Science Daily - United States

An apple a day could keep obesity away

Nondigestible compounds in apples — specifically, Granny Smith apples — may help prevent disorders associated with obesity, scientists have concluded. “We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties,” said the study’s lead researcher. “Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity.”

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:11 pm

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research. Known as “brief depression symptom measures,” the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:05 pm

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety, study shows

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to research.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:05 pm

‘Deadly diarrhea’ rates nearly doubled in 10 years: Study

Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in US hospitals without noticeable improvement in patient mortality rates or hospital lengths of stay, according to a study of 2.2 million C. difficile infection cases.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:05 pm

Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves

Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:05 pm

Chefs at schools can increase school meal participation, vegetable intake among students

Gourmet pizza in school? According to a new pilot study, chef-made meals can increase participation in the National School Lunch Program by 9 percent and overall selection and consumption of vegetables by 16 percent.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:04 pm

Self-compassion key to positive body image, coping

Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. Research has found that this self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image and protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 10:04 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

Thousands of Ebola orphans ‘shunned’

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year face being shunned, the UN says.

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 12:42 pm

Antibiotic ‘link to child obesity’

A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese.

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 4:02 am

Children hit by tooth decay at three

More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 11:28 pm

Liberia chief doctor in quarantine

Liberia’s chief medical officer puts herself under quarantine for 21 days, after a colleague was killed by the deadly Ebola virus.

Posted on 27 September 2014 @ 2:15 pm

VIDEO: Dementia friendly design

Well designed surroundings can make a big difference to the lives of people with dementia, so one school teaches simple techniques to make homes dementia friendly.

Posted on 27 September 2014 @ 7:42 am

VIDEO: France launches cigarette crackdown

The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

Posted on 26 September 2014 @ 4:37 am

Curry spice ‘helps brain self-heal’

An early study in rats suggests the spice turmeric may help boost the brain’s ability to repair and regenerate itself.

Posted on 25 September 2014 @ 11:07 pm

Yahoo - United States

New cancer therapy comes of age, cost a ‘toxic’ side effect

By Ben Hirschler MADRID (Reuters) – A raft of new cancer drugs promise better, longer-lasting treatments with fewer adverse side effects — but their high cost is a growing concern. Drugs that help the body’s own immune cells fight tumors are expected to be used in multi-drug cocktails, pushing the price of therapies costing more than $100,000 a year even higher. At the same, other expensive medicines are being combined to produce impressive results fighting diseases including breast and skin cancer. …

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 12:34 pm

France uses tax to put pressure on hepatitis C drug prices

Alton speaks with the media during a news conference in New DelhiBy Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) – France will tax drugmakers whose costly hepatitis C drugs threaten to throw off course its healthcare budget, the government has said, heaping pressure on pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences to cut their prices. The Socialist government said it had designed a "progressive contribution scheme" ensuring all patients can access new and more effective treatments against the liver-destroying virus, while limiting the burden of these drugs on state finances. …

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 11:38 am

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

An Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) employee walks past drying safety boots at MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center, in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Sept. 29, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa authorities are desperately waiting for shipments of aid to help in the fight of this deadly disease. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 11:36 am

Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh on Eid

A Bangladeshi workers grooms a cow at the Gabtoli cattle market in Dhaka on September 30, 2014, ahead of Eid-al Adha, the feast of the sacrificeDhaka (AFP) – Bangladesh sent medical teams on Tuesday to check millions of cows set for slaughter due to fears they have been pumped with banned steroids for fattening ahead of the Eid holiday.

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 11:34 am

Athletics-What they say about parkrun

(Refile of story issued Sept. 26 fixing first name of Hugh Brasher (from Chris) in second para) By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – What people have said about parkrun, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Oct. 4. Hugh Brasher, race director of the London Marathon, which has direct links with parkrun: “We support parkrun because it is about the grass roots of running, it is about encouraging people to start running and also to be more competitive with their running. “I was involved via (sports store and parkrun sponsor) Sweatshop and I’m a director of parkrun now. …

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 11:33 am

NFL TV ratings on the rise despite domestic violence fumble

NFL: Preseason-Baltimore Ravens at Dallas CowboysBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Americans are tuning into NFL football in greater numbers than last year, according to early season viewership figures, signaling the league's fumbled handling of domestic violence cases has not dented its overall popularity. Through the first three weeks of the season, audiences watching nationally televised primetime broadcasts have risen and nearly all networks have seen an uptick in viewership so far this season. …

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 11:05 am

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

In this picture taken Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, Finda Saah, 28, holds six-week-old Prosper Junior, as 5 year old Alice and 13-year old son Augustin look on, at their St Paul Bridge home in Monrovia, Liberia. Finda lost her husband to the deadly Ebola virus and gave birth three days later. Ebola has killed more than 1800 people in Liberia this year. As the death toll from Ebola soars, crowded clinics are turning over beds as quickly as patients are dying. This leaves social workers and psychologists struggling to keep pace and notify families, who must wait outside for fear of contagion. Also, under a government decree, all Ebola victims must be cremated, leaving families in unbearable pain with no chance for goodbye, no body to bury. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 11:01 am

Time - United States

Dolphins Are Apparently Attracted to Magnets

Where does this fit into their plot for world domination?

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 1:04 pm

Scientist Reveals Secrets Behind 500-Year-Old Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece

The Lady With an Ermine is believed to have been painted in 1489 or 1490

Posted on 30 September 2014 @ 6:35 am

Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by More Than Half

“This latest edition of the Living Planet Report is not for the faint-hearted”

Posted on 29 September 2014 @ 11:56 pm

This Curry Spice Might Help the Brain Heal Itself

A chemical commonly found in turmeric was shown to encourage nerve-cell growth in rats

Posted on 28 September 2014 @ 6:28 pm

This Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer to Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

It’s like a very small invisibility cloak made of glass

Posted on 28 September 2014 @ 3:19 pm

Meet the Fish That Can’t Get Jet-Lagged

There’s a reason you get sleepy at night: because it’s dark out. Now a little blind fish helps explain all that

Posted on 26 September 2014 @ 3:55 pm

Pictures of the Week: Sept. 19 – Sept. 26

From Syrian Kurds fleeing ISIS and the People’s Climate March to synchronized aquatics at the Asian Games and Derek Jeter’s perfect send off, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.  

Posted on 26 September 2014 @ 3:10 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Baby sleep: Helping baby sleep through the night

Posted on 27 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

New parents: Getting the sleep you need

Posted on 27 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

Amputation and diabetes: How to protect your feet

Posted on 26 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

Intervention: Help a loved one overcome addiction

Posted on 26 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

Glycemic index diet: What’s behind the claims

Posted on 25 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

Healthy cooking for 1 or 2

Posted on 25 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

Menu planning: Eat healthier and spend less

Posted on 25 September 2014 @ 12:00 am

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