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  • Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blindness at an early age triggers the brain to make new connections that enhance hearing, smell and touch, as well as memory and language, a new study suggests. Researchers used MRIs to scan the brains of 12 people who were born blind or lost their sight by age 3. The scans showed a number of changes in the brains of the people who were blind that weren't present in scans from people who could still see. C...

  • Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bavencio (avelumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), the agency said Thursday in a news release. The drug, sanctioned for people 12 and older, is the first MCC treatment approved in the United States. Some 1,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with the disease. Many cases can be treated surgically, b...

  • Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding may not make kids sharper or better behaved than their non-nursed peers over the long-term, a new study suggests. Breast-feeding is known to have many positive effects for babies and moms. But the notion that it makes kids smarter or better able to regulate their behavior is unproven. "The belief that babies who are breast-fed have advantages in their cognitive development, in particular, has be...

  • Better Efforts Could Help Rid the U.S. of Hepatitis B, C: Report

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Better Efforts Could Help Rid the U.S. of Hepatitis B, C: Report TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Improved prevention, screening and treatment could help eliminate hepatitis B and C as serious public health problems in the United States and save nearly 90,000 lives by 2030, according to a new report. About 1.3 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis B and about 2.7 million have chronic hepatitis C. These infections cause about 80 percent of liver cancer cases worldwide. Liv...

  • Brain-Computer Link Restores Some Movement to Quadraplegic Man

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Brain-Computer Link Restores Some Movement to Quadraplegic Man TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Grabbing a mug of coffee, having a sip. It's something most people would do without thinking, every day. But for Bill Kochevar, it's a life-changing move. That's because Kochevar, 56, lost all movement below his shoulders eight years ago in a bicycling accident. But now he's the first quadriplegic in the world to successfully use a dual-implant technology to regain some motion. "For somebody who's ...

  • Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test can detect the return of lung cancer months before CT and PET scans, a new study suggests. The research included 48 adults with stage 2 or 3 locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The patients were aged 31 to 84. All were treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Blood samples were taken before treatment, during treatment, and at six different times during the two years follow...

  • Black Americans More Likely to Skip Flu Shot

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Black Americans More Likely to Skip Flu Shot WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American adults don't get an annual flu shot, and black Americans are even less likely to do so because of concerns about side effects, researchers report. Campaigns advocating annual free flu shots should not only focus on the dangers of the seasonal flu but also address fears about the vaccine by explaining how it works, the study authors advised. "Most people have very limited understanding of...

  • Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's often difficult for doctors to tell the difference between depression and schizophrenia, especially early on. Now, researchers say they're on the trail of a blood test that might be able to do just that. "This is the first objective, physiological marker for two major psychiatric disorders that, once fully developed into a clinical test, can allow for earlier and more accurate diagnosis,...

  • Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015

    Posted: 03/18/2017

    Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015 THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Unhealthy diets may have contributed to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from heart disease and strokes in 2015, a new study estimates. And, it's not just the things you should be avoiding -- such as salt and trans fats -- that are contributing to these deaths. The excess deaths may also be caused by what's missing in your diet -- namely, nuts and seeds, vegetables and whole grains, the researchers said. "Cardio...

  • Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recommendations, too few American baby boomers are tested for hepatitis C, a new study reveals. In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 to get a one-time test for hepatitis C virus. "Prevalence of [hepatitis C virus] testing among baby boomers did not substantially increase and remains low two years after the USPSTF recommendation in 2013," Ahm...