Science Daily - United States

New patenting guidelines needed for biotechnology

Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper. Biotechnological inventions have been patented for several decades, though the criteria for patent eligibility have been refined through numerous court decisions. One of the most influential determined that “anything under the sun made by man” could be patented, leading to the diverse biotechnology patent landscape seen today, the authors said.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 5:09 pm

Neuroimaging Technique: Live from inside the cell in real-time

A novel imaging technique provides insights into the role of redox signaling and reactive oxygen species in living neurons, in real time. Scientists have developed a new optical microscopy technique to unravel the role of ‘oxidative stress’ in healthy as well as injured nervous systems.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 5:09 pm

For an immune cell, microgravity mimics aging

Telling someone to “act your age” is another way of asking him or her to behave better. Age, however, does not always bring improvements. Certain cells of the immune system tend to misbehave with age, leaving the elderly more vulnerable to illness. Because these cells are known to misbehave similarly during spaceflight, researchers are studying the effects of microgravity on immune cells to better understand how our immune systems change as we age.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 4:54 pm

Applying math to biology: Software identifies disease-causing mutations in undiagnosed illnesses

A computational tool has successfully identified diseases with unknown gene mutations in three separate cases. Sequencing the genomes of individuals or small families often produces false predictions of mutations that cause diseases. But this study shows that a new unique approach allows it to identify disease-causing genes more precisely than other computational tools.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 4:12 pm

Fat metabolism in animals altered to prevent most common type of heart disease

Working with mice and rabbits, scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks and strokes and the number-one cause of death among humans. The condition develops when fat builds inside blood vessels over time and renders them stiff, narrowed and hardened, greatly reducing their ability to feed oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle and the brain.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 4:10 pm

Management of elderly patients with lung cancer

An expert opinion on managing treatment for elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer has been recently published. This update includes recommendations for screening, surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy, treatment of locally advanced and metastatic disease as well as new data on patient preferences and geriatric assessment.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 3:34 pm

Male health linked to testosterone exposure in womb, study finds

Men’s susceptibility to serious health conditions may be influenced by low exposure to testosterone in the womb, new research suggests. Understanding why some men have less of the hormone than others is important because testosterone is crucial for life-long health. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 3:34 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

Novartis in $16bn GSK division deal

Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), two of the world’s leading drugmakers, strike a multi-billion-dollar deal to join forces and reshape their businesses.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 2:38 pm

Saudi health minister sacked

As Saudi Arabia dismisses its health minister, the Mers virus death toll continues to rise.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 9:00 am

VIDEO: Autistic workers get chance to shine

Group prepares autistic workers for tech jobs

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 12:24 am

The man who takes troubled youths to therapy camp

The man who takes wayward children to therapy camp

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 12:06 am

Skin cancer rates ‘surge since 70s’

The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.

Posted on 21 April 2014 @ 12:32 pm

In pictures: Childhood vaccination

Why immunisation cards are vital for millions

Posted on 21 April 2014 @ 12:25 am

Why big buttocks can be bad for your health

Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 11:16 pm

Yahoo - United States

Saudi Arabia reports 11 new cases of MERS virus, first in Mecca

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including what appeared to be the first case in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. A health ministry statement said eight of the people were in intensive care, two were stable, including a 24-year-old Saudi man from the “holy capital” Mecca, and one showed no symptoms. Three of those affected worked in health care, it said. Saudi Arabia has witnessed a jump in the rate of infection with the virus in recent weeks, with many of the new cases recorded in Jeddah, the kingdom’s second largest city.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 9:37 am

Michigan man among 1st in US to get ‘bionic eye’

In this April 16, 2014 image from video Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical pulses, to an array of electrodes on the surface of Pontz' retna. The pulses stimulate the retina’s remaining healthy cells, causing them to relay the data to the optic nerve. The visual information then moves to the brain, where it is translated into patterns of light that can take the shape of an object’s outline, allowing the patient to regain some visual function. (AP Photo, Mike Householder)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 7:31 am

Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (1.10 a.m. EDT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Public Safety. Rousan was sentenced to death for the murder of 62-year-old Grace Lewis and life in prison without parole for the murder of her 67-year-old husband Charles. Authorities said he was the mastermind in a siege that included his son and his brother, Robert, a spokeswoman for Missouri’s top lawyer said.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 7:27 am

Chairman of Lanzhou Veolia apologizes after water pollution in China

The logo of French utility group Veolia is pictured during the company's 2011 annual results in ParisThe chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said. Benzene was found in tap water supplied by the Lanzhou Veolia Water Company in the northwestern city of Lanzhou on April 10, forcing the city of 3.6 million people to turn off supplies in one district. Last week, China blamed Veolia for failing to maintain water quality. Veolia said it was not responsible for polluting the tap water with benzene.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 7:11 am

Oklahoma execution halted amid confusion over stay orders

Oklahoma Republican Governor Fallin, chair of the National Governors Association, makes opening remarks at a news conference prior to the opening of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in WashingtonBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a one-week stay in the execution of a death row inmate due to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, in a move to clear up confusion over which state body has the final say over executions. Fallin ordered the stay for convicted murderer Clayton Lockett a day after the state Supreme Court issued its own emergency stay for Lockett and a second inmate, Charles Warner, amid legal wrangling over drugs used in lethal injections. The stay issued by Fallin moves back Lockett's execution to April 29, the same day Warner is scheduled to be executed.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 4:57 am

Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital

A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in MauiA teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld, spokeswoman of the state's Department of Human Services, said in a statement. The boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials were working to ensure his safe return home, she said. A local CBS-affiliate reported the boy was living with his father in Santa Clara, but his mother lives in Somalia.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 4:51 am

California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle

A volunteer displays cannabis buds at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal. U.S. states are increasingly moving to remove curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, leaving states that have opted for medicinal legalization struggling to control a thriving trade in medical cannabis. "The current state of chaos around medical marijuana has got to come to an end," said state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 4:05 am

Time - United States

The Next ‘City-Killer’ Asteroid Could Be Closer Than We Think

Asteroid impacts on Earth are three to ten times more common than we imagined, new data shows, with researchers saying that only “blind luck” is preventing a disastrous strike from a “city killer” asteroid

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 6:25 am

Americans Flunk Science—Again

Misinformation about climate change, vaccines and the Big Bang is everywhere. We can’t stop people from peddling nonsense, but we can surely stop buying it.

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 7:59 pm

Fears Rise Over MERS Outbreak While Saudis Fumble

The deadly virus had been linked to contact with camels, but hints of a rise in human contagion have been muddied by a sluggish government response, which has not confirmed whether the virus is mutating, nor performed the tests that would reveal if that is the case

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 6:32 pm

The Earth Is Changing Rapidly. Can We Change Too?

On Earth Day, we celebrate a planet that has nurtured human life. But it wasn’t always so nice—and as the climate changes, it may get worse

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 4:40 pm

Pakistan’s Desert Solar Park Will Help Fight Energy Crisis

The Pakistani government hopes to turn a desolate stretch of sand into a state-of-the-art solar energy park, in a bid to tackle the country’s chronic power shortages

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 4:26 pm

Want to Heal the Planet? Make Environmental Degrees Free

A climate-themed version of the 1944 G.I. bill would send kids to college and train a generation of environmental thinkers

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 3:39 pm

Poll: One in Four ‘Solidly Skeptical’ of Global Warming

A new Gallup poll that coincides with Earth Day finds the number of Americans with mixed opinions about global warming has declined from 49 percent in 2001 to 36 percent today, but many have joined the ranks of the skeptics

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 1:20 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Chemotherapy: Which drugs cause nausea?

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Chemotherapy hair loss: When does it begin?

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

First trimester pregnancy: What to expect

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis complications

Posted on 22 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

Lifestyle changes for people with atrial fibrillation

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

What complications can occur with atrial fibrillation?

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Treatments for atrial fibrillation

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 12:00 am

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