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  • New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Inflammation in middle age may increase the risk for brain shrinkage and dementia in old age, a new study suggests. The researchers tested more than 1,600 people for five "biomarkers" of inflammation in their blood when they were, on average, 53 years old. About 24 years later, the participants were given brain scans and a memory test. Compared with people who had no elevated levels of the biomarkers, those with elevated leve...

  • Nursing Home Often Only Option for Single Men After Stroke

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    Nursing Home Often Only Option for Single Men After Stroke FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a frequent occurrence: A single, childless older man without a designated caregiver suffers a debilitating stroke, and is sent to a nursing home for the remainder of his life. New research shows that male seniors who find themselves in this situation have triple the odds of being sent to a nursing home within five years of their attack, compared to men with a caregiver. A similar risk wasn't seen for...

  • Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

    Posted: 11/08/2017

    Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition. Many adults diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis) actually had the condition since they were children but were never diagnosed, explained Dr. Luz Fonacier. She is an allergist in Mineola, N.Y., and an American College of Allergy, Asthma and ...

  • Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

    Posted: 10/30/2017

    Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New anti-clotting drugs -- like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis -- aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds. Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs -- called venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- or have the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to help prevent life-threatening clots that can travel to the heart, l...

  • New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

    Posted: 10/29/2017

    New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed more gene mutations that may cause restless legs syndrome. A new study involving roughly 46,000 people with restless legs syndrome turned up 13 new gene variants that appear to raise the risk for the condition, which affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. and European populations. "We were able to identify a total of 19 risk-associated genetic variants, of which 13 are new. We're confident th...

  • Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades

    Posted: 10/26/2017

    Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many college students who abuse ADHD drugs mistakenly believe that doing so will lead to better grades, a new survey suggests. Past research has found that college students commonly misuse stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall as "study aids." That's despite the fact that there is no evidence the drugs help kids who do not have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The new study ...

  • Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

    Posted: 10/26/2017

    Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs. Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 30.5 percent of adults and 13.9...

  • No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination -- at least not in Oregon. In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee on vaccines reported that the nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) was ineffective and advised against its use. Doctors and health officials then feared that with only an injectable vaccine availa...

  • Newer Drug May Prolong Lymphoma Remission

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Newer Drug May Prolong Lymphoma Remission WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug may beat the standard treatment when it comes to battling the blood cancer follicular lymphoma, a clinical trial suggests. Follicular lymphoma is one type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group of cancers that arise in white blood cells. The new study found that a drug called obinutuzumab (Gazyva) typically kept the cancer under control longer, versus the standard drug rituximab (Rituxan). After three years, abo...

  • Nerve Stimulation Pulls Patient From 15-Year Vegetative State

    Posted: 10/05/2017

    Nerve Stimulation Pulls Patient From 15-Year Vegetative State MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By stimulating a nerve that stretches from the abdomen to the brain, French researchers have restored a significant measure of consciousness to a brain-damaged 35-year-old car accident victim who had spent 15 years in a vegetative state. This case may change conventional thinking about vegetative states. Currently, it is generally believed that if someone is in a vegetative state for more than a year...