No Role Found for Birds in Swine Flu Pandemic
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Birds don't become sick when exposed to the H1N1 influenza strains that caused the 1918 and 2009 global flu pandemics, a finding that suggests birds played no role in the spread of the pandemic-causing viruses, according to a new study.
Statins Show Promise Against Sickle Cell
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The cholesterol drugs known as statins hold promise as a treatment for sickle cell disease, a common genetic disorder, new research has found.
Excess Weight Poses Anesthesia Challenge
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Many health risks of excess weight are well-known, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, to name a few. But an obese patient is also a challenge for an anesthesiologist to care for during surgery.
In Europe, Most Men Can Trace Roots to Near East Migrants
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of European males are descended from farmers who migrated from the Near East 10,000 years ago, say English researchers who examined the diversity of the Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son.
Mouse Study May Advance Multiple Sclerosis Research
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A mutation in a gene called ZFP191 causes central nervous system myelination problems in mice that are similar to what occurs in humans with multiple sclerosis, new research has found.
Compounds Identified That Might Treat Nerve Diseases
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that they've developed a new way to find compounds that could become treatments for degenerative nerve disorders such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases.
Should HPV Test Replace the Pap Smear?
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- DNA testing for the human papillomavirus should replace the Pap smear as the main way to screen women for cervical cancer, according to Italian researchers.
Current Smoking Can Worsen Lung Cancer
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Not only does cigarette smoke cause lung cancer, it worsens the disease by increasing lung inflammation, U.S. researchers have found.
Adding Fish Oil to IV May Speed Sepsis Recovery
TUESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Adding fish oil to intravenous solutions proved beneficial for intensive care patients with the potentially lethal blood infection known as sepsis, a new study finds.
Health Tip: Help Prevent a Stress Fracture
(HealthDay News) -- A stress fracture occurs from overuse, when muscles become too weak to absorb the continued stress of physical activity, causing a small crack in a bone.