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  • Can Coffee Perk Up Heart Health, Too?

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Can Coffee Perk Up Heart Health, Too? MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The caffeine in your morning cup of joe may do more than jolt you awake -- it may also help dampen the type of inflammation that's linked to heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. Researchers found that an inflammatory mechanism was dialed up in certain older adults, but not others. When it was highly activated, people often had high blood pressure and stiff arteries. But in lab experiments, there was evidence tha...

  • Could Grilled, Smoked Meats Lower Survival After Breast Cancer?

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Could Grilled, Smoked Meats Lower Survival After Breast Cancer? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Research has suggested that diets high in barbecued, grilled and smoked meats could increase the risk of breast cancer. Now, a new study finds these cooking methods may also lower survival after a breast cancer diagnosis. The study involved more than 1,500 women who had been diagnosed with the cancer in 1996 and 1997. The study participants were followed for nearly 20 years. Eating lots of grille...

  • Childhood Asthma May Encourage Obesity, Study Suggests

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Childhood Asthma May Encourage Obesity, Study Suggests FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A young child with asthma has a greater risk of obesity than one without the chronic respiratory condition, a new study suggests. Among nearly 2,200 elementary school students in California, researchers found that childhood asthma was linked to a 51 percent increased risk of obesity over the next 10 years. "I was surprised it was that substantial," said study senior author Dr. Frank Gilliland. He is a profes...

  • Could Obesity Undermine Memory Training in Older Adults?

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Could Obesity Undermine Memory Training in Older Adults? MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Memory training is far less effective in older adults who are obese than those who aren't, a new study finds. The research included about 2,800 people, average age 74, who were followed for more than 10 years. Obese participants gained only one-third of the benefit of memory training compared with those who weren't obese, the study authors said. However, the study didn't find any differences by weight in t...

  • Can HIV Drugs Boost Syphilis Risk?

    Posted: 01/23/2017

    Can HIV Drugs Boost Syphilis Risk? MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men taking antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV infection may be at increased risk for syphilis, new research contends. Based on a review of available evidence, the investigators concluded that the drugs may boost susceptibility to the bacterium that causes syphilis, although the study did not prove cause-and-effect. The finding might explain why new and repeat cases of syphilis in gay and bisexual men have risen ...

  • Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. "When it comes to your feet, rain, snow and slushy weather have something in common: they cause dampness. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection," said Dr. Mi...

  • Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender?

    Posted: 01/21/2017

    Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender? THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The gender of a woman's future child may be linked to her blood pressure six months before she becomes pregnant, a preliminary study suggests. A team of Canadian and Chinese researchers found that a higher pre-pregnancy blood pressure reading may be associated with a greater likelihood for delivering a baby boy. Conversely, lower blood pressure may favor the odds of giving birth to a girl. But the...

  • Can Brain Scans Help Doctors Navigate Epilepsy Surgery?

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Can Brain Scans Help Doctors Navigate Epilepsy Surgery? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- MRI scans might help doctors protect critical areas of the brain before surgery to treat epilepsy, new guidelines suggest. Scientists found the scans may be a safer and less invasive alternative to another more commonly used procedure, according to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). When medication doesn't effectively control epilepsy, surgery may be recommended. Doctors can remove the part of the ...

  • Common Virus May Have Ties to Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Common Virus May Have Ties to Type 1 Diabetes TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From Finland comes more evidence that a common group of viral infections may play a role in the development of at least some cases of type 1 diabetes. The viruses are known as enteroviruses. These viruses cause a number of infections -- from the common cold to conditions as serious as polio, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that children who had signs indicating they ...

  • Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings?

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings? MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teeth might someday repair themselves using their own stem cells -- eliminating the need for conventional fillings, researchers report. Although still in the laboratory stage, a new method tested in mice indicates that a drug called Tideglusib can stimulate teeth to fix decay. "Teeth have a limited ability to repair themselves by activating their own stem cells," said lead researcher Paul Sharpe. That "natural repair ...