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  • Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England

    Posted: 05/04/2016

    Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Arsenic in drinking water from private wells may explain the elevated bladder cancer risk among people in three New England states, a new study suggests. Bladder cancer rates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been about 20 percent higher than the national rate for more than 50 years, the researchers noted. They said this difference was not explained by factors such as smoking or job exposures. "A...

  • Why Labradors Often Get Fat

    Posted: 05/04/2016

    Why Labradors Often Get Fat TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One of America's favorite dog breeds, the Labrador retriever, has a genetic variant that seems to make them more likely to gain weight, a new study suggests. "Labradors make particularly successful working and pet dogs because they are loyal, intelligent and eager to please, but importantly, they are also relatively easy to train. Food is often used as a reward during training, and carrying this variant may make dogs more motivated to ...

  • Why Humans Have Bigger Brains

    Posted: 05/04/2016

    Why Humans Have Bigger Brains WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've uncovered why humans have such big brains. It turns out that metabolism -- the rate at which a body burns calories -- runs faster in humans than it does in other primates. And humans have more body fat, which provides the energy reserves needed to fuel that faster metabolism, the researchers said. What does all of this mean? Greater growth and development of the brain, the researchers said. In their study, th...

  • With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu shots may be more effective when people get them in the morning than in the afternoon, a new study suggests. British researchers assessed 276 people 65 and older who received vaccinations against three different flu strains between 2011 and 2013. The patients received the vaccines either between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., or 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. People in the morning group had a much larger increase in antibodies against two o...

  • While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you sleep in a new place, a part of your brain remains alert for potential threats, a new study finds. The findings might help explain why many people sleep poorly on their first night in a hotel, a sleep laboratory or other new location. "In Japan they say, 'if you change your pillow, you can't sleep,' " study corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, research associate professor of cognitive linguistic and psycho...

  • Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat

    Posted: 04/27/2016

    Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American heart patients take warfarin -- for decades a cheap, but often tricky-to-manage mainstay blood thinner. Now, new research shows that when it is well-managed, warfarin treatment appears safe for people with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder. "Well-managed warfarin treatment is a valid alternative in patients with atrial fibrillation who require anticoagu...

  • Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may reduce the risk of dying from some cancers for postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that for women with type 2 diabetes and cancer, the odds of dying from cancer appeared to be 45 percent higher compared to women with cancer who didn't have diabetes. But, in women with cancer who took metformin to treat th...

  • What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

    Posted: 04/20/2016

    What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and m...

  • Why Do Some Kids Escape Terrible Genetic Disorders?

    Posted: 04/18/2016

    Why Do Some Kids Escape Terrible Genetic Disorders? MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some severe genetic birth defects, like cystic fibrosis, are considered inescapable, automatically dooming children to disease or disability if they inherit a mutated gene from their parents. But researchers now have found rare instances where children have beaten the odds and defied their genetic destiny. Analysis of nearly 600,000 people's genetic makeup revealed 13 healthy individuals who should have suffer...

  • Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/13/2016

    Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women are up to twice as likely as men to die from the most dangerous type of heart attack, a worldwide study finds. Although death rates have fallen, there are still significant survival differences after what's called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to the Yale University-led team of investigators. The study "highlights that there is a gender discrepancy between...