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  • Laser Therapy Shows Promise Against Eye 'Floaters'

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Laser Therapy Shows Promise Against Eye 'Floaters' THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A laser treatment can reduce spots in people's vision known as "floaters," a new study finds. "Floaters often arise as the vitreous -- a gel-like substance that fills the eye -- contracts and pulls away from the back of the eye," explained ophthalmologist Dr. Naomi Goldberg, who reviewed the new research. She works at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. Floaters become more common with...

  • Lower Back Injuries Plague Many Athletes

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Lower Back Injuries Plague Many Athletes FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes. Nearly 1 in 3 athletes playing professional or varsity-level sports experiences a back injury, a research review finds. "Competitive players stress their lumbar [lower] spine for hundreds of hours a month, thereby predisposing themselves to specific injuries that should be recognized by health care practitioners," said lead author Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orth...

  • Lumosity Brain-Training Didn't Boost Thinking Skills: Study

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Lumosity Brain-Training Didn't Boost Thinking Skills: Study MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults did not appear to sharpen their decision-making skills after using the online brain-training program Lumosity, a new study reports. A group of study participants aged 18 to 35 who received intense Lumosity training five times a week for 10 weeks did not show any more improvement in memory and reasoning ("cognitive") skills than people who spent the same amount of time playing online video g...

  • Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study. People tend to have more trouble sleeping as they age, the researchers added. "Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-f...

  • Laughter May Be a Serious Evolutionary Tool

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Laughter May Be a Serious Evolutionary Tool THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sharing a laugh can make you feel closer to someone else, and that quick-forming social bond may have been a big evolutionary boon to human survival, a small study suggests. The act of laughing out loud triggers the brain to release its very own "feel good" neurotransmitters, known as endorphins, the study's brain scans showed. Endorphins are naturally occurring opioids that may produce a sense of euphoria, calmness a...

  • Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent or Slow Dementia

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent or Slow Dementia THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Simple changes to your lifestyle might delay the start of dementia or slow its progression, a new report suggests. Some scientific evidence indicates that keeping your mind active through "cognitive training," controlling your blood pressure and exercising more may pay dividends in terms of brain health, researchers determined. Although not yet proven to thwart the cognitive decline that accompanies aging or dem...

  • Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A simple procedure may help women who are suffering from fibroids without jeopardizing their future fertility, a new study suggests. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) blocks blood flow to fibroids so they stop growing or shrink. But the technique hasn't been recommended for women who hope to conceive since it was unclear if blood flow might also be blocked to the uterus itself, the researcher...

  • Lawn Mowers Are Risky Business for Kids

    Posted: 06/08/2017

    Lawn Mowers Are Risky Business for Kids MONDAY, May 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though mowing lawns has long been a source of income for young people, experts warn that lawn mowers pose a major safety risk to children. "We need to remind people that these are dangerous machines, and the consequences are devastating," Mariano Garay, a fourth year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine, said in a school news release. Garay has studied lawn mower injuries in children. About 13,000 children were...

  • Life Expectancy With HIV Nears Normal With Treatment

    Posted: 05/17/2017

    Life Expectancy With HIV Nears Normal With Treatment WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with HIV who get treatment are living longer in North America and Europe, a new study finds. In fact, a 20-year-old with HIV who began antiretroviral treatment in 2008 or later and had a low viral load after a year of treatment has a life expectancy that's close to that of the general population -- around 78 years old, the study found. But life expectancy for people with HIV mostly remains lower...

  • Longevity in the U.S.: Location, Location, Location

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    Longevity in the U.S.: Location, Location, Location MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How long you will live depends a lot on where you live in the United States, a new study of federal health data reveals. Overall, life expectancy increased for American men and women by slightly more than five years between 1980 and 2014, researchers report. But life span can differ by as much as two decades between various U.S. counties, said lead researcher Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health with the Univ...