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  • Resisting the Seduction of a Buffet

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Resisting the Seduction of a Buffet WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether at a party or a restaurant, don't let a buffet be your diet downfall. With certain strategies, you can enjoy a range of choices without going overboard and without experiencing any of the usual guilt. Cornell researcher Brian Wansink tracked the behavior of people at all you can eat Chinese buffet restaurants and found that thin people have habits that seem to keep their eating in check. Here's how to follow their l...

  • Researchers Grow Functioning Liver Tissue in Mice

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Researchers Grow Functioning Liver Tissue in Mice WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they were able to coax tiny "seeds" of liver tissue into fully functioning livers in mice. If this approach works in people, it could help reduce long wait lists for liver transplants. It might also benefit people with failing livers who don't quality for liver transplants, according to the researchers. The scientists placed three types of liver cells -- the seeds -- into biodegradable tissue s...

  • Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as "crouch gait," a small study found. The device provided strength training for muscles that were too weak to support fully upright posture, explained senior researcher Sunil Agrawal. He is a professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine and mechanical engineering at th...

  • Reset Your Taste Buds for Less Sugar

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Reset Your Taste Buds for Less Sugar MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Did you know that flavored yogurt in the United States has a lot more sugar than it does in other countries? That's because our national sweet tooth is out of control. And the more sugar we eat, the more we want. Studies show that replacing sweet foods with sugar-free versions doesn't help. Artificial sweeteners don't satisfy a sugar craving. The answer is to reset your taste buds for less sugar. According to research publish...

  • Recurring Intestinal Infections on the Rise in U.S.: Study

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Recurring Intestinal Infections on the Rise in U.S.: Study FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Recurring Clostridium difficile intestinal infections are rising sharply in the United States, researchers warn. These infections sicken about 500,000 people a year, cause tens of thousands of deaths, and cost the U.S. health care system about $5 billion, according to investigators at the University of Pennsylvania. C. difficile causes diarrhea, severe gut inflammation and can lead to deadly blood infecti...

  • Reaching Beyond the Prescription Pad to Treat Pain

    Posted: 07/12/2017

    Reaching Beyond the Prescription Pad to Treat Pain FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teaching coping skills may help reduce the risk that patients with chronic pain will become addicted to opioid painkillers, a new study suggests. "If we lower how many opioids patients are taking, but leave them disabled and not able to live their lives, that is not helpful," said study co-author Dr. Aliza Weinrib, a clinical psychologist in Ontario, Canada. "Patients can learn to respond to their pain in a diff...

  • Risky Behavior Triggers Vicious Cycle for Vets With PTSD

    Posted: 07/06/2017

    Risky Behavior Triggers Vicious Cycle for Vets With PTSD FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reckless behavior could worsen post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, a new report suggests. The study of more than 200 U.S. veterans with PTSD found that risky behavior -- which is one symptom of PTSD -- creates a pattern of repeated stress that can have harmful results. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System. "For individuals ...

  • Regular Sleep Makes for Happier College Students

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    Regular Sleep Makes for Happier College Students FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Between studying and socializing, college students often have crazy sleep schedules, and new research suggests that a lack of regular sleep may dampen students' well-being. "We found that week-long irregular sleep schedules are significantly associated with lower self-reported morning and evening happiness, healthiness and calmness during the week, even after controlling for weekly average sleep duration," said st...

  • Rogue Genes May Cause Some ALS Cases

    Posted: 07/04/2017

    Rogue Genes May Cause Some ALS Cases WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene mutations may cause up to 17 percent of cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients with no family history of the disease, a new study finds. ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurological disease that typically leads to complete paralysis and death. There is no cure. It is called familial ALS when there is a clear family history of ALS, and sporadic ALS when there is no kno...

  • Raise the Smoking Age to 21? Most Kids Fine With That

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Raise the Smoking Age to 21? Most Kids Fine With That MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old, new research finds. Specifically, kids from 11 to 18 were asked if they supported the Tobacco 21 initiative -- a program through the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation that strives to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases. "Current studies have focused on the attitudes of adults, and lit...