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  • Cancer Experts Criticize Report on Rising Prostate Cancer Numbers

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Cancer Experts Criticize Report on Rising Prostate Cancer Numbers THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A headline-grabbing report earlier this week claimed that new cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States had skyrocketed 72 percent in the past decade. And the study authors from Northwestern University suggested the increase might be tied to a 2012 recommendation that men not be screened for prostate cancer by using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA, a protein produced b...

  • Coming to a Brew Near You: Calorie Counts, Carbs Info

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Coming to a Brew Near You: Calorie Counts, Carbs Info THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calorie counts and carbs might be the last thing on your mind as you tip back a cold beer on a steamy summer evening. But that information and more will soon be easy to find, thanks to a new coalition of U.S. beer makers and importers. The coalition has developed a voluntary labeling program to detail what's in its beers, a Beer Institute news release said. Beer labels will provide calorie, carbohydrate, pr...

  • Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although a chicken may seem a strange choice for a bedfellow, sleeping with a poultry partner next to your bed could protect you from malaria, a new study suggests. Researchers found that one of the main mosquito species ( Anopheles arabiensis ) that transmits malaria in sub-Saharan Africa avoids chickens when looking for a meal of blood. The mosquitoes use their sense of smell to distinguish between chickens and a...

  • Could New 'Talk Therapy' Cut Cost of Treating Depression?

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Could New 'Talk Therapy' Cut Cost of Treating Depression? FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A simpler and less expensive form of talk therapy is as effective as the gold-standard treatment -- cognitive behavioral therapy -- for treating depression in adults, a new study suggests. The researchers found that so-called behavioral activation therapy treats depression just as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). But behavioral activation can be provided by mental health workers with minimal tr...

  • CDC Updates Zika Guidelines for Pregnant Women

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    CDC Updates Zika Guidelines for Pregnant Women MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday updated their Zika virus guidelines, saying that pregnant women could contract Zika from a sex partner of either gender. The virus can cause serious birth defects including microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains. The new update follows news last week of the first recorded female-to-male transmission of the virus during sex. While mosquitoes are by f...

  • Cartilage Grown in Lab Might One Day Help Younger Arthritis Sufferers

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Cartilage Grown in Lab Might One Day Help Younger Arthritis Sufferers TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report progress toward developing lab-grown cartilage that could postpone or possibly eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery in younger arthritis patients. The cartilage hasn't been tested in humans yet, and it's too early to know anything about side effects or cost. Still, the researchers said it's promising because the cartilage is only partially artificial -- it also inc...

  • Cancer Experts Endorse CDC's HPV Vaccine Guidelines

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Cancer Experts Endorse CDC's HPV Vaccine Guidelines TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society has endorsed the U.S. government's HPV vaccination recommendations, which include immunizing all preteens against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus. In a new report, the cancer society says 11- and 12-year-old girls as well as boys should be vaccinated to guard against cancers associated with HPV. This is in line with updated guidelines from the federal Centers for Dise...

  • Cutting Down on Sweets Can Help Kids' Hearts

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Cutting Down on Sweets Can Help Kids' Hearts TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting sugar -- not calories -- is the key to reducing the risk of heart disease among obese children, a new study suggests. Curbing the kids' sugar intake improved their triglyceride levels (a type of blood fat, or "lipid") as well as levels of a protein associated with heart disease, known as ApoC-III, researchers found. "The blood lipid responses of these children is nothing short of astounding, and unrelated to ...

  • College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Offensive linemen who play college football -- even at small Division III schools -- are getting bigger than ever, a new study shows. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston found these players were 38 percent heavier than their counterparts were in 1956. Meanwhile, the average male's weight increased only 12 percent during the same period. "Through selective recruiting, weight training and nutri...

  • Concussion Study Shows Player-to-Player Hits Most Damaging

    Posted: 07/25/2016

    Concussion Study Shows Player-to-Player Hits Most Damaging MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As officials at all levels of American football continue to debate how to prevent concussions, a new study using data from devices inside the helmets of high school players confirms that hits with other players are especially damaging. "Impacts to the head that resulted from contact with another player were of higher magnitude than contact with other surfaces, such as the ground," said study author Julia...