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  • Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with epilepsy who experienced longer seizures during a simulated driving test may face an increased risk for crashes while on the road, a new study suggests. About 75 percent of people with epilepsy use medication to control their seizures and are able to drive. The remainder of patients typically keep a journal of seizures, noting how long they last, and doctors use that information to determine whether...

  • Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Football players, particularly linemen, may have higher risk of elevated blood pressure and potentially harmful structural changes in the heart, a new study suggests. "Our study confirmed associations between football participation, high blood pressure and cardiac remodeling," said study senior author Dr. Aaron Baggish, an associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at Massachusetts ...

  • Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A blend of brain circuits are altered in people who stutter, new research indicates. Using an imaging technique that looks at brain cell metabolism, scientists learned that changes in areas involved in speech, attention and emotion are all linked to stuttering. Stuttering is characterized by involuntarily repeating certain sounds, syllables or words when speaking. The imaging method used for the study is known as proto...

  • Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting too little sleep alters the balance of bacteria in the gut, a change that's linked to certain metabolic conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows. For the study, European researchers limited the sleep of nine healthy men who were a normal weight to examine how sleep loss affects the number of types of bacteria in the gut. For two days in a row, the men slept only four hours a night. Th...

  • Strength Training May Prevent Side Effect of Breast Cancer Surgery

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Strength Training May Prevent Side Effect of Breast Cancer Surgery FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Strength training might benefit breast cancer survivors who've undergone surgery, researchers suggest. In a small study, weightlifting appeared to help prevent swelling in the arms and chest, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment. The study included 27 breast cancer survivors who did supervised moderate-intensity strength workouts twice a week. Each woman's regimen was matched to her abi...

  • Study Sees Link Between Insomnia, Asthma

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Study Sees Link Between Insomnia, Asthma FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia is common in adults with asthma and tied to worse asthma control and other health problems, a new study finds. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that 37 percent of adults with asthma also had significant insomnia. Those with insomnia had worse lung function. They also weighed more. And they tended to have lower incomes than those without insomnia, the study found. Insomnia was also linked to a reduced ast...

  • Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Amputees who experience what is known as phantom limb pain may benefit from playing a virtual reality game that simulates the movement of missing limbs, a small study suggests. "Phantom limb pain is a difficult condition to treat that can seriously hinder patients' quality of life," said study lead author Max Ortiz Catalan. He is an assistant professor at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology. Ph...

  • Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people with type 2 diabetes, better blood sugar control may be as easy as getting up off the couch and standing every so often, or taking a leisurely walk, a new study shows. Dutch researchers noted that "moderate to vigorous" exercise is often recommended for people with diabetes -- but most patients don't comply with that advice. This small new study suggests that even sitting a bit ...

  • Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Disruption of certain brain circuits may be related to depression in soldiers with brain injuries, researchers report. The researchers conducted brain scans on 130 male soldiers who suffered mild traumatic brain injury and a control group of 52 men without brain trauma. The scans revealed that brain-injured soldiers with moderate to severe depression had disruptions in the circuits that connect brain ...

  • Scientists Spot 'Teetotaler' Gene

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Scientists Spot 'Teetotaler' Gene TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol. They said their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study a...