Scientists Zero in on Better Saliva-Based HIV Test

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental saliva-based HIV test shows promise, researchers report. The new test may be able to detect early evidence of HIV antibodies in saliva as reliably as a blood test, according to the scientists who developed it. The antibodies are produced by the immune system to fight HIV,…

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Who Really Needs to Go Gluten-Free

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It seems like “gluten-free” labels are popping up everywhere, including on foods that never had any gluten to begin with. Is this a health bandwagon you should jump on … or shy away from? Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet…

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Struggling to Quit Smoking? Try These Tips

SUNDAY, Jan. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your New Year’s resolution was to quit smoking, it’s probably time to consider ways to improve your chances of success. For starters, list your reasons for wanting to quit, suggest experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Want to improve your health? Save money? Smell and…

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Death Brings Wisdom to Dying Patients

SATURDAY, Jan. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With terminal illness comes newfound, and profound, wisdom, researchers report. They uncovered this silver lining of terminal illness as people in their final months tried to strike a balance between accepting their fate and making the most of the time they had left. “The end of life presents…

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Zika Attacks Placentas of Pregnant Monkeys, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When Zika infection occurs during pregnancy, the virus may damage the placenta, new research finds. This may explain how the infection causes birth defects. It hasn’t been clear how Zika infection can cause birth defects such as microcephaly, a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. So Dr. Antonio…

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Monkey Deaths Prompt FDA Probe, New Controls on Animal Research

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A U.S. government study using monkeys to investigate nicotine addiction has been halted and an investigation launched after four monkeys died. In the wake of the deaths, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it is reviewing its rules on animal studies and has created a new…

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Flu Season One of the Worst in a Decade: CDC

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — This flu season is shaping up as one of the nastiest in years, and it isn’t showing any signs of easing, U.S. health officials said Friday. Every state except Hawaii continues to experience widespread activity, with the more virulent H3N2 strain continuing to dominate, according to the latest…

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Extra Body Fat May Raise Breast Cancer Risk, No Matter Your Weight

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older women who carry some extra body fat may face a heightened risk of breast cancer — even if their weight is normal, a new study finds. “This suggests women should not just concentrate on weight,” said Mia Gaudet, strategic director of breast and gynecologic cancer research for…

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Could Smoggy Air Affect a Girl's Periods?

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The quality of the air she breathes might have an impact on a teen girl’s menstrual cycle, a new study suggests. U.S. researchers said that exposure to smoggy air could raise teen girls’ risk for irregular periods. “While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary…

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Emergency Services Crews Often Unprepared for Diabetic Crises

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you call 911, you expect to get the medical services you need. But new research suggests that when it comes to severe low blood sugar episodes in people with diabetes, first responders might not be able to administer a potentially lifesaving medication called glucagon. Glucagon is an…

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What Might Make Prostate Cancer's Return More Likely?

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity and other health problems may boost the chances of cancer returning after a man has his prostate removed, a new study finds. “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and up to 30 percent of patients will develop recurrence after [prostate removal],” said study author…

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How to Take Action Against Acne

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Waiting for acne to clear up on its own can be frustrating, especially for teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance. Untreated acne can cause low self-esteem and anxiety as well as permanent facial scars. Ignoring it or assuming kids will outgrow it can harm them physically…

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