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  • Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Amputees who experience what is known as phantom limb pain may benefit from playing a virtual reality game that simulates the movement of missing limbs, a small study suggests. "Phantom limb pain is a difficult condition to treat that can seriously hinder patients' quality of life," said study lead author Max Ortiz Catalan. He is an assistant professor at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology. Ph...

  • Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with epilepsy who experienced longer seizures during a simulated driving test may face an increased risk for crashes while on the road, a new study suggests. About 75 percent of people with epilepsy use medication to control their seizures and are able to drive. The remainder of patients typically keep a journal of seizures, noting how long they last, and doctors use that information to determine whether...

  • Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A blend of brain circuits are altered in people who stutter, new research indicates. Using an imaging technique that looks at brain cell metabolism, scientists learned that changes in areas involved in speech, attention and emotion are all linked to stuttering. Stuttering is characterized by involuntarily repeating certain sounds, syllables or words when speaking. The imaging method used for the study is known as proto...

  • Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Football players, particularly linemen, may have higher risk of elevated blood pressure and potentially harmful structural changes in the heart, a new study suggests. "Our study confirmed associations between football participation, high blood pressure and cardiac remodeling," said study senior author Dr. Aaron Baggish, an associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at Massachusetts ...

  • Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people with type 2 diabetes, better blood sugar control may be as easy as getting up off the couch and standing every so often, or taking a leisurely walk, a new study shows. Dutch researchers noted that "moderate to vigorous" exercise is often recommended for people with diabetes -- but most patients don't comply with that advice. This small new study suggests that even sitting a bit ...

  • Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Disruption of certain brain circuits may be related to depression in soldiers with brain injuries, researchers report. The researchers conducted brain scans on 130 male soldiers who suffered mild traumatic brain injury and a control group of 52 men without brain trauma. The scans revealed that brain-injured soldiers with moderate to severe depression had disruptions in the circuits that connect brain ...

  • Scientists Spot 'Teetotaler' Gene

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Scientists Spot 'Teetotaler' Gene TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol. They said their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study a...

  • Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50 TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth ...

  • Spiritual Experiences Seem to Trigger the Brain's Reward System

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Spiritual Experiences Seem to Trigger the Brain's Reward System TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Religious experiences may trigger the brain's reward system in much the same way that sex, gambling, drugs and music do, a small study suggests. Researchers conducted functional MRI brain scans of 19 devout young adult churchgoers while they were doing activities meant to boost spiritual feelings. "When our study participants were instructed to think about a savior, about being with their families ...

  • Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

    Posted: 12/03/2016

    Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're among the millions of Americans planning to hit the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to anticipate bumps in the road, according to a group dedicated to public education and advocacy. These travel issues can include heavy traffic and hungry children, as well as unexpected challenges, such as bad weather or an accident, researchers at Consumer Reports said in a news release. When gearing up for...