Science Daily - United States

Impact of childhood bullying still evident after 40 years

The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to new research. The study is the first to look at the effects of bullying beyond early adulthood. Just over a quarter of children in the study (28%) had been bullied occasionally, and 15% bullied frequently — similar to rates in the UK today. Individuals who were bullied in childhood were more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and cognitive functioning at age 50. Individuals who were frequently bullied in childhood were at an increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 1:25 am

Recalculating costs of combination vaccines

One of the most popular vaccine brands for children may not be the most cost-effective choice. And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what is actually a more expensive option, according to a new study. The researchers encourage physicians and advisory boards to take all factors into account when determining how to administer the best combination of vaccines for the lowest cost.

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 11:20 pm

Multitarget TB drug could treat other diseases, evade resistance

A drug under clinical trials to treat tuberculosis could be the basis for a class of broad-spectrum drugs that act against various bacteria, fungal infections and parasites, yet evade resistance, according to a study. The team determined the different ways the drug SQ109 attacks the tuberculosis bacterium, how the drug can be tweaked to target other pathogens from yeast to malaria — and how targeting multiple pathways reduces the probability of pathogens becoming resistant.

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 11:20 pm

Target for treating dengue fever discovered

New research may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines for dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses. More than 40 percent of people around the world are at risk of being bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus that causes Dengue fever and more than 100 million people are infected. This new work explains how flaviviruses produce a unique RNA molecule that leads to disease.

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 11:17 pm

How the immune system protects children from malaria

Children who live in regions of the world where malaria is common can mount an immune response to infection with malaria parasites that may enable them to avoid repeated bouts of high fever and illness and partially control the growth of malaria parasites in their bloodstream. The findings may help researchers develop future interventions that prevent or mitigate the disease caused by the malaria parasite.

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 11:17 pm

Malaria pathogen’s cellular skeleton under super-microscope

The tropical disease malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. For its survival and propagation, Plasmodium requires a protein called actin. Scientists used high-resolution structural biology methods to investigate the different versions of this protein in the parasite. Their results may in the future contribute to the development of tailor-made drugs against malaria — a disease that causes more than half a million deaths per year.

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 11:17 pm

Gene variant raises risk for aortic tear, rupture

The significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture has been confirmed by researchers. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear — dissection — or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment. Therefore, better identification of patients at risk for aortic aneurysm and dissection is considered essential.

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 11:17 pm

MSN Health - United States

Same-Sex Parents May Face Harsher Criticism Than Others

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More Genetic Insights Into 3 Types of Cancer

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Health Highlights: March 27, 2013

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Vitamin D Important During Pregnancy, Study Suggests

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Too Few Americans Pass Last Days in Hospice Care: CDC

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Paranoia Common After Mugging, Study Says

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Health Tip: Get More Iron

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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

Foreign doctors ‘need tougher tests’

Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 12:03 pm

VIDEO: Babylab studies development of ADHD

Scientists at a London laboratory carry out tests to try to discover how and why some people develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 2:22 pm

Should drug firms make payments to doctors?

Does it matter that drug firms give doctors money and gifts?

Posted on 16 April 2014 @ 11:46 pm

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions

A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.

Posted on 16 April 2014 @ 11:00 pm

Beard trend ‘guided by evolution’

The boom and bust of men’s beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

Posted on 16 April 2014 @ 9:56 am

‘Terror’ of patient’s op wake-up

A patient who awoke from an anaesthetic minutes before major surgery speaks of the “terrifying” experience.

Posted on 15 April 2014 @ 3:43 pm

Bombing couple still Boston strong

Boston marathon bombing survivors cope with aftermath

Posted on 15 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Yahoo - United States

NJ Mumps Victims Were Vaccinated, Officials Say

At least eight students have contacted the virus.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 6:11 pm

New Bill Aims to Curb Overzealous Photoshopping

Could this mark an end to overzealous photoshopping of models?

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 5:54 pm

Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 5:13 pm

Baby Can’t Open Mouth in Medical Mystery

The Scott family started a website to find out what’s wrong with baby Wyatt.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 5:08 pm

Exclusive: Biogen prices hemophilia drug on par with older therapies

The company's name is displayed on a billboard near the headquarters of Biogen Idec Inc. in CambridgeBiogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly-approved long-acting hemophilia drug to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually. The move could pressure rivals such as Pfizer Inc to lower prices for existing hemophilia treatments, which provide patients with life-saving infusions of a blood clotting agent, according to doctors and industry analysts. Biogen last month won U.S. and Canadian approval for Alprolix to treat hemophilia B, the more rare form of the condition that affects about 4,000 people in the United States and about 25,000 worldwide. The company is awaiting a decision on another drug to treat hemophilia A, a more common form of the disease, expected to come in the next few months.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 5:04 pm

Watch: 8 Mumps Cases Reported at NJ College

Stevens Institute of Technology reports eight cases despite students having been fully vaccinated.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 4:17 pm

Flavored cigars appeal to youth: study

Cigars ready to put in boxes are pictured at the H. Upmann factory in HavanaBy Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavored cigars, according to a new study. "The cigar market is the most heavily flavored of all tobacco products," said Cristine D. Delnevo, who led the research. "For decades, tobacco industry internal documents have highlighted that flavors appeal to youth and young people." Delnevo, who directs the Center for Tobacco Surveillance & Evaluation Research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, and colleagues from the National Institutes of Health investigated recent market and survey data on flavored cigar use among young people. Delnevo and her coauthors analyzed an annual survey of drug and alcohol use among Americans ages 12 and up.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 3:06 pm

Time - United States

NASA’s Lunar Satellite Intentionally Crashes Into Back Side of the Moon

Probably vaporizing instantly, as planned.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 3:17 pm

The Reason We Can’t Find MH 370 Is Because We’re Basically Blind

We can see countless millions of miles into the blackness of space, but a 3-mile depth in the ocean is testing the very limits of our technology because most of it just doesn’t work underwater

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 5:06 am

Your Baby Is a Racist—and Why You Can Live With That

From humanity’s earliest era, we had evolved to distinguish in-groups from out-groups and to assign powerful value to those differences. Call it racism, but it helped us survive

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 8:51 pm

Astronomers Spot Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

(LOS ANGELES) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. MoreAlmost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could Be a Lot…

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 8:46 pm

Fish Found with Mercury in Remote Western Regions

(FRESNO, Calif.) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service said that most fish they caught had acceptable levels of mercury, but 4…

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 8:37 pm

The Rapture of the Nerds

A new religion has set out to store memories for centuries and deliver its believers into a world where our souls can outlive our selves

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 6:02 pm

Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could Be a Lot Like Ours

The best place to look for extraterrestrial life would be on worlds with a size and composition like our own. Astronomers have now discovered what may be the Earthiest planet yet—and there are surely more out there

Posted on 17 April 2014 @ 6:01 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Automated external defibrillators: Do you need an AED?

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Pain medications after surgery

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Urinary incontinence surgery in women: The next step

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Cancer survival rate: What it means for your prognosis

No one can predict the future, but cancer survival rates can give you an idea of your prognosis. Should you pay attention to them?

Posted on 15 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Bloating, belching and intestinal gas: How to avoid them

Posted on 15 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Family planning: Get the facts about pregnancy spacing

How close is too close when it comes to timing pregnancies? Consider the impact pregnancy spacing can have on your health and your baby’s health.

Posted on 15 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

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