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Science Daily - United States

Finally: Missing link between vitamin D, prostate cancer

A new study offers compelling evidence that inflammation may be the link between vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically, the study shows that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by vitamin D, is notably absent in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 8:40 pm

Real-time tracking system developed to monitor dangerous bacteria inside body

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. These increasingly drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for a range of diseases, including fatal pneumonias and various bloodstream or solid-organ infections acquired in and outside the hospital.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 8:40 pm

Paralyzed patients have weaker bones, higher risk of fractures than expected

People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study by researchers. The results suggest that physicians should begin therapies for such patients sooner to maintain bone mass and strength, and should think beyond standard bone density tests when assessing fracture risk in osteoporosis patients.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 8:39 pm

Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level

A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 7:47 pm

Hospital logs staggering 2.5 million alarms in just a month

Following the study of a hospital that logged more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month, researchers have, for the first time, comprehensively defined the detailed causes as well as potential solutions for the widespread issue of alarm fatigue in hospitals.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 7:47 pm

Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans

BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 6:36 pm

Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy

A new study provides the first known evidence of how a similar acoustic characteristic in the cry sounds of human infants and rat pups may be used to detect the harmful effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on nervous system development.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 6:36 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

Six surprising Ebola numbers

Six surprising figures from the frontline

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 1:29 am

WHO crisis team holds Ebola talks

The World Health Organization’s emergency committee holds talks on travel restrictions and screening measures on the Ebola outbreak.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 6:36 pm

VIDEO: In numbers: Treating Ebola patients

BBC News looks at what it takes to treat Ebola patients, in numbers and graphics.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 4:51 pm

‘Nine million have TB’ – WHO report

The World Health Organization revises its estimate as to how many people have tuberculosis up by 500,000, in its latest report into the killer disease.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 3:17 pm

Male genes linked to early death

The male Y sex chromosome may have a role in prolonging men’s lives and fighting cancer, according to a study.

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 7:51 am

Man walks again after transplant

A paralysed man becomes the first in the world to walk again following a pioneering therapy which involved transplanting cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord.

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 4:31 am

Scans reveal cause of winter blues

Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 1:21 am

Yahoo - United States

North Korea to bar foreign tourists over Ebola concerns: tour operators

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, operators of tours to the isolated country told Reuters. At least 4,877 people have died in the world’s worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, with nearly 10,000 cases recorded by Oct. 19, though the true toll could be three times as much. It was not immediately clear if the North Korean ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community with ties to Pyongyang. …

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 11:30 am

Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines

A medical staff holds a package of an experimental candidate vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV against Ebola virus disease at the University hospital in GenevaBy Ben Hirschler and Stephanie Nebehay LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies against possible losses or claims arising from the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa. While the issue will not delay the industry's work to accelerate production and clinical testing of three experimental vaccines, it is likely to be discussed at a high-level meeting in Geneva on Thursday. …


Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 11:25 am

HealthCare.gov’s EZ form not for legal immigrants

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI, left, and Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions, listen to questioning during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites in Washington. It turns out HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens. Slavitt, now the top technology official for HealthCare.gov, said there have been several improvements to make things easier for immigrants, including expanding the list of documents that people can use to establish eligibility and updating the computer system so it won’t get hung up on certain special characters used in some names. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov's new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year.


Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 11:14 am

Watch: Sweet Dreams

Having trouble sleeping? ABC’s Tech Contributor Tina Trinh tries out the newest technology that could help you get a better night’s sleep.

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 9:19 am

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 9:00 am

Extra powers to tackle deadly bat virus in Australia

A file photo shows a grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), a native Australian bat. Three flying foxes were found to be carrying a deadly virusAn Australian state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus, officials said Thursday. The New South Wales government fears transmission of the potentially fatal Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) to humans and the state's health department has issued a warning to residents not to approach the bats. "So far this year we have had three people who were bitten or scratched by bats that were later confirmed to have had the potentially deadly lyssavirus," NSW Health's communicable diseases director Vicky Sheppeard said in a statement. The last victim was eight-year-old Lincoln Flynn, who died in early 2013 after being scratched by a bat in Queensland the previous November.


Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 7:38 am

AP-GfK Poll: Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

Senior Airman Laura Quick places a mask over her face on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, during an infectious disease training exercise for the Ebola virus on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Medical specialists on base perform the exercise with a different disease each year. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.


Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 7:14 am

Time - United States

Newly Discovered Fossils Reveal Goofy-Looking Dinosaur

“This creature wasn’t built for speed. That’s pretty obvious”

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 9:30 am

What’s Cooler Than One Comet? A Storm of Them

A stunning sighting around a nearby star offers a glimpse of our own solar system billions of years ago

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 6:11 pm

Missed Tuesday Night’s Orionid Meteor Shower? Watch Here

A shower of 20 meteors-per-hour began Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 6:52 pm

Scientists Trace Back the First Sexual Act Ever, to Weird Ancient Fish

Ancient fish were the first to copulate. And according to a world renowned paleontologist, it looked a lot like square dancing

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 2:18 pm

Paralyzed Man Walks Again After ‘Miracle’ Surgery

Polish doctors used cells from patient’s nose to heal spinal injury

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 10:39 am

2014 Could Be the Hottest Year on Record

May, June, August and September have all been record-breaking months

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 8:08 am

Ice Spotted on Mercury—Yes, We Know It Sounds Nuts

“This is making a lot of people happy”

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 7:42 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Asthma: Limit asthma attacks caused by colds or flu

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Medical history: Compiling your medical family tree

Posted on 23 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Hand-washing: Do’s and don’ts

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Thanksgiving recipes: Delicious and healthy options

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Staying healthy in school: Kid-friendly tips

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Foreign object inhaled: First aid

Posted on 22 October 2014 @ 12:00 am

Severe bleeding: First aid

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 12:00 am


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