SATURDAY, Dec. 9, 2017 -- Coming just days after reports of a gene therapy that pushed the bleeding disorder hemophilia B into remission, new research suggests the same could be true for adults with the "A" form of the disease.
That's significant because, due to the complexities of the gene responsible for hemophilia A, experts had thought it might be far more resistant to gene-based treatment.
SATURDAY, Dec. 9, 2017 -- Babies born with the immune-system ravaging "bubble boy" disease have had to spend their too-often-short lives in germ-free isolation, lest something as simple as a common cold virus fell them with a fatal infection.
But after decades of research, doctors now believe they have created a cure for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for the disease and other chronic health problems, a new study suggests.
The finding comes from an analysis of long-term follow-up data on all children born in Denmark in a 25-year period. That included more than 2,100 children born to women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before pregnancy and 1.3 million children born to women who did not have the disease.
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- The chance of dying from a common heart rhythm disorder is higher for people treated at rural rather than urban hospitals, a new study finds.
The researchers analyzed data from hospitalizations for the heart ailment known as atrial fibrillation -- or a-fib -- in the United States between 2012 and 2014. A-fib can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications.
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- Many studies have tried to pinpoint the best time of day to exercise for peak performance and best results. But most of these studies were designed for elite athletes.
For general fitness, exercise can be whenever it's most convenient for you. In fact, the best time of day for exercise is whatever time you can do it consistently. That's because fitness benefits come from working out on a regular basis.
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise, new research found.
"If you have Parkinson's disease and you want to delay the progression of your symptoms, you should exercise three times a week with your heart rate between 80 to 85 percent maximum. It is that simple," said study co-lead author Daniel Corcos. He's professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- Stuck in the hospital while family and friends are enjoying holiday festivities?
"It's not uncommon for people to have the blues around the holiday season, and being in the hospital can really intensify those feelings," the Rev. Karen Schnell said in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles. She's director of spiritual care at UCLA Health.