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  • Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A startling new study warns that some preteen children -- even as young as 5 years old -- may be at risk of suicide. Black elementary school-age boys seem to have a higher risk, even though black teens and young adults have lower rates of suicide than whites, the study authors noted. "Adults need to realize that school-age children as young as 5 kill themselves," said Dr. Gregory Fritz, director of the Division o...

  • Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says. Reviewing results from blood samples taken from nearly 16,000 people in 16 prior studies, the researchers also found that for those who stopped smoking, most genes "recovered" within five years of quitting. "Although this emphasizes th...

  • Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress could undo some of your healthy food choices, a new study suggests. Stressful events from the day before appear to eradicate any health benefits a person might have gained from choosing a breakfast rich in "good" monounsaturated fats, as opposed to a breakfast loaded with "bad" saturated fats, Ohio State University researchers found. "They physiologically looked like they'd eaten the high saturate...

  • Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Shedding Light on Low Male Libido TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests. Italian researchers said they found that men exposed to just two weeks of daily doses of bright light saw their testosterone levels increase more than 50 percent, and their sexual satisfaction levels more than triple. "We were not surprised to observe our results," said st...

  • Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may speed progression of Lou Gehrig's disease and shorten the lives of those with the fatal illness, new research suggests. Also known as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These cells control many vital muscle functions, including speaking, swallowing and breathing. Though no cure for ALS has been found, scientists have identified several risk f...

  • Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a brother or sister with schizophrenia are 10 times more likely to develop the mental illness, a new study out of Israel suggests. Researchers also found increased risks for bipolar disorder when a sibling had been diagnosed with it. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Weiser, from the department of psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, called the results "quite strik...

  • Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment. "These patients are tremendously disfigured by this skin disease," explained lead researcher Dr. Amy Paller, an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. "It can be pai...

  • Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Software that quickly analyzes mammograms and patient history to determine breast cancer risk could save time and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to the developers of the technology. The software was used to evaluate mammograms and pathology reports of 500 breast cancer patients. It did so 30 times faster than doctors and with 99 percent accuracy, the Houston Methodist Cancer Center researchers s...

  • Smoking Losing Its Cool With Kids, CDC Says

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Smoking Losing Its Cool With Kids, CDC Says THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teens seem to be losing interest in smoking cigarettes and cigars, a new federal report finds. The same can't be said of e-cigarettes. Fewer students reported trying cigarettes or cigars between 2012 and 2014, the new research showed. The report was a joint effort from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. The report also fou...

  • Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cities that promote walking, bicycling and public transportation can expect a drop in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests. The finding stems from an international study led by the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The goal: To see how city design -- including street layout and access to shopping within wa...