Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease

July 30, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born with so-called “bubble boy” disease can often be cured with a stem cell transplant, regardless of the donor — but early treatment is critical, a new study finds.
Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), as the condition is medically known, actually refers to a group of [...]

Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia

July 30, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two.
Specifically, they haven’t been able to figure out the direction in which the relationship works — does depression help bring [...]

Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study

July 29, 2014

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review.
Depression can make it more difficult to ride out the anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that come with trying to quit cold turkey, scientists found. But extra exercise — even just a walk [...]

Many U.S. Male Soldiers Had Troubled Childhoods, Study Finds

July 23, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. servicemen are more likely to have been exposed to some form of childhood trauma than their civilian counterparts, a large, new survey suggests.
The finding seems to apply solely to military men, not women.
The research team suggested that the finding could be a cause for [...]

Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig’s Disease

July 22, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Simple blood tests may one day help predict survival and the course of the disease in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, Italian researchers report.
The components in the blood that might yield clues to how fast ALS is progressing are [...]

Soldiers’ Use of Mental Health Services Up, Stigma Down, Study Finds

July 18, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) — As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services — and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
Even so, about two-thirds of soldiers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression didn’t [...]

Those With HIV Living Longer, International Study Finds

July 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overall death rates for HIV-positive adults living in Australia, Europe and the United States have been cut 28 percent since 1999, according to new international research.
Deaths from AIDS-related causes dropped more than one-third among the HIV-positive adults in the study. Cardiovascular disease deaths declined by [...]

With ERs, the Busier, the Better, Study Finds

July 17, 2014

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Surviving a life-threatening illness or injury may be more likely if you’re treated at a busy emergency department instead of one that handles fewer patients, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data on 17.5 million emergency patients treated at nearly 3,000 hospitals across the United States. The overall [...]

Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?

July 16, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling “obesity paradox.” It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival rates after cardiac procedures than their slimmer peers.
Scientists reviewing 36 prior studies found that [...]

Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

July 15, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals.
“We found that stroke incidence [among those 65 and older] has been declining for the last 20 years,” said senior study author Dr. Josef Coresh, a professor of [...]


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