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  • Germs May Be Valuable Passengers on Mission to Mars

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Germs May Be Valuable Passengers on Mission to Mars WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts on space missions to Mars may need more germs on the ship with them to stay in good health, a new study suggests. As scientists prepare for a mission to Mars in the coming decades, the health and safety of astronauts is a top priority. In this new research, scientists honed in on the microorganisms that would be living in close quarters with crews aboard spacecraft. Researchers from Germany, the Un...

  • Good Lifestyle Choices Add Years to Your Life

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Good Lifestyle Choices Add Years to Your Life FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Change your lifestyle, change your life span. That's the claim of a new study that found not smoking, watching your weight and continuing to learn new things could help you live longer. And genes play a part in the lifestyle choices people make, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. "The power of big data and genetics allow us to compare the effect of different behaviors and diseases in...

  • Gay Men's Suicide Risk Rises as Income Falls

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Gay Men's Suicide Risk Rises as Income Falls FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men with less education and income face more than five times the risk of attempting suicide than their wealthier and better-educated counterparts, a new Canadian study finds. "Less-educated men might feel a greater sense of hopelessness because they see few options to improve their lot, compared to their peers, who could address their poverty by using their education," said study lead author Olivier F...

  • Girls' Sports-Related Concussions May Last Twice As Long

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Girls' Sports-Related Concussions May Last Twice As Long MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sports concussion symptoms linger twice as long in teen girls as in boys, a new study finds. "These findings confirm what many in sports medicine have believed for some time," said lead researcher Dr. John Neidecker, a sports concussion specialist in Raleigh, N.C. Previous research has suggested that concussions may exacerbate underlying conditions that are more prevalent in girls -- migraine headaches, dep...

  • Genetic Tweaks in Mosquitoes Might Curb Malaria Transmission

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    Genetic Tweaks in Mosquitoes Might Curb Malaria Transmission THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new methods of genetic modification may reduce the risk of mosquitoes spreading the infectious disease malaria to people, researchers report. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people worldwide each year. It's a disease that's transmitted by mosquitoes to people. The majority of those who die from the disease are children aged 5 and under in sub-Saharan Africa. The first of the two new approaches c...

  • Genetics a Cause of Autism in Most Cases: Study

    Posted: 10/08/2017

    Genetics a Cause of Autism in Most Cases: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heredity contributes to about 83 percent of the risk of autism in children with the disorder, a new study suggests. The estimate, from a re-analysis of a previous study, adds a new wrinkle to the ongoing debate over how much autism is inherited from parents. Essentially, the findings suggest that rare genetic traits combine in parents and explain about eight in 10 cases of the neurodevelopmental disorder in child...

  • Genetic Testing May Help Make Blood Thinner Safer

    Posted: 10/08/2017

    Genetic Testing May Help Make Blood Thinner Safer TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing can improve the safety of the blood thinner warfarin, a new study reports. Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) is often prescribed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in high-risk patients. However, a patient's genes can influence how warfarin is processed in the body. Too little warfarin will not prevent blood clots while too much can trigger internal bleeding, the researchers explained. Warfarin...

  • Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions

    Posted: 09/30/2017

    Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who play soccer try to tough it out after a concussion more often than their male peers do, researchers warn. In fact, they were five times more likely than boys to return to the field on the same day, putting them at increased risk for injury, the small study found. The researchers looked at 87 soccer players from Texas, average age 14, who sustained a concussion during play and were treated at a p...

  • Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Been looking for a reason to turn down your child's pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia. The bacteria, Chlamydia caviae ( C. caviae ), normally causes pink eye in guinea pigs. But three adults in the Netherlands wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs resulted in their infection with C. caviae . Two of the three patients had to...

  • Get Your Kids to Eat Smart at School

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Get Your Kids to Eat Smart at School THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your kids eat healthful meals at home, but what about when they're at school? Here are some simple ways to make sure your kids get the fuel they need to power them through the afternoon. If you pack your child's lunch, make sandwiches with whole-grain bread, lean meat, lettuce and tomato. Skip salty options like prepackaged cold cuts in favor of slices from a turkey or chicken that you roast yourself. Include favorite fruit...