions: Study FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts' heart and blood vessel function drops during long space missions, which limits their ability to exercise, a new study finds. Researchers examined data gathered from nine men and women who spent about six months on the International Space Station. Before their missions, the astronauts did a stationary bike exercise, which they repeated after returning to Earth. Comparing before-and-after ...

  • As Temps Rise, Risk of Pregnancy Complication May Too

    Posted: 05/21/2017

    As Temps Rise, Risk of Pregnancy Complication May Too MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Outdoor air temperature may influence a pregnant woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes, a new study suggests. Mothers-to-be in very cold climes are less likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy than women exposed to hotter temperatures, researchers say. If borne out in other studies, these findings could have important implications for the prevention and management of gestational diabetes, said st...

  • Athletes With ADHD Favor Team Competition

    Posted: 05/19/2017

    Athletes With ADHD Favor Team Competition FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more apt to play team sports than individual sports, a new study reveals. For the study, the researchers looked at more than 850 athletes who competed at Ohio State University over a five-year period. Just over 5.5 percent had been diagnosed with ADHD, about the same percentage as in the overall student population. The study authors said they expected athle...