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  • Gum Disease Tied to Yet Another Deadly Illness

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Gum Disease Tied to Yet Another Deadly Illness FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of esophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. The presence of one oral bacterium in particular, called Tannerella forsythia , was tied to a 21 percent i...

  • Gene Discovery May Help Fight Alzheimer's

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Gene Discovery May Help Fight Alzheimer's TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease has long remained a deadly mystery. But scientists say they've now pinpointed a rare piece of DNA that may shield against the illness -- even in people who are otherwise at high risk. The discovery may explain why some people with known genetic risk factors don't develop Alzheimer's, the study authors said. And it could lead to new ways to fight the memory-robbing disease. For example, this genetic fu...

  • Gene Therapy May Allow Hemophilia Patients to Go Without Meds

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Gene Therapy May Allow Hemophilia Patients to Go Without Meds WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy has helped 10 men with a form of the bleeding disorder hemophilia produce a critical blood clotting factor. This could eliminate the need for tedious and costly standard treatments, researchers report. While saying the one-time gene therapy was an ideal treatment goal because of its effects, the researchers stopped short of calling it a cure for hemophilia B since it's unclear if the be...

  • Genes Start Mutating Soon After Life Begins, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Genes Start Mutating Soon After Life Begins, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered. The Yale University and Mayo Clinic scientists said that many of these mutations occur as sex cells are forming in the embryo. That means they can become part of the embryo's genome and be passed on to the next generation. "This opens up a larger perspective on human development,...

  • Got Scabies? Here's What to Do

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Got Scabies? Here's What to Do FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you or a family member develops scabies, you need to take immediate action, a dermatologist advises. Scabies is a common skin condition caused by the human itch mite. Symptoms include an itchy rash, sores and a thick crust on the skin. "Most people get scabies from direct skin-to-skin contact, although it's possible to get scabies from infested bedding, clothes and furniture," said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of d...

  • Germs on International Space Station Just Like Those Back Home

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Germs on International Space Station Just Like Those Back Home FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some thiings never change: Scientists say the bacteria circulating in the International Space Station are similar to those in homes on Earth. That's the conclusion of researchers at the University of California, Davis, who analyzed bacteria collected by astronauts. "So 'is it gross?' and 'will you see microbes from space?' are probably the two most common questions we get about this work," study co-au...

  • Getting Annual Flu Shot Won't Weaken Your Immune System

    Posted: 12/04/2017

    Getting Annual Flu Shot Won't Weaken Your Immune System TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence to support the notion that people who get the flu vaccine every year somehow "weaken" their immune system over time, researchers say. In fact, annual vaccination seemed tied to stronger immune cell activity, according to the Norwegian research team. That's even true for years where the flu shot is a poor match for flu viruses actually circulating, as happened in the 2016-2017 season, th...

  • Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study

    Posted: 11/29/2017

    Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The diagnosis and treatment of two conditions -- chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness -- could improve thanks to the discovery of distinct brain chemistry signatures in people with these disorders, researchers say. The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking problems and exhaustion after exercise. They're often misdiagnosed as depression or other mental health prob...

  • Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that pulls the roots of two mental illnesses closer together, researchers say people with bipolar disorder that's resistant to the drug lithium have a high number of genes associated with schizophrenia. Since the 1950s, lithium has been widely used to treat bipolar disorder. The drug stabilizes mood swings -- the highs and lows associated with the disorder -- and reduces the risk of suicide....

  • Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have been tackling increasingly serious injuries in the gunshot victims they treat, a 20-year review reports. "The severity of hospitalized firearm injuries [has] increased significantly," said researcher Bindu Kalesan, amounting to what she described as "a significantly elevated cumulative probability of death and disability from firearm injury." That proved to be the case among victims of the Oct. 1 L...