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  • Givers Really Are Happier Than Takers

    Posted: 08/19/2017

    Givers Really Are Happier Than Takers TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Generosity really is its own reward, with the brain seemingly hardwired for happiness in response to giving, new research suggests. Scientists in Switzerland used brain scans to track activity in brain regions associated with socializing, decision-making and happiness. They found that even small acts of generosity -- or just promising to be charitable -- triggered brain changes that make people happier. "The findings mean t...

  • Geneticists Repair Mutation in Human Embryo

    Posted: 08/15/2017

    Geneticists Repair Mutation in Human Embryo WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a first-ever experiment, geneticists have successfully modified a human embryo to remove a mutation that causes a life-threatening heart condition. This is the first study to demonstrate that a gene-editing technique can be used in human embryos to convert mutant genes back to their normal version, the researchers said. The new procedure tackled a genetic mutation in human embryos that causes hypertrophic cardiomy...

  • Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women

    Posted: 08/13/2017

    Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links gum disease with an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked. So-called periodontal disease was tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer, the investigators found. But the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn...

  • Genetic Testing Can Help Pinpoint Epilepsy Earlier

    Posted: 08/10/2017

    Genetic Testing Can Help Pinpoint Epilepsy Earlier MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports routine genetic testing for epilepsy in young children with seizures. "Precision medicine means nothing without precision diagnosis, and we can now provide precision diagnosis," said study lead author Anne Berg, of the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. "Genetic testing should be incorporated into the routine initial evaluation of young child...

  • Golfing and Gardening Your Way to Fitness

    Posted: 08/08/2017

    Golfing and Gardening Your Way to Fitness THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Leisure-time activities like golf and gardening can become efficient calorie-burning exercises -- if you tweak your routine just a bit. Here's how to turn these popular pursuits into muscle-building workouts. On the links, skip the golf cart, suggest experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. You can log up to four miles by walking the average course for your round of golf. Play at off-peak times so you're walking...

  • Good Diet, Exercise While Pregnant Could Cut C-section Risk

    Posted: 07/31/2017

    Good Diet, Exercise While Pregnant Could Cut C-section Risk WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a healthy diet and exercising during pregnancy isn't just good for the developing baby. A new analysis of 36 studies including a total of more than 12,500 women suggests these behaviors can also lower a mom-to-be's chances of having a Cesarean-section delivery or developing diabetes while pregnant. Overall, healthy habits reduced the risk of needing a C-section by about 10 percent, said study ...

  • Genes May Explain Why Kids With Autism Avoid Eye Contact

    Posted: 07/24/2017

    Genes May Explain Why Kids With Autism Avoid Eye Contact THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism spectrum disorders tend to avoid eye contact and look away from other people's mouths, behaviors that are likely influenced by genetics, new research suggests. Roughly 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism. The disorder affects how children learn, communicate and behave. It's common for children with autism to look away from other people's faces. Doctors often use this beh...

  • Guys, a Noisy Bedroom May Not Be Good for Your Fertility

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Guys, a Noisy Bedroom May Not Be Good for Your Fertility FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men, take note: A quiet bedroom might make for strong, healthy sperm. South Korean researchers found that men who slept where the noise level routinely exceeded that of a suburban neighborhood had worse fertility than men who rested in quieter quarters. "I think any sort of stressor can contribute to infertility ... and I would say bedroom noise can be a chronic stressor in sleep," said Dr. James Nodler. He...

  • Getting Over Guilt

    Posted: 07/18/2017

    Getting Over Guilt THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you sometimes feel weighed down by guilt? Guilt over unethical behavior is so powerful that it can make you feel as though you've gained weight -- even when your actual weight stays the same, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers. Guilt is an important emotion. Appropriate guilt helps you recognize when you've made a mistake, and stops you from making the same mistake again. But sometimes we feel guilty even though we've do...

  • Guard Against Hearing Loss From Fireworks

    Posted: 07/14/2017

    Guard Against Hearing Loss From Fireworks TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Watching a fireworks display can be a treat for your eyes, but the noise can be a threat to your ears. If you plan on watching fireworks this Fourth of July, there are a number of things you should do to protect your hearing, according to Dr. Maria Suurna. She is an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. "The best way to prevent noise-induced ...