Science Daily - United States

Zika virus and health systems in Brazil: From unknown to a menace

A new article examines the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil and the Americas. On February 1, 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared clusters of birth defects suspected of being linked to an epidemic of Zika virus in the Americas as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). 

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 8:15 pm

Research points to a new treatment for pancreatic cancer

Researchers have shown how controlling cholesterol metabolism in pancreatic cancer cells reduces metastasis, pointing to a potential new treatment using drugs previously developed for atherosclerosis.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 8:14 pm

Are low wages an occupational health hazard?

Low wages should be recognized as an occupational health threat, according to a new editorial. The authors believe that low wages should be considered among the psychosocial factors — such as long work hours and high job strain — identified as occupational risks to health.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Mapping the circuit of our internal clock

Researchers have shown for the first time how neurons in the SCN are connected to each other, shedding light on this vital area of the brain. Understanding this structure — and how it responds to disruption — is important for tackling illnesses like diabetes and posttraumatic stress disorder. The scientists have also found that disruption to these rhythms such as shifts in work schedules or blue light exposure at night can negatively impact overall health.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 7:26 pm

Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common

Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment has found.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 7:26 pm

Early warning: Current Japanese encephalitis vaccine might not protect

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of viral encephalitis (infection of the brain) in Asia. There is no specific treatment for Japanese encephalitis (JE) which can cause death or serious long-term disability, and WHO recommends JEV vaccination in all areas where the disease is recognized as a public health priority. A new study suggests that current vaccines may fail to protect individuals against an emerging strain of the virus.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 7:26 pm

Children with autism learn new words much like others do, study finds

Children with autism are capable of learning new words the same way any child would—by following someone’s gaze as they name an object. They just take longer to pick up the skill, new research suggests.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 5:20 pm

MSN Health - United States

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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

Fat Labradors give clues to obesity

Genes are partly to blame for some dogs getting fat, say scientists who have studied Labrador retrievers.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 5:02 pm

Woman awarded $55m in talc cancer case

A US jury court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $55m (£40m) to a woman who woman who says its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 9:23 am

Rich and poor lifespan gap ‘widening’

The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since the 1870s, research suggests.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 1:44 am

Breast cancer genetic discovery hailed

Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer, which they hope will unlock new ways of treating the disease.

Posted on 2 May 2016 @ 3:59 pm

Families ‘not told’ of resuscitation orders

Medical staff have placed “do not resuscitate” orders on thousands of patients in England without telling their families, an audit suggests.

Posted on 2 May 2016 @ 2:37 pm

Scientists raise fear of higher Zika risk

The Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, affecting the babies of up to 20% of pregnant women who contract it, scientists in Brazil tell the BBC.

Posted on 2 May 2016 @ 10:31 am

New prostate cancer drugs ‘promising’

A new type of cancer drug could benefit men with aggressive prostate cancer which is no longer responding to treatment, say researchers.

Posted on 1 May 2016 @ 11:12 pm

Yahoo - United States

California chef brings cannabis to fine dining

Chef Sayegh holds marijuana buds and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) oils as he poses in his kitchen in Los AngelesCannabis may join the herb and spice rack in California kitchens as the most populous U.S. state prepares for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in November. Chef Chris Sayegh is leading the way by taking haute cuisine to a higher place with his cannabis-infused menus in private homes for as much as $500 a head, or in "pop-up" banquets around Los Angeles for $20 to $200 a person. For now, diners must show their medical marijuana cards.

Posted on 4 May 2016 @ 3:40 am

U.S. to end bid to close major California pot dispensary: lawyers

Federal prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a four-year-old forfeiture case in northern California aimed at shutting down the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, attorneys for the clinic said on Tuesday. The deal was reached in talks between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the San Francisco Bay area and the Oakland-based Harborside Health Center, and it is expected to be filed in court in a matter of days, said Henry Wykowski, an attorney for Harborside.

Posted on 4 May 2016 @ 3:22 am

Zika fears over baseball games in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico reported its first Zika case -- known as the index patient -- in NovemberThe fate of two Major League Baseball games due to take place in Puerto Rico later this month hung in the balance amid fears over the Zika virus. The Major League Baseball Players Association said it was holding ongoing discussions with league chiefs over a pair of matches between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins in San Juan on May 30-31. The report said players from the Pirates and the Marlins had banded together to request the games be moved to Miami.

Posted on 4 May 2016 @ 3:01 am

California senate approves bill ending mandatory prostitution sentences

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California would repeal mandatory jail time for convicted prostitutes under a bill approved by the state Senate amid growing concern that many are victims of human trafficking or addicts who need treatment. The measure by Senator William Monning, a Democrat, reflects a growing national conversation about whether people who exchange sex for money should be viewed as victims rather than as criminals, along with a movement in California to end mandatory sentencing for non-violent offenders. “As we learn more, particularly about women who engage in prostitution, we’re learning more and more about human trafficking,” Monning said.

Posted on 4 May 2016 @ 1:09 am

Company recalls frozen vegetables linked to listeria

SEATTLE (AP) — A Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.

Posted on 4 May 2016 @ 1:02 am

Musician Kidjo, African activists win human rights award

Angelique Kidjo poses with her award during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los AngelesAmnesty International has given its top 2016 human rights award to Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo and to three African youth activist movements for their work standing up to injustice, the organization announced on Wednesday. Benin-born Kidjo and groups Y’en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown "exceptional courage," Amnesty said. "(They) have all proved themselves to be bold advocates for human rights, using their talents to inspire others," Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary general, said in a statement.

Posted on 4 May 2016 @ 12:39 am

Zika concerns could see MLB cancel Puerto Rico series

MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves(Reuters) – A pair of Major League Baseball games scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico later this month could be relocated due to growing concerns over the Zika virus in the area, the MLB Players Association said on Tuesday. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play two games in San Juan on May 30-31 but the series is in doubt with nearly 700 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico. Zika, a virus known to cause the birth defect microcephaly, first began spreading in Puerto Rico in December.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 11:54 pm

Time - United States

See Animal Specimens in Stereoscopic 3D Photos

Photographer Jim Naughten has turned his fascination with the natural world into a 3D series

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 8:00 am

Here Are the Three Planets Most Likely to Harbor Alien Life

A trio of worlds around a very dim star may have all of the right conditions for biology

Posted on 2 May 2016 @ 4:43 pm

Scientists Found an Asteroid From the Time of Earth’s Formation

“It has been preserved in the best freezer there is”

Posted on 2 May 2016 @ 1:09 pm

Warm Temperatures Aren’t the Only Thing Killing the World’s Coral Reefs

Reefs in Miami have been hit hard by dredging

Posted on 2 May 2016 @ 11:41 am

Kenya Will Burn Over $100 Million in Ivory to Combat Poaching

Authorities and conservationists are hoping to send a message to poachers

Posted on 29 April 2016 @ 3:47 pm

Zika Emergency Funding Remains Stalled in Congress

The Senate adjourned for a week-long recess without agreeing on Zika funding

Posted on 29 April 2016 @ 3:46 pm

This Trippy Jellyfish Is Like Something From a Dream

Watch as it prepares to ambush its prey

Posted on 29 April 2016 @ 3:37 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 12:00 am

Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan

This heart-healthy eating plan emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 12:00 am

Exercising with osteoporosis: Stay active the safe way

Choosing the right exercises and performing them correctly can help minimize the effects of osteoporosis. Find out what types of exercises are best.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 12:00 am

Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics

How often do you need to replace your toothbrush? Is mouth rinse necessary? Get the facts on how to keep your smile healthy.

Posted on 3 May 2016 @ 12:00 am

Oral health: A window to your overall health

Posted on 30 April 2016 @ 12:00 am

Diabetes treatment: Using insulin to manage blood sugar

Understanding how insulin affects your blood sugar can help you better manage your condition.

Posted on 29 April 2016 @ 12:00 am

DASH diet: Tips for shopping and cooking

The DASH diet doesn’t have to be difficult. These tips can help you shop and cook according to DASH diet principles.

Posted on 29 April 2016 @ 12:00 am

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