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  • Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Decline in Mental Skills

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Decline in Mental Skills MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fluctuations in blood pressure may be linked to faster declines in thinking skills among seniors, a new study suggests. Among older patients, those whose systolic blood pressure -- the top number in a blood pressure reading -- varied between doctor's visits showed more rapid mental deterioration and loss of verbal memory than those whose blood pressure stayed within normal ranges, researchers found. ...

  • Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new ingestible and inflatable balloon system seems to be a noninvasive way to fill up the stomach and curb appetite, researchers report. The balloon system, known as Obalon, helped obese people lose nearly 7 percent of their body weight, the investigators added. So, how exactly does such as system work? "Patients swallow a capsule containing a balloon tethered to a small catheter," said study author Dr. Shelby Sull...

  • Breast Milk Best From the Breast?

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Breast Milk Best From the Breast? THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants fed directly from the breast are less likely to develop ear infections than those who are fed pumped breast milk from a bottle, a new study suggests. The study also found that infants who receive breast milk by either method have a lower risk of diarrhea. Researchers studied nearly 500 new mothers and their infants and found that one month of feeding at the breast was associated with a 4 percent lower risk of ear infect...

  • Booze, High Blood Pressure a Dangerous Mix

    Posted: 05/22/2016

    Booze, High Blood Pressure a Dangerous Mix FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even an ounce of alcohol a day might alter heart function if you have high blood pressure, researchers report. For someone with high blood pressure, drinking -- even in small amounts -- can impair functioning of the lower left chamber of the heart, which pumps blood to the rest of the body, according to a new study from Italy. "Because even moderate alcohol consumption increases occurrence of early functional cardiac cha...

  • Baby's Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Baby's Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While the origins of autism remain mysterious, new research points to the infant immune system as a potential contributing factor. A team of Swedish and American researchers said levels of certain protein "markers" in newborns' blood seemed to predict which children would go on to develop an autism spectrum disorder. This is "important evidence that the immune system in early life may be a key determinant of later...

  • Blood Pressure Patterns May Predict Stroke Risk

    Posted: 05/16/2016

    Blood Pressure Patterns May Predict Stroke Risk MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of relying on individual blood pressure readings, doctors should review the overall pattern to predict a patient's risk of stroke or early death, new research suggests. "Our study suggests that looking at someone's blood pressure over time and whether it increases slowly or steeply may provide additional information above only the level of blood pressure at a certain time," said researcher Dr. Marileen Porteg...

  • Babies Not Natural Mimics

    Posted: 05/15/2016

    Babies Not Natural Mimics FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies aren't born with the ability to imitate, according to a new study that challenges previous research and beliefs. Many studies have suggested that infants naturally imitate facial expressions, hand gestures and vocal sounds in their first weeks of life, the researchers said. But they tested 106 infants at 1, 2, 6 and 9 weeks of age, and found that the babies did not imitate any actions and gestures of adults. The results suggest tha...

  • Bacteria Experiment May Point Way to Slow Zika's Spread

    Posted: 05/11/2016

    Bacteria Experiment May Point Way to Slow Zika's Spread WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experiments in mosquitoes suggest that bacteria may help curb the spread of the Zika virus. The researchers got the idea after a pilot program to reduce the transmission of dengue fever showed promise. In the dengue program, Wolbachia bacteria were inserted into the eggs of Aedes mosquitoes. The bacteria were passed from female mosquitoes to their offspring, which significantly reduced dengue virus replica...

  • Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

    Posted: 05/09/2016

    Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests. "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others," said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies o...

  • Births of Triplets, Quadruplets on Decline in U.S.: Report

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Births of Triplets, Quadruplets on Decline in U.S.: Report THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Since 1998, births of three or more babies at once have fallen by more than 40 percent in the United States, new government statistics reveal. Moreover, declines of 50 percent or more were seen in certain states, and among women aged 25 and older, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The falloff appears to be c...