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27 Jan

Is A Bigger Brain Better?

Brain size doesn't always matter when it comes to aging and memory.

24 Jan

Adolescents and excessive alcohol consumption

Teens Who Become Heavy Drinkers May Outgrow The Dangerous Habit.

23 Jan

Undercover FDA Investigation Finds Illegal Steroid Creams Being Sold Over The Counter

Investigators recommend checking labels of steroid products purchased at foreign import stores.

Gene Test Might Spot Soccer Players at High Risk for Brain Trouble

Gene Test Might Spot Soccer Players at High Risk for Brain Trouble

A gene mutation implicated in the risk for Alzheimer's disease might also impair memory in soccer players who head the ball a lot, a new study suggests.

The finding could have implications for young athletes in contact sports where the head can take hits during play.

Among soccer players who headed the ball the most, those w...

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  • January 27, 2020
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Poverty Could Drive Up Youth Suicide Risk

Poverty Could Drive Up Youth Suicide Risk

New research shows that children and teens in U.S. areas with greater levels of poverty face a higher risk of suicide.

"Our findings suggest that community poverty is a serious risk factor for youth suicide, which should help target prevention efforts," said lead study author Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann. She is a pediatric emergency medicine...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 27, 2020
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At the Barbershop, a Trim -- and a Diabetes Screening

At the Barbershop, a Trim -- and a Diabetes Screening

Hundreds of black men recently discovered they could get more than a trim at their local barbershops. They were offered diabetes testing, too.

A new study offered customers diabetes screenings at eight New York City barbershops. Among those who took the test, 10 percent learned they had average blood sugar levels that indicated type 2...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • January 27, 2020
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Does Size Matter? Volume of Brain Area Not Always Tied to Memory, Thinking

Does Size Matter? Volume of Brain Area Not Always Tied to Memory, Thinking

When it comes to parts of your brain, bigger isn't necessarily better.

Experts long believed that a bigger hippocampus meant better memory. But new research finds that the size of this seahorse-shaped structure deep in the brain doesn't always predict learning and memory abilities.

Researchers looked at more than 330 older ad...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 27, 2020
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Colon Cancer Hits Poor, City Dwellers Hardest: Study

Colon Cancer Hits Poor, City Dwellers Hardest: Study

Young Americans who live in urban areas or live with low income or low education levels are more likely to die if they get colon cancer, a new study finds.

"There are a lot of disparities in health care," said lead investigator Dr. Ashley Matusz-Fisher, an internist at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, N.C. "It is important to ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 27, 2020
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Coronavirus Cases Top 2,700 in China, While 5th U.S. Case Is Confirmed

Coronavirus Cases Top 2,700 in China, While 5th U.S. Case Is Confirmed

Chinese officials extended the New Lunar Year holiday on Sunday, as the number of cases of a new coronavirus climbed past 2,700 and the death toll reached 81.

Meanwhile, the United States reported on Sunday that its latest case count for the 2019-nCoV virus has climbed to five.

"To date, we have 110 of what we call persons un...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 27, 2020
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Healthy Living Helps Keep the Flu at Bay

Healthy Living Helps Keep the Flu at Bay

This flu season arrived early and hit children hard, but experts say you can dodge the flu by boosting your immune system.

How? By living a healthy lifestyle and getting sufficient sleep, according to experts from Purdue University's School of Nursing, in West Lafayette, Ind.

So far, nearly 13 million flu cases have been diag...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • January 24, 2020
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Psychedelics May Boost Mood Even After Their High Wears Off

Psychedelics May Boost Mood Even After Their High Wears Off

Psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin -- also known as "magic mushrooms" -- can elevate mood and make one feel close to others, and those feelings may last after the high is gone, new research shows.

The findings, from more than 1,200 art and music festival-goers, echo lab work that showed psychedelics enhance feelings of social c...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • January 24, 2020
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Even Female Bosses Face Sexual Harrassment: Study

Even Female Bosses Face Sexual Harrassment: Study

When most people think of sexual harassment of females on the job, they assume it's happening to lower-level staffers. But surprisingly, women supervisors actually encounter more of it than other female workers, a new study finds.

Researchers examined workplace sexual harassment in the United States, Japan and Sweden. They found that f...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 24, 2020
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Chicago Woman Is 2nd U.S. Case of Wuhan Virus

Chicago Woman Is 2nd U.S. Case of Wuhan Virus

A Chicago woman in her 60s has been identified as the second U.S. patient to be diagnosed with a new Chinese coronavirus, health officials announced Friday.

The woman visited China in late December and returned to Chicago from Wuhan on Jan. 13, days before the CDC started screening incoming passengers for coronavirus.

A few d...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • January 24, 2020
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First Clinical Studies Find Wuhan Virus Closely Resembles SARS

First Clinical Studies Find Wuhan Virus Closely Resembles SARS

The new coronavirus rapidly spreading in China and nearby countries seems to trigger symptoms similar to those seen in the severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS) coronavirus outbreak in 2003, two new studies show.

Published Jan. 24 in The Lancet journal, these are the first clinical studies conducted on patients struc...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • January 24, 2020
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Making the Mummy Speak -- Or at Least Make a Sound

Making the Mummy Speak -- Or at Least Make a Sound

Nesyamun, an Egyptian priest who chanted hymns at the grand temple of Karnak in Thebes 3,000 years ago, has been allowed to speak once more.

Well, maybe not speak in full sentences: A British team has re-created the mummified Nesyamun's throat using 3-D technology, allowing it to utter a vowel they believe mimics how the priest sounded...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • January 24, 2020
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Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

A daily baby aspirin helped first-time mothers lower their chances of delivering too soon in a new clinical trial, though it's not clear the practice should become routine everywhere.

The trial, which was run in six lower-income countries, found that giving first-time mothers a daily low-dose aspirin reduced their risk of preterm birt...

Faulty Immune System May Lead to Lung Cancer

Faulty Immune System May Lead to Lung Cancer

An immune system that's not functioning normally may lead to lung cancer in patients who don't smoke, a new study suggests.

"A strong immune system helps to keep inflammation under control and chronic inflammation is known to promote cancer," said co-author Rayjean Hung.

"Our research suggests that it's underlying dysfunctio...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • January 24, 2020
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Many of America's Most Critical Workers Are Short on Their Zzzs

Many of America's Most Critical Workers Are Short on Their Zzzs

More than one-third of working Americans don't get enough sleep, and the problem is greatest among the police, the military, health care workers and truckers, researchers report.

Their analysis of data from more than 150,000 employed adults between 2010 and 2018 also found that the rate of inadequate sleep (7 hours or less) rose from ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 24, 2020
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A Flu Shot May Spare Your Young Child a Hospital Visit

A Flu Shot May Spare Your Young Child a Hospital Visit

This flu season is hitting children particularly hard, but new research shows that a flu shot is still well worth it for these youngest patients.

Getting vaccinated halved the risk of hospitalization for flu-related complications among young kids, scientists found.

The researchers analyzed vaccination data from more than 3,70...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 24, 2020
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What You Need to Know Now About the Wuhan Virus

What You Need to Know Now About the Wuhan Virus

As China scrambles to contain an outbreak of a new coronavirus spreading rapidly within its own borders and to other countries, U.S. infectious disease experts tackled questions about the emerging virus.

What is the novel coronavirus circulating in China?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses responsible for abou...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • January 24, 2020
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How Obamacare Helped Some Southern States

How Obamacare Helped Some Southern States

The physical and mental health of poor people is less likely to be at risk in Southern U.S. states that expanded their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 15,500 low-income adults in 12 Southern states and found that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act reduced the ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • January 23, 2020
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Prescription-Strength Steroid Creams Sold Over-the-Counter Can Be Dangerous

Prescription-Strength Steroid Creams Sold Over-the-Counter Can Be Dangerous

Rubbing cream into your skin to calm an itchy rash may seem harmless, but not all topical anti-itch formulas are created equal.

"People don't understand the potential dangers of prescription-strength steroid creams," said Dr. Lawrence Green, clinical professor of dermatology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

  • Elizabeth Heubeck
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  • January 23, 2020
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Only 1 in 4 Older Cardiac Patients Get Rehab Therapy

Only 1 in 4 Older Cardiac Patients Get Rehab Therapy

Cardiac rehabilitation is known to help people recover after a heart attack or heart surgery, but a new study shows only one-quarter of eligible Medicare patients actually use it.

Which patients are most likely to pass on rehab? Women, those aged 85 and older, blacks, Hispanics and those who live in the Southeast and Appalachia, resear...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • January 23, 2020
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