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Are Artery-Opening Stents for Chest Pain a Waste of Time?

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — With findings that some experts believe could change cardiovascular care, a new study suggests that the placebo effect of stents in heart patients with chest pain may be far more pronounced than thought. That could mean that drug therapy alone, rather than the pricey, artery-opening devices, is all that's needed for certain
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Sugary Drinks Could Break Your Heart

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If you're a fan of sodas, fruit juices and sugary sports drinks, you're probably not doing your heart any favors. A new review suggests that regularly quenching your thirst with sugar-sweetened beverages not only contributes to your risk of gaining weight, it also ups your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and
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Are You Sure That’s What the Doctor Said About Your Leukemia?

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The stress of a frightening leukemia diagnosis may impede clear doctor-patient communication, a new study suggests. Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) tend to view their illness and prognosis through a different lens from their doctors, researchers say. Investigators found that patients
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Patients’ Gut Bugs May Play Role in Cancer Care

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The type of bacteria that cancer patients harbor in the gut might affect their odds of responding to certain treatments, two early studies hint. The research, in humans and mice, adds to evidence that gut bacteria play a key role in the immune system. But experts stressed it's too soon to make recommendations to cancer
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What Food Gets People’s Attention? Junk Food, by Far

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If cookies, pizza and potato chips seem to pull you in, you're not alone. A new study finds that images of junk food are, indeed, more distracting than those of healthy food. The researchers also found, though, that just a few tastes of junk food can significantly reduce its appeal. "We wanted to see if pictures of food,
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Gene Therapy, New Drug Battle a Rare But Deadly Disease in Kids

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Babies born with a previously untreatable degenerative nerve disease now have two fresh sources of hope for their future. Two innovative new therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 have proven highly effective in clinical trials, researchers report. Babies with SMA are born without the gene that promotes production of
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Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Liposuction may help people with lymphedema — a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet. Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema as a side effect of cancer treatment. The other one had
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Long Spaceflights Could Put Pressure on the Brain

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The brains of astronauts who spend months in space appear to shift upward inside their skulls by the time they return to Earth, a new study finds. The repercussions, if any, are uncertain for now, researchers said. It's not clear how quickly the brain might settle back into its rightful place once Earth's gravity has