Posted 9:27 AM 5/24/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
A drug used to treat a type of skin cancer may reverse memory problems in mice with Alzheimer's Disease.
Researchers tested the drug Bexarotene on mice that had gene mutations similar to humans with Alzheimer's Disease. The mice quickly regained their lost cognitive skills, but there was no evidence that the drug cleared the plaques from their brains.
Posted 11:58 AM 5/23/2013 by NBC News
The teen birth rate continues its decline, particularly among Hispanic teenagers.
The National Center for Health Statistics finds teen birth rates fell 25% between 2007 and 2011, hitting a record low.
Declines were steepest for Hispanic teenagers, averaging a 34% decrease.
States with the most significant declines were Arizona and Utah.
This downward trend in teen births began in 1991 and was briefly interrupted in 2006-2007.
Posted 11:54 AM 5/23/2013 by NBC News
There may soon be another medication option for people with insomnia.
A federal advisory panel found Suvorexant, which is manufactured by Merck, is safe and effective at lower doses; however, the panel was split on the safety of higher doses of the product.
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Posted 11:44 AM 5/23/2013 by NBC News
The American Red Cross has analyzed deaths associated with Hurricane Sandy and found many of them might have been prevented.
Sandy made landfall along the northeastern coast last October.
The Red Cross recorded 117 deaths, many due to drowning.
Forty-five percent of those deaths (More)
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Posted 10:06 AM 5/22/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to have anti-social and aggressive behavior.
Canadian researchers examined smoke exposure and behavior data on more than 2,000 kids from birth to age 10. Those who had smoke exposure, even temporarily, were more likely to be physically aggressive by the time they finished fourth grade.
Experts estimate that 40% of children worldwide are exposed to secondhand smoke.
Posted 10:01 AM 5/22/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
An experimental Asthma drug shows promise, but is a long way away from your local pharmacy.
In a three month trial, the drug decreased the number of Asthma attacks and other symptoms by 87% in adults who didn't get enough relief from other medications.
The drug works to block two inflammatory chemicals thought to contribute to Asthma. The drug is called Dupilumab.
Posted 9:26 AM 5/21/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Listening to music appears to reduce anxiety and the use of sedatives among ICU patients on a ventilator.
Therapists put together a play list of each patient's favorite music, and allowed them to listen at any time throughout the day.
Five days later, these patients had anxiety scores 36% lower than those who had no music.
They also required two fewer doses of sedatives by the fifth day, than the usual care patients.
Posted 9:18 AM 5/21/2013 by KSBY News
New research links bed sharing to an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
A British study estimates 88 percent of all SIDS deaths that occurred while co-sleeping may have been avoided if the baby was in its own crib.
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Posted 9:25 AM 5/20/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Researchers are finding new treatments for Asthma by looking in their pantry.
Experts at Columbia University tested purified ginger on airway muscle samples. They combined the ginger with common asthma medications and saw what happened when it was used on muscles that were constricted.
The samples that were exposed to ginger relaxed more than those not treated with ginger.
Posted 9:16 AM 5/16/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
There is promising information out about treating advanced Melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
New research from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center finds a combination of two drugs can shrink Melanoma tumors significantly.
The drugs work by boosting the immune (More)