New Rabies Test Could Save Lives, Maybe Even Minus the Shots

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new rapid rabies test for animals could revolutionize screening and spare humans unnecessary painful treatment, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC-developed test — called LN34 — is highly accurate and produces results more quickly and cost-effectively than current methods,…

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Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Being poor later in life may boost the risk of dementia by 50 percent, new research suggests. “Our study confirms that the risk of dementia is reduced among well-off older people compared with those who have fewer economic resources,” said lead researcher Dorina Cadar. “Public health strategies for…

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Could New Pig Virus Pose Threat to People?

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new virus found in pigs may pose a threat to people, new research suggests. Researchers found the virus was able to infect cultured human cells and cells of other species in a lab. The discovery is raising concerns about a potentially dangerous outbreak in the United States.…

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The Truth About Juicing

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Between juice bars and high-powered home juicing machines, drinking your fruits and veggies has certainly gone mainstream. Depending on the specific mixes you sip — a vegetable blend, for instance — juice can be a filling snack when you’re on the go. But is juicing a way to…

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Big Rise Seen in U.S. Kids, Teens Attempting Suicide

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a troubling sign that anxiety and depression are taking hold of America’s youth, new research shows a doubling since 2008 in the number of kids and teens who’ve been hospitalized for attempted suicide or suicidal thoughts. Study author Dr. Gregory Plemmons said the findings “are not surprising,”…

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New Medicare Perk: Diabetes Prevention

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Millions of U.S. seniors can now take part in a Medicare program designed to prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes. Almost half of Americans 65 and older have prediabetes, and many don’t know it. In addition to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, prediabetes puts…

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AHA: Heart Transplant Survivor Shakes Off Sheltered Childhood to Enjoy Life

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Kendra Plumley didn’t spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of her time indoors. It wasn’t a choice. She had to protect her new heart. Today,…

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Colon Polyp Type May Be Key to Cancer Risk

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The type of colon polyp that’s spotted during a colonoscopy may help predict the likelihood of colon cancer, new research shows. These polyps — also called adenomas — can be labeled advanced or non-advanced, explained researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Their study of almost…

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No Evidence Acupuncture Boosts Fertility Treatment

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although some women may try acupuncture hoping it will help them conceive, new research suggests it won’t. The study compared outcomes for more than 800 Australian and New Zealand women who underwent either real or “sham” acupuncture along with their in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The women ranged…

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Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American kids are taking fewer prescription medications these days — but certain drugs are being prescribed more than ever, a new government study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2014, the percentage of children and teenagers who’d been given a prescription in the past 30 days dipped…

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Millions Try E-Cigarettes, But Many Stop

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many folks are trying e-cigarettes, but not everyone is sticking with them, a new survey finds. E-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, have been marketed as a way to help tobacco smokers quit smoking and as an alternative to cigarettes. Although the number of U.S. adults who tried them between…

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Scientists Are Targeting the Common Cold

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — British researchers have developed a molecule they claim could make colds a thing of the past. In lab tests, this molecule blocked viruses that cause colds and prevented them from taking control of human cells. “The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but can cause…

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