Shar-Pei Dogs Shed Light on Human Fever Syndromes
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The gene mutation
responsible for the wrinkled skin of Shar-Pei dogs is also linked
to a periodic fever disorder, a finding that could have important
implications for human health, researchers report.
Young Adults May Need 'Safety Net'
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- It's normal and healthy
for parents to provide their 20-something children with financial
and housing assistance, according to a new study.
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term health dangers
from the type of airport body scanners that emit radiation are
tiny, experts say, but disagreement lingers over the collective
cancer risks because of the sheer mass of travelers who pass
through them every year.
Stem Cell Therapy Shrinks Enlarged Hearts
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The promise of stem cell
therapy may have gotten a little closer to reality, with
researchers reporting that they've used the cells to help shrink
hearts that were dangerously swollen after heart attacks.
Gene Therapy May Help Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting-edge gene therapy
on Parkinson's disease patients significantly improved the tremors,
rigidity and other motor skill problems that are hallmarks of the
illness, a small new study reports.
Parents Often Confused About Kids' Health Coverage
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Many American children
who qualify for public health insurance may be missing out on
coverage because their parents are confused about enrollment and
eligibility, new research indicates.
HIV Infection Passed Via Donated Kidney: U.S. Report
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- A recent case in New York
City of HIV transmission between a living kidney donor and a
transplant recipient highlights the need to revise national policy
on the type and timing of HIV tests used to screen living organ
donors, say the authors of a new case study.
Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- As people across the
United States rush to buy potassium iodide pills to protect
themselves against any possible radiation exposure from Japan's
nuclear plant crisis, experts stress there's no need for the pills
since there is little danger that Americans are at any risk.
ADHD's Upside: Greater Creativity?
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The distractibility and
impulsiveness that is the hallmark of attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a silver lining, according
to a new study that suggests those with the disorder are more
creative than those without.
Menthol Cigarettes Marketed as 'Healthier,' FDA Panel Says
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Marketing messages for
menthol cigarettes disproportionately target youths and blacks and
are crafted to imply that menthols are safer than other cigarettes,
although they are not, according to a newly released draft section
of a long awaited FDA advisory committee's report.
Analysis Confirms Avandia May Harm the Heart
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis confirms
that those who take the diabetes drug Avandia are more likely to
develop heart problems and die than those who take a similar type
of diabetes medication.