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Multiple Sclerosis and Your Vision

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can trigger vision problems, but luckily these problems do not often result in total blindness. Here are some key optic disorders that you should know if you have MS: Double Vision: MS can also affect the small muscles that control eye movements. When the muscle of one eye b …

COPD More Prevalent in Poor, Rural Communities, Study Finds

Your income, location, and gasoline consumption may be some of the factors that increase your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study conducted at Johns Hopkins. In a study of over 87,000 participants aged 40 and over, the risk of COPD in poor or rural communi …

8 Parenting Tips for Kids with Asthma

Asthma has become one of the most widespread childhood diseases, and scientists have multiple theories as to why. But if you’re a parent and your child has asthma, all you care about is keeping him or her healthy. Here are 7 tips to do just that: Don’t fall behind on doctors’ visits. There ar …

Scientists Find Genetic Factor Linked to Eczema

In a study published online in the journal Neuron, scientists discovered a key gene that contributes to the itchy irritation of eczema. Researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the University of California, Berkley singled out HTR7, a serotonin receptor, as a critical factor in i …

Diabetes: Some Key Statistics

Diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels and an inability to process insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps distribute glucose (blood sugar) through the bloodstream and transfers extra glucose to the liver. When the body doesn’t produce effective insulin, your …

Rates of Diabetes Rising Worldwide, Study Finds

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes has risen by 45 percent between 1990 and 2013, reports a new study in The Lancet, a British medical journal. Type 2 diabetes accounted for most of these new cases. For decades now, growing rates of obesity in wealthy countries have triggered an increase in rates …

Can an App Screen for Autism in Children?

A new program is being developed as a table application to screen for autism in children by tracking and recording infants’ activity during videotaped autism screening tests. The app has been shown to be effective at spotting behavioral markers of autism and performs better than non-expert medica …