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  • Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test can detect the return of lung cancer months before CT and PET scans, a new study suggests. The research included 48 adults with stage 2 or 3 locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The patients were aged 31 to 84. All were treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Blood samples were taken before treatment, during treatment, and at six different times during the two years follow...

  • Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blindness at an early age triggers the brain to make new connections that enhance hearing, smell and touch, as well as memory and language, a new study suggests. Researchers used MRIs to scan the brains of 12 people who were born blind or lost their sight by age 3. The scans showed a number of changes in the brains of the people who were blind that weren't present in scans from people who could still see. C...

  • Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bavencio (avelumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), the agency said Thursday in a news release. The drug, sanctioned for people 12 and older, is the first MCC treatment approved in the United States. Some 1,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with the disease. Many cases can be treated surgically, b...

  • Black Americans More Likely to Skip Flu Shot

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Black Americans More Likely to Skip Flu Shot WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American adults don't get an annual flu shot, and black Americans are even less likely to do so because of concerns about side effects, researchers report. Campaigns advocating annual free flu shots should not only focus on the dangers of the seasonal flu but also address fears about the vaccine by explaining how it works, the study authors advised. "Most people have very limited understanding of...

  • Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's often difficult for doctors to tell the difference between depression and schizophrenia, especially early on. Now, researchers say they're on the trail of a blood test that might be able to do just that. "This is the first objective, physiological marker for two major psychiatric disorders that, once fully developed into a clinical test, can allow for earlier and more accurate diagnosis,...

  • Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015

    Posted: 03/18/2017

    Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015 THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Unhealthy diets may have contributed to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from heart disease and strokes in 2015, a new study estimates. And, it's not just the things you should be avoiding -- such as salt and trans fats -- that are contributing to these deaths. The excess deaths may also be caused by what's missing in your diet -- namely, nuts and seeds, vegetables and whole grains, the researchers said. "Cardio...

  • Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recommendations, too few American baby boomers are tested for hepatitis C, a new study reveals. In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 to get a one-time test for hepatitis C virus. "Prevalence of [hepatitis C virus] testing among baby boomers did not substantially increase and remains low two years after the USPSTF recommendation in 2013," Ahm...

  • Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Professional pest management may not be needed to control asthma in kids with a mouse allergy, researchers say. Mice are a common cause of asthma flare-ups in low-income urban neighborhoods, according to prior research. In this new study, scientists found that teaching families how to reduce mice allergens on their own can help control children's asthma symptoms about as well as paying an outside expert to d...

  • Brain Training for Cancer Survivors' Nerve Damage

    Posted: 03/13/2017

    Brain Training for Cancer Survivors' Nerve Damage FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Learning to control their brain waves with a type of training called neurofeedback seems to help cancer survivors ease symptoms of chemotherapy-caused nerve damage, a new study suggests. Chemotherapy can damage nerves that control sensation and movement in the arms and legs. This condition -- called chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) -- affects up to 96 percent of patients within a month of...

  • Bad Diet in Youth Might Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Bad Diet in Youth Might Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A poor diet while young may do more than just make it tough to fit into a pair of jeans: New research suggests it might also raise a younger woman's risk for breast cancer. "A diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and red and processed meat makes it more likely that you may experience early onset breast cancer," said study senior author Karin Michels. She is chair of epidemiology at the UCLA Fieldi...