Genetic Changes to Ebola Virus Challenge Treatment Efforts
Genetic Changes to Ebola Virus Challenge Treatment Efforts TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic changes that have occurred in the Ebola virus over the last few decades could make it more difficult for scientists to find ways to treat the deadly pathogen, a new study says. Many of the most promising experimental drugs being developed to fight Ebola bind to and target a section of the virus's genetic sequence or a protein derived from that genetic sequence. If there are significant changes i...
Gene Mutations Linked to Colon Cancer in Black Patients
Gene Mutations Linked to Colon Cancer in Black Patients TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who discovered new gene mutations linked to colon cancer in black Americans say their findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment. In the United States, blacks are significantly more likely to develop colon cancer and to die from the disease than other racial groups. For the study, the researchers said they used DNA sequencing to examined 50 million bits of data from 20,000 genes. T...
Greater Cooling of Oxygen-Deprived Infants Fails to Improve Survival
Greater Cooling of Oxygen-Deprived Infants Fails to Improve Survival TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Longer and colder body cooling does not reduce the risk of death in newborns who have brain damage from a lack of oxygen, a new study finds. The risk of death and disability in newborns with this condition -- called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy -- can be reduced by lowering their body temperature to 33.5 degrees Celsius (92.3 Fahrenheit) for 72 hours, experts say. Research has shown that lo...
Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb
Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates. Worldwide life expectancy rose from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, but women had slightly greater gains than men. During that time, life expectancy at birth increased 6.6 years for females and 5.8 years for males. If current trends continue, life expectancy in 2030 will be 85.3 years for females and 78.1 y...
Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection
Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process -- known as zoonosis -- is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as they look for signs that an animal-borne disease might make inroads into the human population. A new report focuses on just such a development -- and the culprits in this case were guinea p...
Gene Test May Help Predict Return of Early Breast Tumor, Study Says
Gene Test May Help Predict Return of Early Breast Tumor, Study Says FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have early breast tumors surgically removed, a new genetic test may help predict the odds of a recurrence, a new study says. The research, presented Friday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, focused on women with ductal carcinoma in situ . This refers to abnormal cells in the lining of the milk ducts that may or may not progress to cancer that invades the surrounding breas...
Gout Attacks More Common at Night: Study
Gout Attacks More Common at Night: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day, a new study finds. "It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels may contribute to the risk of gout attacks at night," study author Dr. Hyon Choi, of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, said in a journal news release. "Despite the possibili...
Gardasil Approved for Additional Types of HPV
Gardasil Approved for Additional Types of HPV WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Gardasil 9 vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat five additional types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that can lead to several forms of cancer, including that of the cervix, the FDA said Wednesday. The approval covers females ages 9 through 26 and males ages 9 through 15, the agency said in a news release. The additional types of HPV -- 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 -- c...
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study. Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels and were able to walk hundreds of feet farther during a six-minute walk test, said senior researcher Dr. Douglas Mann. He is chief of the cardiovascular division at Washington U...
Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout
Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout. There's no single correct way to quit. But there are some important steps that can help smokers break the habit and live longer and healthier lives, according to an advice list from the American Cancer Society. First, set a quit date. Choose a date that gives you enough time to prepare ...
Gene Analysis May Help Spot Ebola-Like Illnesses Before Symptoms Appear
Gene Analysis May Help Spot Ebola-Like Illnesses Before Symptoms Appear THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to identify different types of hemorrhagic fevers -- including one related to Ebola -- before people develop symptoms, according to new research. Scientists studied two hemorrhagic fevers, including a cousin of Ebola called Marburg and another called Lassa. Marburg causes occasional outbreaks in Africa that have high death rates, and Lassa is common is Western Africa, th...
Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy
Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of more than 240,000 women who had breast conservation surgery for breast cancer, nearly 25 percent needed a second operation, a new study finds. "There are very few operations where you would expect to have a second surgery," said lead researcher Dr. Lee Wilke, director of the section of surgical oncology at the Breast Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medic...
Genes of Oldest People Offer No Insights to Long Life
Genes of Oldest People Offer No Insights to Long Life WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The genes of the world's oldest people have been sequenced, but the decoding effort did not reveal any genes strongly linked with an exceptionally long lifespan, scientists report. Researchers performed whole-genome sequencing on 17 people older than 110 years of age -- so-called supercentenarians -- to learn more about genes that might play a role in extreme longevity. Currently, there are 74 supercentena...
Gene Test May Spot Which Kidney Transplants More Likely to Fail
Gene Test May Spot Which Kidney Transplants More Likely to Fail TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A preliminary gene test may help identify kidney transplant patients at risk of organ rejection, researchers report. Organ rejection occurs in 15 percent to 20 percent of kidney transplant patients, even when they are given drugs to suppress their immune system. Typically, an increase in serum creatinine -- a sign of kidney function -- warns of impending kidney rejection. A kidney biopsy is then pe...
Genes May Determine Body Weight by Shaping Gut Bacteria
Genes May Determine Body Weight by Shaping Gut Bacteria THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genes influence a person's body weight by determining the types of bacteria that live in the intestines, a new study reveals. "Up until now, variation in the abundances of gut microbes has been explained by diet, the environment, lifestyle and health," said senior study author Ruth Ley of Cornell University. "This is the first study to firmly establish that certain types of gut microbes are heritable -- th...
Gluten Isn't the Only Culprit in Celiac Disease, Study Says
Gluten Isn't the Only Culprit in Celiac Disease, Study Says THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that gluten -- found in wheat, rye and barley -- is the cause of health problems in people with celiac disease. Now, new research suggests these folks may also react to non-gluten wheat proteins. The discovery could improve understanding of celiac disease and how to treat it, the researchers said. A large number of people with celiac disease had an immune reaction to five groups of non-glute...
Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy
Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Access to generic hormone therapy medicines improves the chances that breast cancer patients will stick with their drug treatment, a new study found. "We know that hormone therapy for women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer can reduce recurrence by up to 50 percent," study leader Dr. Dawn Hershman, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York Cit...
Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later
Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests. The research included more than 400 girls in California who were followed from 2005 to 2011, with annual visits to check their height, weight, body fat and abdominal obesity. The girls were between 6 and 8 years old at the start of the study. The resear...
Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children
Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new test that scans all of a person's genes to pinpoint a single mutation can help identify rare genetic disorders in children, a new study shows. Audrey Lapidus and her husband grew concerned when their son Calvin didn't roll over or crawl by the time he was 10 months old. He also had chronic digestive problems. A series of tests didn't provide any answers. In desperation, Calvin's parents agreed to hav...
Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says
Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study. The genetic variant originates from native Americans and reduces breast cancer risk by 40 percent to 80 percent, particularly the more aggressive estrogen receptor-negative forms of the disease, researchers said. "The effect is quite significant," st...
Goodbye to Reading Glasses?
Goodbye to Reading Glasses? MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implantable eye device might make reading glasses a thing of the past, researchers report. Many people over age 40 develop blurriness in their near vision (presbyopia), which makes it difficult to see up close. The condition affects more than 1 billion people worldwide. New products designed to treat the condition include a thin ring inserted into the cornea of the eye that adjusts the depth of field to enable a person with pres...
Gut Microbes Tied to Jet Lag, Shift-Work Weight Gain
Gut Microbes Tied to Jet Lag, Shift-Work Weight Gain THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Disruptions in the human circadian clock can throw off microbes in the gut, potentially boosting the risk of obesity, a new study suggests. The results may help explain why shift workers and people who get jet lag by traveling frequently often pack on extra pounds. "These surprising findings may enable us to devise preventive treatments for these people to lower their risk for these complications," senior st...
Gene Therapy Shows Potential for 'Bubble Boy' Disease
Gene Therapy Shows Potential for 'Bubble Boy' Disease WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new form of gene therapy may offer a safe and effective way to treat "bubble boy" disease -- a severe immune deficiency that is fatal unless treated in infancy. Researchers have long known that gene therapy can cure the disease, known medically as severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID. Over a decade ago, trials in Europe showed that gene therapy worked -- but five of the 20 children treated developed ...
Genes May Play Big Role in Academic Success, Study Suggests
Genes May Play Big Role in Academic Success, Study Suggests MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genetics may account for as much as 60 percent of academic achievement, according to a new British study. "Genes are important not just in educational achievement or intelligence but in a whole raft of other traits which contribute to how easy and enjoyable children find learning," said study co-lead author Eva Krapohl, a graduate student at King's College London in England. The research looked at two di...
Gout May Be Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk: Study
Gout May Be Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, appears to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in women, a new study finds. Researchers followed more than 35,000 gout sufferers in the United Kingdom and found that women with gout were 71 percent more likely to develop diabetes compared with people without gout. For men, the increased risk was 22 percent. "Gout seems to be contributing to the risk of diabetes ...
Genes May Make Some More Prone to Heart Disease When Under Stress
Genes May Make Some More Prone to Heart Disease When Under Stress WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genes may interact with stress to trigger heart disease in some people, a new study suggests. The genetic risk occurs in about 13 percent of people, but only in those who are white. The finding could help these people reduce their heart disease risk through simple measures such as exercise, a healthy diet and stress management, the Duke University researchers said. The study authors analyzed gen...
Gadopentetate Dimeglumine Solution for injection
Gadopentetate Dimeglumine Solution for injection What is this medicine? GADOPENTETATE DIMEGLUMINE (gad o PEN te tate) is a contrast agent. It is used to diagnose abnormalities during an MRI. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected condi...
Gamma Knife (Stereotactic radiosurgery, Gamma Knife surgery) Procedure overview What is Gamma Knife radiosurgery? Gamma Knife radiosurgery, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is a very precise form of therapeutic radiology. Even though it is called surgery, a Gamma Knife procedure does not involve actual surgery, nor is the Gamma Knife really a knife at all. It uses beams of highly focused gamma rays to treat small- to medium-sized lesions, usually in the brain. Many beams of gamma radiation join to...
Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery Procedure
Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery Procedure (Other terms that may be used include: Gastric Banding Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Banding, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty) Procedure overview What is gastric stapling (restrictive) surgery? Gastric stapling surgery, also called gastric banding surgery, is a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) procedure performed to limit the amount of food a person can eat. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in peo...
Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery
Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery (Types of bariatric surgical procedures which involve gastric bypass to some degree include: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass [RYGBP], biliopancreatic diversion [BPD], biliopancreatic diversion and duodenal switch, [BPD-DS]) Procedure overview What is gastric bypass surgery? Gastric bypass surgery, a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), is a procedure that alters the process of digestion. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid...
Genetic Disorders Associated with Congenital Heart Disease
Genetic Disorders Associated with Congenital Heart Disease Some congenital heart defects are caused by, or related to, genetic problems. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Cardiovascular Disorders Online Resources page in this website for an Internet address that may contain additional information on that topic. Down Syndrome Marfan Syndrome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Gynecological Health Adolescence is a time of many changes. As girls grow into young women and become physically and sexually mature, they need additional care from physicians (adolescent medicine physicians and/or obstetricians/gynecologists) trained to address these issues. This initial visit and yearly visits thereafter are geared towards promoting good health, screening for problems in adolescent girls, and helping open the lines of communication about healthcare between the physician, parents, and ...
Gynecological Infections Many gynecological infections affect adolescent females and require the clinical care of a physician or other health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Recognizing Urologic or Gynecologic Problems Pap Test Vaginitis Vulvitis
Growth in Children
Growth in Children Growing is an essential part of childhood. Children's most dramatic growth phases occur during fetal development, the first few years of life, and at the onset of puberty. The rate at which a child grows is an individual process, based partly on heredity, gender, and environmental factors such as nutrition. However, growth can be affected and, sometimes, stopped by many disorders and diseases, including the following: Hormone deficiencies Nutritional deficiencies Intestinal disorders ...
Gynecological Concerns Many gynecological conditions require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Gynecological Anatomy The Menstrual Cycle Recognize Gynecological Symptoms Sexually Transmitted Diseases Pap Test Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Menstrual Conditions Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Amenorrhea Dysmenorrhea Menorrhagia Gyneco...
Gastrointestinal Conditions A healthy digestive system processes the foods and liquids that we eat, replenishing vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that are vital for the body to function properly. From time to time, infants and children experience digestive conditions, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Listed in the directory below are some common digestive conditions in the growing child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Colic Constipation Diarrhea Reflux Inguinal Hernia
Gynecological Conditions Many different gynecological conditions require the care of a health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Recognizing Gynecologic Problems Pap Test Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Sexually Transmitted Diseases Safer Sex Guidelines Uterine Fibroids
Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women. The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into dif...
Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds
Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Analyzing the composition of people's collection of gut bacteria -- also called the gut microbiome -- can help improve identification of those who are at risk for, or already have, colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers collected stool samples from 30 healthy people, 30 people with precancerous intestinal polyps and 30 people with advanced colon or rectal cancer in order to assess the composition of...
Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting
Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some obese people have a genetic mutation that seems to ramp up the reward centers in their brains when they see food, researchers report. Gaining a better understanding of how this mutation triggers feelings of pleasure and gratification at the sight of high-calorie foods like chocolate could help improve strategies designed to prevent overeating, the scientists suggested. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese...
Good Odds for Those Who Need Bone Marrow Donor, Study Finds
Good Odds for Those Who Need Bone Marrow Donor, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most blood cancer patients in the United States who need a bone marrow transplant can find an acceptable match through the National Marrow Donor Program, a new study has determined. Depending on a patient's race or ethnic background, the study found that 66 percent to 97 percent of patients will have a suitably matched and available live donor on the registry. Even hard-to-match ethnic groups can fin...
Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls
Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of a girl's first menstrual period may be determined by hundreds, and possibly thousands, of gene variations, a new study suggests. Researchers have identified over 100 regions of DNA that are connected to the timing of menarche -- a woman's first menstrual period. The researchers hope these findings will shed light on the biology of a number of diseases ranging from type 2 diabetes to breast cance...
Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids
Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Twins' genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study. Researchers found more evidence that language traits, such as vocabulary, putting words together and grammar, were largely inherited. The study involving 473 sets of twins revealed that the "twinning effect" (a lower level of language performance for twins than single-born children) was greater for identical twins th...
Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia
Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One of the largest studies ever conducted into the genetic origins of a psychiatric disorder has uncovered 83 new sites on chromosomes that harbor inherited genes tied to schizophrenia. The findings, made by an international team of researchers, now bring the total number of common gene variants linked to the disorder to 108. Although these schizophrenia-associated genes aren't specific enough to be used as...
Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen's Health, Too
Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen's Health, Too MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income teenagers who get into a more rigorous high school may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools, a new study suggests. The study, of low-income Los Angeles teens, found that those who attended "high-performing" high schools were less likely to carry a weapon, binge-drink, have multiple sex partners or take certain other health risks. And it wasn't just a matter of "good kids" being mor...
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients' anxiety. The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study -- and the e...
Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges, U.S. Report Says
Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges, U.S. Report Says TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health behaviors and challenges often vary depending on a person's sexual orientation, a new U.S. report finds. But, those changes do not seem to follow a set pattern -- some are healthy, some aren't. For example, the federal researchers found that gays and lesbians were more likely to smoke and binge drink compared to heterosexuals. And bisexuals and lesbians were less likely than straight people ...
Genes May Raise Risk of Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds
Genes May Raise Risk of Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that genes may play a role in cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability in children. Previous research has identified several pregnancy-related risk factors, including preterm delivery, abnormal growth, exposure to infection and lack of oxygen at birth. A possible family link with cerebral palsy has also been found, but not confirmed. Cerebral palsy affects your ability...
Graphic Cigarette-Label Warnings Work, Study Finds
Graphic Cigarette-Label Warnings Work, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette warning labels help convince smokers to quit, and the bigger the label, the better, a new study shows. Even when smokers try to avoid seeing the labels, they are prompted to think about quitting, the researchers found. "Warning labels vary widely from country to country but it's clear that once people see the labels, the same psychological and emotional processes are involved in making people consider...
Gut Cells May Be Coaxed to Make Insulin for People With Type 1 Diabetes
Gut Cells May Be Coaxed to Make Insulin for People With Type 1 Diabetes MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are hopeful that cells inside the human gut might someday be retrained to produce insulin, the metabolic hormone that's lacking in people with type 1 diabetes. The team from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City said their findings hold promise for the development of a new treatment for type 1 diabetes that does not involve stem cells. For people with type 1 diabetes...
Guard Your Kids Against Bug Bites This Summer
Guard Your Kids Against Bug Bites This Summer FRIDAY, July 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children love being outdoors during the summer, but they need to be protected from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and the diseases they may carry, experts warn. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, fleas can transmit plague and mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and a number of other illnesses. "During the summer months, it is critical that parents remember to protect their children from bugs by using proper insect repe...
Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too
Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When Olivia Goree noticed something just "wasn't right" about her 6-week-old son's eyes, she trusted her instincts and took him to the doctor. What she never expected was the diagnosis: glaucoma. "I was really surprised," recalled Goree, who said she had only ever heard of the vision-robbing disease affecting older adults. And that's probably how most people think of glaucoma, since it's largely diagnosed in people older than 60...
Gluten-Free Diet May Lift the 'Fog' of Celiac Patients, Study Says
Gluten-Free Diet May Lift the 'Fog' of Celiac Patients, Study Says THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The "brain fog" experienced by many celiac disease patients seems to improve as their intestines heal after adopting a gluten-free diet, a small new study suggests. Australian scientists found that banishing gluten -- a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that causes intestinal inflammation in those with celiac disease -- led to better scores in attention, memory and other brain functions ov...
Get Tougher on Texting While Driving, Americans Say
Get Tougher on Texting While Driving, Americans Say THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans want stricter enforcement of texting-while-driving laws and stiffer penalties for violators, according to a new survey. The National Safety Council poll found that 73 percent of respondents wanted more enforcement of texting and driving laws, compared with 22 percent who found current enforcement levels satisfactory. When asked about punishments for violators, 52 percent of respondents favored ...
Grief in Pregnancy May Trigger Obesity in Adulthood
Grief in Pregnancy May Trigger Obesity in Adulthood FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unborn children of mothers exposed to severe stress are more likely than others to grow up overweight or obese, even if that stress occurred months before pregnancy, a new Danish study has found. Children whose biological fathers died while they were in the womb were twice as likely to become obese as adults, because of the stress of bereavement on their mother, the study authors said. But children also had an ...
Grill Safely This Holiday Weekend
Grill Safely This Holiday Weekend THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- July Fourth is nearly here, and chances are your weekend plans include at least some grilling. Check out the following cooking tips from registered dietitian Elizabeth Murray to help protect yourself and your loved ones. "When it comes to grilling, there are two main dangers to avoid: carcinogens, which are agents that can cause cancer, and food poisoning," said Murray in a statement provided by Georgia Regents University. The ...
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Good Night, Sleep Tight Dim the lights, lower the shades, breathe deeply, and slide under the covers. It's bedtime. But as your body begins to relax, your mind starts to race. Did you get everything done today? What's in store for tomorrow? Meanwhile, your eyes get adjusted to the dark. Before you know it, you are wide-awake. Sleep? No way — there's too much to think about. Insomnia, trouble falling asleep, or trouble sleeping is a growing problem in the United States. Studies show that many Americans d...
Group Doctor Visits May Benefit Muscle Disorder Patients
Group Doctor Visits May Benefit Muscle Disorder Patients WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with neuromuscular disorders may gain more benefit from group doctor visits than individual appointments, Dutch researchers say. Examples of these types of disorders include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and muscular dystrophy. The new study included 272 patients who were due for their annual neurologist appointment. The study participants were randomly selected to join oth...
Genes Tied to Curvature of Spine in Kids
Genes Tied to Curvature of Spine in Kids THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified two rare genetic mutations that greatly increase a child's risk for severe scoliosis -- curvature of the spine. Children with these mutations have a quadrupled risk of developing s-shaped curves in their spines that are serious enough to require surgery, according to the team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "We've had a difficult time finding ways to predict wh...
Grades Dive With Internet Use During Class Time, Study Finds
Grades Dive With Internet Use During Class Time, Study Finds FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Checking Facebook and emails during class leads to lower grades for college students of varying intelligence levels, a new study finds. While this might seem like a no-brainer, previous studies had suggested that smarter people are better at multitasking and filtering out distractions, the Michigan State University researchers said. For this study, published online recently in the journal Computers &am...;
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