Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Muscle Cells, a Potential Boon for Research

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a potential advance for medical research, scientists say they’ve created the first functioning human muscle from skin cells. The breakthrough could lead to better genetic or cell-based therapies, as well as furthering investigations into the causes and treatment of muscular disorders, the Duke University team said. “The…

Blood Banks Need January Donors

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood. That’s the suggestion of experts from Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Blood bank supplies tend to be low in January because the holidays and the season’s typically inclement weather often keep people from going…

Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When is it appropriate to give kids a cellphone? That depends on factors like their maturity level, their ability to follow rules at home and school, and your family’s circumstances, including health and safety issues. For instance, if both parents work outside the home, it’s easier to check…

What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Have a child with chickenpox? Don’t despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease. “For most healthy children, chickenpox clears on its own without treatment,” said Dr. Sheila Fallon Friedlander, a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the…