Doctor Who Gave Name to Asperger's Syndrome Worked With Nazis: Report

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Austrian doctor who defined Asperger’s syndrome may have collaborated with the Nazis and likely played a role in the deaths of hundreds of mentally disabled children, new research claims. The findings challenge the “narrative” that pediatrician Hans Asperger was an active opponent of the Nazis and their…

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Even Flies Enjoy Ejaculation: Study

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It seems that males of many species — even the common fruit fly — get a real buzz from ejaculation. And, like some human males, if denied sex, male fruit flies will turn to boozing instead. There’s actually some scientific purpose to all this research: Scientists say it…

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Drinking May Worsen Hearing Loss at Loud Concerts

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High-decibel music blasting at big concert venues is a known cause of short-term hearing loss. But new research suggests drinking doesn’t help matters, with drunk concertgoers actually moving closer to loudspeakers. The study of 51 young attendees at an outdoor music festival in the Netherlands found that “when…

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Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they’ve engineered a medical “tattoo” that can screen for early signs of major disease. The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium. It’s…

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You and Your Pooch May Have Similar Tummy Bacteria

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The makeup of bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract may be more like your own than you think, researchers say. In a new study, investigators analyzed gut bacteria populations (“microbiomes”) in two dog breeds. The findings showed that the genes in the dogs’ microbiomes had many similarities with…

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His and Her Knee Injuries Occur the Same Way

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women are more likely than men to suffer a knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But — surprisingly — the injury occurs the same way in both genders, a new study reveals. Prior research suggested women are two to four times more likely to suffer…

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Meditation: Different Approaches, Different Benefits

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Deep breathing is a great stress reliever, and the technique called mindfulness meditation is a helpful way to use breathing to get more in touch with your inner self. People who meditate say they feel more positive, and have more energy and better concentration. There’s more than one…

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As Younger Men's Smoking Rises, So Does Their Stroke Risk

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Men under 50 who smoke cigarettes are increasing their risk for a stroke, researchers warn. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, reported the University of Maryland investigators. The bottom line: quit. But if you can’t, smoking fewer cigarettes may help reduce your risk, the…

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More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce continues to expand, federal health officials said Wednesday. “Since the last update on April 13, 2018, 18 more ill people have been added to this investigation, bringing the total number to 53,” the U.S. Centers for…

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Gene Therapy May Be Cure for Some With Rare Blood Disorder

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Wanda Sihanath didn’t like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do? Without regular transfusions and blood testing, the beta-thalassemia she inherited from her parents could eventually cause her to become dangerously…

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What's the Best Way to Track Your Blood Pressure?

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Blood pressure readings taken with a portable monitor may be a much better gauge of your prognosis than readings at the doctor’s office, new research suggests. The study of nearly 64,000 adults found that “ambulatory” blood pressure monitoring was clearly better at predicting a patient’s risk of dying…

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Just One Concussion Could Raise Parkinson's Risk

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve ever had a mild concussion, your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease goes up by 56 percent, a new study of more than 300,000 U.S. veterans suggests. “Upwards of 40 percent of adults have had a traumatic brain injury [concussion], so these findings are definitely concerning,” said…

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