ARCHIVE: August 2017

Brain Scans Offer Clues to Why Some Teens Pile on Pounds

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How come some people can just walk on by a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, while others grab a handful as they pass? Brain scans done on...

Calcium in Arteries May Best Predict Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with no calcium buildup in their arteries seem to have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study finds. Calcium collects...

Chronic Illness Can Plunge Young Adults Into Despair

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes are more than three times as likely to try to kill themselves as their healthy peers, a new...

New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found early hints that compounds in certain asthma drugs might be able to combat Parkinson's disease. The researchers cautioned that...

U.S. Obesity Rate Holding Steady, but Still High

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity rates in the United States appear to be leveling off, but Americans shouldn't think the battle of the bulge is won, health advocates say. In 25...

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic, is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths, two new studies report. Opioid OD...

New Clues to Why Yawns Are Contagious

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "contagiousness" of yawns may be rooted in primitive brain reflexes, British researchers report. Echophenomena is the term for contagious movements...

E-Cigs May Help Smokers Quit, But …

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but only if they discard tobacco in favor of vaping nearly every day, a new study suggests. Former smokers are...

Play It Smart: Stay in School for a Healthier Heart

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher education has been linked to better jobs, greater pay and, now, even a healthier heart. People who spend more years in school have a lower risk...

Eating Feeds 'Feel Good' Hormones in the Brain

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating prompts the brain to release "feel good" hormones, known as endorphins, a new study shows. Researchers found the regulation of these naturally...

Need Help Getting Organized?

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you accumulate all kinds of "stuff" and have a hard time getting rid of things that you really don't need? Those are just two of the characteristics...

6 in 10 of America's Single Guys 'Take Responsibility...

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About six in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, government health officials say. When they...

More Evidence Links the 'Mono' Virus to MS Risk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that having mononucleosis may up the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), with researchers reporting that the link isn't limited to...

How best to respond to brother's illness? Make lemonade

When Avery Ranieri decided she wanted to sell lemonade to help sick children, she had no idea how big her effort would become. But the lemonade stand that 9-year-old Avery hosted a few weeks ago...

FDA Approves 1st Treatment for 'Kissing Bug' Illness...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat Chagas infection -- "kissing bug" disease -- in the United States. Under its...

Bystander CPR Less Likely in Black Neighborhoods

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your heart suddenly stops beating, the racial makeup of the neighborhood may determine the likelihood of receiving CPR from a passer-by or having...

Oxygen Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Survival

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Oxygen therapy is a routine treatment for people suspected of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests there may be no benefit for these patients...

Common Painkillers May Boost Blood Pressure in Arthritis Patients

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may raise blood pressure in patients with arthritis, a new study suggests. "The current...

Sleepless Nights Do No Favors for Your Heart

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep won't simply leave you bleary-eyed. It's also linked with stroke and reduced blood supply to the heart, a new study suggests. "Poor sleep"...

FDA OKs 1st Gene Therapy for Use in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration broke new ground in cancer care Wednesday by approving the first gene therapy for patients in the United States....

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