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Science Daily - United States

New optimal screening threshold for gestational diabetes in twin pregnancies: Ideal 1-hour 50-g glucose challenge test cutoff ≥135 mg/dl

A common complication, gestational diabetes affects approximately 6-7% of pregnant women. Currently, screening is done in two steps to help identify patients most at risk; however, the suggested levels for additional testing were based on singleton pregnancy data. Now investigators have analyzed data from twin pregnancies and have determined that the optimal first step cutoff for additional screening appears to be a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 135 mg/dL for women carrying twins.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 8:49 pm

Heart’s own immune cells can help it heal

The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research. In a mouse model of heart failure, the researchers showed that blocking the bone marrow’s macrophages from entering the heart protects the organ’s beneficial pool of macrophages, allowing them to remain in the heart, where they promote regeneration and recovery. The findings may have implications for treating heart failure in humans.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 7:06 pm

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalence in U.S. revealed by study

Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children may be affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. FASD are a group of conditions that can occur in the children of mothers who drank alcohol during pregnancy. Characteristics are both physical and cognitive and can include abnormal facial features, smaller-than-average physical growth, poor coordination, learning disabilities and vision and hearing problems.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 7:06 pm

Hygienic funerals, better protection for health workers offer best chance to stop Ebola

Hygienic funeral practices, case isolation, contact tracing with quarantines, and better protection for health care workers are the keys to stopping the Ebola epidemic that continues to expand in West Africa, researchers said in a new report. They said broad implementation of aggressive measures they recommend could lead to its control in Liberia, the focal point, by mid-March.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 6:22 pm

Genetic factors behind surviving or dying from Ebola shown in mouse study

A newly developed mouse model suggests that genetic factors are behind the mild-to-deadly range of responses to the Ebola virus. The frequency of different manifestations of the disease across the lines of these mice are similar in variety and proportion to the spectrum of clinical disease observed in the 2014 West African outbreak. The new mouse model might be useful in testing candidate therapeutics and vaccines for Ebola, and in finding genetic markers for susceptibility and resistance to the disease.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 6:22 pm

High-intensity sound waves may aid regenerative medicine

Researchers have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative medicine’s significant obstacles.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 6:19 pm

What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom’s socioeconomic background

Dietary patterns of babies vary according to the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers, pediatrics researchers have found. For example, babies whose diet included more breastfeeding and solid foods that adhere to infant guidelines from international and pediatric organizations were associated with higher household income — generally above $60,000 per year — and mothers with higher educational levels ranging from some college to post-graduate education.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 5:35 pm


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Indian Express - India

Anxiety linked to higher risk of stroke

Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health problems.

Posted on 20 December 2013 @ 10:38 am

Chewing gum can give kids migraine

Until now there has been little medical research on the relationship between gum chewing and headaches.

Posted on 20 December 2013 @ 10:36 am

New technique to diagnose autism in babies

Barbaro is training medical experts around the globe in the use of her diagnostic method.

Posted on 14 December 2013 @ 9:37 am

HIV may up risk of heart disease

Study shows an association between the presence of HIV virus in the blood and cardiac disease.

Posted on 12 December 2013 @ 10:18 am

Exercising regularly can prevent dementia

No. of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble and reach 135 million by 2050.

Posted on 10 December 2013 @ 7:52 am

Indian Cancer Congress calls for change in narcotic regulations in India

Narcotic regulations prevents easy access to pain relieving medications to cancer patients.

Posted on 7 December 2013 @ 10:40 am

US warns of problems with Philips heart devices

The recall affects about 700,000 defibrillators sold between 2005 and 2012.

Posted on 4 December 2013 @ 6:08 am

BBC - Great Britain

VIDEO: Wine vs doughnut: The hidden calories in booze

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:57 am

VIDEO: The makeshift ‘protection’ for Ebola

The BBC’s Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:32 am

VIDEO: Becoming a mother at 70 in India

The BBC’s Divya Arya reports from India, where women of 60 and 70 are becoming mothers for the first time.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 10:01 am

VIDEO: No hugs for Ebola volunteers

The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 9:32 am

A South Sudanese psychiatrist’s Herculean task

Meet one of only two psychiatrists in war-ravaged South Sudan

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 1:14 am

Ebola cases ‘slowing in Liberia’

The WHO says Liberia, the country hardest hit in the Ebola outbreak, has seen a decline in infections, but warns the crisis is far from over.

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 8:40 pm

Ebola: The right to refuse to treat

A doctor’s right to refuse to treat

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 11:24 am

Yahoo - United States

Siemens seen picking EQT for hearing aids next week

MUNICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Siemens is likely to pick EQT next week to buy its hearing aids unit for about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), two sources familiar with the matter said. Danish hearing aid maker GN Store Nord was also in the running. Private equity firm Permira, which had been interested, is now out of the race, another source close to the matter said. Siemens’ board is expected to make a decision on the matter next Wednesday, all three sources said. Siemens and EQT declined to comment. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 9:30 am

Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Hagel ordered military men and women helping fight Ebola to undergo 21-day quarantines that start upon their return _ instead of their last exposure to an Ebola patient. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 9:26 am

BOJ shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows

Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda walks into a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in TokyoBy Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. The jolt from the BOJ, which had been expected to maintain its level of asset purchases, came as the government signaled its readiness to ramp up spending to boost the economy and as the government pension fund, the world's largest, was set to increase purchases of domestic and foreign stocks. …


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:37 am

China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) – China will dispatch an elite unit from the People’s Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. Washington has led the international drive to stop the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, sending thousands of troops and committing about $1 billion, but Beijing has faced criticism for not doing enough. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:36 am

APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A government watchdog agency says Medicare’s prescription drug program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem seems to have started with a bureaucratic rule now getting a second look. A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services inspector general says Medicare has been allowing payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient’s death. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:24 am

Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:24 am

India considers ban on e-cigarettes, sale of single smokes

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official told Reuters. The World Health Organization (WHO) in August called for stiff regulation of e-cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, in the latest bid to control the booming $3 billion global market. Such devices use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapor but there is a lack of long-term scientific research that confirms they are safe. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 7:38 am

Time - United States

9 Photos of Molten Lava Destruction From Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

Lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island flowed close enough to residents this week that officials warned of evacuations. See how the lava continues to creep closer to civilization and threaten the village of Pahoa

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 5:40 pm

Asteroid in a Bag? Bag it, Says MIT Space Scientist

NASA’s next great manned mission has always sounded like something of a fever dream. There may be a better way to do the same work.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 5:01 pm

Watch an Exclusive Interstellar Clip With Matthew McConaughey

Cooper faces some dubious realities in this exclusive first look at Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 10:40 am

See an Astronaut’s Minimalist Photo of a Sunrise

Ever wondered what sunrise looks like from space?

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 10:45 pm

#TheBrief: Ebola Quarantines Get Political

While the federal government works to contain Ebola in the U.S., states are taking matters into their own hands—and butting heads with the White House and the CDC in the process. The attempt to contain the spread of Ebola in the United States is becoming political, with governors imposing varying, stringent, and sometimes unclear quarantine…

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 9:31 pm

Space Company’s Stock Plummets to Earth After Rocket Explodes During Liftoff

The company whose rocket exploded in a massive fireball about 200 feet in the air Tuesday is taking a beating on the stock market. Shares for Orbital Sciences are down 15% in early morning trading after the company’s unmanned spacecraft, the Antares, malfunctioned just moments into its attempted journey to deliver supplies to the International…

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Cause Sought for Space-Supply Rocket Explosion

(ATLANTIC, Va.) — The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials. Crews planned to hit the…

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 10:50 am

Mayo Clinic - United States

Flu tracker

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 12:00 am

Asthma: Limit asthma attacks caused by colds or flu

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Medical history: Compiling your medical family tree

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Foreign object inhaled: First aid

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Staying healthy in school: Kid-friendly tips

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Thanksgiving recipes: Delicious and healthy options

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Hand-washing: Do’s and don’ts

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am


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