Study: Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Issues

Tweet By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows. Researchers said the findings should deepen the understanding of how various psychiatric disorders arise. Eventually, they might...
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Pot Still a Drug of Choice for Many U.S. Adults

Tweet THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer American teens may be smoking pot, but the same can’t be said for older adults, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed federal government data and found that non-daily marijuana use fell among Americans aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, but rose among all adults after 2007. This was particularly true among adults 26 to 34 —...
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Tips and Tricks For Tick Prevention

Tweet David Brooks, reporter, Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor. Kathy Uhler, director, Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. CDC: “Preventing tick bites.” CDC: “Preventing ticks in the yard.” CDC: “Natural Tick Repellents and Pesticides.” WFMZ-TV: “Opossums help deal with ticks.” Granite Geek: “Dryer lint vs. Lyme disease – let the battle begin!” URI TickEncounter...
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Laser Pointer Burns Hole in Boy’s Retina

Tweet June 21, 2018 — A boy in Greece burned a hole in his retina after repeatedly gazing into a laser pointer’s beam, doctors say. They discovered a large hole is in the macular, an area in the retina that helps distinguish detail in faces and while reading or driving. There was also damage to two areas below the macular hole, CNN reported. Vision in the 9-year-old boy’s...
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Could Herpes Virus Play a Role in Alzheimer’s?

Tweet By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Viruses could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Brains riddled with Alzheimer’s disease contain high levels of two strains of human herpes virus, researchers discovered. Human herpes virus 6 and 7 were found in Alzheimer’s-affected brains...
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Why Obese People Find It So Tough to Slim Down

Tweet By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity is no picnic for those who struggle with it, but new research sheds some light on why so few ever find their way to a healthy weight. It turns out that overweight and obese folks hold starkly different views on diet and exercise than their normal-weight peers, the study found....
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Smartphone-Obsessed Parents May Mean Cranky Kids

Tweet By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents who take refuge in their smartphones when their kids throw a tantrum may, in the long run, make matters worse, a new study suggests. The study, of 183 couples with young children, found that stressed-out parents often turned to their electronic devices when dealing with their...
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WHO Calls ‘Gaming Disorder’ Mental Health Condition

Tweet To be diagnosed with gaming disorder, a patient must have at least five of the listed symptoms. In a 2017 study done in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany, close to 19,000 gamers completed a survey about symptoms of gaming disorder. More than 65% of participants did not report any symptoms of gaming disorder. Only 2.4% of the sample endorsed at least five of the symptoms needed to...
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Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

Tweet By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests. Comparing more than 106,000 people who had stress disorders with more than 1 million people without them, researchers found that stress was tied to a 36 percent greater risk of developing...
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Marriage Is Good Medicine for the Heart

Tweet TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 34 studies that were published between 1963 and 2015. They included more than 2 million people between the ages of 42 and 77, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Scandinavia. The investigators found...
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