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Gene Therapy May Enhance Cochlear Implants, Animal Study Finds

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Australian researchers say that gene therapy may one day improve the hearing of people with cochlear implants, allowing them to appreciate music and hear in noisy environments.

In experiments with deaf guinea pigs, senior study author Gary Housley and ...

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Aspirin's Ability to Prevent Colon Cancer May Depend on Your Genes

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin seems to halve the risk of colon cancer in people with high levels of a genetic enzyme found in the colon, a new study says.

Many questions remain, however, regarding who should take aspirin to potentially ward off colon cancer. The research ...

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Scientists Study Gene Clues From 115-Year-Old Woman

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 400 mutations were found in the healthy white blood cells of a 115-year-old woman, according to a new study that may advance what is known about limits of the human life span.

Genetic mutations have been ...

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Guys: Don't Take Your Y Chromosome for Granted

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genes on the Y chromosome may have ensured the survival of males, a new study indicates.

These genes have little if anything to do with sperm production or determining gender. Rather, they appear to be active ...

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Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

Apr 23, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia.

Most of those cases are in Guinea,

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AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

Apr 23, 2014

By WARREN E. LEARY, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun. 

 Over the next three years, the CDC formally named ...

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Research Shows Ways to Speed Stroke Care

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every minute counts for stroke victims who need clot-busting medications quickly to restore blood flow to their brain and prevent further damage.

Now, new efforts to hasten treatment in both ambulances and emergency rooms appear to have significantly ...

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People With Kidney Disease Show Higher Cancer Risk in Study

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with moderate kidney dysfunction may face a higher risk of developing cancer than those with healthy kidneys, a large study suggests.

Researchers found that among nearly 32,000 older U.S. adults, those with stage 3 kidney disease were more ...

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People Seek Out Health Info When Famous Person Dies

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests.

Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder ...

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A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys Stay Healthy

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.

And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the ...

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Early Sign of Kidney Disease Often Ignored, Study Says

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much protein in your urine -- an early sign of kidney disease and a risk factor for heart disease -- often goes undetected and untreated, a new study finds.

Researchers also found that many people with this ...

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Health Highlights: April 23, 2014

Apr 23, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Artificial Retina Restores Vision

Four Americans have received an artificial retina since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, and a fifth is scheduled to receive ...

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Health Tip: Signs Your Child Has An Overuse Injury

Apr 23, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Children's bodies are still growing, which can make them more susceptible to overuse injuries as they enjoy sports and physical activity.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these warning signs of overuse injuries in children:

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    Health Tip: When Lifestyle Disrupts Sleep

    Apr 23, 2014

    By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

    (HealthDay News) -- Getting enough sleep is essential for good health, but there are lifestyle choices that can get in the way.

    The American Psychological Association mentions these factors that can affect sleep:

    • Stress at work, school, at home or with family.

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    For Many Men, Impotence Is Treatable Without Drugs

    Apr 23, 2014

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study reminds men with erectile dysfunction that there's help out there that doesn't require a prescription: diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes.

    Losing weight, eating better, getting more active, drinking less alcohol and getting better sleep ...

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    Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    Apr 23, 2014

    By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

    Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical ...

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    Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

    Apr 22, 2014

    By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.

    The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with ...

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    Size of Fetus May Affect Stillbirth Risk

    Apr 22, 2014

    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fetuses that are either too small or too large are at increased risk for stillbirth, a large new study says.

    Researchers analyzed all the stillbirths that occurred over 2.5 years at 59 hospitals in five regions of the ...

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    Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

    Apr 22, 2014

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers comparing two drugs used to treat epileptic seizures in children -- lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium) -- found no difference between them in safety or effectiveness.

    Although previous studies gave the edge to Ativan, Dr. James ...

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