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Restoring Hair Growth on Scarred Skin? Mouse Study Could Show the Way

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a feat that might help pave the way to restoring hair on patients with skin wounds from burns, injuries or surgery, scientists report regrowing hair on damaged skin in mice. In their experiments…

Does Your Dog Really Understand You?

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many dogs perk up at certain words, like "treat" or "squirrel." But does Buddy really understand what you're saying, or is he simply reacting to the excitement in your voice? Researchers at Emory…

Diabetes Drug Might Help Shield the Heart From Smog's Ill Effects

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests. Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers…

Could Diet Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Like the human gut, the breast gland has a "microbiome" that's influenced by diet, new animal research suggests. Although the findings are preliminary, scientists hope their work might someday improve…

A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine in the Mail? It Might Happen

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses -- what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail? That's…

Naked Mole-Rats May Give Clues to Human Longevity

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In their quest to unravel the secrets of human puberty and health, scientists are betting naked mole-rats can help. The hairless rodents reportedly have a lifespan of more than 30 years -- nearly…

Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lab-grown lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs with no apparent medical complication for months after the procedure, researchers report. This line of research on bioengineered lungs…

Why Dogs Born in Summer Likelier to Get Heart Disease

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs born in the summer are at higher risk for heart disease than pups born at other times of year, according to new research. Scientists think exposure to outdoor air pollution may be to blame. Researchers…

Widely Used Antibacterial Tied to Colon Woes in Mice

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to triclosan -- a chemical in some shampoos and toothpastes -- might raise the risk for colon inflammation and colon cancer, at least in mice, researchers say. New study results "suggest…

Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they've engineered a medical "tattoo" that can screen for early signs of major disease. The…

Stretching Can Help Get Seniors Moving

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stretching leg muscles every day may benefit seniors and other people with mobility problems, a new study reports. Researchers placed splints on lower limbs of older rats to stretch their calf muscles.…

Facial Cancer Decimating Tasmanian Devil Population

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A contagious cancer has put Tasmanian devils at risk for extinction in the wild, researchers say. The contagious cancer, known as facial tumor disease, is found only in Tasmanian devils -- notoriously…