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23 Mar

Fruit Juice and Weight

Does drinking 100 percent fruit juice cause kids to gain unhealthy amounts of weight?

22 Mar

Energy Drinks and Alcohol

People who mix energy drinks and alcohol at increased risk of injuries, study finds.

21 Mar

Dietary Soy and Breast Cancer

Dietary soy products are safe for women diagnosed with breast cancer, study finds

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 "res...

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New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a much cheaper and faster technology for mapping the genetic makeup of a living organism.

They demonstrated the technology by decoding the DNA of the mosquito species that transmits the Zika virus.

The original Human Genome Project took 10 years and...

Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "Why me?" reaction that can come after a cancer diagnosis may have no easy answer, with new research showing that most tumors are caused by random genetic "mistakes."

Investigators at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore used complex mathematical modeling to track mutations driving abno...

Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests.

In the United States, hospitals are accredited by a body known as the Joint Commission. Inspectors from the commission make unannounced visits to each...

Young Cancer Survivors Can Face Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surviving a cancer when young may leave some women with another health issue: An increased risk for certain pregnancy complications.

That's the conclusion of a new study of more than 15,000 births to teen and young adult women, aged 15 to 39, living in North Carolina.

Those who ...

Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, a new study suggests.

According to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, older moms tend to have more stable relationships, are m...

Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals.

"Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision los...

Daily Glass of Beer, Wine Might Do a Heart Good

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink each day may help protect a person's heart against disease, a large-scale study suggests.

But don't bend that elbow too often: drinking to excess can increase your risk for a variety of heart problems, the study also showed.

Researchers tracked more than 1.9...

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Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians have long suggested that fruit juice may prompt weight gain in children, but a new review finds it harmless when consumed in moderation.

"Based on the current evidence, we didn't find that consuming one serving [of 100-percent fruit juice] a day contributes to weight gain in c...

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  • March 23, 2017
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Scientists Working on Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to use the sun's energy to power artificial limbs, U.K. researchers report.

The University of Glasgow team previously developed an "electronic skin" covering for prosthetic hands made from graphene, a transparent substance that is stronger than steel.

Graphene's ...

House to Vote Thursday on Amended Obamacare Repeal Bill

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As a critical vote to repeal "Obamacare" looms Thursday, House Republican leaders worked furiously on Wednesday to garner enough votes to begin dismantling the landmark health care reform law.

Pressure to pass the repeal bill came directly from President Donald T...

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  • March 23, 2017
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Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The widely prescribed pain drug pregabalin (brand name: Lyrica) may be no better than a placebo when it comes to treating the back and leg pain known as sciatica, a new clinical trial suggests.

The study, published March 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that sciatica ...

ACL Surgery Usually Puts Athletes Back in Play: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most athletes who undergo reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are able to return to sports, a new study says.

Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City followed more than 200 athletes who had ACL reconstruction there between 2009 and 2...

Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home.

The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into...

Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer?

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Loss of smell even in your 40s and 50s is linked to an earlier death -- and dementia isn't the culprit, a new study suggests.

The Swedish study found that in middle age and beyond, people with a poor sense of smell had about a 20 percent increased risk of dying within 10 years, said study c...

Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Food products that claim to be no-fat, no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt aren't necessarily healthier, researchers say.

The study authors looked at more than 80 million food and beverage purchases from 2008 to 2012. The purchases were made by more than 40,0000 U.S. households.

The...

'Eraser Challenge' Latest Harmful Social Media Trend for Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's spreading via social media: A "dare" where kids use erasers to rub away the skin on their arms, often while reciting the alphabet or other phrases.

Players compare the resulting injuries, and the most injured player is the "winner."

The so-called "eraser challenge" has been ...

Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest.

Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depres...

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Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer can be treated and cured if it's diagnosed early, and a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to detect the disease, a gastroenterologist says.

"Routine colonoscopy exams are lifesavers and may reduce your risk of succumbing to colorectal cancer by 90 percent," said Dr. Ellen Gut...

Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blindness at an early age triggers the brain to make new connections that enhance hearing, smell and touch, as well as memory and language, a new study suggests.

Researchers used MRIs to scan the brains of 12 people who were born blind or lost their sight by age 3.

The scans showe...

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