New Drug Could Help Kids With MS

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say the first drug for children with multiple sclerosis vastly outperformed another common MS medication in a new clinical trial. Fingolimod (Gilenya) reduced relapse rates by 82 percent in patients aged 10 to 17 compared with interferon beta-1a, a drug commonly used to slow the progression of…

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Beware a Bolt From the Blue

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They say lightning never strikes twice, but once is enough for the 47 people it kills in the United States each year. The National Weather Center calls lightning “an underrated killer, hotter than the surface of the sun.” According to University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers, Nebraska alone…

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AHA: Get Your (Exer)game On to Make Screen Time Pay Off

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Parents, can’t seem to tear the kids away from their screens? There are ways you won’t have to — and still get them off the couch. Exergaming allows players to engage in physical activity while also participating in video games — using a video camera, an infrared…

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AHA: From a Hole in Her Heart to the New York Stage

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) — At 2 years old, Tabitha Ellis was required to wear a face mask over her nose and mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, long enough for medicine and water vapor to flow through her compromised body. And she had to endure this three times a day, sometimes…

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A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine in the Mail? It Might Happen

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses — what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine “patch” sent in the mail? That’s the vision of researchers who’ve developed and conducted early tests on an injection-free…

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FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors. More than 1,200 warning letters and fines have been sent to retailers and five…

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Timing May Be Critical When Taking Meds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests. Using new bioinformatics tools, scientists analyzed thousands of human tissue samples and created a database of daily rhythms in human gene activity that includes many genes that regulate how…

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Banned Supplement Remains a Concern in Weight-Loss Products

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Weight-loss and energy supplements sold in the United States may contain potentially harmful and inaccurately labeled levels of the banned stimulant higenamine, a new study finds. Higenamine is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of substances prohibited in sports, though it is legal for use in supplements in…

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Obesity Tops 35 Percent in 7 U.S. States: Report

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals. That’s up from five states two years ago. Moreover, no state had a notable improvement in its obesity rate over the previous year, according to the report from Trust for…

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Mindfulness May Be a Buffer Against Pain

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests. “Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment,” explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He’s an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical…

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ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson's

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson’s, new research warns. What’s more, among “those ADHD patients who had a record of being treated with amphetamine-like drugs — especially Ritalin [methylphenidate] — the risk dramatically increased,…

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Could a Placebo Pill Help Ease Your Back Pain?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all. New research suggests that a good many back pain patients might find relief in a “dummy” sugar pill, eliminating their need for strong medication. About half the…

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