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  • Could a Blood Test Spot Autism in Childhood?

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Could a Blood Test Spot Autism in Childhood? THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say an experimental blood test has shown promise as a novel way to diagnose autism in children. The test appears to be nearly 98 percent accurate in kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the researchers claimed. "The test was able to predict autism, regardless of where on the spectrum an individual was," said study co-author Juergen Hahn, referring to varying degrees of autism severity. "Additionally, the ...

  • Centuries of Climate May Have Shaped Your Nose

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Centuries of Climate May Have Shaped Your Nose THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Love your nose or hate it, you can perhaps blame ancestral climates for how it looks today, new research suggests. "We focused on nose traits that differ across populations and looked at geographical variation with respect to temperature and humidity," explained study author Mark Shriver, a professor of anthropology at Penn State University. While many people assume they have their parents to thank for their pug,...

  • Common Cold Can Be Dangerous After Bone Marrow Transplant

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Common Cold Can Be Dangerous After Bone Marrow Transplant TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The common cold can be deadly for patients recovering from bone marrow transplants, a new study warns. After a bone marrow transplant, patients have weakened immune systems. This puts them at risk for infections that aren't a major threat to healthy people. But until now, the common cold (rhinovirus) had been overlooked in these patients, according to Dr. Michael Boeckh. He is an infectious disease spec...

  • Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer?

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    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 co-author Jonas Olofsson. "The sense of smell seems to be a good indicator of aging brain health," said Olofsson, an assoc...

  • Cystic Fibrosis Survival Better in Canada Than in U.S.

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Cystic Fibrosis Survival Better in Canada Than in U.S. MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with cystic fibrosis are living longer than ever, but those in Canada live nearly 10 years longer than those in the United States, a new study finds. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive tract. It causes the production of a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs. This may cause life-threatening lung infections. People with cystic fibrosis also have difficulty pr...

  • Can Supplements Ward Off the 'Baby Blues'?

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Can Supplements Ward Off the 'Baby Blues'? MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After childbirth, many new moms experience the "baby blues." Now, researchers suggest that just three days of an experimental dietary supplementation may vanquish the temporary sadness. "Women who take the supplement don't get sad" in the early days of motherhood, said Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, co-author of a study testing this blues-banishing regimen. "We also see this as a promising way to try to prevent postpartum depressi...

  • Cure Found for Cancer Killing Endangered Tasmanian Devils

    Posted: 03/20/2017

    Cure Found for Cancer Killing Endangered Tasmanian Devils FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Immunotherapy seems to cure endangered Tasmanian devils of a deadly disease, a new study indicates. Researchers used immunotherapy on animals with golf ball-sized tumors caused by devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). Over three months, the tumors gradually shrank and then disappeared. "This is almost a Eureka moment for us because it's the first time we can say for sure that it was the immunotherapy that w...

  • Chimps Can Get Ebola, Too, But Oral Vaccine May Help

    Posted: 03/18/2017

    Chimps Can Get Ebola, Too, But Oral Vaccine May Help THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study shows promise for an oral vaccine to protect wild apes against the Ebola virus. The virus is a real threat to Africa's great apes -- for example, Ebola is estimated to have killed one in three wild gorillas in recent decades. However, the researchers noted that the new vaccine research was stopped early due to U.S. laws regarding medical testing in chimps. In the current study, six chimps receive...

  • Cholesterol's Impact on Heart Attack Risk May Change With Age

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Cholesterol's Impact on Heart Attack Risk May Change With Age WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol's impact on heart attack may differ by age, new research suggests. The study found that younger heart attack patients are much more likely to have significantly low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, rather than high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. The findings might help doctors pinpoint which of their younger patients are in need of cholesterol-lowering therapies, the researchers ...

  • Controversial MS Treatment Seems Ineffective

    Posted: 03/15/2017

    Controversial MS Treatment Seems Ineffective WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An invasive multiple sclerosis treatment called liberation therapy is not only costly, it's also ineffective, new research contends. Since 2009, thousands of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients have undergone the controversial treatment. Liberation therapy involves opening up narrowed veins from the brain and spinal cord. However, many specialists have had doubts about the success of the procedure, the study authors s...