Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he’s been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years. “The reason I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago, and I’ve had a full life since,” he said on the CBS television show…

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Climate Change Means More Deadly Heat Waves: Study

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As the northern hemisphere is struck by one deadly heat wave after another this summer, new research suggests things are only going to get worse. Climate change is triggering record high temperatures. And extreme heat has been blamed for hundreds of deaths, while dangerous wildfires have raced through…

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'Heading' a Soccer Ball More Dangerous for Women: Study

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heading soccer balls poses a much greater threat to women’s brains than men’s, new research suggests. The study included 49 female and 49 male amateur soccer players, aged 18 to 50. They reported a similar number of headings over the previous year (an average of 487 headings for…

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Fewer Dialysis Patients Facing Leg Amputations

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Losing a leg is one of the most traumatic consequences of advanced kidney disease, but the risk of amputations has dropped significantly since 2000, a new study finds. Between 2000 and 2014, amputations among U.S. patients with end-stage kidney disease who were receiving dialysis were cut by 51…

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AHA: Scientists May Have Cleared Gene Therapy Hurdle

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Scientists may have found a way to slip a special type of disease-fighting virus past the guard of the body’s immune system and into targeted cells where it can do its intended work, according to new research presented Tuesday at a scientific conference. The body naturally reacts…

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AHA: A Better Way to Predict Heart Attacks and Strokes … in Space

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Researchers may have developed a more reliable way to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke in astronauts — and the technique may eventually help gauge the same danger for regular folks on Earth, too. NASA astronauts currently undergo a special screening method that scans coronary…

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Caffeine Not a Dieter's Friend

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re trying to control your weight, don’t look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank…

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Big Slice of Red Meat Allergies Tied to Tick Bites

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Deer ticks are scary enough. Now, scientists have linked bites from the lone star tick to about one-third of all potentially life-threatening allergic reactions around Tennessee. A lone star tick bite can cause a severe immune system response to red meat — such as beef, pork and lamb…

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Most Seniors Uninformed on Opioid Use

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new survey suggests health care professionals are giving short shrift to their older patients when it comes to explaining the risks of opioid painkillers. Researchers found that most older Americans who are prescribed opioids aren’t advised about the dangers of the drugs, how to use fewer of…

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Could a Blood Test Help Spot Severe Depression?

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with severe depression may have particularly low blood levels of an amino acid involved in brain function, a new study suggests. The substance, called acetyl-L-carnitine (LAC), is naturally produced in the body. It aids in metabolism, and animal research suggests it prevents “excessive firing” of cells in…

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How to Decipher Those Food 'Sell-By' Dates

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date printed on the label? Or that manufacturers only voluntarily stamp dates on foods? While the law states that foods must be wholesome and safe to eat, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can take…

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If You're Tempted to Eat Raw Centipedes, Don't

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Eating raw centipedes never sounds like a good idea, but for two people in China it turned out to be downright dangerous. In a new case report, doctors say the people became infected with a foodborne parasite called rat lungworm after they ate raw centipedes. The parasite is…

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