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Science Daily - United States

Detecting eye diseases using a Smartphone

Researchers have developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a smartphone. The system is aimed at general physicians who could detect the condition and refer the patient to a specialist.

Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 12:45 pm

Colorectal cancer: Second-line cetuximab active beyond progression in quadruple wild-type patients with mcrc

Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) that are mutation-free in the KRAS, NRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes showed significant benefit from continuing anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy beyond progression following first-line chemotherapy and an anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody, according to new study results.

Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 12:43 pm

Waiting to harvest after a rain enhances food safety

To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, experts say. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable to Listeria monocytogenes, which when ingested may cause the human illness Listeriosis. Waiting to harvest crops reduces the risk of exposure to the pathogen, which could land on fresh produce.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 7:02 pm

REM sleep critical for young brain development; medication interferes

Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of children’s sleep needs and calls into question the increasing use of REM-disrupting medications such as stimulants and antidepressants.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 7:02 pm

Novel DNA repair mechanism brings new horizons

The DNA molecule is chemically unstable giving rise to DNA lesions of different nature. That is why DNA damage detection, signaling and repair, collectively known as the DNA damage response, are needed. A group of researchers has discovered a new mechanism of DNA repair, which opens up new perspectives for the treatment and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 7:02 pm

Supercharging stem cells to create new therapies

A new method for culturing stem cells has been developed, which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. Stem cell therapy is showing promising signs for transplant patients, and the IL-17 treated stem cells should be even more effective at preventing and treating inflammation in transplant recipients — particularly controlling rejection in transplant patients.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 1:46 pm

New test could predict arthritis drug failure in patients

It may be possible to predict early which rheumatoid arthritis patients will fail to respond to the biologic drugs given to treat them, a study of 311 patients has found. These findings could help better manage patients’ symptoms.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 11:27 am


MSN Health - United States

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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

Mass vaccination call for rabies

Renewed efforts are needed to vaccinate dogs against rabies, health experts warn.

Posted on 5 July 2015 @ 12:01 am

Call for improved urinary catheters

A leading researcher says industry must “wake up and invest more” in urinary catheters

Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 1:43 am

The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 7:12 am

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost

A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 1:58 am

Sniffing could provide autism test

The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 12:17 am

VIDEO: India fails to publish UN health report

The Indian government is not publishing the results of a vast national survey of the health of the country’s citizens.

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 11:44 pm

VIDEO: South Africa’s fight to tackle HIV

Nomsa Maseko looks at how South Africa, with one of the greatest numbers of people with HIV, is tackling the disease.

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 6:04 am

Yahoo - United States

Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus

Six hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital when the hunters developed Ebola-like symptoms after eating an antelope that appeared to be sick when they killed it. “All of the samples are negative … There is not an Ebola epidemic,” Health Minister Felix Kabange said in an interview on state-run television.

Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 7:48 pm

Boom starts Tour despite low cortisol levels

Astana rider Nibali of Italy cycles with team mate Dutch rider Boom during a training session in UtrechtBy Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom started the Tour de France on Saturday despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race. Boom had an outside chance of victory in Saturday's 13.8-km time trial but eventually finished 23rd, 44 seconds behind winner Rohan Dennis of Australia. "I did not have the best preparation," Astana rider Boom told reporters.


Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 5:01 pm

Cycling-Boom starts Tour despite low cortisol levels

(Writes through) By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom started the Tour de France on Saturday despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race. Boom had an outside chance of victory in Saturday’s 13.8-km time trial but eventually finished 23rd, 44 seconds behind winner Rohan Dennis of Australia. “I did not have the best preparation,” Astana rider Boom told reporters.

Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 4:58 pm

Kenya’s main port sacks 27 strike leaders as losses hit $2 mln

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) – East Africa’s biggest port in the Kenyan city of Mombasa said on Saturday it had dismissed 27 workers it believed were behind a strike this week that paralysed operations for two days and cost the port at least $2 million. Over 2,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday in protest against higher deductions for the government’s national health insurance scheme, prompting port management to threaten to fire them, having advertised their positions. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest port in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 12:42 pm

Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels

Astana rider Nibali of Italy cycles with team mate Dutch rider Boom during a training session in UtrechtBy Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said. "Boom will take the start," Alexander Vinokourov told reporters. Astana, the team of defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, are members of the MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling) that applies stricter rules than the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).


Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 12:16 pm

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

In this June 19, 2015 photo, Dr. Gustavo Quintana, who helps people with terminal illnesses end their lives, speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia. Most of the procedures he performs are in people’s home, with the patient surrounded by loved ones. Sometimes music is played. During the nine minutes the procedure typically lasts he whispers the same soothing mantra while injecting a cocktail of lethal drugs: “Rest, you’re going to sleep for the last time, a restorative sleep.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.


Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 12:12 pm

Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht

A Tinkoff-Saxo mechanic checks a bicycle before a training session in UtrechtBy Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles — that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organizers of the Tour de France felt they were in safe hands when they selected Utrecht for Saturday's Grand Depart of the 102nd edition of the famous race.


Posted on 4 July 2015 @ 10:29 am

Time - United States

Scientists’ Finding May Help Restore Fragrance to Roses

A study of roses that do have a strong scent revealed a previously unknown chemical process in their petals

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 2:42 am

Scientist Who Faked HIV Vaccine Research Sentenced to Prison

He was sentenced to more than 4 ½ years in prison

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 11:51 pm

Polar Bears May Die Off Unless Global Warming Is Reversed, Report Says

They rely on ice in the Arctic

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 9:08 pm

Mysterious Spots on Pluto Intrigue Scientists

Scientists are baffled

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 7:31 pm

Graphene: The Material Of Tomorrow

Meet the wonder material that is one hundred thousandth of the thickness of a human hair, yet is a hundred times stronger than steel. Graphene has been called “the most exciting material of the 21st century,” yet we have barely scratched the surface of what it is capable of doing

Posted on 1 July 2015 @ 3:36 pm

Explore the Science Behind Fireworks—and the Galaxy

How do fireworks work? The same way the universe does

Posted on 1 July 2015 @ 2:57 pm

See the Asteroid That Came Close to Earth

Don’t worry—NASA’s on it.

Posted on 30 June 2015 @ 9:39 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Preconception planning: Is your body ready for pregnancy?

Posted on 7 July 2015 @ 12:00 am

Emergency essentials: Keep a bug out bag ready

Posted on 3 July 2015 @ 12:00 am

VBAC: Insight from a Mayo Clinic specialist

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 12:00 am

Sex after pregnancy: Set your own timeline

Posted on 2 July 2015 @ 12:00 am

Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress

Posted on 25 June 2015 @ 12:00 am

Get the most out of home blood pressure monitoring

Posted on 25 June 2015 @ 12:00 am

Exercise and chronic disease: Get the facts

Posted on 20 June 2015 @ 12:00 am


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