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  • Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're among the millions of Americans planning to hit the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to anticipate bumps in the road, according to a group dedicated to public education and advocacy. These travel issues can include heavy traffic and hungry children, as well as unexpected challenges, such as bad weather or an accident, researchers at Consumer Reports said in a news release. When gearing up for...

  • Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    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: 12/02/2016

    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...

  • Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50 TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth ...

  • Spiritual Experiences Seem to Trigger the Brain's Reward System

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Spiritual Experiences Seem to Trigger the Brain's Reward System TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Religious experiences may trigger the brain's reward system in much the same way that sex, gambling, drugs and music do, a small study suggests. Researchers conducted functional MRI brain scans of 19 devout young adult churchgoers while they were doing activities meant to boost spiritual feelings. "When our study participants were instructed to think about a savior, about being with their families ...

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

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    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 ...

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

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    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...

  • Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical...

  • Strokes Decline in Older Americans, Rise in Young

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Strokes Decline in Older Americans, Rise in Young WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's a new generation gap in the United States -- strokes are increasingly striking young people, and at the same time, stroke rates are dropping in those 55 and older, a new study reports. "People born during what I call the 'Golden Generation,' 1945 to 1954, had lower rates of stroke than those born 20 years before them and also in the 20 years after them," said lead researcher Joel Swerdel. He is a Ph.D....

  • Smoking May Hinder Kidney Disease Drugs

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Smoking May Hinder Kidney Disease Drugs FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of drugs taken during early stages of chronic kidney disease, a small study suggests. Blood pressure-lowering drugs known as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors slow kidney decline by relaxing blood vessels. "It has practically become dogma that if you have a patient with high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease that you start them on an angiotensin-converting enz...