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  • Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaling steam probably won't open your chronically clogged sinuses. But nasal irrigation may bring some relief, a new study finds. "People with chronic and recurrent sinusitis have poor quality of life, similar to having a major chronic disease," said lead study author Dr. Paul Little, professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton in England. "It is very nice to be able to provide something ...

  • New Clues to Zika's Threat to Fetus, and How to Stop It

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    New Clues to Zika's Threat to Fetus, and How to Stop It TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus can pose serious dangers to the fetus. Now, scientists say they've gained new insight into how the virus infects the fetus, and a potential means of preventing infection. Zika can cause serious birth defects if a woman becomes infected while pregnant. Thousands of babies have been born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains, a condition called...

  • Number of Advanced Prostate Cancer Cases Soars: U.S. Study

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Number of Advanced Prostate Cancer Cases Soars: U.S. Study TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States have skyrocketed 72 percent in the past decade, a troubling new study shows. The biggest increase was among men aged 55 to 69, with a 92 percent jump seen over 10 years. This rise is worrisome because these men are the ones who may benefit most from screening and early treatment, the researchers said. "The increase could be because the disease i...

  • New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to stop its progression. But, kids coping with its effects have reason to be optimistic, according to Dr. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "We don't...

  • New Drug May Treat Rare Obesity Disorder Causing Constant Hunger

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    New Drug May Treat Rare Obesity Disorder Causing Constant Hunger WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug spurred substantial weight loss in people with a rare genetic disorder that causes severe obesity because patients feel perpetually hungry. The study included only two patients with the disorder, known as proopiomelanocortin deficiency. But those two patients account for two-thirds of all known adult cases worldwide, said Dr. Marc Reitman, of the U.S. National Institute of D...

  • Noisy Homes Can Slow a Toddler's Vocabulary

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Noisy Homes Can Slow a Toddler's Vocabulary THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Background noise can hamper a toddler's ability to learn new words, a new study suggests. "Modern homes are filled with noisy distractions such as TV, radio and people talking that could affect how children learn words at early ages," said study leader Brianna McMillan. "Our study suggests that adults should be aware of the amount of background speech in the environment when they're interacting with young children," ...

  • Normal Weight May Not Protect Against Diabetes

    Posted: 07/21/2016

    Normal Weight May Not Protect Against Diabetes THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes has long been considered a disease of the overweight and obese, but a new study challenges that notion. It finds nearly one in five normal-weight people has prediabetes -- a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes. And in folks over 45, one-third of those at a healthy weight have prediabetes, the study authors reported. "Being at a healthy weight may not necessarily be healthy," said the study's...

  • Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs

    Posted: 07/20/2016

    Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 10 percent of fatal adult drug overdoses may involve recently released prison inmates, a new Canadian study suggests. "This is the first Canadian study to examine overdose mortality rates by matching incarceration records with coroner reports after release," said study author Dr. Nav Persaud. He is a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "We were sur...

  • Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study

    Posted: 07/20/2016

    Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease, tested the effects of vagus nerve stimulation -- a technique long used to control seizures in some people with epilepsy. It found that over six weeks, most of the patients showed some improvements...

  • New Drug Eases Huntington's Disease Symptoms: Study

    Posted: 07/15/2016

    New Drug Eases Huntington's Disease Symptoms: Study THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help control the involuntary, sudden muscle movements associated with Huntington's disease, with fewer side effects, according to the results of a small trial. "Deutetrabenazine is not yet FDA-approved, but assuming it becomes available, practicing clinicians may have another choice for their individual patients," said lead researcher Dr. Samuel Frank. He is a neurologist and instructo...