Scientists Say They Discovered a 'New Organ' in the Body

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The human body is full of surprises. The latest: A newly identified “organ” that might affect major diseases. Using updated technology, U.S. scientists report they’ve discovered a “highway of moving fluid.” Layers of the body long believed to be dense, connective tissues are actually interconnected, fluid-filled compartments, the…

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ADHD Tied to Brain Size Changes in Young Children

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have smaller-than-normal brain regions that are crucial in controlling behavior, researchers have found. Along with conducting MRI brain scans, the researchers assessed the thinking skills and behavior of 90 children, ages 4 and 5. The investigators found that those children with ADHD…

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U.S. Deaths From Infectious Diseases Decline, But Not Everywhere

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though fewer Americans are now dying from infectious diseases, great disparities persist across the country, a new study finds. Between 1980 and 2014, just over 4 million Americans died from infectious diseases. But while overall infectious disease deaths have dropped almost 19 percent, death rates differed widely by…

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Reading With Your Toddler Boosts More Than Just Language Skills

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — All those hours spent reading bedtime stories may pay off for you and your little ones beyond language and brain development: New research suggests it’s also good for social and behavioral skills. Evaluating prior studies on parent-child reading in children up to age 6, researchers in Hong Kong…

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Finding the Willpower to Lose Weight

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dieters sometimes chalk up their lack of weight-loss success to a lack of willpower. The truth about willpower, though, is that everyone has some. Research has shown that you wake up each day with a limited supply that gets depleted very quickly. The more you use willpower to…

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Fetal Exposure to Epilepsy Drug Tied to Lower School Grades Later

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s another study that finds that taking the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant may take an intellectual toll on offspring. Children whose mothers took the anti-seizure medication during pregnancy appear to get lower scores on school tests, the new study finds. The U.K. researchers pointed to prior studies…

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Do E-Cigs Really Help Smokers Quit?

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — E-cigarettes did not help people quit smoking, a small study found, but the researchers said more studies are needed to determine if the devices could play some role in smoking cessation. The investigation included more than 1,300 adult smokers who had been hospitalized and said they intended to…

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Aging Can Be Tough to Swallow

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s thought that one-quarter of U.S. adults will develop a swallowing problem at some point. But researchers hope insight from a new study may help lead to improved treatment. Their study looked at the changes that occur in your ability to swallow as you age. The Johns Hopkins…

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AHA: Does Your Height Play a Role in Heart Risks?

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Your height may affect your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke. Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for decades. In several cases…

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AHA: This 'Heart of the Family' Awaits a New Heart

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Felix Aguirre has always been close to his family. The oldest of four siblings, he’s known for putting the needs of his relatives above his own. A recent diagnosis of heart failure has reaffirmed those relationships. Aguirre’s heart troubles started in December 2014 when, shortly before Christmas,…

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Scientists Remove Alzheimer's Brain Plaques in Mice

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New animal research shines a light on a therapy designed to rid the brain of much of the sticky amyloid plaque associated with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Experts have long viewed plaque buildup as a largely symptomless marker for future Alzheimer’s risk, with many believing the process is…

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Anti-Vaccine Movement Affecting Kids With Autism

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vaccine skeptics appear to be swaying many parents of children with autism to forgo critical childhood vaccines, a new study suggests. And the hesitation to fully immunize includes the children’s younger siblings, the researchers added. This means that “children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings, may be…

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