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  • New 'Patch' May Repair Damaged Hearts

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    New 'Patch' May Repair Damaged Hearts WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A patch that might one day help repair heart attack damage has been developed by researchers. The patch, which consists of fully functioning artificial human heart muscle, is large enough to cover damage typically caused by a heart attack, according to biomedical engineers at Duke University. The Duke team described the development, which was tested in rodents, as a significant advance in efforts to repair dead heart musc...

  • New Migraine Drugs Show Promise

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    New Migraine Drugs Show Promise WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new migraine drugs have shown promise in late-stage clinical trials. The drugs were designed specifically to target a pathway believed to be important in these headaches. In stage 3 clinical trials, the drugs were found to work exceptionally well for some people, but not as well for others. Still, headache experts are enthused about the new research. "It's exciting to have a new choice in prevention of migraine, especially ...

  • Newborns in Pain Might Not Show It

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Newborns in Pain Might Not Show It THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just because your newborn isn't a crybaby doesn't mean he doesn't feel pain, new research suggests. Newborns display a stronger brain response to pain when they're under stress, but it isn't reflected in their behavior, British researchers found. For the study, the investigators monitored brain activity and facial expressions of 56 healthy newborns to assess their response to the pain of a medically necessary heel stick. Thos...

  • Noisy Commutes Could Cause Long-Lasting Damage

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Noisy Commutes Could Cause Long-Lasting Damage MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly riding public transit could be taking a toll on your hearing. New research warns that though the noise commuters are exposed to is usually within recommended limits, repeated exposure to occasional bursts of loud noise can harm hearing over time. "We now are starting to understand that chronic excessive noise exposure leads to significant systemic pathology, such as depression, anxiety, increased risk of ch...

  • New Breast Cancer Drug May Benefit Younger Women, Too

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    New Breast Cancer Drug May Benefit Younger Women, Too WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a new drug to standard treatment can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer in younger women, a new clinical trial has found. The drug, called ribociclib (Kisqali), was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March for the treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer. Now, experts say, the drug is just as effective for premenopausal women. In the trial, the treat...

  • New Gene Therapy May Be Cure for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    New Gene Therapy May Be Cure for 'Bubble Boy' Disease SATURDAY, Dec. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born with the immune-system ravaging "bubble boy" disease have had to spend their too-often-short lives in germ-free isolation, lest something as simple as a common cold virus fell them with a fatal infection. But after decades of research, doctors now believe they have created a cure for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Six out of seven infants treated using a newly crafted gene-based therapy...

  • Nature Walks Nurture Family Bonds

    Posted: 12/05/2017

    Nature Walks Nurture Family Bonds THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking short walks together in nature can strengthen family ties, new research suggests. And family gatherings at Thanksgiving are the perfect settings for such strolls. "Past research shows that in nature individuals' attention is restored, but we wanted to know what does that mean for family relationships? In our theoretical model, we made the case that when an individual's attention is restored, they are less irritable, hav...

  • New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Inflammation in middle age may increase the risk for brain shrinkage and dementia in old age, a new study suggests. The researchers tested more than 1,600 people for five "biomarkers" of inflammation in their blood when they were, on average, 53 years old. About 24 years later, the participants were given brain scans and a memory test. Compared with people who had no elevated levels of the biomarkers, those with elevated leve...

  • Nursing Home Often Only Option for Single Men After Stroke

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    Nursing Home Often Only Option for Single Men After Stroke FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a frequent occurrence: A single, childless older man without a designated caregiver suffers a debilitating stroke, and is sent to a nursing home for the remainder of his life. New research shows that male seniors who find themselves in this situation have triple the odds of being sent to a nursing home within five years of their attack, compared to men with a caregiver. A similar risk wasn't seen for...

  • Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

    Posted: 11/08/2017

    Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition. Many adults diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis) actually had the condition since they were children but were never diagnosed, explained Dr. Luz Fonacier. She is an allergist in Mineola, N.Y., and an American College of Allergy, Asthma and ...