|Alzheimer's Gene Tied to Brain Changes at Early Age
Alzheimer's Gene Tied to Brain Changes at Early Age FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People with a high-risk gene for Alzheimer's disease can begin to have brain changes as early as childhood, according to a new study. The SORL1 gene is one of several associated with an increased risk of late-onset Alzheimer's, the most common form of the disease. SORL1 carries the code for a specific type of receptor that helps recycle certain molecules in the brain before they develop into beta-amyloid. Beta-a...
New Combo Approach May Ease Severe 'Ringing in the Ears'
New Combo Approach May Ease Severe 'Ringing in the Ears' FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Patients suffering from the intense, chronic and sometimes untreatable ringing in the ear known as tinnitus may get some relief from a new combination therapy, preliminary research suggests. The study looked at treatment with daily targeted electrical stimulation of the body's nervous system paired with sound therapy. Half of the procedure -- "vagus nerve stimulation" -- centers on direct stimulation of the...
Epilepsy Surgery Improves Patients' Lives, Research Finds
Epilepsy Surgery Improves Patients' Lives, Research Finds SUNDAY, Dec. 8, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of epilepsy patients who have brain surgery to treat the seizure disorder find it improves their mood and their ability to work and drive, a new study reveals. Meanwhile, a second study also indicates the procedure is safe and effective for patients over 60. "They're both reassuring findings," said Bruce Hermann, director of the Charles Matthews Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Wi...
Sensory Therapy Might Work for Kids With Autism
Sensory Therapy Might Work for Kids With Autism THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism can benefit from a type of therapy that helps them become more comfortable with the sounds, sights and sensations of their daily surroundings, a small new study suggests. The therapy is called sensory integration. It uses play to help these kids feel more at ease with everything from water hitting the skin in the shower to the sounds of household appliances. For children with autism, those typ...
Could Electrical Brain Stimulation Boost Perseverance?
Could Electrical Brain Stimulation Boost Perseverance? THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical stimulation of a specific area of the brain may help boost a person's ability to get through tough times, according to a tiny new study. Researchers implanted electrodes in the brains of two people with epilepsy to learn about the source of their seizures. The electrodes were situated in the part of the brain known as the "anterior midcingulate cortex." This region is believed to be involved in e...
Slower Brain Connections May Be at Root of Dyslexia
Slower Brain Connections May Be at Root of Dyslexia THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Glitches in the connections between certain brain areas may be at the root of the common learning disorder dyslexia, a new study suggests. It's estimated that up to 15 percent of the U.S. population has dyslexia, which impairs people's ability to read. While it has long been considered a brain-based disorder, scientists have not understood exactly what the issue is. The new findings, reported in the Dec. 6 iss...
Health Tip: Prevent Headaches in Teens
Health Tip: Prevent Headaches in Teens (HealthDay News) -- Headaches are common among teenagers, whose busy and irregular schedules can be a prime factor. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how teens can help prevent headaches: Get an appropriate amount of sleep each night. Eat meals on a consistent schedule. Get regular physical activity. Figure out any pattern of behavior that seems to trigger your headaches. If possible, avoid those activities.
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Prevent Disease: Review
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Prevent Disease: Review THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated as a potential cause of diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. Now an extensive review suggests it's really the other way around: Low levels of the "sunshine vitamin" are more likely a consequence -- not a cause -- of illness. In their review of almost 500 studies, the researchers found conflicting results. Observational studies, which looked back at what pe...
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of thousands of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) made by Philips Healthcare might not deliver a needed shock to the heart in an emergency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in an updated warning. The devices were made and distributed between 2005 and 2012 under the names HeartStart FRx, HeartStart Home and HeartStart OnSite. About 700,000 of the devices were recalled in September...
TB Vaccine May Work Against Multiple Sclerosis: Study
TB Vaccine May Work Against Multiple Sclerosis: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine normally used to thwart the respiratory illness tuberculosis also might help prevent the development of multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system, a new study suggests. In people who had a first episode of symptoms that indicated they might develop multiple sclerosis (MS), an injection of the tuberculosis vaccine lowered the odds of developing MS, Italian researchers report. "It ...
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