AHA: Can Statins Help Prevent Brain Aneurysms From Rupturing?

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative — drugs to lower the odds of the aneurysm rupturing. Statins — drugs that reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke…

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'Magnetic Pulse' Device May Be New Way to Prevent Migraines

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Self-administered magnetic pulses from a hand-held device may help head off debilitating migraines, researchers report. This new way to approach migraine headaches is called “single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation” (sTMS). Neurologists and psychiatrists have long used the technology to diagnose and treat patients. The U.S. Food and Drug…

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Losing Excess Weight in Childhood Cuts Diabetes Risk

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds. Later weight loss also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood, just not as much, new research reports. “The sooner we can get children…

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Stretching Can Help Get Seniors Moving

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stretching leg muscles every day may benefit seniors and other people with mobility problems, a new study reports. Researchers placed splints on lower limbs of older rats to stretch their calf muscles. The splints were placed on one leg for 30 minutes a day, five days a week,…

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Major Project Completes Genetic 'Map' of 33 Cancers

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In what could prove to be a big advance in cancer care, a consortium of scientists said it has mapped the genetic blueprints of 33 cancer types. The hope: that DNA similarities observed between 10,000 tumor samples — arising in different sites in the body — might allow…

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Poor College Grades? Maybe Your Class Schedule Is to Blame

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A mismatch between a college student’s class schedule and natural body clock can cause a type of “jet lag” and worse grades, a new study reports. Night owls with morning classes suffer the most, researchers concluded after comparing class times and grades of nearly 15,000 students. “We found…

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Seeking Cheaper Plastic Surgery Abroad? Buyer Beware

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In search of a cosmetic surgery procedure that might be less costly than the going rate in the United States, a 43-year-old woman traveled to the Dominican Republic for a “tummy tuck.” What she got, instead, were massive open sores and an antibiotic-resistant infection that ultimately left her…

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Smokers' Diets Let Them Down, Too

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who smoke already face a greater risk of illnesses and early death, and a new study suggests their diets aren’t doing their health any favors either. The researchers found that compared to ex-smokers and people who never smoked, tobacco users have diets with a much higher energy…

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Here's How to Pack Protein Into Your Diet

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight or just eat healthily, you need to know about protein. Protein in the foods you eat helps build and maintain your bones, muscles and skin. However, you need to consume protein every day because your body doesn’t store it…

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Girl's Windpipe Replacement Still Works 4 Years Later

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A girl who would have died without a new windpipe is still doing well four years after doctors made her a new one from her own body tissue. That’s according to a new report detailing the results of the 12-year-old’s surgery in France. The girl had been born…

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Here's Another Reason to Not Marry Your Cousin

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children born to parents who are cousins have a significant risk for developing a mood disorder — such as depression or anxiety — when they grow up, a new study suggests. For adults whose parents are first-cousins, the risk is triple that of people whose parents are unrelated,…

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Oldest Students in Class Most Likely to Attend College

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have found evidence to support what some parents and teachers call “the gift of time.” Turns out that teens who are old for their grade in school are more confident in their academic abilities and more likely to go to college. That finding comes from an analysis…

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