Science Daily - United States

Family dinners good for teens’ mental health, could protect from cyberbullying

Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents, a new study shows, but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 1:15 am

Quality of US diet improves, gap widens for quality between rich and poor

The quality of the US diet showed some modest improvement in the last decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality widened between the rich and the poor.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 1:15 am

Viewers eat more while watching Hollywood action flick on TV

Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those watching an interview program.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 1:15 am

Training your brain to prefer healthy foods

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research.

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 4:34 pm

Scientists call for investigation of mysterious cloud-like collections in cells

About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don’t know what they do — even though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are believed to be crucial to the cell, and therefore could offer a new approach to disease treatment. Now, researchers are issuing a call to investigators to focus their attention on the role of these formations.

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 2:23 pm

New tuberculosis blood test in children: reliable, highly specific

A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new proof-of-concept study shows. The newly developed test is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to detect active tuberculosis in children. The test features excellent specificity, a similar sensitivity as culture tests in combination with speed of a blood test. The promising findings are a major advance for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children, particularly in tuberculosis-endemic regions.

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 1:07 pm

Invisible blood in urine may indicate bladder cancer

One in 60 people over the age of 60 who had invisible blood in their urine — identified by their GP testing their urine — transpired to have bladder cancer, researchers report. The figure was around half of those who had visible blood in their urine — the best known indicator of bladder cancer. However, it was still higher than figures for other potential symptoms of bladder cancer that warrant further investigation.

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 1:07 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

Ebola ‘threatens’ W Africa harvests

The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and and harvests in West Africa “at serious risk”, warns the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 10:00 am

Brain ‘can learn to eat healthily’

The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 7:53 am

Japan tackles dengue fever outbreak

Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 5:47 am

Action films ‘may make you fat’

Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 12:53 am

Hospitals seeing more skin cancer

The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, figures show.

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 11:02 pm

Sniffing faeces ‘detects infection’

UK researchers say an “electronic nose” that smells faeces can detect strains of bacteria that can cause deadly infections.

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 8:51 am

The girl with three biological parents

The girl who has three biological parents

Posted on 31 August 2014 @ 11:15 pm

Yahoo - United States

Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO

Health care workers, wearing protective suits, work at the Elwa hospital in Monrovia on August 30, 2014An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. "There are now 31 deaths," Eugene Kambambi, the WHO's head of communication in DR Congo, told AFP, citing Congolese authorities and stressing that the epidemic "remains contained" in an area around 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of the capital Kinshasa. Health officials had previously given a death toll of 13 people from the lethal haemorrhagic fever since August 11 around the isolated town of Boende, surrounded by dense tropical forest in Equateur province. Kabambi was speaking by telephone from Mbandaka, the provincial capital, where he was accompanied by Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi and the WHO representative in DRC, Joseph Cabore.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 11:14 am

Ebola threatens food security in West Africa: FAO

Resident of West Point neighbourhood, which has been quarantined following an outbreak of Ebola, receives food rations from the United Nations World Food Programme in MonroviaThe world's worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday, warning the problem would intensify in coming months. The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed around 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March. Restrictions on people's movements and the establishment of quarantine zones to contain the spread of the hemorrhagic fever has led to panic buying, food shortages and price hikes in countries ill-prepared to absorb the shock. "Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the most affected areas were spending up to 80 percent of their incomes on food," said Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar which is coordinating the agency's response.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 9:43 am

Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers’ profits

Proposition 45 would allow California’s insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 9:00 am

Dengue fever strikes models in Japan

A worker sprays insecticide at the Yoyogi park, central Tokyo, believed to be the source of the mosquito-borne dengue fever, on August 28, 2014A worsening outbreak of dengue fever in Japan has claimed its first celebrities — two young models sent on assignment to the Tokyo park believed to be its source. The details emerged as the government said Tuesday that at least 34 people have now caught the disease, which has not been seen in Japan for seven decades apart from cases contracted overseas. The two women — Saaya, 20, and Eri Aoki, 25 — were sent to Yoyogi Park last month for the Saturday variety show on which they appear, the Nikkan Sports said. The revelation that the two beauties had succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease provided fodder for the self-referencing TV shows that fill daytime schedules in celebrity-obsessed Japan.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 8:36 am

Novo Nordisk drops inflammatory disorder business, incurs cost

Insulin jabs are pictured on a production line in Novo Nordisk's plant in KalundborgDanish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk said on Tuesday it has decided to stop its activities within inflammatory disorders and only focus on the treatment and prevention of diabetes and obesity. The decision follows a discontinuation for the company's most advanced drug candidate within the area, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and known as anti-IL-20, announced on Aug. 7 together with its with second quarter results. "The discontinuation of anti-IL-20 delays our earliest possible entrance into the market for anti-inflammatory therapeutics to the late 2020s," Chief Science Officer Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen said in a statement. Novo Nordisk said 400 employees would be affected by the decision but that it hoped to offer other positions within the company to more than half of those.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 7:35 am

South Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive: food ministry

By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has lifted a ban on the use of animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, opening the door to imports containing the growth enhancer as well as domestic sales of the product. Seoul said last October that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck & Co Inc’s Zilmax, after a risk assessment found it could be permitted at certain levels. South Korea last year suspended some U.S. An official at South Korea’s food ministry confirmed on Tuesday that imports of beef muscle with 1 part per billion (ppb) of zilpaterol, 5 ppb in beef liver and 10 ppb in beef kidney had been approved as of late last month.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 7:27 am

Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 17 cases total

Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country’s total confirmed infections to 17, with 271 people under surveillance, the health minister said on Monday. A doctor in Port Harcourt died last week after treating someone who came in contact of the Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa’s most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, the first case, came from Liberia, and then collapsed at Lagos airport on July 20. The shift to Port Harcourt shows how easily containment efforts can be undermined.

Posted on 2 September 2014 @ 6:58 am

Time - United States

Russia’s Zero-G Sex Geckos Died Before Returning to Earth

Russia’s attempt to find out how organisms reproduce in space did not end with a bang

Posted on 1 September 2014 @ 9:02 pm

Watch a 3,500-Pound Spaceship Burn Up in the Atmosphere

When the Cygnus supply ship arrived at the International Space Station in July with cargo that included food, science equipment and mini-satellites, the astronauts aboard knew it would be making a dramatic exit. Cygnus was released on August 15 from the ISS carrying more than 3,000 pounds of garbage, and was catapulted through the atmosphere…

Posted on 30 August 2014 @ 4:48 pm

Watch NASA Test These 3D-Printed Rocket Parts

3-D printers can bring rockets to space.

Posted on 29 August 2014 @ 6:01 pm

Solved: Mystery of Moving Stones in Death Valley

A group of scientists say they’ve figured out how the “sailing stones” glide along the desert floor on their own

Posted on 28 August 2014 @ 8:46 pm

The Lost Hobbits of the Eastern Arctic

Scientists never understood what became of the Paleo-Eskimos who once peopled the north. Now they know—and there’s new reason to miss them

Posted on 28 August 2014 @ 8:43 pm

Why Scientists Should Celebrate Failed Experiments

Researchers live in dread of the null result—when a study turns up nothing. But that’s exactly the wrong way to view things

Posted on 28 August 2014 @ 7:14 pm

Astronomers Just Witnessed the Formation of an Ancient Galaxy

They call it “Sparky”

Posted on 27 August 2014 @ 8:22 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Menstruation: Preparing your preteen for her period

Posted on 30 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Cancer diagnosis: 11 tips for coping

Posted on 30 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Premature baby? Understand your preemie’s special needs

Posted on 30 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Sharing Alzheimer’s diagnosis: Tips for caregivers

Posted on 30 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

Asthma treatment: Do complementary and alternative approaches work?

Posted on 29 August 2014 @ 12:00 am

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

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