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  • Never Too Old for a Mammogram?

    Posted: 12/03/2016

    Never Too Old for a Mammogram? MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who think they're too old to worry about mammograms may want to reconsider the age at which their breast cancer screening years are behind them, a new study suggests. Based on an analysis of nearly 7 million mammograms over a seven-year period, "the benefit continues with increasing age up until 90," said study author Dr. Cindy Lee. She is an assistant professor in residence at the University of California, San Francisco. The...

  • New Parkinson's Gene Identified

    Posted: 12/03/2016

    New Parkinson's Gene Identified TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a gene mutation that could be associated with early onset Parkinson's disease in white people. The mutation occurs in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain, and its impact is particularly strong in people younger than 50, according to the Iowa State University researchers. Rigidity and loss of muscle function in Parkinson's patients is linked with reduced levels of dopamine in the part of t...

  • New Drug Might Reduce Sickle Cell Pain Crises

    Posted: 12/03/2016

    New Drug Might Reduce Sickle Cell Pain Crises SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help reduce episodes of pain associated with sickle cell disease, a new study finds. Results of an early trial showed the drug -- called SelG1 for now -- reduced episodes of sickle cell-related pain crises by 45 percent. In addition, the drug appeared safe and was well-tolerated, researchers say. "Patients with sickle cell disease have complications, the most common of which is pain crises t...

  • New Skin Patch Analyzes Your Sweat During Exercise

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    New Skin Patch Analyzes Your Sweat During Exercise WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- How much are you really sweating when you exercise? You may not need to wring yourself dry to find out. Researchers say they've developed a flexible device that sticks to the skin, analyzes your sweat and sends the results to your smartphone. That's not all. Researchers say the device -- about the size of a quarter -- offers insight into whether you need to drink more water or down an energy drink to boost el...

  • No Benefit From Routine Thyroid Cancer Screening: Task Force

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    No Benefit From Routine Thyroid Cancer Screening: Task Force TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should not screen for thyroid cancer in patients who have no symptoms of the disease, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation. It reaffirms a recommendation issued 20 years ago. Thyroid cancer is rare in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 64,300 new cases will be diagnosed, representing 3.8 percent of all new cancers. The thyroid is a small gland in the ne...

  • Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers living in cohesive neighborhoods -- where trusted neighbors get involved in monitoring each other's children -- experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. The researchers also found consistent results across different cities regardless of family composition and neighborhood income, indicating strong neighborhoods help teen mental health across various populations. Alon...

  • New Fetal Views in 3-D

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    New Fetal Views in 3-D MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents may soon be able to view a three-dimensional virtual reality version of the fetus, researchers say. This is possible with new technology that combines MRI and ultrasound data into a 3-D that can be viewed with virtual reality devices. In tests, Brazilian researchers found that virtual reality fetal 3-D models are similar to the appearance of the newborn after birth. The models recreate the entire internal structure of the...

  • New Technique Keeps Donor Lungs Viable Longer: Study

    Posted: 11/28/2016

    New Technique Keeps Donor Lungs Viable Longer: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A technique that allows lungs destined for transplants to be preserved longer works well, a new Canadian study finds. The strategy, called ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), allows preservation of lungs for up to 12 hours, instead of the standard six to eight hours. "We have been using EVLP ... to assess high-risk donor lungs [less healthy] for the last decade, and almost 300 patients have benefited from this tech...

  • New Drug May Brighten Outlook for Advanced Breast Cancer

    Posted: 11/23/2016

    New Drug May Brighten Outlook for Advanced Breast Cancer WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A recently approved drug can help slow the progression of advanced breast cancer, a new clinical trial confirms. The drug, called palbociclib (Ibrance), was approved in the United States last year for treating advanced cases of ER-positive breast cancer. That means the cancer uses the hormone estrogen to help fuel its growth. The approval was based on an earlier-stage study where the drug, used along wi...

  • New Moms Get No Iron Boost From Eating Placenta: Study

    Posted: 11/17/2016

    New Moms Get No Iron Boost From Eating Placenta: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of thousands of new mothers eat their placenta, hoping to prevent or reverse iron deficiency after they give birth, a practice called placentophagy. But a new study says placenta may not provide as much iron as placentophagy advocates suggest. Eating human placenta in capsule form "neither significantly improves, nor impairs, postpartum maternal iron status for women consuming the recommended daily allo...