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  • Video Call May Be as Good as Doctor Visit for Headache

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Video Call May Be as Good as Doctor Visit for Headache WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing a neurologist via video conference may be as effective as an in-person visit for people with headaches, researchers say. The new study included just over 400 headache patients in Norway who were referred by their primary care doctor to see a neurologist. Half of the patients had an in-person appointment with a neurologist, while the others consulted with the specialist via video conference -- also ...

  • Vaccine Curbs High Cholesterol in Mice

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Vaccine Curbs High Cholesterol in Mice TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Someday, could controlling your cholesterol be as simple as a getting a vaccination? That's the promise of new research in mice that suggests a vaccine might help fight cholesterol buildup in the arteries. Everyone involved stressed that the research is in its infancy, and good results from animal trials often fail to repeat in people. However, "if these findings translate successfully into humans, this could mean that ......

  • Vaginal Bacteria May Affect Herpes and Zika Transmission

    Posted: 06/20/2017

    Vaginal Bacteria May Affect Herpes and Zika Transmission FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vaginal bacteria may affect the sexually transmitted Zika virus and herpes simplex virus-2, possibly helping to protect women from these infections, a new study suggests. "The human vagina has a wide array of bacterial species living in communities called the microbiome; these are very important for a woman's health," study lead author Megan Amerson said. She's a doctoral student at the University of Texas ...

  • Vitamin D Fails the Asthma Test

    Posted: 05/16/2017

    Vitamin D Fails the Asthma Test TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplements aren't likely to reduce the risk of asthma, allergies or the skin condition eczema in children or adults, a new study finds. Previous research had suggested that low vitamin D levels were linked with these "atopic" conditions. For the new study, Canadian researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 people to determine if this was true. The investigators found no statistically significant differences in rat...

  • Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine therapy shows promise in treating people with deadly glioblastoma brain cancer, researchers behind a small, preliminary study report. With current standard care, half of glioblastoma patients die within 15 months of diagnosis. Four of the 11 patients in this study survived for more than five years after vaccine/chemotherapy treatment, the Duke Cancer Institute research team said. "This i...

  • Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

    Posted: 04/10/2017

    Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals. The study included nearly 149,000 infants born in California between 2006 and 2015. The percentage whose mothers received the Tdap booster vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis ("whooping cough") while pregnant rose from less than 1 percent in 2006-2008 to more than 87 perce...

  • Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A daily dose of vitamin E or selenium supplements won't keep dementia at bay in older men, new research reveals. "After an average of five years of supplementation, and up to 11 years of follow-up, we did not observe fewer new cases of dementia among men who took any of the supplements compared to neither supplement," said study co-author Frederick Schmitt. He's a professor with the Sanders-Brown Ce...

  • Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young men who play violent video games the most -- at least two hours a day -- don't appear to become desensitized to violence or to lose the ability to feel empathy, a small German study suggests. "This doesn't mean everyone has to buy 'Grand Theft Auto 5' for their toddler, but it's part of an increasing flood of studies of various sorts that indicate that previous fears of violent video...

  • Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain

    Posted: 03/06/2017

    Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, emergency room staff often gave Valium to patients for an acute bout of bad lower back pain. But a new head-to-head trial in an ER environment casts doubt on the notion that Valium or potent painkillers can really help. As reported Feb. 22 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine , the trial found that Aleve (naproxen) and a "dummy" placebo pill were as effective as naproxen plus Valium (diazepam) in treati...

  • Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These infections include colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, the researchers said. In a review of past trials of people taking vitamin D supplements, researchers from Queen Mary University in London found that supplementation was linked to a 12 percent reduction in the proportion of people havin...