No TV or Obesity, But Ancient People Still Had Heart Disease

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- They may not have had fast food, TVs or cigarettes, but people of ancient times commonly developed clogged heart arteries -- and a new research review speculates on some reasons why.

Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44.

Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two.

Different Areas of Brain Affected in Autism, Sensory Disorders

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the vast majority of kids with autism have abnormal sensory behaviors, their brains are still wired very differently from children who have trouble processing sensory stimuli, researchers report.

Gene Mutation May Make Food More Tempting

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some obese people have a genetic mutation that seems to ramp up the reward centers in their brains when they see food, researchers report.

Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are more than twice as likely as others to develop severe memory problems later in life, according to a new study.

Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Clues to whether a person is at risk for suicide could lie in a simple blood test, a new study suggests.

Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests.

Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When most children take on a task, various brain connections fire up. But scans showed less of this neuro-boosting activity in kids with autism, according to a small new study.

'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report.