Science Daily - United States

Sorting cells with sound waves

Researchers have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 12:57 am

What can 14th century Venice teach us about Ebola, other emerging threats?

The way in which the Italian city of Venice dealt with the outbreak of the plague in the 14th century holds lessons on how to even mitigate the consequences of today’s emerging threats, like climate change, terrorism, and highly infectious or drug-resistant diseases, says one researcher.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 7:28 pm

Glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring

Engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to use it for automatic insulin dosing — something not possible using current point measurements like test strips.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 7:28 pm

Challenges ahead in improving child health by increasing access to sanitation in India

A study on large-scale rural sanitation programs in India highlights challenges in achieving sufficient access to latrines and reduction in open defecation to yield significant health benefits for young children.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 7:28 pm

Expanding age of eligibility for measles vaccination could increase childhood survival in Africa

Expanding the age of eligibility for measles vaccination from 12 to 15 months could have potentially large effects on coverage in Africa, according to a new report. If combined with improvements to the vaccination process itself, such a change could help the country inch closer to the national coverage levels required for measles eradication.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 6:25 pm

100 recent fetal surgeries for spina bifida performed at one American hospital

Reporting on 100 recent cases of fetal surgery for spina bifida, specialists at a premier fetal surgery program achieved results similar to those published three years previously in a landmark clinical trial that established a new standard of care for prenatal repair of this birth defect.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 6:25 pm

Surgery to repair hip fracture reduces lifetime health care costs by more than $65,000 per patient

Each year, more than 300,000 Americans, primarily adults over age 65, sustain a hip fracture, a debilitating injury that can diminish life quality and expectancy. A new study found that average lifetime societal benefits in the U.S. reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 per patient (in 2009 dollars), and that total, lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 6:25 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

Tomatoes linked with fighting cancer

Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 5:03 pm

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

Nigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 2:44 pm

Hormone ‘protects premature babies’

The hormone erythropoietin (EPO) could prevent brain injuries in very premature babies, a study suggests.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 8:01 am

Sniffing out the allergy epidemic

Why so many of us are developing allergies

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 2:49 am

Overseas nurses ‘face shorter tests’

New rules mean nurses and midwives who have completed their training outside Europe will face shorter tests to check they are fit to work in the UK.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 12:04 am

Ebola crisis: Five top tips to avoid the deadly virus

Wash your hands and other top tips to avoid Ebola

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 11:35 pm

UK Ebola patient gets test drug

The British volunteer nurse William Pooley, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been given the experimental drug ZMapp.

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 4:25 pm

Yahoo - United States

US flies home staffer who had ‘low-risk’ contact with Ebola: CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola. The CDC said in a statement the exposure was “low-risk” and the staff member was flown back on a chartered plane in accordance with the health agency’s regulations.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 6:42 pm

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

A medical worker at an Ebola treatment facility run by Medicins Sans Frontieres in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, August 14, 2014FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 6:26 pm

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

A picture taken on August 25, 2014 in Monrovia shows nurses escorting a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in MonroviaThe three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Wednesday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone. Air France agreed to Paris's request for a "temporary suspension" of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Liberia with just one regular service, from Royal Air Morocco (RAM). "In light of the analysis of the situation and as requested by the French government, Air France confirms it is maintaining its program of flights to and from Guinea and Nigeria," the flag carrier said.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 6:12 pm

Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain to joy and a once-happy memory to pain. “Recalling a memory is not like playing a tape recorder,” said Susumu Tonegawa of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led one of the studies. The mice had been engineered so specific brain neurons could be activated with light, a technique called optogenetics.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 6:12 pm

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters) – (This story has been corrected to clarify Dr. Bauer’s comment in paragraph 14) For international travelers who need to carry medical devices and medications with them, it’s not easy to find out the travel requirements at their destinations, and embassies in general aren’t much help, according to a new study. “The problem is known to exist but has not previously been published as we have,” said lead author Moses Mutie of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra in Bruce, Australia. “Most embassies focus on trade and tourism,” Mutie told Reuters Health by email. The researchers explored embassy and consular websites looking for the quantities and different types of medication allowed in the country for personal use, required documentation, customs information and details about traveling with medical equipment.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 5:47 pm

Climate change poses growing health threat: UN

Residents prepare to carry water containers after filling them from a government water supply truck in New Delhi, May 22, 2013Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday, saying extreme weather and rising temperatures could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and spread disease. "Climate change is no longer only an environmental issue," said Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, head of the climate change team at the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency Wednesday began a three-day conference at its Geneva base, folding together climate and health issues. The goal is to put health in the spotlight at a special UN Climate Summit in New York on September 23.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 5:05 pm

WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment

Medical staff in protective clothing transport a patient infected with the Ebola virus from a plane to an ambulance at Hamburg airport, northern Germany, on August 27, 2014A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said. The man — a Senegalese epidemiologist infected in Sierra Leone, according to the WHO — has requested that his name, age and health status not be made public, said his German doctors. The patient arrived on a specially equipped aircraft in the northern city of Hamburg, and he was able to walk off the plane by himself, said Hamburg health department spokesman Rico Schmidt. "We believe that the mortality rate of the Ebola disease can be significantly reduced with these simple measures," said the tropical diseases doctor treating him, Stefan Schmiedel.

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 4:48 pm

Time - United States

What Bronze Age Wine Snobs Drank

There were some fine vintages 3,000 years ago, and a new study reveals how ancient mixologists made them finer still

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 6:01 pm

Scientists Claim GPS Data Has Finally Solved the ‘Sheepdog Mystery’

Researchers say a trained canine turns a roaming flock into a cohesive bunch by following two simple steps

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 6:34 am

SpaceX Delays Launch Days After Test Mishap

The company says it will review flight record details before the next test flight

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 12:15 am

China’s Supersonic Submarine? Not Gonna Happen

To hear Chinese military sources tell it, the country is on its way to developing a submarine that can travel 6,100 mph—which is why you should never listen to Chinese military sources

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 10:40 pm

How 10 Seconds Could Save Lives During Earthquakes

California eyes warning system after latest quake

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 10:25 pm

Supersonic Submarines Just Took One Step Closer to Reality

That would make San Francisco to Shanghai in two hours a possibility

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 8:04 am

How to Drink Less and Still Have Fun

A new study suggests using a smaller glass, keeping your glass on the table while you pour, and never filling it over half-full

Posted on 25 August 2014 @ 9:23 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular?

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Sex education: Talking to your school-age child about sex

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Sex education: Talking to toddlers and preschoolers about sex

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Cholesterol medications: Consider the options

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Easier hepatitis C treatment

Posted on 26 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Mouth sores caused by cancer treatment: How to cope

Posted on 22 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Cancer surgery: Physically removing cancer

Posted on 22 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

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