Scientists Spot Genetic Clues to Crohn’s Disease

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new genetic discovery about Crohn’s disease could lead to different ways to fight the bowel disorder, researchers report.
The scientists pinpointed chemical changes in Crohn’s patients’ DNA that affect how their genes work, and said these changes can be detected in blood samples.
Along with raising the possibility [...]

Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a new study done from the heights of Mount Everest, Italian researchers found that your blood pressure steadily increases if you ascend to great heights.
They also found that a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure was ineffective once climbers reached above a certain altitude.
The findings, [...]

As Many As 1 in 7 People Experience ‘Sleep Drunkenness’

August 26, 2014

“Sleep drunkenness” is more common than previously thought, affecting about one in seven Americans, or 15 percent, according to a new study that looked at the sleeping habits of more than 19,000 adults.

Hormone Might Help Preemies’ Brains

August 26, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A hormone used to reduce the need for blood transfusions might also protect the brains of premature babies, a new study suggests.
Synthetic erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates red blood cell production, appears to prevent brain damage when used shortly after preterm birth, said lead researcher Dr. [...]

Heart Studies Don’t Reflect Real-World Patients, Study Finds

August 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who take part in clinical trials of new heart disease treatments are generally younger and healthier than the typical heart patient, a new study confirms.
Experts said the findings, which appear in the Aug. 27 Journal of the American Medical Association, aren’t surprising — but [...]

2 Cases Suggest Stem Cell Transplant Might Ease ‘Stiff Person’ Syndrome

August 26, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two women with a rare disorder called stiff person syndrome recovered after receiving transplants of their own stem cells, a study shows.
Stiff person syndrome is rare neurological disease that causes stiffness of the skeletal muscles and painful muscle spasms. In severe cases, the disorder makes it difficult to [...]

The Dangerous Eating Disorder Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have

August 26, 2014

Teenagers do not need to be rail thin to be practicing the dangerous eating behaviors associated with anorexia, a new study suggests.

Indoor E-Cigarette Use Should Be Banned, World Health Organization Says

August 26, 2014

Joining a number of other health agencies, the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that “vaping” is harmless to bystanders.

Lack of Protective Gear Leaves Medics at Risk in Ebola Outbreak: Study

August 26, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Health care workers in poor nations often do not have enough protective gear to keep them safe from being infected with blood-borne viruses such as Ebola and HIV, a new study shows.
While the study was conducted before the current Ebola outbreak began in West Africa last spring, its [...]

VA Hospital Delays Didn’t Cause Deaths, Investigators Say

August 26, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Investigators with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say there’s no evidence that any deaths at a Phoenix VA hospital — the center of a nationwide scandal — were caused by delays in care.
A draft report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) doesn’t dispute that there [...]


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