Genes May Give Clues to Severe Form of Lupus
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have
identified a DNA sequence that appears to speed up the progression
of lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system
attacks healthy tissues.
Sleep Might Help Deepen Traumatic Memories
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Your emotional response
to a disturbing image or traumatic event is weaker if you remain
awake afterward, while sleep reinforces unpleasant emotional
memories, according to new research.
Antidepressants Might Raise Fall Risk in Nursing Homes
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants called
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are associated with
an increased risk of falls in nursing home residents with dementia,
a new study finds.
Gossiping Might Be Good for You
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Many people regard gossip
as idle chatter that can harm people's reputations, but it may have
some benefits, such as reducing stress, discouraging bad behavior
and preventing exploitation.
U.S. Wants to Buttress Alzheimer's Arsenal by 2025
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- With the Alzheimer's
epidemic predicted to reach crisis proportions as the U.S.
population ages, a panel of experts is meeting for two days to
draft a plan to combat a disease that is fast emerging as one of
the nation's biggest -- and costliest -- health threats.
New Drug Combo for Hepatitis C Shows Promise
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- A new cocktail of two
investigational drugs appears to have successfully cleared the
hepatitis C virus in people who don't respond to standard
Melanoma Drug's Link to Other Skin Cancers Identified
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The recently approved
drug vemurafenib (Zelboraf) has been hailed as a breakthrough in
the treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. But
roughly one-quarter of patients who take the medication develop a
troublesome side effect: secondary skin cancers called squamous
Some Women Can Go Longer Between Bone Checks: Study
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests
that older women who've had a normal result on a bone density scan
-- a test that helps measure the strength of their bones -- may be
able to wait as long as 15 years before getting another scan.