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  • Balloon Device Approved for Eustachian Tube Problems

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Balloon Device Approved for Eustachian Tube Problems FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A small device inflated inside the tube that helps regulate pressure inside the ear has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Aera Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is designed to treat Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition that leads to sensations of pain, pressure or clogging inside the ear. The Eustachian tube is a valve-like apparatus that connects the middle ear to th...

  • Bodybuilders' Steroid Abuse Linked to Pre-Diabetic Condition

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    Bodybuilders' Steroid Abuse Linked to Pre-Diabetic Condition WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weightlifters' abuse of anabolic steroids -- synthetic drugs that closely mimic male sex hormones, such as testosterone -- may also lead to insulin resistance, a new study suggests. Insulin resistance is a condition where the muscles, liver and fat cells don't use insulin properly, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). It can lead to the dev...

  • Brains of 'Super-Agers' Look Decades Younger

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Brains of 'Super-Agers' Look Decades Younger WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Memory loss and muddled thinking may not be an inevitable part of getting older. New research shows that key brain regions in mentally sharp "super-agers" are similar to those of people much younger. A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigated how some older people avoid age-related memory loss, appearing to retain the thinking abilities and brain circuitry of people significantly yo...

  • Bigger Brain Just Part of the Story in Human Intelligence

    Posted: 09/12/2016

    Bigger Brain Just Part of the Story in Human Intelligence FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges a long-held theory that human intelligence evolved from bigger brains alone. Australian researchers contend that advances in intelligence were closely tied to how much blood was available to the brain. By analyzing the size of two holes in the base of fossil skulls that allowed arteries to pass to the brain, scientists were able to track increases in human intelligence over 3 milli...

  • Backback Smarts From a Pro

    Posted: 09/05/2016

    Backback Smarts From a Pro SATURDAY, Aug. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ill-fitting backpacks may put school children at risk for muscle injuries as well as back, neck and shoulder pain, experts warn. "Heavy duty backpacks must be worn and used correctly in order to avoid injuries such as strains, sprains and posture problems," said orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Khanna, an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson. "Use both shoulder straps to keep the weight of the backpack better distr...

  • Blood Test Might Someday Predict Your Stroke Risk

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Blood Test Might Someday Predict Your Stroke Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the doctor's office of the future, a simple blood test might gauge a patient's odds of suffering a stroke someday, new research suggests. A team of Canadian researchers measured levels of blood-borne chemical signals, or "biomarkers," in the blood of more than 3,200 people. The patients averaged 61 years of age and were tracked for an average of nine years. During that time, 98 of them did suffer a stroke. ...

  • Breast-Feeding Rates Climb, But Many Moms Quit Early: CDC

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Breast-Feeding Rates Climb, But Many Moms Quit Early: CDC TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even though most new moms in the United States begin breast-feeding their babies at birth, many stop sooner than recommended, a new study finds. In 2013, eight out of 10 newborns started out breast-feeding, which shows most mothers want to breast-feed and try to do so, according to the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But only about half of infants ...

  • Banned PCB Chemicals Still Tied to Autism in U.S. Kids

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Banned PCB Chemicals Still Tied to Autism in U.S. Kids TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to relatively high levels of PCBs in the womb may have an increased risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are man-made chemicals once used in a wide range of products, from electrical appliances to fluorescent lighting. Use of these chemicals was banned in the 1970s because of concerns about their health effects. But since they do not easily br...

  • Blood Transfusions in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Blood Transfusions in Children What is a blood transfusion? A blood transfusion is when blood is put into the body. During a blood transfusion, your child receives donated blood through one of his or her blood vessels. A needle is put into a vein, often in the arm. The needle is attached to a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. This is called an intravenous line, or IV. Blood is sent into the vein through this IV line. Blood has several parts. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood. It’s made of wate...

  • Blood Clotting Disorders in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Blood Clotting Disorders in Children What are blood clotting disorders? Clotting is the result of a series of chemical changes in the blood. Blood clots help repair damaged blood vessels and stop bleeding. Special blood cells called platelets and proteins called clotting factors are involved in blood clotting. Blood clots may also form when there is no injury or bleeding. They may block veins or arteries. This may interrupt blood flow to part of the body. The clots may prevent blood flow to organs, such...