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  • Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion of new research by investigators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that, in many cases, these complications can be reversed or their progression...

  • Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Three common mental health disorders -- depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder -- pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their babies, a new study finds. "I think a major take-home message is that women are not harming their babies if they have one of these psychiatric conditions," said study lead author Kimberly Yonkers of Yale University. She and her team followed more th...

  • Death Risk From Triathlons May Be Higher Than Thought

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Death Risk From Triathlons May Be Higher Than Thought MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could some triathlon participants be pushing themselves too hard? New research suggests the odds that an athlete will die during these tests of endurance are higher than previously believed. "We identified a total of 135 deaths and cardiac arrests in U.S. triathlons from the inception of the sport in 1985 through 2016," said study lead author Dr. Kevin Harris. Most were due to undiagnosed heart issues. "The ...

  • Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new distance record for delivery of blood samples by a medical drone has been set. A Johns Hopkins University drone transported dozens of human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, proper temperature control was maintained and the samples were usable for laboratory testing after reaching their destination. "We expect that in many cases, drone transport will be...

  • Daydreaming Behind the Wheel

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Daydreaming Behind the Wheel THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people catch themselves daydreaming, but new research reveals it often happens when they're behind the wheel of a car. Researchers analyzed the brain activity of volunteers during a driving simulation to determine how often their minds wandered. The investigators also looked for specific brain patterns that would indicate when this daydreaming occurred. During the simulation, the participants were hooked up to a monitoring sys...

  • Drug Helped Protect Gay Teen Males From HIV

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Drug Helped Protect Gay Teen Males From HIV TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A group of gay and bisexual teenage males safely used a medication that prevents HIV infection, though some failed to follow the drug regimen fully and became infected, researchers report. People at risk for becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS can dramatically lower their risk of infection by taking the drug Truvada in what is known as the PrEP regimen, but its use is only approved for adults. "Several s...

  • Dog Walking a Treat for Pet and Owner Alike

    Posted: 09/13/2017

    Dog Walking a Treat for Pet and Owner Alike FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Why do people walk their dogs? A new British study suggests it's not for the exercise. Instead, dog owners appear to like to take their pups for walks because it makes them happy. "It's clear from our findings that dog walking is used to meet the emotional needs of the owner as well as the needs of the dog," said study author Carri Westgarth, a research fellow at the University of Liverpool. "This may explain why pilot...

  • Does Immune System Hold Clues to Preterm Births?

    Posted: 09/13/2017

    Does Immune System Hold Clues to Preterm Births? FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By learning more about the immune system changes that occur during pregnancy, scientists hope they can someday predict if babies will be born prematurely. "Pregnancy is a unique immunological state. We found that the timing of immune system changes follows a precise and predictable pattern in normal pregnancy," said study senior author Dr. Brice Gaudilliere. He's an assistant professor of anesthesiology, periopera...

  • Diet Study Suggests It's Carbs, Not Fats, That Are Bad for You

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    Diet Study Suggests It's Carbs, Not Fats, That Are Bad for You TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A large, 18-country study may turn current nutritional thinking on its head. The new research suggests that it's not the fat in your diet that's raising your risk of premature death, it's too many carbohydrates -- especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs -- that may be the real killer. The research also found that eating fruits, vegetables and legumes can lower your risk of dying prematurely...

  • Drug May Fight Heart Disease in Whole New Way

    Posted: 09/07/2017

    Drug May Fight Heart Disease in Whole New Way MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Move over, statins: New research finds that a medication aimed at dampening the body's inflammatory response may be a new tool to curb heart disease. The findings were presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and published in two major medical journals, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine . The trial focused on a new drug called canakinumab, which lower...