Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia

Tweet Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Age-related blood vessel leaks in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, according to a new study. The findings suggest it may be possible to use brain scans to detect such leaks and repair...
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FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug

Tweet FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new drug to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. People with plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the autoimmune skin disease, develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white...
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California Takes Different Path On Insuring Immigrants Living In U.S. Illegally

Tweet PASADENA, Calif. — Angel Torres hasn’t been to the doctor since coming to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. But now, his vision is getting blurry and he frequently feels tired. Torres, 51, worries he might have diabetes like his brothers. “Time is passing,” he said in Spanish. “I need to get checked out.” Torres is in luck. He lives in California, which has a...
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Antibiotics for Traveler’s Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study

Tweet Antibiotics, Traveler’s Diarrhea and Superbugs By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The overuse of antibiotics to treat travelers’ diarrhea may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant superbugs, a new study suggests. Antibiotics should be used to treat travelers’ diarrhea only in severe cases, said the study...
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Use of ‘the Pill’ Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer

Tweet ‘The Pill:’ Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests. Women under 50 with a glioma “were 90 percent more likely...
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Ebola ‘Turning Point’ as Cases Decline: WHO

Tweet Ebola ‘Turning Point’ as Cases Decline: WHO Jan. 22, 2015 — Ebola cases are falling in the three hardest-hit West African countries and the outbreak has reached a “turning point,” according to the World Health Organization. In Liberia, only eight cases were detected last week, compared with a peak of 500 a week in September. New Ebola cases in Guinea are at 20 a...
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Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

Tweet continued… The state faced a deluge of applications and last spring, and the backlog hit about 900,000 before the state was able to bring it down. In addition to receiving new applications this year, the state now also is processing renewals for existing Medi-Cal recipients. Twelve million people are enrolled in Medi-Cal, including more than 2.7 million who have signed up since January...
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Ebola Vaccine Sent to W. Africa for Testing

Tweet Ebola Vaccine Sent to W. Africa for Testing Jan. 23, 2015 –The first shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine is being sent to Liberia for field testing, but experts say it may be difficult to determine how effective it is because the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is falling. An airplane carrying about 300 initial doses of the vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the U.S....
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Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems

Tweet Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults with eczema — a chronic, itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood — may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study. This increased risk may be the result of bad lifestyle habits or the disease...
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‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’: Sundance Review

Tweet Let’s get the ovine puns out of the way now: warm and fuzzy, if a little woolly in story terms, Aardman’s latest feature, Shaun the Sheep Movie, comfortably plays to the British production company’s technical and comic strengths, but doesn’t exactly venture far into pastures new. Spun-off from a hugely successful, dialogue-free TV series starring the eponymous hooved hero who first appeared...
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