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  • C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Why is it so difficult and painful for human females to give birth? Researchers have developed a new theory: Evolution favored small female pelvises and large newborns for good reasons. And, the researchers said, the rise of cesarean sections -- the surgical delivery of a baby -- in recent decades may be contributing to an even bigger gap between the size of newborns and their mothers' pelvises. In fact, the research...

  • Cigarettes Aren't Cool, California Teens Say

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Cigarettes Aren't Cool, California Teens Say TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarettes are one accessory today's California teens are more than willing to forego, a new survey finds. Fewer of them than ever think cigarettes are cool, the study found, and many view smoking as riskier and less socially acceptable than they did about a decade ago. This finding mirrors what's happening across the nation, where cigarette smoking among teens has declined greatly over the past two decades. The drop ...

  • Congress Passes Sweeping Health Care Bill

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Congress Passes Sweeping Health Care Bill WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Congress has passed sweeping bipartisan health care legislation intended to expand medical research and speed up approval of new drugs and medical devices. The $6.3 billion bill, called the 21st Century Cures Act, is a complex grab bag of initiatives amounting to nearly 1,000 pages that President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law. In a statement released Wednesday, Obama signaled his support for the bi...

  • Could Regular Pot Smoking Harm Vision?

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Could Regular Pot Smoking Harm Vision? THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot regularly may be linked to a limited degree of vision impairment, a new French study suggests. The finding stems from very preliminary research involving just 52 participants, 28 of whom were regular marijuana users. That meant they used marijuana at least seven times a week. The question posed in the study: Does marijuana affect the healthy functioning of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which are situated on th...

  • Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Tied to Blood Vessel Damage

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Tied to Blood Vessel Damage FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women on breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors may show signs of early blood vessel damage that could lead to heart disease, a small study suggests. Researchers found that compared with healthy women their age, women on aromatase inhibitors were more likely to show signs of "endothelial dysfunction." That refers to problems in how the blood vessel lining responds to blood flow. The findings are bas...

  • Could a Computer Someday Guide Breast Cancer Care?

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Could a Computer Someday Guide Breast Cancer Care? FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An artificially intelligent computer system is making breast cancer treatment recommendations on a par with those of cancer doctors, a new study reports. The IBM computer system -- called Watson Oncology -- made treatment recommendations that jibed nine out of 10 times with those of a multidisciplinary board of doctors at a top cancer hospital in India, researchers say. In cases involving more complex cancers, ho...

  • Can Extra Time Outdoors When Young Reduce Nearsightedness?

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Can Extra Time Outdoors When Young Reduce Nearsightedness? THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spending more time outside early in life may offer some protection against nearsightedness, a new study suggests. The European study authors suspect that additional exposure to the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays may play a role in reducing nearsightedness -- the inability to see clearly at a distance, also known as myopia. "We found that higher annual lifetime UVB exposure, directly related to time outd...

  • Could White Wine Boost Your Melanoma Risk?

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Could White Wine Boost Your Melanoma Risk? THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study raises the possibility that people who enjoy a glass of white wine every day may face a slightly elevated risk of melanoma. Total alcohol intake was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of melanoma per drink per day, researchers found. But, when they looked at the type of alcohol consumed, white wine emerged as the potential culprit. Each drink per day of white wine was associated with a 13 percent high...

  • Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk? THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Newborns with low levels of vitamin D may have higher odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, new research suggests. Vitamin D deficiency is common among the general population, including pregnant women. But the researchers said it's too soon to routinely recommend "sunshine vitamin" supplements for mothers-to-be. "The study does not prove that increasing vitamin D levels reduces the ris...

  • Cancer Advances Demand Continual Funding, Specialists Say

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Cancer Advances Demand Continual Funding, Specialists Say TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sufficient and sustained funding for cancer research should be a global priority, European and American cancer organizations said at the start of an international oncology conference in Germany on Tuesday. Significant progress has been made in the understanding of how cancer develops. But, consistent research funding is needed to take advantage of these advances to improve cancer survival rates, accordin...