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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
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U.S. Preemie Birth Rates Rise 2 Years in a Row

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — After nearly a decade of decline, the preterm birth rate in the United States has risen for the second year in a row, the March of Dimes reports. And racial and ethnic disparities are driving the increase, the group added. The premature birth rate rose from 9.63 percent in 2015 to 9.8 percent in 2016, and the number of preterm
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Americans Stressed About Nation’s Future, Poll Finds

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It's a high-anxiety time: Nearly two-thirds of Americans are stressed out by thinking about the future of the United States, a new survey finds. Stress rates tied to worries about where the nation is headed were slightly higher than rates for "regular" sources of stress, such as money and work. "We're seeing
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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Sex Toys Strike a Nerve

Yes, the slap-and-tickle fest that is Fifty Shades of Grey just keeps rolling right along: Sexy themed merchandise, inspired by the flick, has hit the shelves at Target stores nationwide. Yes, the slap-and-tickle fest that is Fifty Shades of Grey just keeps rolling right along: Sexy themed merchandise, inspired by the flick, is hitting the shelves at Target stores
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Kidney Failure Can Isolate Young Patients

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Kidney failure takes an especially tough toll on young adults, affecting their employment and relationships, researchers report. Young people with kidney failure are less likely to have jobs or be in long-term relationships than others their age, according to a new British research review. "It is vital to understand how kidney
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How Many Mutant Genes Drive Cancer?

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Depending on the cancer, between one and 10 genetic mutations are needed to trigger the development of tumors, a new study reports. "We have addressed a longstanding question in cancer research that has been debated since the 1950s: How many mutations are needed for a normal cell to turn into a cancer cell?" said study author Peter
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Yoga + Aerobics Doubles Heart Benefits

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A combination of yoga and aerobic exercise may benefit people with heart disease, according to a new study. "Combined Indian yoga and aerobic exercise reduce mental, physical and vascular stress and can lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity," said study authors Sonal Tanwar and Dr. Naresh Sen, from Hridaya