|Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA
Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the fall sports season starts and young players face the risk of concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions are untested, unproven and possibly dangerous. These products are being sold on the Internet and in stores by companies attempting to exploit parents' increasing concerns about concussions, the agency said in a...
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of complications when implanting deep brain stimulation devices in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease is no greater in older patients than younger ones, a new study shows. The treatment involves placing electrodes in specific parts of the brain. The new findings should ease concerns about using the devices in patients older than 75, the Duke University researchers said. They a...
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from PET and MRI brain scans and found that enormous amounts of energy are used by the human brain in the first few years of life, which means physical growth has to take a back seat during that time. For ...
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive care. The group's latest guidelines are aimed at a large swat...
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An exercise component of the popular Nintendo Wii video game may help multiple sclerosis patients improve their balance by rewiring their brains, a new study suggests. No medications exist to preserve balance in MS patients, and some drugs make balance worse, said study lead author Dr. Luca Prosperini, a neurologist at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. It appears that patients who use the Wii Balance Bo...
Health Tip: Did You Bruise a Muscle?
Health Tip: Did You Bruise a Muscle? (HealthDay News) -- Most of the time, a bruised muscle isn't a serious injury. But it can be a painful nuisance, especially among athletes and others who exercise frequently. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common symptoms of a muscle bruise include: Pain and swelling of the muscle. Reduced range of motion. Blue discoloration of the skin. Muscle stiffness and weakness.
Study: Young Adults Who Had Depression Have 'Hyper-Connected' Brain Networks
Study: Young Adults Who Had Depression Have 'Hyper-Connected' Brain Networks WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who struggled with depression in adolescence appear to have "hyper-connected" networks in their brain, researchers are reporting. The findings might improve understanding of depression and could lead to new ways to predict, prevent and treat the illness, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago researchers. The researchers conducted brain scans on 30 volunteers...
Scientists 'Rewrite' Bad Memories in Mice
Scientists 'Rewrite' Bad Memories in Mice WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Someone who has been mugged in a dark alley will likely never want to return there, having associated that location with a fear of being attacked. But neuroscientists working with mice say they've discovered the brain circuit that controls how memories are linked with positive and negative emotions. And in rodent tests, they've manipulated brain cells to reverse the emotions attached to a memory. In essence, they made...
Concussion Recovery Can Reverse After Return to Activity, Study Shows
Concussion Recovery Can Reverse After Return to Activity, Study Shows THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes who seem to have recovered from a concussion may actually show a subtle worsening in a particular mental ability after they return to exercise, a small study suggests. The findings come from a study of 19 high school athletes who suffered a concussion and then got medical clearance to return to physical activity -- most often football, although a few were on soccer, wrestling or vol...
Hormone Might Help Preemies' Brains
Hormone Might Help Preemies' Brains TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A hormone used to reduce the need for blood transfusions might also protect the brains of premature babies, a new study suggests. Synthetic erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates red blood cell production, appears to prevent brain damage when used shortly after preterm birth, said lead researcher Dr. Petra Huppi, a professor of pediatrics and newborn medicine at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland. "The real test of whet...
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