Science Daily - United States

Fracking industry wells associated with premature birth

Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, new research suggests.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 3:05 pm

Sex change hormonal treatments alter brain chemistry

Hormonal treatments administered as part of the procedures for sex reassignment have well-known and well-documented effects on the secondary sexual characteristics of the adult body, shifting a recipient’s physical appearance to that of the opposite sex. New research indicates that these hormonal treatments also alter brain chemistry.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 3:05 pm

Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing

Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don’t really look lifelike. Inspired by both nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger that looks, feels and works like the real thing. Using shape memory alloy, a 3D CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer and a unique thermal training technique, this robotic finger could ultimately be adapted for use as a prosthetic device, such as on a prosthetic hand.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:40 pm

Living in fear: Mental disorders as risk factors for chronic pain in teenagers

One in four young people have experienced chronic pain and a mental disorder. According to a new report, the onset of pain is often preceded by mental disorders: an above-average rate of incidence of depression, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders occurs before the onset of headaches, back pain and neck pain.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:39 pm

Treating aortic aneurysms through virtual reality

Virtual models can be created in the angiography room thanks to an approach developed by researchers and the university’s departments of radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:37 pm

Up to one billion people at risk of blindness by 2050

5 billion are expected to be myopic (short-sighted) by 2050, scientists say, adding that nearly 1 billion high myopes are at risk of blindness by 2050. Parents are urged to have their children’s eyes checked and get them outdoors and moderate time using electronic devices. Governments are called on to fund research and interventions.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:37 pm

Gut microorganisms cause gluten-induced pathology in mouse model of celiac disease

Investigators interested in celiac disease have wondered why only 2 to 5 percent of genetically susceptible individuals develop the disease. Attention has focused on whether environmental determinants, including gut microorganisms, contribute to the development of celiac disease. Using a humanized mouse model of gluten sensitivity, a new study has found that the gut microbiome can play an important role in the body’s response to gluten.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:37 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

Flu drug given out "indiscriminately"

The antiviral drug Tamiflu was handed out “indiscriminately” during the last swine flu outbreak, a leading panel of UK scientists warns.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 1:18 am

Heart attack test ‘cuts hospital stays’

A blood test can more than halve the number of people admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack, say doctors.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 11:14 pm

First week with no new Ebola cases

The three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola epidemic record their first week with no new cases since the outbreak began in March 2014.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 7:47 pm

VIDEO: ‘We drank during our pregnancies’

A new report advises pregnant women to avoid alcohol completely. Two mothers who drank while expecting give their reaction.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 3:03 pm

VIDEO: Toddler’s head re-attached to spine

A toddler is expected to make a full recovery after a near-fatal car accident caused his head to detach from his spine.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 10:15 am

DNA repair wins chemistry Nobel

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded for discoveries in DNA repair.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 9:51 am

Ovarian transplants are ‘safe option’

Ovarian transplants are a safe and effective way for women who have had cancer to have their own children, a study suggests.

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 2:24 am

Yahoo - United States

Snoring, apnea linked to diabetes risk in older adults

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – Seniors with nighttime breathing issues like snoring or sleep apnea often have high blood sugar and may be almost twice as likely as sound sleepers to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study. Findings from some 6,000 U.S. adults who were followed for up to 10 years suggest that doctors may want to monitor blood sugar in older patients with sleep-disordered breathing, researchers say. “Recent evidence suggests that diabetes patients have a higher prevalence of sleep disturbances than the general population,” lead author Linn Beate Strand said by email.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 3:35 pm

Roche drug may set new benchmark in MS, data suggest

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in ShanghaiRoche's big new drug hope ocrelizumab cut multiple sclerosis relapses by nearly 50 percent compared with the older product Rebif in two large clinical trials, underscoring its potential in the main relapsing form of the disease. Ocrelizumab also cut clinical disability by nearly a quarter in a separate study of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), which affects around 15 percent of patients and for which there is currently no approved treatment. The Swiss company had previously said its new drug worked in both settings but the scale of effect is only being disclosed this week at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis congress in Barcelona.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 3:32 pm

License of nurse who reused syringes for flu shots suspended

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey has had her license temporarily suspended.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 3:13 pm

Hungary hopes to decide Croatian border closure in a week

Migrants walk towards the Hungarian border after arriving at the train station in BotovoHungary will decide in a week whether to close its border with Croatia, where a double fence to stop a massive flow of migrants through the country is "99 percent finished," a top government official said on Thursday. Hungary has seen more than 330,000 migrants pass through its territory so far this year, Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, told journalists on Thursday, and the government wants to put an end to the flow. About 6,000 migrants are passing through daily now, officials say, coming over the border from Croatia and being sent directly to Austria.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 2:38 pm

In boost for transplants, kidney tissue grown in lab

In boost for transplants, kidney tissue grown in labScientists said Wednesday they had grown rudimentary human kidney tissue from stem cells, a key step towards the Holy Grail of fully-functional, lab-made transplant organs. The researchers from Australia and the Netherlands grew their "kidney-like structure" from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells — adult cells reprogrammed into a neutral state from which they can be coaxed to develop into other cell types. Given the critical shortage of donor organs to replace those damaged by accident or disease, it has long been a goal of science to create human organs from stem cells.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 1:28 pm

Mixup Leads Florida Woman to Glue Eye Shut

Katie Gaydos was mistakenly given fingernail glue instead of eye drops by her friend after a piece of debris landed in her eye.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 1:19 pm

33 MSF staff, patients still missing after US Kunduz air strike

MSF general director Christopher Stokes arrives for a press conference at the MSF office in Kabul on October 8, 2015Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a catastrophic US air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that has prompted international outrage, medical charity Doctors Without Borders said Thursday. Of the missing, nine are patients and 24 are staff, according to Guilhem Molinie, country representative for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan. "We are still in shock," Molinie told a press conference in Kabul.

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 1:13 pm

Time - United States

California Wants Renewable Energy For Half Its Power By 2030

“What has been the source of our prosperity now becomes the source of our ultimate destruction, if we don’t get off it”

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 10:05 am

Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for DNA Repair Work

Their work “has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions”

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 10:44 am

Google and Israel May Be Heading to the Moon

A nonprofit startup is the most promising competitor for Google’s Lunar XPrize

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 10:00 am

See the First Photo Ever Taken in Space Colorized

The result takes us out of this world

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 9:08 pm

Here’s What You Need to Know About This Week’s Draconid Meteor Shower

Expect to see the most meteors fall on Oct 8

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 4:53 pm

How a Vaccine Is Like a Banana — and Why That’s Good

The antivax crowd is forever daring people to read the fine print on vaccine packages. O.K., let’s do that

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 4:40 pm

See the Real Mars Locations Visited in The Martian

Fact and fiction blurs further in these photos that capture actual locations as described in Andy Weir’s best-selling book, The Martian

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 1:55 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Chart of high-fiber foods

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

Prenatal testing: Quick guide to common tests

Posted on 8 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

Teen smoking: How to help your teen quit

Posted on 7 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

Breast-feeding support: How a partner can help

Posted on 3 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?

Posted on 3 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

Cholesterol-lowering supplements may be helpful

Posted on 3 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

Weight loss: Gain control of emotional eating

Posted on 3 October 2015 @ 12:00 am

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