Heart Doctors May Have Hard Time Spotting Valve Problems

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart specialists can’t always identify heart valve problems through the sound of heart murmurs, but additional training improves their abilities, a new study shows.
A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound that occurs during a heartbeat, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). […]

Marijuana Now More Popular Than Cigarettes on Campus

September 1, 2015

On college campuses nationwide, daily cigarette smoking appears to be in steep decline while the rate of smoking pot each day climbs, well, higher.

Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t be surprised if your next dental checkup includes questions about illicit drug use.
A new survey has found that more than three out of every four U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use.
The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct […]

What Your Mid-Life Weight Gain Says About Alzheimer’s Risk

September 1, 2015

Avoiding middle-age spread could be one way to delay the onset of dementia, a new study hints.

Impotence Drug May Help Fight Rare Lung Disease: Study

September 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A combination treatment that includes the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may reduce death and hospitalization from an incurable lung disease that mainly affects women, a new clinical trial shows.
When combined with a blood pressure medication called ambrisentan (Letairis), a high dosage […]

Cutting-Edge Gene Tests May Improve Management of Autism

September 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A pair of genetic tests could help parents and doctors better understand the numerous challenges that a child newly diagnosed with autism might face throughout life, a new study suggests.
The tests tracked down genes that could explain the nature of a child’s autism susceptibility in […]

Day Care Won’t Cause Aggressive Behavior in Child, Study Finds

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Day care does not appear to lead to aggressive behavior in children, according to a new study based on Norwegian children.
Parents worried about day care’s effect on their kids should feel reassured by the findings, the researchers said.
They interviewed the parents of nearly 1,000 children in Norway enrolled […]

Your Heart Is Likely ‘Older’ Than You Are

September 1, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three out of four American adults have a heart that’s “older” than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday.
Your “heart age” is based on a risk profile that includes blood pressure, smoking history, diabetes and body mass […]

Cutting Calories May Help You Fend Off Age-Linked Disease: Study

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Want to enjoy a healthier old age? Try eating a little less each day.
That’s the suggestion from a new study led by researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).
The “results are quite intriguing,” study co-author Dr. Evan Hadley, director of geriatrics and clinical gerontology at the […]

Genetics May Help Guide Kids’ Cancer Treatment

September 1, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When a child has cancer that resists standard therapies, the outlook can be grim. But a new study suggests that for some children, extensive genetic analysis can open up options.
The study found that among children with rare or aggressive cancers, genetic sequencing revealed potentially “actionable […]



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