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  • Sound Waves: An Rx for High Blood Pressure, Migraine?

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Sound Waves: An Rx for High Blood Pressure, Migraine? FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new sound-based therapy appears to reduce blood pressure and ease migraine symptoms, according to a pair of small studies. The therapy initially reads brain activity through scalp sensors. That activity is then converted into a series of audible tones. The tones are then reflected back to the brain through earbuds in a matter of milliseconds, explained Dr. Charles Tegeler, a professor of neurology with Wak...

  • Surprise! Beer Makes You Happier, Friendlier

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Surprise! Beer Makes You Happier, Friendlier MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Raise a glass of your favorite brew and toast the Swiss researchers who offer scientific proof for what you surely suspected and probably hoped. Drinking beer does make you friendlier, happier, less inhibited -- maybe even sexier, they report. But that's not all. "We found that drinking a glass of beer helps people see happy faces faster, and enhances concern for positive emotional situations," said lead researcher M...

  • Sleep Troubles, Heart Troubles?

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Sleep Troubles, Heart Troubles? MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disorders -- including too little or too much sleep -- may contribute to heart disease risk factors, the American Heart Association said in its first statement on the risks of sleep problems. But, the heart group stopped short of recommending a certain amount of sleep per night. "We know that short sleep, usually defined as under seven hours per night, overly long sleep, usually defined as more than nine hours per night, an...

  • Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A startling new study warns that some preteen children -- even as young as 5 years old -- may be at risk of suicide. Black elementary school-age boys seem to have a higher risk, even though black teens and young adults have lower rates of suicide than whites, the study authors noted. "Adults need to realize that school-age children as young as 5 kill themselves," said Dr. Gregory Fritz, director of the Division o...

  • Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says. Reviewing results from blood samples taken from nearly 16,000 people in 16 prior studies, the researchers also found that for those who stopped smoking, most genes "recovered" within five years of quitting. "Although this emphasizes th...

  • Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Shedding Light on Low Male Libido TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests. Italian researchers said they found that men exposed to just two weeks of daily doses of bright light saw their testosterone levels increase more than 50 percent, and their sexual satisfaction levels more than triple. "We were not surprised to observe our results," said st...

  • Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress could undo some of your healthy food choices, a new study suggests. Stressful events from the day before appear to eradicate any health benefits a person might have gained from choosing a breakfast rich in "good" monounsaturated fats, as opposed to a breakfast loaded with "bad" saturated fats, Ohio State University researchers found. "They physiologically looked like they'd eaten the high saturate...

  • Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may speed progression of Lou Gehrig's disease and shorten the lives of those with the fatal illness, new research suggests. Also known as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These cells control many vital muscle functions, including speaking, swallowing and breathing. Though no cure for ALS has been found, scientists have identified several risk f...

  • Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a brother or sister with schizophrenia are 10 times more likely to develop the mental illness, a new study out of Israel suggests. Researchers also found increased risks for bipolar disorder when a sibling had been diagnosed with it. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Weiser, from the department of psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, called the results "quite strik...

  • Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Software that quickly analyzes mammograms and patient history to determine breast cancer risk could save time and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to the developers of the technology. The software was used to evaluate mammograms and pathology reports of 500 breast cancer patients. It did so 30 times faster than doctors and with 99 percent accuracy, the Houston Methodist Cancer Center researchers s...