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  • Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine for genital herpes could be nearing human clinical trials, researchers say. The vaccine has proven effective in animals against herpes simplex virus 2, the sexually transmitted virus that causes genital herpes, according to a new report. The new "trivalent" vaccine targets three different parts of the virus, shutting down its ability to enter cells and to evade detection by the immune system, ...

  • Government-Backed Salt Reduction Efforts Could Deliver Big Health Pay Day

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Government-Backed Salt Reduction Efforts Could Deliver Big Health Pay Day TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Government-supported policies to reduce people's salt consumption are highly cost-effective worldwide, a new study reports. "We know that excess dietary salt causes hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular deaths each year," said study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He's dean of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. "The trillion-dollar quest...

  • Genes May Play Role in More Severe Form of PMS

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Genes May Play Role in More Severe Form of PMS TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links the activity of certain genes to a premenstrual mood disorder that affects 2 to 5 percent of women of reproductive age. The disorder, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), causes more severe symptoms than premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS. PMDD symptoms include disabling irritability, sadness and anxiety before a menstrual period. The link "adds to evidence that PMDD is a disord...

  • Gun Violence May Be 'Contagious,' Study Suggests

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Gun Violence May Be 'Contagious,' Study Suggests TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- To predict someone's risk of becoming a victim of gun violence, a new study offers a suggestion: Look at the company they keep. Researchers report that gun violence may actually be "contagious," with social networks acting as a breeding ground for the spread of gun exposure and violence. "Those at the highest risk of gun violence are the individuals with the most associates who have recently been shot," said study...

  • Gastro Issues May Be Downside to Weight-Loss Surgery

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Gastro Issues May Be Downside to Weight-Loss Surgery THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While weight-loss surgery can help obese people drop unwanted pounds, a new study suggests the procedure may also trigger long-lasting tummy troubles for many patients. Dutch researchers found that people who had the most common type of weight-loss surgery -- known as laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass -- suffered gastrointestinal problems and food intolerance up to two years after their operation. The pr...

  • Give Kids a Safe, Stress-Free Holiday

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Give Kids a Safe, Stress-Free Holiday TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With all the parties, outings and family gatherings during the holidays, it's easy for kids to get overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle, a leading group of pediatricians says. Amid the hustle and bustle, parents and caregivers should be mindful of children's safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises. While staying in other people's homes, for instance, be aware of potential dangers for little kids, such as decoration...

  • Gene Therapy Offers Hope to Some Hemophilia Patients

    Posted: 12/13/2016

    Gene Therapy Offers Hope to Some Hemophilia Patients TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research suggests that a single dose of an experimental gene therapy may help patients with hemophilia B. As explained by the National Hemophilia Foundation, hemophilia B is a genetic disorder where people lack a protein needed for blood clotting called factor IX, or the type of factor IX they produce is defective. The condition can lead to excess bleeding and occurs in about one in every 5,000 bir...

  • Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Persists

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Persists MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People are living longer than ever, but men still trail women in life expectancy, a new study shows. An international team of researchers reviewed data from more than 1 million people worldwide. From the 18th century to the present, they found the last few generations have had the largest life expectancy increase in the history of humans and all other primates. For example, life expectancy in Sweden over the last 200 years ...

  • Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers

    Posted: 11/22/2016

    Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a bit of good news, the rate of diagnoses for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among U.S. preschoolers has leveled off, a new study finds. At the same time, the prescribing rate of stimulant medications for these young patients has also stayed steady, a promising trend that researchers credit to treatment guidelines that were introduced in 2011. The guidelines, issued by the Americ...

  • Germs on Smartphones Yield Clues to Owners' Lifestyles

    Posted: 11/21/2016

    Germs on Smartphones Yield Clues to Owners' Lifestyles MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- By analyzing chemicals, molecules and germs on people's smartphones, researchers say they were able to get a good idea of users' habits and lifestyles. This included aspects such as diet, medications, hygiene and beauty products, general health, and places visited. This approach could prove useful in a number of areas, including medical clinical trials, criminal profiling, airport screening, making sure pati...