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  • Get Outside, Get Moving to Prevent 'Gamer's Thumb'

    Posted: 07/25/2016

    Get Outside, Get Moving to Prevent 'Gamer's Thumb' MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- "Gamer's thumb" -- a repetitive stress injury -- can strike anyone who spends a lot of time playing video games. But taking breaks can be just what the doctor ordered, a new study suggests. "Forcefully pounding a game controller or computer mouse for hours can cause inflammation of the tendons of the hand, as well as neck and back pain," orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Dori Cage said in a news release from the Ameri...

  • Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome -- a condition that continues to baffle doctors -- may be influenced by a person's intestinal bacteria -- sometimes called gut microbiome, new research finds. "Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have a different profile of bacterial species in their gut microbiome than healthy individuals," said the study's senior author, Maureen Hanson. She's a professor of molecular biology an...

  • Genes Tied to Red Hair, Pale Skin Greatly Raise Melanoma Risk?

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Genes Tied to Red Hair, Pale Skin Greatly Raise Melanoma Risk? TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- DNA that's tied to red hair, fair skin and freckles may also be highly linked to a person's genetic odds of skin cancer, new research suggests. The study's British authors estimate that having the gene is roughly equivalent to the person spending an extra 21 years in the sun. "It has been known for a while that a person with red hair has an increased likelihood of developing skin cancer, but this is...

  • Global Team Taps Into DNA Behind Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Global Team Taps Into DNA Behind Type 2 Diabetes MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An international team of scientists appears to be advancing knowledge about the genetic factors contributing to type 2 diabetes. The researchers say they have also identified more than 12 genes that directly increase risk for the condition. "Our study has taken us to the most complete understanding yet of the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes," said the study's co-senior author, Michael Boehnke. He is direct...

  • Gene Test Might One Day Gauge Alzheimer's Risk in Younger Adults

    Posted: 07/14/2016

    Gene Test Might One Day Gauge Alzheimer's Risk in Younger Adults WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A gene test may one day be able to predict the risk for Alzheimer's disease in young adults, a new study suggests. People without any thinking impairments, but with a high number of gene mutations linked to Alzheimer's, developed worse memory over time and had a smaller hippocampus -- the part of the brain associated with memory and emotion, the researchers found. "This implies that genetic risk ...

  • Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too

    Posted: 07/10/2016

    Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a gene mutation known as BRCA1 have an increased risk for a deadly form of uterine cancer, a new study finds. The BRCA1 gene mutation is already well known for significantly increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. In fact, the risk is so high that some women consider having both breasts, as well as their ovaries, removed to prevent breast and ovarian cancers, the researchers noted....

  • Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

    Posted: 07/05/2016

    Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications. Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) were less likely to return for emergency care related to their painkiller use. "Th...

  • Guidelines Stop Heat Stroke Deaths in High School Athletes

    Posted: 07/03/2016

    Guidelines Stop Heat Stroke Deaths in High School Athletes THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There have been no deaths among high school football players during preseason practice in states with guidelines to help students get used to the heat over time, a new study says. In contrast, heat stroke deaths during preseason practices were 2.5 times higher in states before they adopted the guidelines, the study found. "A lot of people don't realize that heat stroke is preventable, and a bigger numb...

  • Got a Spare 15 Minutes? A Little Exercise May Boost Life Span

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Got a Spare 15 Minutes? A Little Exercise May Boost Life Span TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests. The research included more than 123,000 people, aged 60 and older. The study's mean follow-up time was 10 years. Compared to those who were inactive, those with low levels of activity were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period, the investigators found. In addition, for peo...

  • Gun Injuries More Often Fatal Now, Study Finds

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Gun Injuries More Often Fatal Now, Study Finds TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Injuries from senseless gun violence -- like those witnessed in Orlando on Sunday morning -- may be increasing in severity in ERs across the United States, a new study suggests. "Americans mourn firearm-related fatalities every day," said lead researcher Dr. Angela Sauaia, a professor of public health and surgery at the University of Colorado, in Denver. "Mass shootings are just the tip of the iceberg of the daily ...