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  • Mouse Study Suggests Stem Cells May Reverse Stroke Damage

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Mouse Study Suggests Stem Cells May Reverse Stroke Damage MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Research in mice shows it may be possible to reverse brain damage after a stroke. "No one in the stroke field has ever shown this, so I believe this is going to be the gold standard for future studies," said senior study author Berislav Zlokovic, director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the University of Southern California. The experimental treatment combined transplanted neural stem cells with a...

  • Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics in Kids Might Help Spur Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics in Kids Might Help Spur Type 1 Diabetes MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated treatments with antibiotics were linked to the development of type 1 diabetes in mice, a new study finds. Researchers gave the mice antibiotic doses equivalent to what kids receive to treat something like an ear infection. After three antibiotic treatments, the researchers saw an "accelerated and enhanced rate of type 1 diabetes in the mice," said Dr. Martin Blaser, a professor of ...

  • Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking a joint provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates. Researchers asked 42 recreational marijuana smokers to place one hand in extremely cold water until they could no longer tolerate the pain. They did this twice: Once after smoking marijuana and once after puffing on a placebo. After smoking marijuana, men reported they were significantly less sensitive to pain. They...

  • Many Teens 'Vaping' for Flavor, Not Nicotine

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Many Teens 'Vaping' for Flavor, Not Nicotine THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Why are American teens tempted to try an e-cigarette? A new study suggests most are interested in the vaping product's flavoring, not nicotine. A team led by Richard Miech, of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, tracked the responses of nearly 15,000 students who took part in a 2015 U.S. nationwide survey. More than 3,800 of the students -- who were in grades 8, 10 and 12 -- said they had use...

  • Mideast Violence Erasing Decades of Health Gains

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Mideast Violence Erasing Decades of Health Gains THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2010 Arab uprising and more recent Mideast wars have harmed health and shortened life expectancy in many countries across the eastern Mediterranean, a new study shows. Researchers warn that strife in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, in particular, could reverse two decades of health gains and affect the region for years to come. They found that between 2010 and 2013, life expectancy fell six years in ...

  • Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The soothing sound of mom singing may help premature newborns breathe easier, a new review finds. The analysis, of over a dozen clinical trials, found that music therapy helped stabilize premature newborns' breathing rate during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For the most part, music therapy involved mothers singing to their babies (though some studies used recordings of mom's voice). And that's...

  • More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, a new study finds. At the recession's height in 2009, over 25 million Americans said they had not filled a prescription in the previous year because they couldn't afford it, the analysis of federal government data showed. That was nearly one in 10 Americans. Between 1999 and 2009, every age...

  • Many Hispanics, Poor Still Without Health Insurance: Report

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Many Hispanics, Poor Still Without Health Insurance: Report THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite an overall rise in health insurance coverage among all Americans, Hispanics, low-income earners and younger adults are still likely to be uninsured, a new survey finds. The Commonwealth Fund report found that more than half of uninsured adults live in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Those states include two of the nation's largest -- Texas and Florida. "About 26 million Americans have ...

  • Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery What is minimally invasive scoliosis surgery? Minimally invasive scoliosis surgery is a type of procedure done to fix an abnormal curve of the spine known as scoliosis. This type of surgery uses smaller incisions than open surgery. The spine has some normal curves forward and backward. But it should not curve to the side. With scoliosis, the spine curves to the side in an S-shape or a C-shape. If the curve is severe, it can cause uneven shoulders or a body that appea...

  • Meckel’s Scan

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Meckel’s Scan What is a Meckel’s scan? A Meckel’s scan is an imaging test used to detect a Meckel’s diverticulum. This is a small, abnormal pocket that forms in the wall of your child’s large intestine. During normal development of the gastrointestinal tract, a small duct forms off an area of what will eventually become the large intestine. Normally, your body gets rid of this duct very early in development of the embryo, but occasionally it doesn’t. This results in a small pouch or pocket that extends ...