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  • Therapy Reverses Alzheimer's Brain Plaque Buildup -- in Mice

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents' intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack

  • Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After losing weight, many dieters soon regain much of what they took off. Now, research hints that chemicals lurking in clothing and furniture may play a role in this frustrating yo-yo cycle. Widely

  • The Right Way to Weigh Yourself

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The scale can be your best friend -- or your worst enemy -- when you're on a diet. But whether or not you like what you see, a scale isn't the only -- or the best

  • Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women

    TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stones are becoming more common, especially in women, new research has found. Better diagnostic tools could be part of the reason for the steady rise in diagnoses, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. By using CT scans, "we are

  • Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests. Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the

  • No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain -- in the comfort of your own home -- are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they

  • Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

    MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear. "Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for

  • Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests

  • Ick! Oregon Woman Is First-Ever Case of Human 'Eye Worm'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That's what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon

  • Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S.

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flint, Mich., isn't the only American city where the water hasn't been safe to drink, new research suggests. Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of

  • Keeping in Touch With Your Kids in College

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A variety of emotions can arise when kids go off to college and start on their adult life. Research done at the University of Kansas shows that being able to communicate through texting and other

  • Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

    MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with

  • Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus

    MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As a particularly nasty flu season rages across the United States, scientists have found a powerful new disinfectant that makes "light" work of the virus. Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light -- called far-UVC -- easily kills airborne

  • The Purrfect Diet for Your Fat Cat

    SUNDAY, Feb. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Has your favorite tabby gotten a tad tubby? You can help that fat cat slim down safely. But be forewarned: It won't happen overnight. Researchers at the University of Illinois put eight overweight neutered male cats on a

  • It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

    SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or

  • Don't Count on an American to Do CPR

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR? If you answered no, you're hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only

  • Fidget Spinners May Be Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fidget spinners may well keep restless hands occupied for a time. But in the wrong hands, the popular gadgets can be harmful, doctors warn. A 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl suffered severe esophageal burns

  • A Bad Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- This year's dangerous flu season shows no sign of waning, and "may be on track to break some recent records." That was the sobering assessment offered Friday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control

  • You, Too, Can Eat Like an Olympian

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition. "Olympians can teach us a lot about how to eat for better

  • Pain of Acne More Than Skin Deep

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Acne can be emotionally devastating at any age, and new research suggests it could even throw you into a deep depression. "Our research has shown that patients with acne have a 63 percent increased risk