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12 May
'Human Cell Atlas' Maps 1 Million Cell Types in 33 Organs

'Human Cell Atlas' Maps 1 Million Cell Types in 33 Organs

An international research effort has unveiled the most extensive reference map yet of individual cells within the human body, knowledge that could revolutionize the study of health and disease.

The massive Human Cell Atlas contains detailed maps of more than one million ...

12 May
Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

After 30 years, researchers believe they finally have definitive evidence of the primary cause of Gulf War syndrome: exposure to low levels of the nerve gas sarin.

Gul...

04 May
City Rats May Not Pose Big Pandemic Threat

City Rats May Not Pose Big Pandemic Threat

Despite what you may have heard, rats and other city wildlife aren't likely to trigger future pandemics in people, according to a new study.

The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists trying to determine where future outbreaks are most likely to start. It's long been suspected...

27 Jan
Did Your Gene Screen Turn Up Dangerous DNA? Study Finds Real Risk Is Low

Did Your Gene Screen Turn Up Dangerous DNA? Study Finds Real Risk Is Low

Most gene variants that have been labeled "pathogenic" may make only a small difference in a person's risk of actually developing disease, a new study suggests.

Scouring genetic data on more than 72,000 individuals,

27 Jan
Vitamin D Supplements Might Cut Your Odds for Autoimmune Diseases

Vitamin D Supplements Might Cut Your Odds for Autoimmune Diseases

Taking vitamin D supplements may help stave off psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests.

Previous research has hinted at this connection, but the new study is the first randomized controlled trial to look at what happens...

26 Jan
Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

A one-two punch from science has clearly tagged the mononucleosis virus, Epstein-Barr, as a major cause of multiple sclerosis.

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) appears to trigger multiple sclerosis...

26 Jan
Many People With Asthma Have Mixed Feelings About Masks: Poll

Many People With Asthma Have Mixed Feelings About Masks: Poll

Although they report difficulty breathing and discomfort while wearing a face mask, most people with asthma still use them in public places during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.

University of Illinois Chicago researchers conducted an online survey of more than...

19 Jan
Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

A seemingly endless wait in an emergency department can be taxing for many reasons, but new research suggests that long delays in being admitted to the hospital may even raise a patient's risk of death within the following 30 days.

Why? One possible reason: A crowded ER ...

07 Jan
New MRI Technique Might Help Spot MS Sooner

New MRI Technique Might Help Spot MS Sooner

Researchers in Austria say a new MRI technique may lead to faster diagnosis and treatment for people with multiple sclerosis.

The technique can detect biochemical changes in the brains of people with MS early in their disease, according to findings published Jan. 4 in th...

04 Jan
A Better Way to Correct Severe Scoliosis in Kids?

A Better Way to Correct Severe Scoliosis in Kids?

Young patients with early-onset scoliosis, a dangerous curvature of the spine, have two options for surgery, but a new study finds one of the procedures results in fewer complications.

For 8- to 11-year-olds, growth-friendly surgery that allows the spine to continue grow...

23 Dec
When Gums Aren't Healthy, Mind and Body May Follow

When Gums Aren't Healthy, Mind and Body May Follow

Gum disease isn't just a threat to your teeth. It also increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, mental woes and more, British researchers report.

"The study reinforces the importance of prevention, early identification and treatment of

20 Dec
Highly Inbred, French Bulldogs Face Higher Odds for 20 Health Issues

Highly Inbred, French Bulldogs Face Higher Odds for 20 Health Issues

French Bulldogs are incredibly cute, sporting adorable snub snouts, big round heads, bright wide eyes and large bat ears.

Unfortunately, the physical traits that make them one of the most popular breeds in the United States and United Kingdom also saddle them with a host...

15 Dec
Medical Marijuana May Help Ease Severe Epilepsy in Kids: Study

Medical Marijuana May Help Ease Severe Epilepsy in Kids: Study

Kids with severe epilepsy may take multiple medications and follow special diets, yet still suffer seizures. Now a small study suggests medical marijuana may sometimes help when other therapies fail.

British researchers found that medical pot slashed seizures by almost 9...

15 Dec
Across the U.S., Black Americans Breathe in Dirtier Air

Across the U.S., Black Americans Breathe in Dirtier Air

Is air pollution a bigger health threat to minorities?

Apparently so, claims a new U.S. study that finds while air pollution levels have fallen in recent decades, people of color still have more exposure to dirty air than white Americans do.

10 Dec
'Wellness' Vapes Are All the Rage, But FDA Says Buyer Beware

'Wellness' Vapes Are All the Rage, But FDA Says Buyer Beware

“Fights off tumors and alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy," one vape's advertising claims, while another is touted as an "asthma remedy, ADHD remedy, and dementia treatment."

Don't believe the hype.

Despite claims that certain vaping products may alleviate healt...

09 Dec
Exercise May Be a Buffer Against Pneumonia

Exercise May Be a Buffer Against Pneumonia

Regular physical activity has all sorts of benefits, and now researchers say it may help ward off serious pneumonia.

Until now, it wasn't clear how exercise affected the risk of

07 Dec
Black Women Have Triple the Odds for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

Black Women Have Triple the Odds for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

A condition called lymphedema is a well-known side effect of breast cancer treatment that can lead to swelling in the arms and legs.

New research suggests that Black women experience are at more than three times the risk of this painful issue compared to white women.

07 Dec
Most Dog Breeds Are Highly Inbred -- and Unhealthy

Most Dog Breeds Are Highly Inbred -- and Unhealthy

Traits particular to certain dog breeds -- the distinctive spots of a dalmatian or the stubby legs of a dachshund -- are often achieved through inbreeding.

But most breeds are now highly inbred, increasing a dog's risk of health problems, a new study confirms.

"It'...

23 Nov
'Active Grandparent': Humans Evolved to Exercise in Old Age

'Active Grandparent': Humans Evolved to Exercise in Old Age

Becoming a couch potato as you get older goes against evolution and puts your health at risk, a new study suggests.

Humans have evolved to be active in their later years, and staying active can protect against heart disease and a number of other serious health problems, ...

12 Nov
People With Diabetes Less Likely to Spot Dangerous A-Fib: Study

People With Diabetes Less Likely to Spot Dangerous A-Fib: Study

If they have diabetes, people with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) are less likely to notice symptoms of the common heart rhythm disorder. They also tend to have a higher risk of serious complications, a new study finds.

"It is remarkable to find that patients with diabetes ...

10 Nov
Two New Symptoms That Could Point to Pancreatic Cancer

Two New Symptoms That Could Point to Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers have identified two previously unrecognized symptoms of pancreatic cancer -- a discovery that might help with earlier detection and improve extremely low survival numbers, they say.

"When pancreatic cancer is diagnosed earlier, patients have a higher chance o...

02 Nov
Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

Nearly one-third of older U.S. adults visit at least five different doctors each year -- reflecting the growing role of specialists in Americans' health care, a new study finds.

Over the past 20 years, Americans on Medicare have been increasingly seeing specialists, rese...

21 Oct
Are Avid Exercisers at Higher Risk for ALS?

Are Avid Exercisers at Higher Risk for ALS?

A new study may allay concerns that strenuous exercise could up the risk for developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable neurological disease.

No evidence of rising ALS risk was seen among adults who routinely work up a sweat by playing team sports or en...

07 Oct
Japanese Scientists Discover New Disease Carried by Ticks

Japanese Scientists Discover New Disease Carried by Ticks

Scientists in Japan have discovered yet another tick-borne virus that can make people sick.

The Yezo virus is transmitted by tick bites, and triggers fever and a reduction in blood platelets and white blood cells.

"At least seven people have been infected with this...

06 Oct
Tree Rings Show Hurricanes Becoming Wetter, Longer, More Dangerous

Tree Rings Show Hurricanes Becoming Wetter, Longer, More Dangerous

The rings of stately pines on the coasts of North and South Carolina offer telling long-term evidence of climate change and a chilling forecast for the future.

The upshot: The last 300 years have gotten wetter and wetter, making hurricanes ever more dangerous.

"Our...

29 Sep
Peripheral Artery Disease: Common, and Here's How to Spot It

Peripheral Artery Disease: Common, and Here's How to Spot It

If you're older and your legs ache, it could be nothing -- or it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Have you ever even heard of it? Maybe not. That's why the Society for Vascular Surgery would like you to know a little more.

"As we age, we are susc...

28 Sep
Weight Loss Surgery More Dangerous for Men Than Women: Study

Weight Loss Surgery More Dangerous for Men Than Women: Study

Weight loss surgery is riskier for men than women, with males five times more likely to die within 30 days of the procedure, a new study finds.

Moreover, men's odds of dying over the long run are almost three times higher, said researchers who looked at thousands of weig...

23 Sep
Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a Year

Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a Year

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- the most common hormone disorder in women of child-bearing age -- is costly.

In 2020, diagnosing and treating this disorder cost an estimated $8 billion in the United States, according to a

17 Sep
Trial Into Antioxidant for Parkinson's Disease Yields Disappointing Results

Trial Into Antioxidant for Parkinson's Disease Yields Disappointing Results

FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers hoped to show that the natural antioxidant urate could delay Parkinson's disease progression, but a study completed at Massachusetts General Hospital dashed those expectations.

The trial enrolled nearly 300 individ...

16 Sep
Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.

Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the ...

10 Aug
Could COVID Be Eradicated Someday? Maybe, Experts Say

Could COVID Be Eradicated Someday? Maybe, Experts Say

Could COVID-19 one day go the way of smallpox and polio?

New research suggests it might be possible to beat the coronavirus with high vaccination rates and rapid responses to immunity-evading variants, the study authors said.

"While our analysis is a prelimina...

29 Jul
Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

Dogs may be man's best friend, but cats may hold critical keys to humans' health.

Our feline friends have the potential to become a valuable model for genetic research, because their genome is similar to that of people, according to Leslie Lyons of the Feline Genetics La...

27 Jul
Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Young people aren't immune from severe COVID-19, and a new study warns that some are more at risk than others.

Folks under 45 have more than triple the risk for severe COVID-19 if they have cancer or heart disease, or blood, neurologic or endocrine disorders, according t...

27 Jul
Long COVID May Qualify as a Disability: Biden

Long COVID May Qualify as a Disability: Biden

Serious "long COVID" symptoms could qualify as a disability and make patients eligible for federal assistance, President Joe Biden said Monday.

Some recovered COVID-19 patients have lasting problems such as fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, fever and double vision, which "...

16 Jul
Fermented Foods Could Boost Your Microbiome

Fermented Foods Could Boost Your Microbiome

Fermented foods may seem like just another health fad, but a small trial suggests they can help strike a healthier balance in the body's gut bacteria.

In a study of 36 people, researchers found that those randomly assigned to eat plenty of fermented foods, such as yogurt...

06 Jul
Certain Sickle Cell Disease Traits Can Raise Odds for Severe COVID

Certain Sickle Cell Disease Traits Can Raise Odds for Severe COVID

People with sickle cell disease who have a history of severe pain episodes and coexisting organ conditions have an increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, a new study suggests.

"This study tells us that all individuals with sickle cell disease are not at equal levels...

01 Jul
COVID Falls From America's #1 Killer to #7 by June

COVID Falls From America's #1 Killer to #7 by June

A steep rise in vaccination rates has dropped COVID-19 from the first to the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, a new analysis shows.

The disease was the third leading cause of death for much of 2020, but became the leading cause of death in December 20...

01 Jul
Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

The notion of parents picking out genetically perfect babies may seem like science fiction, but bioethicists warn in a new report that some companies have already started to offer couples going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) the means to pick better embryos through polyg...

29 Jun
CRISPR Therapy Fights Rare Disease Where Protein Clogs Organs

CRISPR Therapy Fights Rare Disease Where Protein Clogs Organs

Early research suggests that CRISPR gene-editing technology may some day lead to dramatic relief for patients struggling with amyloidosis, a rare but serious disease that can trigger organ failure.

"There are many different types of amyloidosis," explained study author D...

08 Jun
Think You Can Skip That Annual Physical?  Think Again

Think You Can Skip That Annual Physical?  Think Again

Despite calls from some leading health experts to scrap annual physicals because they are a waste of time and money, a new study finds advantages to routine screenings.

"While it is disappointing that I can't tell my patients a visit with me or my colleagues will help th...

06 Jun
Your Doctor Appointments Might Look Different Post-Pandemic

Your Doctor Appointments Might Look Different Post-Pandemic

If it's been a while since you've seen your doctor, it may be time to schedule a visit to catch up on preventive health screenings or discuss any health concerns and chronic medical conditions.

During the 15 months since people began quarantining, many have avoide...

04 Jun
Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

Methamphetamine users are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems as well as other substance use disorders, new research shows.

Meth is an illegal and highly addictive stimulant drug that can harm organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and neurological ...

01 Jun
Smog Might Damage Your Sense of Smell

Smog Might Damage Your Sense of Smell

Breathing in tiny particles of air pollution over a long period of time may put your sense of smell at risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers found the risk for loss of smell - a condition called anosmia - was nearly doubled among people with lengthy exposu...

28 May
Another Study Finds Routine Vaccines Safe for Kids, Adults

Another Study Finds Routine Vaccines Safe for Kids, Adults

If more proof of the safety of vaccines is needed, a new study delivers fresh evidence that they carry few harms for children, adults and pregnant women.

"This in-depth analysis found no evidence of increased risk of serious adverse events following vaccines, apart from ...

20 May
Is Your Child at Risk for Asthma?

Is Your Child at Risk for Asthma?

Family history, race and sex are among the factors that increase a child's risk of asthma, a new study shows.

"These findings help us to better understand what groups of children are most susceptible to asthma early in life," said study co-author Christine Cole Johnson, ...

10 May
Vegetarian Diet Could Help Fight Off Disease: Study

Vegetarian Diet Could Help Fight Off Disease: Study

There's more evidence that a switch away from meat in your diet could cut levels of unhealthy "biomarkers" that encourage disease, researchers say.

A new study reported Saturday at the virtual European Congress on Obesity (ECO) found that people on vegetarian diets have ...

30 Apr
Your Blood Type Might Raise Odds for Certain Health Conditions

Your Blood Type Might Raise Odds for Certain Health Conditions

Certain blood types may increase a person's risk of different health problems, a new study suggests.

The research confirms some previous findings and reveals new links between blood types and diseases, according to the authors of the study published April 27 in the journ...

20 Apr
Sleepwalking Tied to Higher Odds for Parkinson's in Men

Sleepwalking Tied to Higher Odds for Parkinson's in Men

Men with certain sleep problems, like sleep walking, may be at a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

Among nearly 26,000 men, researchers found those who sleepwalked or had rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) had a four times...

19 Apr
Are You Eating Foods That Harm Your 'Microbiome'?

Are You Eating Foods That Harm Your 'Microbiome'?

People who eat plenty of vegetables, fish and fiber may have more inflammation-fighting bacteria in their guts, but fast-food lovers may be feeding inflammatory microbes.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at people's diet habits and the makeup of their gut...

25 Mar
Drug Shows Promise Against Rare Condition That Stunts Kids' Growth

Drug Shows Promise Against Rare Condition That Stunts Kids' Growth

A new medication may offer hope to children with achondroplasia, a rare bone growth disorder that causes very short stature coupled with disproportionate limb and trunk size.

The experimental drug is called vosoritide. By tamping down overactive growth plate signaling th...