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Health Highlights: April 18, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Las Vegas Could Be First U.S. City to Install Needle Vending Machines

Vending machines that dispense clean needles will available in Las Vegas starting in May, making it the first city in the United States where this type of service is available.

The goal is to reduce needle sharing among drug users in order to combat the spread of hepatitis B and C and HIV, and also possibly direct some drug users into treatment, the Los Angeles Times reported.

There will be three machines available under the pilot program coordinated by Trac-B Exchange, the Southern Nevada Health District and the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society.

In order to access the vending machines, users will have to complete a form and obtain an eight-digit identification number, Trac-B Exchange program director Rick Reich said. Each kit will include sterile syringes and needles, as well as a compartment for used needles that can be disposed of safely at the machines, the Times reported.

The clean needle kits cost less than $10 each but will be free for users.


Having an Epiphany? It's in Your Eyes

Eye movement can reveal when a person is about to have a flash of insight, researchers say.

They monitored the eye movements of 59 students at Ohio State University while they played against opponents in a complex numbers game, NBC News reported.

The researchers detected a gradual increase in eye movement just as participants were about to reach a solution, according to the study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We could see our study participants figuring out the solution through their eye movements as they considered their options," said study co-leader Ian Krajbich, an assistant professor of psychology and economics at the university, NBC News reported.

"We could predict they were about to have an epiphany before they even knew it was coming," he added.

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Posted: April 2017