Google Glass Helps Kids With Autism Navigate Emotions of Others

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Donji Cullenbine’s young son, Alex, has autism, but when he put on a pair of Google Glass smartglasses they helped him recognize the emotions of others through their facial expressions. “Within two, maybe three weeks, I caught him flicking a glance at me,” said Cullenbine. “It was stunning…

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Scans Help Spot Heart Trouble Early in People With Lupus

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease is a leading cause of death in patients with the autoimmune illness lupus. Now, research suggests high-tech scans can spot cardiac issues early. The scans can detect heart abnormalities even before patients have any symptoms, Chinese researchers say. “Our findings may affect current lupus diagnostics and…

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Moon Dust a Health Hazard?

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dust could pose a health hazard if astronauts start spending extended periods of time on the Moon, Mars or other airless planets, researchers say. They found that up to 90 percent of human lung cells and mouse brain cells died when exposed to simulated lunar dust particles. The…

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Steer Clear of Obese Friends With the Flu

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Excess weight boosts the odds of flu complications, but that’s not all. Obese adults are contagious for much longer than their slim peers, researchers report. It’s known that obesity increases a person’s risk of hospitalization and death from flu, but these findings suggest extreme weight may also play…

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How Much Daily Exercise Do You Really Need?

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hopefully, you enjoy exercising and don’t watch the clock, impatient for it to be over. But it’s important to know how much exercise you’re getting so you can reap all its health rewards. Between the ages of 18 and 64, barring any medical restrictions, the weekly goal is…

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'Moderate' Drinking May Be a Brain Buffer

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged people who drink moderately — no more than a glass of wine a day — may have a relatively lower risk of developing dementia later in life, researchers report. The study, which followed 9,000 British adults for over two decades, found that both heavier drinkers and abstainers…

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AHA: Common Virus Causes Heart Defects in Mice

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A virus that infects millions of Americans every year may on occasion cause heart defects during the early stages of pregnancy, a new study in mice suggests. The findings may give researchers further insights into the causes of congenital heart disease. The effects of the virus, called…

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Naked Mole-Rats May Give Clues to Human Longevity

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In their quest to unravel the secrets of human puberty and health, scientists are betting naked mole-rats can help. The hairless rodents reportedly have a lifespan of more than 30 years — nearly eight times that of mice — and an exceptionally low mortality risk. So researchers worldwide…

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Can Arthritic Dogs (and Their Owners) Benefit From Stem Cell Injections?

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If dogs with arthritis can gain benefit from stem cell injections, maybe people can, too. That’s the opinion of an Italian veterinarian who oversaw the stem cell procedures in 130 arthritic dogs. “For at least six months, the results are very satisfactory and promising. The lack of any…

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As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven’t declined in the last decade. After peaking in 2012-2013, opioid use and doses leveled off. But doses were still higher in 2017 than…

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Folic Acid Supplements in Pregnancy Help Kids of Women With Epilepsy

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drugs taken in pregnancy to prevent epilepsy seizures can raise the risk of language delays in children. But new research shows that folic acid supplements can cut that risk. One U.S. ob/gyn said the finding has real importance for his younger female patients. “The risk of language delay…

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Obesity Could Set Stage for Heart Issues in Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young pregnant women who are obese may face a higher risk of changes in heart structure and function, a small new study suggests. The changes seen might lead to a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, according to the researchers. This disorder is a dangerous form of high blood…

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