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  • Racial Gap Narrows for Survival of Hospitalized Cardiac Arrest Patients

    Posted: 08/17/2017

    Racial Gap Narrows for Survival of Hospitalized Cardiac Arrest Patients WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The gap in survival rates has narrowed between black and white patients whose hearts have stopped beating -- called cardiac arrest -- in U.S. hospitals, a new study finds. The research included more than 112,000 patients. They had cardiac arrest in hospitals across the United States between January 2000 and December 2014. Twenty seven percent of the patients were black. The remaining 73 pe...

  • Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical Costs

    Posted: 08/17/2017

    Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical Costs WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows. That has translated into a savings of more than $1 billion in medical costs, the researchers added. Rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhea in infants and young children in the United States. The researchers analyzed dat...

  • Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer

    Posted: 08/17/2017

    Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified specific gene combinations that can cause the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma in mice. Using new technology that can also identify genetic triggers of other cancers, a Yale University-led team assessed the impact of mutations in more than 1,500 genetic combinations. They reported finding multiple combinations in living mice that could cause glioblastoma. Two o...

  • Relationship Status Impacts Health

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Relationship Status Impacts Health (HealthDay News) -- How happy a person is in a relationship has a powerful influence on the person's health, a new Harvard University study finds. In fact, the link between a person's happiness in a relationship impacts health more than wealth, social class, IQ, genes and cholesterol levels, according to researchers at the school's Study for Adult Development. The study found a satisfying relationship helps the person: Protect against disappointment. Delay mental and p...

  • Resistance Training May Slow MS, Study Says

    Posted: 08/15/2017

    Resistance Training May Slow MS, Study Says FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Resistance training may help slow progression of multiple sclerosis, a small study suggests. "Among persons with multiple sclerosis, the brain shrinks markedly faster than normal," said study researcher Ulrik Dalgas. "Drugs can counter this development, but we saw a tendency that training further minimizes brain shrinkage in patients already receiving medication." Moreover, "we saw that several smaller brain areas actua...

  • Recent Flu Shot Shouldn't Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy

    Posted: 08/11/2017

    Recent Flu Shot Shouldn't Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Because pregnant women and newborns are particularly vulnerable to the flu and its complications, guidelines recommend a flu shot during pregnancy. However, it wasn't known whether that vaccine would work if a woman had already received a flu shot recently. But a new study found that mother and baby will both be well-protected by a flu shot given during pregnancy, regardless of whether the mother got...

  • Rich, Well-Educated Get Bigger Bang for Buck From Mediterranean Diet

    Posted: 08/11/2017

    Rich, Well-Educated Get Bigger Bang for Buck From Mediterranean Diet TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Mediterranean diet -- rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains -- has long been hailed as a heart-healthy eating plan. But new research suggests its health benefits may be limited to the rich and well-educated. For the study, a team of Italian scientists reviewed diets, income and education level of nearly 19,000 men and women. The investigators found the Mediterra...

  • Rush Hour Pollution May Be Worse Than Thought

    Posted: 08/09/2017

    Rush Hour Pollution May Be Worse Than Thought FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder what you're inhaling as you idle in rush-hour traffic? New research finds air pollution levels in cars are much higher than previously believed. "We found that people are likely getting a double whammy of exposure in terms of health during rush-hour commutes," said Michael Bergin, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. He and his colleagues installed sensors...

  • Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

    Posted: 08/07/2017

    Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as "crouch gait," a small study found. The device provided strength training for muscles that were too weak to support fully upright posture, explained senior researcher Sunil Agrawal. He is a professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine and mechanical engineering at th...

  • Researchers Grow Functioning Liver Tissue in Mice

    Posted: 07/31/2017

    Researchers Grow Functioning Liver Tissue in Mice WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they were able to coax tiny "seeds" of liver tissue into fully functioning livers in mice. If this approach works in people, it could help reduce long wait lists for liver transplants. It might also benefit people with failing livers who don't quality for liver transplants, according to the researchers. The scientists placed three types of liver cells -- the seeds -- into biodegradable tissue s...