Brain Scans Yield More Clues to Autism

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic reward pathway. That circuit, located…

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As Ticks Reach Record Numbers, Take Precautions

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As the tick population surges across the United States this summer, one doctor says the best way to avoid being infected with the nasty illnesses the tiny bugs carry is to wear protective clothing and to check your body thoroughly after every trip into the woods. Just last…

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Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children who abuse animals may have been abused themselves, a new study suggests. Kids aged 10 and up who intentionally hurt animals are two to three times more likely to have been abused than kids who treat animals with respect, said the British researchers who conducted the review.…

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4 Rules to Avoid Regaining Lost Weight

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Have you reached your ideal weight? Congratulations! You’re halfway to winning the weight loss battle. The next phase, maintaining that loss, requires a different mindset. Think of it as a new permanent diet, not a return to your old way of eating, which is a sure way to…

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Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even if it’s not visible to the naked eye, blood in the stool can be serious — a sign of a potentially fatal disease other than colon cancer, new research suggests. This could include circulatory, respiratory, digestive, blood, hormonal or neuropsychological diseases, the Scottish scientists said. A test…

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551 Million Tons: How Many Bugs the World's Birds Eat Each Year

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think birds just chirp merrily all day, consider this new finding: Worldwide, they eat up to 551 million tons of beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers, crickets and other insects every year. “The global population of insectivorous birds annually consumes as much energy as a megacity…

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Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Suffering a serious traumatic brain injury can be a permanently disabling experience, but new research shows that obesity compounds the health problems survivors face in the years after their accident. “Achieving and maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity following a traumatic brain injury (TBI)…

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Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease, a new review shows. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies. “Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher levels of vitamin…

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AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing heart disease within the…

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Eczema Dramatically Impacts Quality of Life

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Itching, blisters, sores and inflammation are a continuous and debilitating source of pain, shame and misery for many people who struggle with the allergic skin disease known as eczema, researchers say. And a new survey suggests that many of those battling moderate-to-severe eczema suffer from an inability or…

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Many Gay Men Suffer Domestic Abuse: Study

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a sobering finding that shows women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence, researchers report that nearly half of men in same-sex couples have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of their partner. The study included 320 men in 160 couples, and found that 46…

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Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don’t really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee’s Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did…

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