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10/20/2017 01:33 PM
Drug OD rate now higher in rural U.S. than cities: CDC
(HealthDay)—Drug overdose death rates in rural areas of the United States are now higher than in cities, a trend that worries federal health officials.

10/20/2017 09:34 AM
Can aspirin stop liver cancer in hepatitis B patients?
(HealthDay)—Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests.

10/20/2017 08:50 AM
Study shows teens' bonds with parents impact future parenting
New research by Deakin University and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) has put a spotlight on how adolescent girls' relationships with their parents can later affect their bonding experience with their own children.

10/20/2017 01:58 AM
Maternal diet may program child for disease risk, but better nutrition later can change that
Research has shown that a mother's diet during pregnancy, particularly one that is high-fat, may program her baby for future risk of certain diseases such as diabetes. A new study from nutrition researchers at the University of Illinois shows that switching the offspring to a new diet—a low-fat diet, in this case—can reverse that programming.

10/19/2017 11:00 AM
Brain training can improve our understanding of speech in noisy places
For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Now researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 19th have some good news: time spent playing a specially designed, brain-training audiogame could help.

10/19/2017 08:50 AM
Treating osteoarthritis using artificial cartilage tissue
A Norwegian-Swiss research team has succeeded in growing cartilage tissue cells using algae. Moreover, the new cells can reduce joint inflammation. This news gives hope for people suffering from arthrosis, also known as osteoarthritis.

10/19/2017 07:00 AM
The hidden connection between obesity, heart disease and trade
This week, representatives from most of the world's governments are meeting at a World Health Organization global conference in Uruguay to tackle the global pandemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

10/19/2017 03:50 AM
Avoiding alcohol helps the heart beat better
(HealthDay)—The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.

10/19/2017 03:40 AM
Higher doses of vitamin D may boost preemies' bone health
(HealthDay)—Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests.

10/18/2017 12:20 PM
Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis
Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said solutions can't come too soon.

10/18/2017 06:50 AM
Faster metabolism makeover—nurturing your gut bacteria
Here's how to take control of your cravings and lose weight for good by improving your gut health.

10/18/2017 01:35 AM
Study finds epilepsy drug to be safe during pregnancy
New research indicates that use of the epilepsy drug lamotrigine during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth malformations or neurodevelopmental disorders. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study provides the most extensive long-term report regarding children whose mothers took lamotrigine while pregnant.

10/17/2017 12:47 PM
Weight-loss surgery may curb risk for certain cancers
(HealthDay)—Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests.

10/17/2017 02:04 AM
Portable 3-D scanner assesses patients with elephantiasis
An estimated 120 million people worldwide are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic, mosquito-borne disease that can cause major swelling and deformity of the legs, a condition known as elephantiasis. Health-care workers rely on leg measurements to assess the severity of the condition. However, measuring legs that are severely swollen often proves cumbersome and impractical.

10/16/2017 11:15 AM
Childhood poverty, poor support may drive up pregnant woman's biological age
Pregnant women who had low socioeconomic status during childhood and who have poor family social support appear to prematurely age on a cellular level, potentially raising the risk for complications, a new study has found.

10/13/2017 12:10 PM
More women choose breast reconstruction after mastectomy
(HealthDay)—Over five years, the proportion of U.S. breast cancer patients opting for breast reconstruction after mastectomy grew by about two-thirds, a new government report shows.

10/13/2017 08:00 AM
US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows
America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research.

10/13/2017 07:10 AM
Five persistent myths about the causes of breast cancer
Understanding what causes a type of cancer is vital to prevent more cases in the future. But it can feel like we're being told to avoid a new thing every day because it might cause cancer. A survey in the US found that agreement with the phrase: "It seems like everything causes cancer" is on the increase – even though, thanks to research, we know more about what causes and prevents cancer than ever before.

10/13/2017 04:00 AM
Happier mealtimes, healthier eating for kids
(HealthDay)—Parents who struggle to get their children to follow a healthy diet may want to make dinnertime a pleasant experience, new research suggests.

10/13/2017 03:20 AM
How to talk to someone with cancer
(HealthDay)—For people diagnosed with cancer, communication with family members plays a vital role in their health and well-being, according to an expert from San Diego State University.

10/12/2017 02:36 PM
Like it or not: Broccoli may be good for the gut
For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.

10/11/2017 10:55 AM
A new class of drugs aims to exploit cancer cells' weaknesses
In recent years, new cancer treatments have brought hope to people who once had limited options. But for others, the wait for an effective drug continues. Now on the horizon is a new generation of drugs based on a concept called synthetic lethality. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes stock of what's in the pipeline.

10/11/2017 08:01 AM
How parents can conquer guilt to help kids with eating disorders
Lydia is seriously underweight and suffering from medical complications from an eating disorder. She is in hospital. Her treatment team recruits her mom to help Lydia gain weight through meal support. Lydia and her mom sit down for their first meal together.

10/10/2017 01:00 PM
More than half of police killings not officially documented on US death certificates
Official death certificates in the U.S. failed to count more than half of the people killed by police in 2015—and the problem of undercounting is especially pronounced in lower-income counties and for deaths that are due to Tasers, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

10/10/2017 09:20 AM
Confronting breast cancer is crucial to India's economic development
Breast cancer is a growing epidemic in India. It could kill 76,000 women a year by 2020, according to a recent study. It claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2012. At the heart of the issue is the country's rapid economic development, which has made Indian women more susceptible to the disease, without building the infrastructure to prevent and detect it. But the good news is that boosting breast cancer awareness and encouraging early detection could play a significant role in reducing it.

10/09/2017 02:00 PM
Alzheimer's gene poses both risk and benefits
Scientists drilling down to the molecular roots of Alzheimer's disease have encountered a good news/bad news scenario. A major player is a gene called TREM2, mutations of which can substantially raise a person's risk of the disease. The bad news is that in the early stages of the disease, high-risk TREM2 variants can hobble the immune system's ability to protect the brain from amyloid beta, a key protein associated with Alzheimer's.

10/06/2017 12:59 PM
Lifestyle changes can close regional obesity gap, study finds
Lifestyle differences are to blame for regional variation in obesity rates in Scotland, research has found.

10/06/2017 08:10 AM
Is your child scared of shots? Are you? Here are 7 things you can do to tame the fear.
For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control is telling doctors not to give patients FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, and that's a problem for kids and adults who are scared of needles.

10/06/2017 07:43 AM
Antisocial behaviour mainly a consequence of gene interactions
Individual genes have little influence in the development of antisocial behaviour. However, the interaction of genes as a whole could explain some of the differences in antisocial behaviour. This was revealed by international research among more than 25,000 participants in which the researchers Jorim Tielbeek, Arne Popma, Tinca Polderman and Danielle Posthuma of VUmc and VU Amsterdam were involved. Tielbeek carried out this research with funding from the NWO programme Research Talent. The research was published today in JAMA Psychiatry.

10/06/2017 06:06 AM
Football's decline has some high schools disbanding teams
On a cool and rainy afternoon during the first week of classes at Centennial High School in this well-to-do Baltimore suburb, about 50 members of the boys' cross-country team sauntered across the parking lot for their after-school run.