Top Medical Stories of the Week – September 1, 2018

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NEW YORK – Can a vacation help you live longer? And the new alarming numbers on sexually transmitted diseased. 

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high.

A new CDC report shows nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. last year.

“After decades of decline in STDs, in recent years we have been sliding backwards,” CDC Dr. Gail Bolan says.

Most cases go undiagnosed so they go untreated. These diseases can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and increased HIV risk.

Researchers in Europe are working on a neurotransmitter that can detect when an epileptic seizure starts and stop it from progressing.

Using an electronic pump implanted on the brain, doctors were able to send a chemical to the source of the seizure to stop neurons from misfiring.  

Researchers are hopeful the technology could help patients diagnosed with brain tumors and Parkinson’s disease.

And want to live longer? A new study suggests you should take a vacation.

A study from Finland looked at more than 1,200 men over 40 years and found in one group, men who took less vacation time had a higher chance of dying.

Researchers say vacation can be a good way to relieve stress.

(Hilary Lane, CBS News)

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