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).
FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 -- If your pooch responds well to your smiling face, the "love hormone" oxytocin might have something to do with it, new research suggests.
Produced naturally by humans and dogs, the hormone "influences what the dog sees and how it experiences the thing it sees," said study co-author Sanni Somppi. She's a graduate student at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 -- Hospital operating rooms produce thousands of tons of greenhouse gases each year, but changing the type of anesthesia used in surgery can help lower those emissions, researchers report.
For the study, investigators assessed the carbon footprint of operating rooms at three hospitals: Vancouver General Hospital in Canada; University of Minnesota Medical Center in the United States; and John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England.
FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 -- As a parent, you may worry most about your kids when they aren't with you. But many of the falls that send a million children to the ER each year happen at home.
Plenty of these accidents involve falls from beds, chairs, baby walkers, bouncers, changing tables and high chairs. Some of these injuries are minor cuts and scrapes, but nearly 60 percent involve a bang to the head and 14 percent involve a bone fracture.
FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 -- Kids are more likely to develop asthma if their moms chug sugary drinks during pregnancy, a new study suggests.
Expectant mothers who drank an average of two sugar-sweetened beverages a day were over 60 percent more likely to have kids diagnosed with asthma when they were 7 to 9 years old than were women who drank no sugary beverages while pregnant, Harvard researchers found.
FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 -- Americans were warned repeatedly last August not to look at a highly anticipated solar eclipse with the naked eye, and now a new case study demonstrates exactly why.
A New York woman suffered severe vision damage after looking at the sun for 21 seconds during the eclipse without protective eyewear. Four hours later, she developed blurry vision in both eyes and could only see the color black.
FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 -- By knowing how to stop bleeding, you could save the life of a seriously injured person.
Analysis of mass tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 revealed that many victims could have been saved if bystanders had known how to control their bleeding, according to Dr. Justin Chandler, a trauma surgeon at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center.