Science Daily - United States

Extra exercise helps depressed smokers kick the habit faster

People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:27 pm

Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison?

A link between Medicaid policies on antipsychotic drugs and incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals has been uncovered by a new study. Researchers found that states requiring prior authorization for atypical antipsychotics had less serious mental illness overall but higher shares of inmates with psychotic symptoms than the national average. The study concluded that prior authorization of atypical antipsychotics was associated with a 22 percent increase in the likelihood of imprisonment, compared with the likelihood in a state without such a requirement.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:26 pm

Therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice, study finds

A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, investigators have discovered. Regulatory issues must be addressed before moving to human studies, but the findings suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut — the gut microbiota — to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:25 pm

Enhanced instrument enables high-speed chemical imaging of tissues

A research team has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibrations. The new technique is an advanced form of Raman spectroscopy that is fast and accurate enough to create high-resolution images of biological specimens, with detailed spatial information on specific biomolecules, at speeds fast enough to observe changes in living cells.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:25 pm

Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:25 pm

High-salt diet doubles threat of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to a new study. Diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar in the bloodstream. People develop Type 2 diabetes when their bodies become resistant to the hormone insulin, which carries sugar from the blood to cells.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:25 pm

3-D-printed tissues advance stem cell research

A tissue engineering and vascular biology expert recently won a Faculty Early Career Development Award for his work on 3D tissue printing, and its contribution of the advancement of stem cell research.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:24 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

VIDEO: Heroin antidote offers cities hope

The heroin ‘antidote’ that can save overdosing addicts’ lives

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 11:02 pm

A life-saving cure with an $84,000 price tag

High cost of hepatitis C cure sparks outrage

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 9:15 pm

Call to end FGM ‘in this generation’

David Cameron has said female genital mutilation (FGM) and childhood forced marriage should be stopped worldwide “within this generation”.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 6:19 pm

Three person IVF plans ‘progress’

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 11:35 am

NHS tests ‘plaster’ patient-monitor

The NHS is starting to test a sticking-plaster-sized patient-monitoring patch.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 5:01 am

‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV

Scientists say they have made an “exciting” step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 4:31 am

‘Large gene find in schizophrenia’

In the largest ever genetic study of the disease, scientists have discovered some 80 genes which could leave people at higher risk of schizophrenia.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 3:48 am

Yahoo - United States

Los Angeles Clippers would lose players, sponsors if Sterling stays: CEO

Clippers owner Sterling sits with companion as he watches team play Knicks in NBA game in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim chief executive, said on Tuesday at a trial over the NBA team's $2 billion sale. Parsons, the former Time Warner CEO who was installed by the NBA to run the Clippers in May, testified that the team would likely lose profitability and its overall value if sponsors, one of its top revenue streams, leave because of Sterling. "We have a bunch of sponsors who are sitting at the edge of the pool and they don't want to go into the water," Parsons told Los Angeles Superior Court a day after failed settlement talks between Sterling and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who won the bidding for the team. The 80-year-old real estate billionaire has been banned for life by the NBA for taped racist remarks that were made public.

Posted on 23 July 2014 @ 12:58 am

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Washington. Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

Posted on 23 July 2014 @ 12:27 am

Meningitis diagnosis prompted W.Va. clinic probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An investigation that found syringes were being reused at a West Virginia pain management clinic — whose operator had his medical license revoked in Texas — was triggered after a patient developed bacterial meningitis, a health official said Tuesday.

Posted on 23 July 2014 @ 12:25 am

Seven ex-NFL players appeal concussion settlement

(Reuters) – Seven retired National Football League players are appealing a recent settlement between the league and about 5,000 former players stemming from a lawsuit over concussions suffered on the field, court records show. The appeal, filed in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, came about two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody granted preliminary approval to a settlement that removed a $675 million cap on awards to former players who were part of the groundbreaking head injury lawsuit. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say 20,000 retired players could be covered under the agreement. The players filing the appeal said the settlement did not offer enough to those who had yet to see the worst of their symptoms appear, and did not cover all diagnoses suffered by players with head trauma.

Posted on 23 July 2014 @ 12:21 am

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

Medical opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing Tuesday.

Posted on 23 July 2014 @ 12:16 am

U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay of execution for Arizona inmate

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday vacated a stay of execution for an Arizona inmate who had sued the state demanding more information about the drugs that will be used in the lethal injection procedure he faces. Joseph Wood is one of six death row inmates who sued Arizona last month arguing that secrecy surrounding lethal-injection drugs used in botched executions in Ohio and Oklahoma violated their constitutional rights. He is set to executed at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday inside the state prison complex in Florence, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Phoenix, officials at Arizona’s Department of Corrections said.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 11:48 pm

Latest Obamacare legal knot won’t be easy to untangle

By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. judges have their work cut out for them untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federal appeals courts released conflicting rulings hours apart going to the heart of the role the federal government will play in Obamacare. The latest conservative challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will not necessarily land in the U.S. Supreme Court, although it could end up there as soon as this year if the two lower courts go on disagreeing. At stake is how millions of Americans pay for private health insurance, or if they can afford it at all. The 2010 Affordable Care Act authorized tax credits to subsidize private health insurance.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 11:15 pm

Time - United States

Chandra Observatory: 15 Years of Glorious Pictures

Human eyes don’t know half of what they’re missing. But the Chandra Observatory, with its x-ray vision, gives us a stunning peek.

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 9:57 pm

June Was Hottest on Record, NOAA Says

May was the hottest on record, too

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 1:20 pm

RFK Jr. Joins the Anti-Vaccine Fringe

A man who used to tell hard truths now peddles dangerous nonsense

Posted on 21 July 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Charred Earth: The Wreckage of the Washington Wildfires

Hundreds of people have been displaced in the northeast part of the state

Posted on 21 July 2014 @ 6:03 pm

See What the Raging Pacific Northwest Fires Look Like From Space

In a photo taken from the International Space Station, smoke blankets a large swath of the western United States

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 7:34 pm

The 5 Worst Invasive Species in the Florida Everglades

A most wanted list for alien pests in the Sunshine State

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 12:30 pm

Apollo 11′s Rarely-Seen Outtakes

For the 45th Anniversary of the moon landing, TIME searched through NASA’s archives for these rarely seen images

Posted on 18 July 2014 @ 6:18 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Bladder control problems: Medications for treating urinary incontinence

Posted on 22 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Epilepsy and pregnancy: What you need to know

Most pregnant women who have epilepsy deliver healthy babies, yet concerns remain. Here’s what you need to know about epilepsy and pregnancy.

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet

Why are whole grains better than refined grains?

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Home care services: Questions to ask

Choosing a home care provider can be difficult. Here’s help asking the right questions.

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Bladder control problems in women: Lifestyle strategies for relief

Limiting alcohol, caffeine and other bladder irritants and retraining your bladder are steps you can take to help with bladder control problems.

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress

Stressed out? Try meditation. Learn easy, quick techniques that you can use at work, waiting in line or virtually anywhere.

Posted on 19 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Teens and sex: Protecting your teen’s sexual health

The time to talk to your teen about abstinence, sex and contraception is now. Follow these steps to help protect your teen’s sexual health.

Posted on 18 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

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