Science Daily - United States

Latent HIV may lurk in ‘quiet’ immune cells, research suggests

HIV can lie dormant in infected cells for years, even decades. Scientists think unlocking the secrets of this viral reservoir may make it possible to cure, not just treat, HIV. Researchers have gained new insight on which immune cells likely do, and do not, harbor this latent virus.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 7:23 pm

Stress shared by same-sex couples can have unique health impacts

Minority stress — which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society — affects same-sex couples’ stress levels and overall health, research indicates. Authors of a new study state that the health effects of minority stress shared by a couple can be understood as distinct from individual stress, a new framework in the field.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 6:28 pm

Research uncovers connection between Craigslist personals, HIV trends

Craigslist’s entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research. When mapped at the national level, more than 6,000 HIV cases annually and treatment costs estimated between $62 million and $65.3 million can be linked to the popular website, the authors state.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 6:28 pm

Study links deficiency of cellular housekeeping gene with aggressive forms of breast cancer

A strong link between the most aggressive type of breast cancer and a gene that regulates the body’s natural cellular recycling process, called autophagy, has been uncovered by researchers.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 6:28 pm

DNA nanoswitches reveal how life’s molecules connect

‘Bio-molecular interaction analysis, a cornerstone of biomedical research, is traditionally accomplished using equipment that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,’ said the senior author of a new study. ‘Rather than develop a new instrument, we’ve created a nanoscale tool made from strands of DNA that can detect and report how molecules behave, enabling biological measurements to be made by almost anyone, using only common and inexpensive laboratory reagents.’

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 5:18 pm

Ethicists question impact of hospital advertising

Ethicists question the impact of health information that is available online, specifically hospital advertisements, and argue that while the Internet offers patients valuable data and tools — including hospital quality ratings and professional treatment guidelines – that may help them when facing decisions about where to seek care or whether to undergo a medical procedure, reliable and unbiased information may be hard to identify among the growing number of medical care advertisements online.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 5:18 pm

‘Vast Majority’ of Neurosurgeons Practice Defensive Medicine

More than three-fourths of US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine–performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, new research reports.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 5:16 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

Bedtime ‘has huge impact on sport’

Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 5:28 am

Child obesity rates ‘levelling off’

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 12:04 am

VIDEO: ‘New generation’ drug research plan

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 10:26 am

VIDEO: Measles outbreak blamed on parents

The US has been measles-free for 15 years but there has been a new outbreak, which started at Disneyland in California.

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 9:44 am

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 5:55 am

VIDEO: Veteran news anchor reveals he has ALS

Veteran US news presenter Larry Stogner has revealed he has an incurable neurological disease live on air.

Posted on 28 January 2015 @ 6:18 pm

E. coli found in Winnipeg water

Residents in the Canadian city of Winnipeg have been instructed to boil their drinking water after testing found E. coli and other bacteria in the water supply.

Posted on 28 January 2015 @ 5:14 pm

Yahoo - United States

Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A second hospital patient in Sacramento, California, tested negative for the Ebola virus on Friday, the hospital reported, hours after the first was found to be free of the deadly disease at a nearby medical center. Both individuals were said to have been at low-risk of contracting Ebola before their test results came back. Public health officials have not said whether the two cases were linked in any way. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said its patient, admitted on Wednesday, would now be discharged. …

Posted on 31 January 2015 @ 12:09 am

Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug

(Reuters) – Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia. The decision was announced after the company’s discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Brincidofovir was given to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, who later succumbed to the infection.

Posted on 31 January 2015 @ 12:02 am

U.S. congressman from Mississippi has inoperable brain tumor: spokesman

(Reuters) – U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, has been told by doctors he has a new tumor and it is inoperable, a spokesman for the Republican congressman said on Friday. Nunnelee, who was elected to his third term in November, suffered a stroke while in surgery to remove a tumor in June. “After seven months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed last Friday that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible,” Morgan Baldwin, a longtime Nunnelee consultant, said in a statement.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 10:56 pm

Ex-Super Bowl champ Leonard Marshall to teach about concussions

A football helmet's health warning sticker is pictured between a U.S. flag and the number 55, in memory of former student and NFL player Junior Seau, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in OceansideTwo-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall is teaming up with the lawyer who first sued the NFL over concussions to form an educational road show on how to avoid and treat head injuries in sports. The target audience for the Brain Unity Trust is players, coaches and organizations, said Marshall, who suffers from CTE-related illnesses, perhaps from concussions during his 12 seasons as a defensive lineman in the National Football League in the 1980s and '90s. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain often found in athletes who suffered repetitive brain trauma.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 10:47 pm

Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like ‘Prisoners’

Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoners'The father of man stabbed to death by his roommate in a southern California hospital psych ward won $3 million in punitive damages this week against the hospital where his son died. "Mentally challenged individuals have just as many rights as other people," Joseph Camacho, 79, told ABC News. His son, Dean Camacho, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was attacked at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley, California, by his roommate, Jerry Romansky in 2011, according to court documents. Though rooms throughout the hospital were equipped with emergency buzzers, they had been disabled in the mental health wing, according to Joseph Camacho's lawyer, John Marcin.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 10:45 pm

FDA approves Shire’s Vyvanse for binge-eating disorder

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Shire Plc’s stimulant Vyvanse to treat binge-eating disorder, the first product to be approved for the condition. Vyvanse, which is currently approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, generated sales of more than $1 billion in the first nine months of last year. Dr. Flemming Ornskov, the company’s chief executive officer, said in an interview that Shire’s goal is to generate overall sales of $10 billion by 2020.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 10:37 pm

Suspected Ebola patient in California tests negative for virus

Hours after a suspected Ebola patient in Sacramento was found to be free of the virus, a second person hospitalized in California’s capital was reported by public health officials on Friday to be undergoing evaluation and testing for the disease. The second patient was admitted to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center on Wednesday, a day before the earlier patient came to light, and like the previous case is considered to be at low risk of having contracted the deadly virus, the hospital said in a statement. There was no immediate word on whether the two cases were linked or whether the second patient had traveled recently in West Africa, the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, as had the first. The previous patient was transferred to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from another hospital in Sacramento on Thursday after exhibiting unspecified Ebola-like symptoms, health officials said.

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 10:29 pm

Time - United States

How Science Could Determine Who Wins the Super Bowl

A football science expert on how coaches can minimize randomness and take risks

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 4:18 pm

New Dragon-Like Dinosaur Discovered in China

The Qijianglong has a neck that’s half the length of its body

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 2:33 pm

How Climate Change Leads to Volcanoes (Really)

A new study reveals one more consequence of our messing with the environment

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 11:44 pm

Most Americans and Scientists Tend to Disagree, Survey Finds

And that’s not a good thing, scientists say

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 9:54 pm

IBM Thinks it Can Make Your Food Safer: Will it Work?

IBM plans to sequence the microbiomes of food ingredients to prevent outbreaks earlier

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 4:55 pm

The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists

The outbreak has so far claimed 8,795 lives across the affected West African region

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 8:46 am

Here’s What a 55,000-Year-Old Skull Teaches Us About Human Migration

The rare bone find is the first to connect humans in Africa and Europe

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 7:22 am

Mayo Clinic - United States

Inhalant abuse: Is your child at risk?

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

Infant death: Grief and the path to remembrance

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

Latest GI innovations

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

Strength training: OK for kids?

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

Chemical splash in the eye: First aid

Posted on 30 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

Burns: First aid

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

Teething: Tips for soothing sore gums

Posted on 29 January 2015 @ 12:00 am

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