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Healthier diets may be a factor in the ongoing decline in cholesterol levels for Americans

Levels of Total, LDL Cholesterol Continue to Fall in the U.S.

Eliminating trans fats from the U.S. diet may be one factor in this healthy trend
The first case of an infant who developed glaucoma after being exposed to the Zika virus while in the womb has been reported by an international team of researchers. The case was reported online Nov. 30 in Ophthalmology.

Infant Diagnosed With First Case of Zika-Related Glaucoma

Brazilian baby developed condition after being exposed to virus in womb
Although there was a significant increase in the use of syringe services programs -- more commonly known as needle exchange programs -- across the United States over the past decade

CDC: Needle Exchange Program Usage Up Significantly

Yet, many drug users still share needles sometimes, researchers find
The experimental drug CB-839 shows promise in treating kidney cancer

Drug Shows Promise in Clear Cell, Papillary Renal Cell Cancer

93 percent had tumor growth controlled for median of more than eight months, researchers report
Reduced productivity and an increased mortality risk linked to lack of sleep among U.S. workers cost the nation's economy as much as $411 billion a year

Lack of Sleep Can Cost a Country’s Economy Dearly

More than $411 billion a year lost in U.S. due to lower productivity levels
A gene mutation has been identified that could be associated with early-onset Parkinson's disease

Gene Mutation Linked to Early-Onset Parkinson’s Disease

Mutated GCH1 gene tied to 23 percent increased risk of Parkinson's; symptoms five years earlier
Primary care doctors should offer counseling about healthy lifestyle habits to prevent heart disease even to adults who have a low or average risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Heart-Healthy Habits Should Also Be Promoted to Low-Risk Patients

USPSTF encourages primary care professionals to individualize this counseling
Religious experiences appear to trigger the brain's reward system as evidenced by radiological findings

Spiritual Experiences Appear to Affect Neural Reward Circuits

Nucleus accumbens, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and frontal attentional regions also affected
Statins seem not to be associated with the risk of colorectal adenoma

Meta-Analysis: Statins Cut Risk of Advanced Colorectal Adenoma

In meta-analysis, statin use linked to reduced risk of advanced, but not any colorectal adenoma
Maternal influenza infection during pregnancy is not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder

No Link for Maternal Flu Infection, Increased ASD Risk

Suggestion of increased risk for children whose mothers were vaccinated in their first trimester