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  • Turning Back the Aging Clock -- in Mice

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Turning Back the Aging Clock -- in Mice THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aging mice became more youthful following a new cellular therapy about to be tested in humans, researchers say. The treatment reversed age-related loss of fur, boosted the rodents' vitality and improved their kidney function, according to a new report. The experimental therapy "restored health after the mice had already deteriorated," said senior study author Peter de Keizer. "So, I don't think it merely delays aging, b...

  • Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teens with autism are four times more likely to visit an emergency room than those without the disorder, a new report says. The Penn State College of Medicine researchers said the likelihood of an ER visit for a teen with autism increased five-fold from 2005 to 2013. The findings suggest that young people with autism may require better access to primary and specialist care, the researchers said. "We ...

  • Trauma as a Teen May Boost Depression Risk Around Menopause

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Trauma as a Teen May Boost Depression Risk Around Menopause WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who suffered trauma and stress during their teens have a greater risk of depression during the years leading into menopause, a new study suggests. Depression is common during these midlife years, the period called perimenopause. But whether certain women might be at higher risk has been unclear. "Our results show that women who experience at least two adverse events during their formative year...

  • The Saltiest Foods May Surprise You

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    The Saltiest Foods May Surprise You THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably know that Americans consume way too much salt, but a new U.S. government report points the finger at some surprising sources of salt in the diet. The report said the top 5 culprits were: Bread. Pizza. Sandwiches. Cold cuts and cured meats. Soup. Surprisingly, potato chips, pretzels and other obviously salty snacks didn't make it into the top five, though they did ring in at number 7. "Most Americans are consumi...

  • This Fanged Fish Might Someday Help Ease Your Pain

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    This Fanged Fish Might Someday Help Ease Your Pain THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You wouldn't want the fang blenny nearby while swimming, but its venom might actually help you someday, scientists say. That's because the heroin-like poison emitted by the blenny may lead to new and better painkillers. "The fish injects other fish with opioid peptides that act like heroin or morphine, inhibiting pain rather than causing it," explained Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Qu...

  • Tattoo Artists Risk Serious Pain in the Neck

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Tattoo Artists Risk Serious Pain in the Neck TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- That "ink" on your shoulder may have hurt the tattoo artist more than it hurt you. A small study -- touted as the first to measure the causes of aches and pains in tattoo artists -- points to widespread back and neck problems among them. "There's no such thing as an official 'tattoo chair,' so artists adapt dental chairs or massage tables to make a client comfortable, and then they hunch over the client to create th...

  • TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- TV ads have helped spur a boom in testosterone treatments, convincing many men that they need hormone replacement therapy, a new study suggests. In places where testosterone therapy ads ran, researchers discovered increases in testing for low T, initiation of testosterone replacement in new patients, and testosterone treatment without proper testing to see if hormone levels were abnormally low. "We found that eac...

  • Taking Statins May Boost Heart Surgery Outcomes

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Taking Statins May Boost Heart Surgery Outcomes THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart surgery patients taking statins should keep taking those cholesterol-lowering drugs, even on the day of their operation, because doing so may improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests. "Based on our findings, we would advise patients to continue taking their statin medication all the way up to and including the day of surgery," said study author Dr. Wei Pan. Statins are one of the most widely...

  • Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who get too much screen time may be more likely to have risk factors that increase their chances of type 2 diabetes, new research says. Watching television, playing video games or sitting in front of a computer or other device for more than three hours each day was linked to more body fat and insulin resistance. Those factors mean the body is less able to keep blood sugar levels under control, the British...

  • There's Bad Buzz on Antibiotics for Honeybees

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    There's Bad Buzz on Antibiotics for Honeybees TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics can increase a honeybee's risk of death, a discovery that also has implications for people, researchers say. In a laboratory experiment, the University of Texas at Austin team gave some honeybees a syrup with the common antibiotic tetracycline and gave other honeybees a syrup without antibiotics. The bees that received the antibiotic were marked with a dot and were half as likely to survive for a week c...