Violent video games, unlocked guns a dangerous combo for kids

(HealthDay)—Shoot ’em up video games might be making your children far too comfortable with how they approach and handle real-life firearms, a new study argues. Kids who played a version of Minecraft featuring guns were much more likely to handle a happened-upon but unloaded firearm than kids whose Minecraft game featured swords or no weapons at all, researchers found. Worse, […]

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Infectious Diseases A-Z: Vaccine best way to prevent hepatitis A as infections rise nearly 300%

Drug use and homelessness are cited as two main reasons why hepatitis A infections have increased nearly 300% in the U.S. since 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Hepatitis A is a viral hepatitis that can infect humans, and it infects through the oral-fecal route,” says Dr. Stacey Rizza, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo […]

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A third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose

More than a third of people in Wales (34 percent) use digital technology to self-diagnose health conditions, whilst only 14 percent make a healthcare appointment online. These insights are from a novel survey exploring how people in Wales use digital technology to support and monitor their health, by Public Health Wales and Bangor University. Two in three people (66 percent) […]

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Pollen allergies occur more frequently in anxiety sufferers

Seasonal allergies to different types of grass or tree pollen are more common in people with anxiety disorders, while patients with depression are more likely to suffer from perennial allergies triggered by allergens such as animal hair. These are the findings of a team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Conversely, food and drug allergies were unaffected […]

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First PI3K inhibitor approved for metastatic, advanced breast cancer

(HealthDay)—Piqray (alpelisib) tablets were approved for the treatment of hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, PIK3CA-mutated, advanced or metastatic breast cancer in combination with fulvestrant, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The tablets were approved for use in men and postmenopausal women whose disease progressed after treatment with an endocrine-based regimen. The drug was […]

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For civilians, finding a therapist skilled in PTSD treatments is a tough task

Lauren Walls has lived with panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks for years. The 26-year-old San Antonio teacher sought help from a variety of mental health professionals—including spending five years and at least $20,000 with one therapist who used a Christian-faith-based approach, viewing her condition as part of a spiritual weakness that could be conquered—but her symptoms worsened. She hit a […]

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Scientists engineer vascularized kidney tissue

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) researchers have shown the feasibility of bioengineering vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration, developing a partial augmentation strategy that may be a more feasible and practical approach than creating whole organs. In the proof-of-concept study published online this month in Acta Biomaterialia journal, the scientists created a novel biomimetic, collagen-based vascular scaffold—a […]

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