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CDC warns measles cases will reach new record high within weeks

CDC warns measles cases will reach new record high within weeks

Following last week's report from the World Health Organization comes an advisory on measles cases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the agency, the United States is expected to break its current all-time record number of measles cases -- and the new record high may happen within weeks, not months. The news comes amid deadly measles outbreaks in multiple countries.

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FDA approves nerve stimulation device to treat kids with ADHD

FDA approves nerve stimulation device to treat kids with ADHD

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device designed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. The device is only available as a prescription, offering the public a non-drug alternative to treat the condition. Key to the device is technology that delivers mild stimulation to the patient's trigeminal nerve.

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Blood pressure drug reduces build-up of toxic proteins behind dementia

Blood pressure drug reduces build-up of toxic proteins behind dementia

Felodipine, a drug used to treat high blood pressure, may also prevent the build-up of toxic proteins in the brain that are associated with dementia and some other neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. According to a newly published study, felodipine may induce autophagy, the process that removes toxic materials that would otherwise accumulate in the brain, causing irreversible damage.

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Reducing brain aging may be as simple as light physical activity

Reducing brain aging may be as simple as light physical activity

Even healthy brains age and that aging process is associated with a number of issues, including problems with working memory and, in worst case scenarios, the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A large body of research has looked for ways to reduce brain aging, some involving diets, others focusing on broader lifestyle factors and even medication. The latest study among this research points toward something simple, free, and readily available: light, consistent exercise.

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Researchers just figured out the best time of day to exercise

Researchers just figured out the best time of day to exercise

While exercising is known to be an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, questions have remained over whether exercising during a certain time of the day results in more benefits. A new study offers a potential answer, finding that night owls who schedule their recreational activities later in the day may get less beneficial effects from that exercise compared to people who exercise in the morning.

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Common blood sugar drug found to reverse heart failure in non-diabetics

Common blood sugar drug found to reverse heart failure in non-diabetics

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes called empagliflozin may also be an effective treatment for heart failure. The findings were revealed in a newly published study, which found that empagliflozin was able to reverse heart failure in non-diabetic animals. In addition, this particular medication was found to help the heart function more efficiently and produce more energy.

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Measles cases are skyrocketing globally: WHO details growing crisis

Measles cases are skyrocketing globally: WHO details growing crisis

Measles cases skyrocketed by 300-percent in the first three months of 2019, according to the World Health Organization. The increase is compared to the same time period last year, underscoring the importance of vaccinating children against the viral disease. All regions around the world are experiencing 'sustained rises' in measles cases, according to WHO, which says a number of countries are currently dealing with deadly outbreaks.

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Cheap hydrogel patch may reduce damage after heart attack

Cheap hydrogel patch may reduce damage after heart attack

Researchers have developed an inexpensive patch that could help support the heart muscle following a heart attack. The patch was developed by researchers with Brown University, Fudan University, and Soochow University; their work involves a patch that was optimized using a computer model of a beating heart. In addition, the patch costs only around a penny to make due to the inexpensive material it utilizes.

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Sniffing these pleasant odors may cause smoking urges to plummet

Sniffing these pleasant odors may cause smoking urges to plummet

Despite anti-smoking campaigns, nicotine gum, vaping devices, and other methods to curb smoking, around 40 million people in the United States still smoke tobacco cigarettes. The known health risks associated with smoking are severe, but quitting is difficult and many smokers find themselves unable to resist the urge. Though a perfect solution to this problem remains elusive, a new study reveals a simple method found to reduce cigarette cravings.

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Popular blood sugar drug slashes kidney failure risk in diabetics

Popular blood sugar drug slashes kidney failure risk in diabetics

A drug called canagliflozin was found to drastically lower the risk of kidney failure in individuals who have type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, researchers have announced. The results come from a clinical trial that involved 4,401 people across 34 countries, highlighting a more effective way to protect patients against this severe diabetes complication. In addition to protecting kidneys, the drug was also found to reduce the risk of suffering severe cardiovascular issues.

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Heating food sweetened with sucralose may be harming your health

Heating food sweetened with sucralose may be harming your health

New research has revealed a concerning potential health risk associated with heating the sweetener sucralose. The heating process may cause this sweetener to form harmful compounds, according to a new advisory, an issue that is magnified if food containing sucralose is cooked at high temperatures. The formation may start at a relatively low cooking temperature of 248F and get worse as the temp goes up.

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Fecal transplant drastically reduced autism symptoms in children

Fecal transplant drastically reduced autism symptoms in children

Researchers with Arizona State University have revealed that fecal transplants drastically reduced the autism-related symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over a two-year period. The study's participants experienced improvements to their gut health, as well, highlighting the potential benefits fecal transplants may offer individuals impacted by autism spectrum disorder.

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