Science Daily - United States

Mortality rates increase due to extreme heat and cold

When temperatures are extremely high or low, there is a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by heart failure or stroke. This has been confirmed by epidemiological studies.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 11:36 am

Healthy lifestyle may buffer against stress-related cell aging

A new study shows that while the impact of life’s stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 11:35 am

Stem cell advance may increase efficiency of tissue regeneration

A new stem-cell discovery might one day lead to a more streamlined process for obtaining stem cells, which in turn could be used in the development of replacement tissue for failing body parts, according to scientists.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 1:18 am

Forced mutations doom HIV: How potential HIV drug exacts its toll on viral populations

Fifteen years ago, medical researchers had a novel idea for an HIV drug. They thought if they could induce the virus to mutate uncontrollably, they could force it to weaken and eventually die out — a strategy that our immune system uses against many viruses.

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 8:23 pm

Dementia patients more likely to get implanted pacemakers, says study

People with dementia are more likely to get implanted pacemakers for heart rhythm irregularities, such as atrial fibrillation, than people who don’t have cognitive difficulties, according to researchers. The researchers noted the finding runs counter to expectations that less aggressive interventions are the norm for patients with the incurable and disabling illness.

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 8:23 pm

Electronic screening tool to triage teenagers and risk of substance misuse

An electronic screening tool that starts with a single question to assess the frequency of substance misuse appears to be an easy way to screen teenagers who visited a physician for routine medical care.

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 8:23 pm

Endurance runners more likely to die of heat stroke than heart condition

Heat stroke is 10 times more likely than cardiac events to be life-threatening for runners during endurance races in warm climates, according to a new study. The authors noted the findings may play a role in the ongoing debate over pre-participation ECG screenings for preventing sudden death in athletes by offering a new perspective on the greatest health risk for runners.

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 8:23 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

Liberia bans football over Ebola

Liberia suspends all football activities in an effort to control the spread of Ebola, as the number of people killed by the virus in West Africa reaches 672.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 12:11 pm

‘Brain hub predicts negative events’

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 12:40 am

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 2:40 pm

Fist bumps ‘cleaner than handshakes’

Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving.

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 2:00 am

‘Nerve centre for appetite control’

Scientists have found a key cluster of nerve cells that can stop food consumption, according to research in mice.

Posted on 27 July 2014 @ 5:39 pm

Sierra Leone Ebola escapee dies

A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in, health officials tell the BBC.

Posted on 27 July 2014 @ 2:39 am

Sun ‘can harm sight as well as skin’

How the sun can damage sight as well as skin

Posted on 26 July 2014 @ 11:51 pm

Yahoo - United States

Merck quarterly profit beats estimates; shares gain

A view of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New JerseyMerck & Co Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday, helped by strong sales of consumer products and medicines for arthritis and HIV, sending its shares up more than 1 percent in morning trading. Merck, the No. 2 U.S. drugmaker, has been busy with deal-making in recent months, including an agreement to sell its consumer care business to Germany’s Bayer AG for $14.2 billion. In June, it agreed to buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc for $3.85 billion and hopes to combine the two companies' most promising drugs to produce a faster, more effective cure for hepatitis C. Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier, in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, said Merck was not interested in major acquisitions, but instead favors smaller "bolt-on" deals like the Idenix transaction. Merck is counting on its experimental drugs, including an immuno-oncology drug called pembrolizumab, to help drive revenue and earnings growth in coming years, Frazier said.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 2:37 pm

NCAA agrees to settle head injury suit for $70 million

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former student athletes in a move expected to change the way such injuries are handled at colleges nationwide, according to court documents filed in Chicago on Tuesday. The class-action agreement, if approved by a federal judge and class members, applies to student athletes in all sports who have played at NCAA member schools at any time in the past until 50 years in the future. The settlement does not include bodily injury claims, which plaintiff’s attorney Steve Berman said should be handled on an individual basis. “The whole goal of my clients is to change the way the NCAA handles concussions,” Berman said.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 2:35 pm

Asky suspends Sierra Leone, Liberia flights amid Ebola scare

DAKAR (Reuters) – West African airline Asky has suspended flights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia amid increasing concern at the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region, its said on its Web site. The Togo-based airline also said it would no longer take on food in Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March, and that medical teams would be deployed to screen passengers in transit through its Lome hub.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 2:33 pm

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola

In this photo taken on Monday, July 28, 2014, people hang out in a street under a banner which warns people to be cautious about Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia. Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the virus and are being treated there. U.S. health officials said Monday that the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Police officers deployed to Liberia's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional airline announced Tuesday it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 2:16 pm

Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesBy Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper. Comparing surveys of marijuana use by adolescents conducted annually by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found the probability that a high schooler had used pot in the last 30 days was no more than 0.8 percent higher in legal states compared to states that had not approved medical marijuana. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students," D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado and Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon wrote.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 2:06 pm

The Real Danger of ‘Too Much Exercise’

The Real Danger of 'Too Much Exercise'This article was co-authored by Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic. Is too much exercise bad for you?The idea that extreme endurance exercise (e.g., exercising over an hour a day, racing multiple marathons in a lifetime, participating in Ironman distance triathlons) might be harmful for long-term heart…

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 1:54 pm

FDA raises concerns about Impax’s Taiwanese plant

(Reuters) – Impax Laboratories Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued certain observations regarding violations in the company’s manufacturing plant in Taiwan. Shares of Impax, which makes generics and specialty drugs to treat central nervous system disorders, fell about 17 percent to $23.15 premarket on Tuesday. The FDA’s investigation revealed issues including invalidated equipment used in the drug manufacturing process and a failure to reject drug products that do not conform to specifications and conduct a thorough review of failed batches. Impax said on Tuesday that the FDA did not specify the impact its observations will have on Rytary’s Oct. 9 review date.

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 1:28 pm

Time - United States

Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report

The longer the U.S. holds off action to mitigate climate change, the more costly the effort will become, a new report shows

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 10:01 am

NASA Mars Rover Breaks Driving Record

Opportunity Mars Rover has driven 25 miles and surpassed expectations since it reached the planet in 2004

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 9:15 pm

I Don’t Love Lucy: The Bad Science in the Sci-Fi Thriller

You use a whole lot more than 10% of your brain—but a common fallacy that says otherwise is nonetheless the central premise of a new movie

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 7:19 pm

Webcam Captures 100 Endangered Baby Turtles Hatching in Florida

The baby loggerhead sea turtles emerged on Friday night

Posted on 28 July 2014 @ 2:58 pm

Note to Science: The GOP’s Just Not That That Into You

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott is the latest Republican to play the scientific ignorance card. It’s a game that’s gotten old

Posted on 27 July 2014 @ 7:41 pm

The Bodies in the Bogs: An Eerie Gift From the Iron Age

There are cold cases and there are cold cases, but it’s hard to beat the one that came to light on May 6, 1950, in Silkeborg, Denmark. The local folks were already on edge after reports that a schoolboy from Copenhagen had recently gone missing, and when two brothers from the nearby town of Tollund…

Posted on 27 July 2014 @ 2:00 pm

The Sixth Great Extinction Is Underway—and We’re to Blame

The Earth has been stripped of up to 90% of its species five times before in the past 450 million years. Now it’s happening again—and this time there’s no rogue asteroid responsible

Posted on 25 July 2014 @ 9:23 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Eating disorder treatment: Know your options

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Pregnancy after 35: Healthy moms, healthy babies

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

High blood pressure and pregnancy: Know the facts

Posted on 29 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Fitness training: Elements of a well-rounded routine

Posted on 25 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Heart attack symptoms: Know what’s a medical emergency

Posted on 25 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Treatment-resistant depression

If your depression continues despite standard treatment, it may feel like you’re out of options. But there are still steps that may help.

Posted on 24 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

Arthritis pain: Do’s and don’ts

Posted on 23 July 2014 @ 12:00 am

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