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  • Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The photos you post on Instagram can contain telltale visual clues that help predict if you're suffering from depression, a new study reports. Computer software designed to scan photos for these hidden signals accurately diagnosed people with depression seven out of 10 times, said lead researcher Andrew Reece. He's a graduate student with the Harvard University psychology department. "Depressed individuals in ...

  • It's Never Too Soon to Safeguard Your Bones

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    It's Never Too Soon to Safeguard Your Bones WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bone health is literally something you build on throughout your life, not just as a child. And the efforts you put in now will keep bones strong and help prevent the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis later on, as you age. Most of the 10 million Americans living with osteoporosis are women, but men are at risk, too, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It weakens bones, leaving them at greater risk of f...

  • Immunotherapy Shown Safe in Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Immunotherapy Shown Safe in Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A small clinical trial showed an immune system therapy was safe for people with type 1 diabetes, British researchers report. The immunotherapy also showed signs of helping to keep insulin production steady in people newly diagnosed with the disease, the study authors said. However, because this was a placebo-controlled safety trial, there weren't enough people included to know for sure how well the tre...

  • Is Ancient Bone Evidence of Cannibalistic Rite?

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Is Ancient Bone Evidence of Cannibalistic Rite? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Engravings on an ancient human bone may have been part of a cannibalistic ritual, researchers report. The bone -- a right human radius dating from the Paleolithic period -- was found in 1987 at Gough's Cave in Somerest, Great Britain. Previous human bones found at the site had evidence of cannibalism, but there has been debate about whether some marks on the bones were made intentionally or were caused by butcher...

  • Is Pot Linked to Blood Pressure Deaths?

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Is Pot Linked to Blood Pressure Deaths? THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use may triple your risk of dying from high blood pressure, a new study suggests. A review of U.S. health survey data found that marijuana users were three times more likely to die from causes related to high blood pressure (hypertension), said lead researcher Barbara Yankey. "Prolonged marijuana use may increase the risk of hypertension [high blood pressure] mortality," she said. "It's important that recreatio...

  • In Mice, Brain Cells Discovered That Might Control Aging

    Posted: 08/07/2017

    In Mice, Brain Cells Discovered That Might Control Aging WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists working with mice believe they've identified brain cells that control aging. The discovery could lead to new ways to treat age-related diseases in people and extend lives, according to researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Their laboratory experiments suggest that adult neural stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus regulate the speed of aging in the body. Th...

  • Is Kissing Etiquette 'Hardwired?'

    Posted: 08/03/2017

    Is Kissing Etiquette 'Hardwired?' MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The long-awaited kiss is coming. Do you tilt your head to the left or the right? New research says most people are "hardwired" to turn their head to the right before locking lips with a romantic partner. "We as humans make lots of behaviors while interacting with others every day, but almost all the time we are not aware of the biases we have in those behaviors, such as in turning the head to one side during lip kissing," said s...

  • Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives?

    Posted: 08/02/2017

    Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives? MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A wave of anti-science skepticism may put people with high cholesterol at risk if they're convinced to quit life-saving statin medications, heart experts warn. An "internet-driven cult" is attacking the safety and effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering statins, despite mounds of clinical trial data showing the drugs work and produce minimal side effects, said Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at t...

  • Impaired Eyesight May Be First Sign of Zika Damage in Babies

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Impaired Eyesight May Be First Sign of Zika Damage in Babies MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Infants exposed to the Zika virus in the womb should have their eyes examined for possible virus-related abnormalities, according to a new report. "All infants with potential Zika virus exposure should undergo screening eye examinations regardless of [central nervous system] abnormalities, timing of maternal infection during pregnancy, or laboratory confirmation," said Dr. Andrea Zin and colleagues. Zi...

  • Is Shingles Tied to Heart, Stroke Risk?

    Posted: 07/14/2017

    Is Shingles Tied to Heart, Stroke Risk? TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime. The painful skin rash can occur in anyone who's had chickenpox, and the risk increases with age. The new study looked at 2003-2013 medical records for more than 23,000 people in South Korea who had shingles. The researchers also reviewed data on a similar number of people ...