Almost 1,300 Genes Seem Tied to Academic Success

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you ever wonder why you never managed to finish college, some of the explanation may lie in your DNA. Scientists report that they have pinpointed nearly 1,300 genetic variants that appear to be associated with how far someone may go in school. The findings move researchers “in…

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Could Suicides Rise Along With Global Temperatures?

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Climate change may bring with it a grim harm: Researchers report that rising temperatures might trigger a spike in suicides in the United States and Mexico. “When talking about climate change, it’s often easy to think in abstractions. But the thousands of additional suicides that are likely to…

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New Hope in Saving Kids From Blood Infection Sepsis

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In 2012, Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old living in New York City, became ill after an innocuous scrape to his arm during basketball practice. Five days later Rory was dead, killed after bacteria from the cut made its way into his bloodstream and set up an immune response known…

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How Steroid Abuse Put an Aging Bodybuilder in the Hospital

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It all started when a 60-year-old bodybuilder ignored his doctor’s advice to stop using hazardous anabolic steroids, prior to a weightlifting competition. In addition, he was taking testosterone replacement treatments plus stem cell infusions, gotten illegally from his trainer. The result: A stay in the intensive care unit…

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Some Dogs Will Barrel Through Doors to Help Their Human

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ever wonder what lengths your dog might go to if you were in trouble? New research suggests that depending on the dog, even doors can’t stand in the way of a rescue effort. And for those that didn’t push the door open, they may have cared so much…

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Woman May Have Passed on Ebola a Year After Recovery

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new report suggests that people can survive Ebola and still possibly infect others up to a year later. The finding could mean that continued monitoring for the disease is still necessary after a country has been declared Ebola-free, the researchers said. The case study involved a family…

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Supportive Managers Key When a Worker Is Depressed

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Employees struggling with depression take less time off from work if they receive support and help from their managers, a new study suggests. Many people suffer depression at some point during their working lives. But they often don’t disclose their condition or seek help because they’re afraid of…

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The Right Lighting Can Calm Alzheimer's Patients

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lighting that mimics natural night-day patterns might improve sleep and mood problems for Alzheimer’s patients living in nursing homes, new research suggests. The lighting intervention, designed to stimulate dementia patients’ circadian rhythm — which regulates sleep and wake cycles — led to significant decreases in sleep disturbance, depression…

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Could Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The active ingredient in pot that gets you high can calm agitation in people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, a small new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that a form of synthetic THC significantly decreased agitation in a small group of Alzheimer’s patients, working even better than the drugs…

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For Dieters, More Protein Equals More Satisfaction

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you feel less than satisfied on a restricted-calorie diet, a protein boost just might be the answer. According to numerous studies, a diet with more protein than the typical 15 percent of calories will leave you feeling fuller and help conserve muscle as you lose fat. While…

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Obamacare May Have Helped More Women Spot Cancer Early

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Earlier diagnosis of gynecologic cancers is on the rise among young women in the United States because more of them have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a new study maintains. Each year, about 2,000 U.S. women under age 26 are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer —…

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Decriminalizing Pot Doesn't Hike Teen Use, Study Finds

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — States that have decriminalized marijuana have had no increase in use of the drug by young people, researchers report. Decriminalization, which is different than legalization, reduces the legal penalties for marijuana possession. For example, possession of a small amount of the drug for personal use may be treated…

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