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Stimulating Brain Area May Ease Tough Depression

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:15

People with moderate-to-severe depression saw significant improvement in their mood after electrical stimulation of a brain region called the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), a small study suggests.

Study: Smoking Relapse Less Likely Among Vapers

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:15

In a small new study of people who vape, about half said they had a cigarette occasionally but did not consider it a complete relapse into smoking.

Asian Longhorned Tick Is Invading United States

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:15

Americans have unwelcome eight-legged visitors from the East, and they're here to stay. The Asian longhorned tick has already turned up in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, where it's been found on domestic animals and wildlife, and at least two people, the researchers said.

China Stops Work on Gene-Edited Babies

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:10

In a statement released Thursday, the 14 leaders of the conference said it's irresponsible to attempt gene editing on eggs, sperm or embryos, except in lab research, because not enough is known yet about its risks or safety, the AP reported.

CDC: Opioids, Suicides Drive Life Expectancy Drop

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:15

U.S. life expectancy has declined for the third year in a row, largely because of opioid abuse and suicide, new government statistics show.

New Amputation Surgery Eliminates 'Phantom' Effect

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:15

A mountain climber from Maine is scaling rock walls again after having a new type of amputation surgery that eliminates the “phantom limb” effect.

Snoring May Be Bigger Threat to Women Than Men

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:15

Evaluating nearly 4,500 British adults who underwent cardiac imaging, researchers also learned that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Hair Growth

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:15

New research offers a possible explanation for why hair grows on some parts of your body but not others. Scientists found that hairless skin secretes a protein that blocks a signaling pathway (WNT) that controls hair growth.

Number Of Uninsured Kids in U.S. 'Going Backward'

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:45

About 276,000 more children are among the uninsured, a new report finds. Though the uptick is statistically small, it is striking because uninsured rates usually decrease during periods of economic growth.

Pregnant Women Face Risk Despite Federal ER Law

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:21

Pregnant women are among the groups of patients that may not get adequate care when they go to a hospital emergency room, in violation of a federal law created to protect them. .

Investigation: Lives Lost Amid ER Violations

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:20

An investigation by WebMD and Georgia Health News finds that hospitals are breaking a law that requires them to provide emergency care to patients who need it, sometimes with deadly results.

Do Youngest in Class Risk False ADHD Diagnosis?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:15

Age gaps can make a big difference in behavior, and kids who are younger than their classmates have a higher chance of being diagnosed with ADHD, even if they don’t have the disorder, according to a study in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.

USDA Ranks Chicken Companies’ Salmonella Safety

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:20

The rankings published last week were based on chicken parts producers’ performance during the 52-week window from October 2017 to October 2018.

Parkinson's Gene Therapy Wires New Brain Circuits

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:15

In a new study, gene therapy did not change the abnormal brain circuitry of Parkinson's disease. Instead, it essentially rewired a small area of the brain, to partially compensate for the faulty circuitry, researchers say.

More Teens Try Pot Before Booze, Cigarettes

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:15

The "gateway pattern" of substance use is changing, Columbia University researchers say. Since 2006, less than 50 percent of teens have tried cigarettes or alcohol before trying marijuana for the first time.

Two More Valsartan Drugs Make Growing Recall List

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:40

All of the recalled products have ingredients manufactured in either China or India. The sudden rush of recalls because of ingredients made overseas has put more scrutiny on these foreign labs and on the FDA’s ability to effectively monitor their products for safety.

Another Valsartan Drug Makes Growing Recall List

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:40

All of the recalled products have ingredients manufactured in either China or India. The sudden rush of recalls because of ingredients made overseas has put more scrutiny on these foreign labs and on the FDA’s ability to effectively monitor their products for safety.

Study: Some Women Should Start Mammograms at 30

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:15

Women with at least one of three specific risk factors probably would benefit from mammograms starting at 30, new research suggests.

Chronically Ill, Traumatically Billed: The $123,000 Medicine For MS

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:45

Shereese Hickson’s doctor wanted her to try the infusion drug Ocrevus for her multiple sclerosis. Even though Hickson is trained as a medical billing coder, she was shocked to see two doses of the drug priced at $123,019, with her share set at $3,620.

Flu Treatments: What's New and What's for You

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:26

During last year’s bad flu season, so many people were trying to get Tamiflu that some areas had shortages.

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