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Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study
Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Humans have evolved to have gene variants that protect older adults from mental decline, new research suggests. "We unexpectedly discovered that humans have evolved gene variants that can help protect the elderly from dementia," study co-leader Dr. Ajit Varki, a professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said in a university news...
Genetically Engineered Salmon Gets FDA Approval
Genetically Engineered Salmon Gets FDA Approval THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials approved on Thursday a Massachusetts company's request to produce genetically modified salmon, making it the first genetically modified food available for human consumption in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the fish is as safe and nutritious as non-genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. As a result, the fish will not have to be labeled as a genetically engi...
Gel Injections May Help Heart Failure Patients
Gel Injections May Help Heart Failure Patients THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients who had beads of gel injected into their beating hearts continue to show improvement in their health a year after undergoing the procedure, researchers report. About 85 percent of patients who received the gel implants displayed only slight or no limitations in physical activity during a one-year follow-up, compared with only 25 percent of patients in a comparable control group. Blood oxygen...
Gene Mutation May Be Tied to Drunken Recklessness
Gene Mutation May Be Tied to Drunken Recklessness TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say that they have identified a gene mutation that is linked to an increased risk of impulsive and reckless behavior when drunk. The research also indicates that "persons with this mutation are more impulsive by nature even when sober, and they are more likely to struggle with self-control or mood disorders," study leader and psychiatrist Roope Tikkanen, of the University of Helsinki in Finland, said ...
Gene Study of Liver Tumor Reveals Versatile DNA
Gene Study of Liver Tumor Reveals Versatile DNA FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tumors may have much greater genetic versatility than previously thought, and researchers say that might explain their ability to resist cancer treatments. The finding comes from extensive and rigorous genetic sequencing carried out on a single tumor. The human liver tumor that the scientists studied -- which was slightly more than 1 inch in diameter -- contained more than 100 million distinct mutations within the ...
Gene Therapy in Dogs Offers Glimmer of Hope for Fatal Childhood Disorder
Gene Therapy in Dogs Offers Glimmer of Hope for Fatal Childhood Disorder WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists working with animals say they've made an advance in efforts to develop gene therapy that one day might treat a fatal neurodegenerative disease in children. Batten disease is a fatal, inherited disorder caused by a mutation in the TPP1 gene, which impairs brain cells' ability to recycle cellular waste. The abnormal buildup of this waste affects walking, talking, thinking and si...
Gentle Yoga Safe in Late Pregnancy, Small Study Suggests
Gentle Yoga Safe in Late Pregnancy, Small Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga, even late into pregnancy, appears to be safe for expectant moms, according to a small new study. The research found that yoga poses don't seem to place undue stress on mom or baby. Using real-time measurements, researchers showed that various yoga postures had no ill effects on heart rate, blood pressure or other vital signs -- for the mother-to-be or the fetus. Researchers said the findings, repo...
Gratitude May Be Key to Wedded Bliss
Gratitude May Be Key to Wedded Bliss FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Happily married couples are often asked about the secret to their marital success. A new study suggests that it may be as simple as remembering to say "thank you." For the study, University of Georgia researchers surveyed nearly 500 married people about their finances, communication with their spouse and whether their spouse expressed gratitude. The most important predictor of marriage quality was gratitude from a spouse, the ...
Gonorrhea Becoming More Resistant to One Antibiotic: CDC
Gonorrhea Becoming More Resistant to One Antibiotic: CDC TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One of several antibiotic treatment options for the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea seems to be losing its effectiveness, U.S. health officials warn in a new report. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest tracking suggests that although resistance to the antibiotic treatment cefixime went down between 2011 and 2013, it started to creep back up in 2014. The good news is that cef...
Gene Therapy in Dogs Shows Promise for Muscular Dystrophy
Gene Therapy in Dogs Shows Promise for Muscular Dystrophy MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using gene therapy, researchers report they've successfully treated muscular dystrophy in dogs. They believe this could pave the way for clinical trials of the treatment in humans within the next few years. The dogs had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is the most common form of the disease in humans and primarily affects boys. Patients lose their ability to walk and breathe as they get older, the resear...
Grades May Sink for Girls Who Are Compulsive Texters
Grades May Sink for Girls Who Are Compulsive Texters TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Compulsive texting can lead to poor school performance for teenage girls, a new study suggests. "It appears that it is the compulsive nature of texting, rather than sheer frequency, that is problematic," said lead researcher Kelly Lister-Landman, who was at Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania when the study was conducted. The study involved 211 girls and 192 boys in grades eight and 11 at schools in a semi-r...
Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids
Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child's risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them for various reasons, the researchers said. "We now have particular markers that seem to predict asthma later in life," lead researcher Bret...
Genes Help Set Menopause Timing: Study
Genes Help Set Menopause Timing: Study MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic variations seem to have an impact on the ages when a woman enters both puberty and menopause, researchers report. These findings might lead to ways to help predict the timing of menopause, which marks the end of a woman's reproductive phase of life. "Genetics only explains about half of the variability with the other half due to factors such as smoking. So, genetics will never be able to precisely predict a woman's...
Good Posture: A Stance for Better Health
Good Posture: A Stance for Better Health SATURDAY, Sept. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy posture is important for your well-being, but achieving it can be an uphill battle in a high-tech, high-heeled world, experts say. "People who have better posture tend to appear more confident and knowledgeable to others. It makes them feel confident internally as well," said Alynn Kakuk, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn. Simple exercises and stretching can help ...
Growth Hormone with Suppression (Blood)
Growth Hormone with Suppression (Blood) Does this test have other names? GH What is this test? This test measures the level of growth hormone (GH) in your blood. GH is made in your pituitary gland. It affects height, bone, and muscle growth in children. It affects how adults look and feel, as well as their bone and muscle health. GH is made in a pulse-like manner. Most GH is made while you sleep. When you're awake, little or possibly no GH is found in your blood. That makes it hard to test your GH level...
Growth Hormone with Stimulation (Blood)
Growth Hormone with Stimulation (Blood) Does this test have other names? GH, GHD, arginine, insulin tolerance test or insulin-induced hypoglycemia, clonidine, L-dopa, glucagon, growth-hormone-releasing hormone, GHRH What is this test? This test measures the level of growth hormone (GH) in your blood. GH is made in your pituitary gland. It affects height, bone, and muscle growth in children. It affects how adults look and feel, as well as their bone and muscle health. GH is made in a pulse-like manner. M...
Growth Hormone (Blood)
Growth Hormone (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test measures the amount of growth hormone (GH) in your blood. GH is made in your pituitary gland. It affects height, bone, and muscle growth in children. It affects how adults feel and look, as well as their bone and muscle health. GH is made in a pulse-like manner. Most GH is made while you sleep. When you're awake, little or possibly no GH is found in your blood. That makes it hard to test your GH level. Specialists h...
Growth Hormone Antibody
Growth Hormone Antibody Does this test have other names? Anti-human GH antibodies, growth hormone neutralizing antibodies What is this test? This test looks for growth hormone (GH) antibodies in your blood. GH is used to manage height issues linked to a growth hormone deficiency (GHD). If your body makes GH antibodies in response to GH treatment, the treatment may not work the way it should. Why do I need this test? You might have this test if your healthcare provider suspects that your GH treatment isn...
Glucose (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urine glucose What is this test? A urine glucose test is used to indirectly determine whether your levels of glucose, or blood sugar, are within a healthy range. It's used to monitor both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If your blood glucose rises above normal, your kidneys get rid of the extra glucose in your urine. That's why a urine glucose test may be able to determine whether your blood glucose is too high. Although easier to perform than a blood test, a...
Glucose Tolerance Does this test have other names? Oral glucose tolerance test, OGTT What is this test? An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is used to screen for diabetes or prediabetes. To start the test, you have a blood glucose test done. Then you will drink a liquid rich in glucose, or sugar. For the next two to three hours, your healthcare provider will draw your blood to check your blood glucose levels and determine your risk for diabetes, prediabetes, or gestational diabetes. In rare instances,...
Glucose (CSF) Does this test have other names? CSF glucose What is this test? This test measures the amount of glucose, or blood sugar, in your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. People with serious infections that have reached the brain or spinal cord usually have lower glucose levels in their CSF than healthy people do. This test is usually part of an overall look at CSF to help diagnose a central nervous system disorder or infection. Normally, your brain is...
Glucose (Blood) Does this test have other names? Blood sugar, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), random plasma glucose What is this test? A blood glucose test is a blood test that tells you if your level of glucose, or blood sugar, is within a healthy range. Fasting plasma glucose, or FPG, is a common test used to diagnose and monitor diabetes or prediabetes. Why do I need this test? A healthcare provider may recommend a blood glucose test if you have symptoms of diab...
Glomerular Filtration Rate
Glomerular Filtration Rate Does this test have other names? GFR, estimated glomerular filtration rate, EGFR What is this test? This is either a blood test or a urine test that looks for changes in how your kidneys function. Your kidneys have tiny filters called glomeruli. The filters help remove waste from your blood. Your glomerular filtration rate is the rate at which your blood is filtered each minute. A glomerular filtration rate can be estimated with great accuracy, based on your weight and age. Th...
Giardia Antigen (Stool)
Giardia Antigen (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool antigen test What is this test? This is a stool sample test to look for the parasite Giardia intestinalis , which causes an infection of the small bowel called giardiasis or travelers' diarrhea. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, belly (abdominal) cramps, dehydration, and vague feelings of discomfort. Giardiasis outbreaks are common in daycare centers and among people who travel internationally. Why do I need this test? You might n...
Gastrin Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test measures the amount of gastrin in your blood. Gastrin is a hormone made by G cells in the lower part of your stomach. It controls the release of gastric acid by other cells in the stomach when you eat. You need gastric acid to break down your food, but too much gastric acid can cause stomach problems. Why do I need this test? If you have recurrent peptic ulcers, you may have this test to determine whether you also have Zollinger-E...
Gene Mutation for Cystic Fibrosis in Newborns (Blood)
Gene Mutation for Cystic Fibrosis in Newborns (Blood) Does this test have other names? Genetic test for cystic fibrosis What is this test? This is a blood test that screens newborn babies for cystic fibrosis (CF), one of the most common genetic diseases in the U.S. Most cases of CF are diagnosed in babies before their first birthday. CF is a potentially life-threatening condition in which your glands secrete abnormally thick mucus that harms different systems in your body, including the airways and panc...
Graves’ Disease (Hyperthyroidism) in Children
Graves’ Disease (Hyperthyroidism) in Children Hyperthyroidism is a disease in which the thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Thyroid Gland - Click to Enlarge This hormone helps control metabolism, the speed at which the body carries out processes like heartbeats. When the body has too much thyroid hormone, the excess can cause these processes to speed up, leading to symptoms like nervousness and weight loss. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the U.S. is an autoimmune d...
Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral capsule, extended-release
Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral capsule, extended-release What is this medicine? GALANTAMINE (ga LAN ta meen) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food and plenty of liquid to reduce stomach upset. Swallow whole. Do not cut crush or chew. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directe...
Gadopentetate Dimeglumine Solution for injection
Gadopentetate Dimeglumine Solution for injection What is this medicine? GADOPENTETATE DIMEGLUMINE (gad o PEN te tate) is a contrast agent. It is used to diagnose abnormalities during a MRI. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected condit...
Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral solution
Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral solution What is this medicine? GALANTAMINE (ga LAN ta meen) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label and in the instruction sheet included with your prescription. Use the special measuring syringe that comes with this medicine to measure your dose. Household spoons are not accurate. Take with food and plenty of liquid to reduce stoma...
Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral tablet
Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral tablet What is this medicine? GALANTAMINE (ga LAN ta meen) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food and plenty of liquid to reduce stomach upset. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take more often than directed. Continue to take your medicine even if you feel better. Do not stop tak...
Gamma Knife (Stereotactic radiosurgery, Gamma Knife surgery) Procedure overview What is Gamma Knife radiosurgery? Gamma Knife radiosurgery, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is a very precise form of therapeutic radiology. Even though it is called surgery, a Gamma Knife procedure does not involve actual surgery, nor is the Gamma Knife really a knife at all. It uses beams of highly focused gamma rays to treat small- to medium-sized lesions, usually in the brain. Many beams of gamma radiation join to...
Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery Procedure
Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery Procedure (Other terms that may be used include: Gastric Banding Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Banding, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty) Procedure overview What is gastric stapling (restrictive) surgery? Gastric stapling surgery, also called gastric banding surgery, is a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) procedure performed to limit the amount of food a person can eat. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in peo...
Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery
Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery (Types of bariatric surgical procedures which involve gastric bypass to some degree include: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass [RYGBP], biliopancreatic diversion [BPD], biliopancreatic diversion and duodenal switch, [BPD-DS]) Procedure overview What is gastric bypass surgery? Gastric bypass surgery, a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), is a procedure that alters the process of digestion. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid...
Genetic Disorders Associated with Congenital Heart Disease
Genetic Disorders Associated with Congenital Heart Disease Some congenital heart defects are caused by, or related to, genetic problems. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Cardiovascular Disorders Online Resources page in this website for an Internet address that may contain additional information on that topic. Down Syndrome Marfan Syndrome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Glomerulonephritis in Children
Glomerulonephritis in Children What is glomerulonephritis? Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that involves the glomeruli. These are very small, important structures in the kidneys that supply blood flow to the small units in the kidneys that filter urine called the nephrons. During glomerulonephritis, the glomeruli become inflamed and impair the kidney's ability to filter urine. What causes glomerulonephritis? Glomerulonephritis is caused by several different disease states, including the f...
Getting Ready at Home
Newborn Babies: Getting Ready at Home Preparing for a new baby doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. Experienced parents have learned that newborn babies just need some basic items at first — a warm and safe place to sleep, food, clothing, and diapers. Although there are many baby products available, listed below are the essential items you'll want to have ready for your new baby. Choosing carefully Safety is an important issue when choosing your baby's new furniture, especially for the bed. Th...
Gestational Age Assessment
Gestational Age Assessment What is a gestational age assessment? Gestational age assessment means figuring out the number of weeks of your pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy is usually 40 weeks. It is important to assess if gestational age is uncertain or if your baby is smaller or larger than expected. The new Ballard score is commonly used to determine gestational age. 6 physical (body development) and 6 neuromuscular (nerve and muscle development) signs of maturity are each given a score. The scores fo...
Guillain-Barre Syndrome in Children
Guillain-Barré Syndrome in Children What is Guillain-Barré syndrome? Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a temporary, but often life-threatening, disorder that affects the nerves in the body. GBS can result in muscle weakness, pain, and even temporary paralysis of the facial, chest, and leg muscles. Paralysis of the chest muscles can lead to breathing problems, and death if not treated. What causes Guillain-Barré syndrome? The exact cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome is unknown. Theories suggest that GBS is ...
Gestational Hypertension What is gestational hypertension? Gestational hypertension is a form of high blood pressure in pregnancy. It occurs in about 6% of all pregnancies. Another type of high blood pressure is chronic hypertension--high blood pressure that is present before pregnancy begins. Other types of hypertension in pregnancy include preeclampsia and eclampsia. Gestational hypertension can develop into preeclampsia. This condition occurs often in young women with a first pregnancy. It is more co...
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) What is GER? Gastroesophageal reflux is a digestive disorder. Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and esophagus, and reflux means to flow back or return. Gastroesophageal reflux is the return of acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids, back up into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux is common in babies, although it can occur at any age. It may be a temporary condition, or may become a long-term physical problem, often called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). ...
Group B Streptococcus
Group B Streptococcus What is group B streptococcus? Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can be found in the digestive tract, urinary tract, and genital area of adults. Although GBS infection usually does not cause problems in healthy women before pregnancy, it can cause serious illness for a newborn baby. Why is group B streptococcus a concern? About 25% of pregnant women carry GBS in their rectum or vagina. In some pregnant women, GBS infection may cause chorioamnionitis (infection of the ...
Gynecological Infections Many gynecological infections affect adolescent females and require the clinical care of a physician or other health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Recognizing Urologic or Gynecologic Problems Pap Test Vaginitis Vulvitis
Gynecological Health Adolescence is a time of many changes. As girls grow into young women and become physically and sexually mature, they need additional care from physicians (adolescent medicine physicians and/or obstetricians/gynecologists) trained to address these issues. This initial visit and yearly visits thereafter are geared towards promoting good health, screening for problems in adolescent girls, and helping open the lines of communication about healthcare between the physician, parents, and ...
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn in Children
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn in Children What is GERD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic digestive disorder that is caused by the abnormal flow of gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and esophagus, and reflux means to flow back or return. Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is the return of acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids, back up into the esophagus. GER is very common in infants, though it can occur at any age. It i...
Growth in Children
Growth in Children Growing is an essential part of childhood. Children's most dramatic growth phases occur during fetal development, the first few years of life, and at the onset of puberty. The rate at which a child grows is an individual process, based partly on heredity, gender, and environmental factors such as nutrition. However, growth can be affected and, sometimes, stopped by many disorders and diseases, including the following: Hormone deficiencies Nutritional deficiencies Intestinal disorders ...
Growth Problems What causes growth problems? Different causes of growth disorders include genetic conditions, hormonal disorders, poor absorption of food, or systemic diseases. These causes usually fall into one of the following categories: Familial short stature. Familial short stature is a tendency to follow the family's pattern of inherited short stature (shortness). Familial tall stature. Some children may be taller than average for their age if their parents are tall. This is called familial tall s...
Gonadotropin-Independent Precocious Puberty
Gonadotropin-Independent Precocious Puberty What is gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty? Gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty is early puberty caused by early secretion of high levels of sex hormones. These hormones include the male androgens and female estrogens. These forms of early puberty result in the development of most secondary sexual characteristics, despite immature sexual glands. What causes gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty? The production of high levels of sex hormo...
Growth Hormone Deficiency
Growth Hormone Deficiency What is growth hormone deficiency? Growth hormone (GH) deficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough growth hormone. GH is needed to stimulate growth of bone and other tissues. This condition may occur at any age. What causes GH deficiency? The pituitary gland hangs from the bottom of the brain and produces GH. The pituitary gland controls the other endocrine glands throughout the body. GH deficiency can result from malformation or damage to the pituitary gland or ...
Gynecological and Menstrual Conditions
Gynecological and Menstrual Conditions Adolescence is a time of many changes. As girls grow into young women and become physically and sexually mature, they need additional care from health care providers (adolescent medicine physicians/nurse practitioners and/or obstetricians/gynecologists/midwives) trained to address these issues. Many gynecological and menstrual conditions affect adolescent females and require the clinical care of a physician or other health care provider. Listed in the directory bel...
Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery
Gastric Restrictive Surgery (Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty) What is gastric stapling (restrictive) surgery? Gastric restrictive surgery is a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) procedure performed to limit the amount of food a person can eat. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in people for whom more conservative measures, such as diet, exercise, and medication have failed. Cli...
Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women. The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into dif...
Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds
Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Analyzing the composition of people's collection of gut bacteria -- also called the gut microbiome -- can help improve identification of those who are at risk for, or already have, colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers collected stool samples from 30 healthy people, 30 people with precancerous intestinal polyps and 30 people with advanced colon or rectal cancer in order to assess the composition of...
Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting
Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some obese people have a genetic mutation that seems to ramp up the reward centers in their brains when they see food, researchers report. Gaining a better understanding of how this mutation triggers feelings of pleasure and gratification at the sight of high-calorie foods like chocolate could help improve strategies designed to prevent overeating, the scientists suggested. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese...
Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids
Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Twins' genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study. Researchers found more evidence that language traits, such as vocabulary, putting words together and grammar, were largely inherited. The study involving 473 sets of twins revealed that the "twinning effect" (a lower level of language performance for twins than single-born children) was greater for identical twins th...
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients' anxiety. The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study -- and the e...
Good Odds for Those Who Need Bone Marrow Donor, Study Finds
Good Odds for Those Who Need Bone Marrow Donor, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most blood cancer patients in the United States who need a bone marrow transplant can find an acceptable match through the National Marrow Donor Program, a new study has determined. Depending on a patient's race or ethnic background, the study found that 66 percent to 97 percent of patients will have a suitably matched and available live donor on the registry. Even hard-to-match ethnic groups can fin...
Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls
Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of a girl's first menstrual period may be determined by hundreds, and possibly thousands, of gene variations, a new study suggests. Researchers have identified over 100 regions of DNA that are connected to the timing of menarche -- a woman's first menstrual period. The researchers hope these findings will shed light on the biology of a number of diseases ranging from type 2 diabetes to breast cance...
Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia
Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One of the largest studies ever conducted into the genetic origins of a psychiatric disorder has uncovered 83 new sites on chromosomes that harbor inherited genes tied to schizophrenia. The findings, made by an international team of researchers, now bring the total number of common gene variants linked to the disorder to 108. Although these schizophrenia-associated genes aren't specific enough to be used as...
Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen's Health, Too
Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen's Health, Too MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income teenagers who get into a more rigorous high school may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools, a new study suggests. The study, of low-income Los Angeles teens, found that those who attended "high-performing" high schools were less likely to carry a weapon, binge-drink, have multiple sex partners or take certain other health risks. And it wasn't just a matter of "good kids" being mor...
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