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  • Tighter Gun Control Laws Linked to Fewer School Shootings in U.S.

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Tighter Gun Control Laws Linked to Fewer School Shootings in U.S. TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There are fewer school shootings in states that have tighter gun control laws and spend more on mental health care and public education, a new study finds. Close to 33,000 people are killed and another 81,000 are injured by gun violence every year in the United States, the researchers said. The number of school shootings is particularly high. There were 44 such incidents between 1996 and 2008, the...

  • Therapeutic Vaccine Shows 'Game-Changing' Promise Against a Leukemia

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Therapeutic Vaccine Shows 'Game-Changing' Promise Against a Leukemia WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An anti-cancer vaccine made from a leukemia patient's own cells can dramatically increase the chance of long-term survival against the deadly disease, a new study indicates. Patients with acute myeloid leukemia -- one of the most aggressive blood cancers -- must undergo intense chemotherapy to beat back the disease. And then they almost always relapse within a couple of years, explained senio...

  • Taking Breast Cancer Prevention Drug Beyond 5 Years May Not Raise Survival

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Taking Breast Cancer Prevention Drug Beyond 5 Years May Not Raise Survival WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer survivors take anti-estrogen drugs for at least five years to help lessen their risk of recurrence. Now, new research suggests that taking such a drug for an even longer period might not confer any added benefit -- at least in terms of survival. The study of thousands of older breast cancer survivors found that taking the aromatase inhibitor drug letrozole (Femara) fo...

  • Teething Tips From Dental Specialists

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Teething Tips From Dental Specialists Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You've fed your baby, changed your baby, but the baby is still cranky. It's possible he or she is uncomfortable because tiny teeth are trying to push through the gums. What can you do to ease the pain? One approach is to offer a plain, solid teething ring, which lets the baby apply pressure to ease the pain. While chilling the teething ring may provide added relief, don't freeze it because the extreme cold can be harmful rath...

  • Turning to an Ancient Art to Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Turning to an Ancient Art to Help Ease PTSD in Veterans THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The age-old practice of Tai Chi shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, new research shows. The study was small -- just 17 U.S. veterans -- and involved four introductory sessions of Tai Chi, the Chinese exercise regimen that involves slow, fluid movements. A team led by Barbara Niles, of Boston University School of Medicine, said the program helped ease the veterans' P...

  • Tamoxifen May Get Blamed for Unrelated Symptoms

    Posted: 12/09/2016

    Tamoxifen May Get Blamed for Unrelated Symptoms FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some high-risk women who take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer may mistake naturally occurring nausea and vomiting for side effects of the drug and stop taking it, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that taking tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer by more than 30 percent in high-risk women, and the preventive effects last more than 20 years, the study authors said. But a study of women taking...

  • Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone treatment can increase a man's risk of potentially fatal blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men taking the male hormone seem to have a 63 percent increased risk of a blood clot forming in a vein, a condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). These clots can cause a heart attack, stroke, organ damage or even death, according to the American Heart Association. "Ri...

  • Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help. Researchers found that people who played racquet sports -- badminton, squash, tennis -- had an almost 50 percent lower risk of dying from any cause during the 15-year study. And playing a racquet sport was linked to a 56 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the study period. "Our findings indicate that i...

  • Texas Reports 1st Likely Case of Local Zika Infection

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Texas Reports 1st Likely Case of Local Zika Infection MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Texas reported its first possible case of locally transmitted Zika infection on Monday. If confirmed, Texas would join Florida as the only states with local transmissions of the mosquito-borne illness linked to birth defects. The case involves a woman who lives in Brownsville, near Mexico, and she had no travel-related risk factors for Zika infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. ...

  • Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 4 percent of U.S. teens surveyed admit to trying the "choking game" -- a potentially deadly game of temporary strangulation. And new research suggests that kids who "play" the game alone are much more likely to harbor thoughts of suicide. The so-called choking game is the practice of using hands, fingers or external wrapping materials -- such as a belt, tie or noose -- to apply strong pressure against...