New ALS drug approved for Lou Gehrig’s disease gives patients hope

By Mary Brophy Marcus

For the first time in 22 years, the FDA has approved a drug for ALS, giving hope to some of those suffering from the illness.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rare disease, affecting 12,000 to 15,000 Americans, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It Read more

The Effects of Diabetes on the Body

Written by Ann Pietrangelo, Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA
Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn glucose into energy. Diabetes can be effectively managed, but potential complications include heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.
After you eat or Read more

How Stress Might Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Increased stress could be a risk factor for the kind of thinking difficulties that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

However, the research did not prove that stress caused cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s.

“We know that, in general, stress makes it harder Read more

6 Things You Need to Know About Measles

By The About.com Team
With recent measles outbreaks making headlines, we thought it would be helpful to gather some facts about measles from our network of Experts on pediatrics, infectious diseases and dermatology.  The goal – to keep you informed about the disease, how it’s spread, how it’s treated, and what you can do to prevent it. 

Here are 6 things you Read more

Measles outbreak spreading beyond Disney visitors

Reported by CBS News
More than 50 cases of measles have now been linked to the outbreak that started spreading at Disney theme parks in Southern California right before Christmas. And health officials report an increase in cases among people who did not visit the parks, indicating that the illness is now spreading to others exposed in their communities.

The latest Read more

Nine Signs You May Have A Gluten Allergy

By Jane Anderson

So you’re feeling tired and headachy, and your digestive system is off (and has been for what seems like forever). Maybe you have some other symptoms: a rash, dandruff, a feeling that you’re operating in a depressed and disorganized manner, or are just in a fog. And maybe you’ve been trying to get pregnant, but Read more

7 Habits to Prevent a Stroke

By Heidi Moawad, MDStroke Expert

A stroke can be a devastating event with serious long-term consequences. Advances in stroke treatment have made the long term outcome for stroke patients better. However, there is often a short window of time for effective treatment. One important approach to stroke care includes prevention, especially for people who are at risk. Not Read more

Will I Get Breast Cancer?

Do I Have Breast Cancer Risk Factors?By Tracee Cornforth

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is “We don’t know.” We can never be sure whether breast cancer will happen during our lifetime. This is due, in great part, to the fact that the cause or causes of breast cancer remain vague. However, we do know several Read more

Work Stress Raises Diabetes Risk

Huth C, Thorand B, Baumert J, Kruse J, Emeny RT, Schneider A, Meisinger C, Ladwig KH.  “Job Strain as a Risk Factor for the Onset of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Findings From the MONICA/KORA Augsburg Cohort Study.”  Psychosom Med. 2014 Aug 6.
Previously, studies report that workplace stress can have a range of adverse health effects, Read more

Study: Autism signs in babies can be erased

By Karen Weintraub
A new pilot study suggests that signs of autism symptoms can be erased if babies begin therapy even before they can toddle.

Researchers have long taken the “earlier the better” approach to treatment, but this tiny study – in just seven children – is the first to look at starting therapy in the first Read more