With Stroke Comes Higher Dementia Risk: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a stroke face up to twice the normal risk of dementia, a new review suggests. In what they say is the largest analysis of its kind, British researchers examined 48 studies that included 3.2 million people worldwide. “We found that a history of stroke increases…

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ADHD Rates Rising Sharply in U.S. Kids

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of ADHD diagnoses among children has risen dramatically in the past two decades, going from 6 percent to 10 percent, a new report shows. However, it’s still an open question whether all of these diagnoses represent a true increase in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) among…

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FDA Warns of Dangers of Liquid Nitrogen in Food, Drinks

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You risk serious injury if you consume or handle food and drink products where liquid nitrogen is added just before consumption, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday. These products — which have names such as “Dragon’s Breath,” “Heaven’s Breath” and “nitro puff” — are available in…

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Goats Can Read Human Emotions, Prefer Happy Faces

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re happy and you know it, so will a goat. New research suggests that goats can read people’s facial expressions and prefer those who appear happy. The study included 20 goats that were shown pairs of images of the same person’s face with happy or angry expressions.…

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Taming Those High-Calorie Temptations

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s the dieter’s tug-of-war: the need to lose weight versus the urge to eat high-calorie foods. Scientists say the easy availability of sweets and other treats has made the desire for them stronger over time. Couple that with a sedentary lifestyle that burns fewer and fewer calories, and…

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Brain Implant Puts the Brakes on Epileptic Seizures in Mice

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Experiments in mice have shown that an implanted electronic device in the brain can detect — and deliver drugs to stop — impending epileptic seizures. Potentially, a similar device might help people with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors who have failed standard treatment. So far, the technology…

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Strain of E. Coli Spread From Poultry to People, Study Suggests

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An E. coli strain found in fresh chicken and turkey products can cause serious urinary tract infections (UTIs) in people, researchers say. For the study, investigators analyzed chicken, turkey and pork purchased from every major grocery chain in Flagstaff, Ariz. They also collected and analyzed urine and blood…

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States Struggle With Onslaught of Opioid OD Deaths

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new report on thousands of opioid overdose deaths across 11 states finds the problem is increasingly complex, but more can be done to stop it. The report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at nearly 12,000 fatal opioid overdoses occurring between July 2016…

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Gene 'Editing' in Dog Study Shows Promise for Kids With Muscular Dystrophy

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For the first time, scientists report using gene-editing technology to halt the progression of muscular dystrophy in dogs — suggesting a possible breakthrough for children with a form of the disease. Reporting in the current issue of Science, researchers describe how they used CRISPR technology to edit a…

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AHA: Why More Americans Are Kicking the Smoking Habit

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) — More and more Americans are putting out their cigarettes — for good. The overall cigarette smoking rate among U.S. adults has hit an all-time low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary data from the National Health Interview Survey showed that smoking rates…

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FDA Warns of Common Diabetes Meds' Link to Dangerous Genital Infection

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rare but serious genital infections, as well as one death, have been reported in some patients taking a certain class of type 2 diabetes medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. As a result, the FDA has ordered a new warning about this risk to be added…

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Monkey Trials Raise Hope for Non-Addictive Opioid Alternative

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The ongoing opioid addiction crisis means the search for powerful but non-addictive painkillers is more urgent than ever before. Now, a team of scientists says it may be nearing that goal. Research in monkeys suggests that an experimental painkiller — called AT-121 — is not only very effective…

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