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Researchers Identify Gene Mutations Linked to Blood Cancer Risk

Nikolay Suslov/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at Harvard Medical School said that as many as ten percent of adults over the age of 65 may have a gene mutation linked to the development of blood cancers.According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at two groups including a total of 29,000 patients. Patients with that particular set of gene abnormalities had a significantly increased likelihood of cancer -- an increase of 11 to 13 percent

Study Shows Promise in Development of Possible Ebola Vaccine

luiscar/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A preliminary study conducted at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center determined that a potential Ebola vaccine researchers have been working on has significant promise.Researchers published the data from the preliminary study in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The study contained 20 participants who were given the vaccine and tested about four weeks later for the presence of Ebola-specific antibodies. According to resear

US Adult Smoking Rate Falls to 18 Percent

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking rates are down again. For the first time, the number of American adults who smoke has dipped below 18 percent, or about 42 million people.For years, the nation's smoking rate had stalled at around 20 percent.Smoking is still the United States' leading cause of preventable illness.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);j

The Fire-Safety Tips You Should Be Keeping in Mind This Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The kitchen is where the holiday meal magic happens, but it can also be a danger zone, especially on Thanksgiving.Steven McGill, the battalion chief of Engine Company 9 in Jersey City, New Jersey, said Thanksgiving is typically the most dangerous day of the year.“Everybody’s cooking in the kitchen and it’s one of the few days where almost everyone is preparing a meal,” he said. “The house is more congested than normal. … So

Why Your Older Brother Still Gives You Noogies on Thanksgiving

Tanya Constantine/Blend Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s only natural for adults to slip back into their childhood personas when they get together with family, said Dr. Joe Shrand, a psychiatrist and medical director of the CASTLE treatment center in Brockton, Massachusetts."You develop patterns of behavior within the family hierarchy that are a way of jockeying for attention without directly competing in the same way," he said. "These patterns don’t just go away when you grow up

Why the Thanksgiving Turkey Isn't What It Used to Be

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The turkeys the pilgrims probably encountered when they stepped off the boat were of the wild variety. They were long, lean and somewhat gamey from a life of foraging and fleeing predators.As for the large-breasted, plump-limbed Thanksgiving turkey we enjoy today, it's a triumph of modern technology.In the late 1920s, breeders began tinkering with domesticated turkeys, which still resembled their wild cousins, so that they matured faster and grew larger. Th

Five Tips to Avoid Overindulging on Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving is every dieter's nightmare: turkey slathered in gravy, candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and buttery, and calorie-laden pecan pie.Adults gain about a pound between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they don't lose it in January, according to experts. That means that, of the pound or two a year that adults gain as they age, half of it happens over the holidays, said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the

What Not to Talk About at Thanksgiving Dinner

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s the season for a lot of things, but talking about why you're still not married isn't one of them. Thanksgiving dinner only happens once a year, so it's best to leave such uncomfortable conversations for another day, and focus on safe topics like the weather, sports or, most importantly, the turkey -- unless it's burned, but we'll get to that.Keep table talk peaceful by avoiding these taboo topics:"Somebody's Hungry!"Sure, people like to ind

There's a Whole New Set of Wrinkles to Worry About

Image Source Pink/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Frown lines. Crow's feet. Dynamic expression lines. It's enough to send a person running to the Botox needle. And now there's a whole other wrinkle to worry about. The kind that happen while you sleep.It turns out the notion of "beauty sleep" might be a farce, according to Dr. Goesel Anson, a board certified plastic surgeon."Sleep wrinkles are created by the distortion of the face when it's pressed into the pillow surface night after night," she said.But

Babies Can Retain Happy Memories

Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Do you remember anything from when you were five months old? No doubt, you don’t.In fact, babies that young would be hard pressed to recall things that happened from hour-to-hour. However, Brigham Young University psychology professor Ross Flom says that infants as young as five months old are capable of remembering things that make them happy.Flom says her study is the among the first to measure how emotions influence memory. To do so, the babies

Yogurt Shown to Reduce Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Not a yogurt fan? Here’s information that make might you one.According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, eating yogurt daily might help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.Lead author Mu Chen said her research was based on three separate large studies involving a total of 200,000 men and women ages 25-to-75 for as long as 30 years. About 15,150 people overall were diagnosed wit

CDC: Majority of Americans with HIV Don't Have It Under Control

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- Most of the 1.2 million Americans infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, did not have the disease under control in 2011, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC says that about 70 percent of those with HIV had not achieved viral suppression. What's more, just 13 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 had it under control.According to the government, it's not so much ignor

The Real Secret to Self-Control

dolgachov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Everyone is susceptible to some form of temptation and a lot of people often give in to it, sometimes with disastrous results.However, as researchers at Florida State University report, it doesn’t have to be that way, provided you know the strategy for success.It’s pretty simple, actually: just don’t get into a situation where you might lose your self-control, according to a study published in Personality and Individual Differences.

'It's Magical': Tot Hears After Getting Cochlear Implant

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- For the last six months, 2-year-old Asher Goldberg has been adjusting to sound, learning about his world, picking up words and even dancing to music.After he was born, his parents endured several months of testing before doctors confirmed that he was deaf.“It was difficult,” said his mother, Robyn Goldberg, about hearing the diagnosis. “It was very hard.”“The first thing I thought is he is not going to be able to experience music the

Coroner's Office Identifies 4th Plane Crash Victim

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Regional Forensic Science Center has positively identified the fourth person killed in last week's plane crash at Mid-Continent Airport. He's been identified as Sergey Galitskiy, 54.

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