Jury Still Out on Probiotics

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Probiotics have become a trendy dietary supplement, with more and more people popping bacteria-laden capsules to try to improve their gut health. But these supplements could harm some patients, and researchers have done a poor job tracking their safety, a new review argues. Reporting of side effects is…

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Ancient Bread Remnants Predate Early Agriculture

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recently discovered remains of 14,400-year-old bread are the oldest ever found and predate the dawn of agriculture by at least 4,000 years, researchers report. Charred remnants of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers were found at an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan known as Shubayqa 1. The discovery suggests…

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New MRI Test May Predict Severity of MS

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often live with uncertainty because it’s hard to predict how quickly the disease will progress and how disabling it might become. But researchers hope a new MRI test that tracks iron levels in the brain will help answer those questions. The test —…

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Can Smartphones Trigger ADHD Symptoms in Teens?

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who constantly use their smartphones may have a heightened risk of developing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new study suggests. The findings offer a look at a question many parents may have: Can those ubiquitous digital devices — and their constant pull on kids’ attention — cause…

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Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children who abuse animals may have been abused themselves, a new study suggests. Kids aged 10 and up who intentionally hurt animals are two to three times more likely to have been abused than kids who treat animals with respect, said the British researchers who conducted the review.…

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Brain Scans Yield More Clues to Autism

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic reward pathway. That circuit, located…

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