Science Daily – United States

Experts say inexpensive drug could slow heart disease for type 1 diabetic patients

Scientists believe a drug commonly prescribed for type 2 diabetes could be routinely taken by type 1 diabetic patients to slow the development or delay heart disease.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 1:43 am

New test needed to assess the quality, safety of sunglasses

Exposure to the sun may deteriorate your sunglasses over time and the lenses may become lighter and so alter the category under which they are classified. It may also diminish the impact resistance of lenses (how ‘shatterproof’ the lens is). Revision of standards is needed to test sunglasses quality and establish safe limits for the lenses’ UV filters, according to new research.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 1:43 am

Public health researchers develop model to predict Sudden Cardiac Death

Researchers have developed a sudden cardiac death (SCD) predictive model that can help identify and prevent the disease in individuals at high risk.

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 9:24 pm

Designing ultrasound tools with Lego-like proteins

Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. Sound waves bounce off the tissues, revealing their different densities and shapes. The next step in ultrasound technology is to image not just anatomy, but specific cells and molecules deeper in the body, such as those associated with tumors or bacteria in our gut. Now scientists say that [rotein engineering techniques might one day lead to colorful ultrasound images of cells deep within our bodies.

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 9:23 pm

Neuroscientists stand up for basic cell biology research

Clinical trials and translational medicine have certainly given people hope and rapid pathways to cures for some of humankind’s most troublesome diseases, but now is not the time to overlook the power of basic research, says a neuroscientist.

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 9:23 pm

Symmetry crucial for building key biomaterial collagen in the lab

Functional human collagen has been impossible to create in the lab. Now, a team of researchers describes what may be the key to growing functional, natural collagen fibers outside of the body: symmetry.

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 9:23 pm

Solving a 48 year old mystery: Scientists grow noroviruses in human intestinal cell cultures

For the first time, scientists have grown human noroviruses, the leading viral cause of acute diarrhea worldwide, in human intestinal cell cultures in the lab.

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 9:22 pm

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

Debunking Zambia’s prostate cancer myths

The lone Zambian voice trying to trying to raise awareness about the dangers of prostate cancer.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 11:04 am

Transplant patient: ‘My third face’

Patrick Hardison, the volunteer fireman who underwent the world’s most extensive face transplant, on his new-found hope.

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 9:33 pm

HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 11:45 pm

Potent pills

With ecstasy, or MDMA, being bought more freely on the dark net, the drug is growing in popularity – and in strength.

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 11:31 pm

‘Bagpipe lung’ warning for wind musicians

Doctors are warning musicians to clean the inside of their wind or brass instruments regularly, to protect them from a fatal condition that’s being called “bagpipe lung.”

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 3:31 pm

Antrim Area Hospital: Man says human rights ‘violated’ by DNR order

A County Antrim man who was unaware that a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order had been placed on his medical file says he feels his human rights have been violated.

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 5:12 am

‘Bagpipe lung’ warning for wind musicians

Trumpeters, saxophonists and pipers beware – playing a wind instrument could damage your lungs, say doctors.

Posted on 22 August 2016 @ 11:24 pm

Yahoo – United States

Italy quake death toll hits 267, state funeral plan

The interior of a damaged house is seen following an earthquake at Pescara del TrontoBy Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) – Hopes of finding more survivors faded on Friday three days after a powerful earthquake hit central Italy, with the death toll rising to 267 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour piles of rubble in Amatrice, a picturesque town popular with tourists which was leveled by Wednesday's quake and where 207 bodies have been retrieved so far. Italy plans to hold a state funeral for around 40 of the victims on Saturday, which will be held in the nearby city of Ascoli Piceno.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 11:39 am

Icahn explored selling Herbalife stake to group that included Ackman: WSJ

An Herbalife logo is shown on a poster at a clinic in the Mission District in San FranciscoInvestment bank Jefferies Group has been on the hunt for about a month to find buyers for Icahn's 18.3 percent stake in Herbalife, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Jefferies and Herbalife were not immediately available for comment and Carl Icahn could not be immediately reached outside regular U.S. business hours.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 10:57 am

Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert

So far, however, there have been no reports of anyone who attended the concert contracting measlesJapanese authorities have warned of a possible measles outbreak after a fan who went to a Justin Bieber concert near Tokyo was diagnosed with the contagious disease, officials said Friday. Despite the condition, the man, whose name was withheld, went to Bieber's concert on August 14 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, east of Tokyo, where some 25,000 fans gathered for the event, they said. The man, from the western Japanese city of Nishinomiya, then stopped in Tokyo and neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture before returning home on August 19, when he was finally diagnosed with measles.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 10:47 am

Asylum seekers and refugees donate money, help clearing up after Italian earthquake

By Pietro Lombardi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Asylum seekers in Italy have rallied to help survivors of the earthquake that killed at least 250 people in Italy, donating money and helping to clear up after the disaster, charity workers said on Thursday. In the southern region of Calabria more than 70 refugees and asylum seekers gave up a daily allowance for personal expenses of 2 euros ($2.30) to help survivors. “Pictures and video of the earthquake made them think of the wars and disasters they fled from,” Giovanni Maiolo, local coordinator of the SPRAR project (Protection System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 10:43 am

Judge rejects prosecutor request to appeal Pistorius sentence

Nel is seen during an appeal hearing brought by prosecutors against the six year jail term handed to Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva SteenkampA South African judge said on Friday she would not grant permission to state prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence, saying their petition had no reasonable prospects of success. Judge Thokozile Masipa Masipa had sentenced the Paralympic gold medalist in July for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, but the prosecution had said the decision was too lenient. Pistorius' defense had earlier argued the state was prejudiced and had dragged the case on for too long "I'm not persuaded that there are reasonable prospects of success on appeal or that another court may find differently," she said in her ruling.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 10:24 am

FDA warns former Sun Pharma U.S. drug factory over quality concerns

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shown in Silver Spring near WashingtonThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has pulled up a former Sun Pharmaceutical drug factory for "knowingly" releasing 27 lots of the hypertension drug clonidine last year, despite proof that the raw materials used may have been contaminated. This is one of a series of quality concerns tied to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania factory that the FDA highlighted in an Aug. 15 "warning letter" issued to the site's current owner, U.S. firm Frontida BioPharm Inc. The plant was sold to Frontida in June by Sun, India's No. 1 drugmaker, which said the move was "a part of its manufacturing consolidation in the U.S." Sun did not mention at the time that the FDA had inspected the plant a year earlier, between June 15 and July 17, 2015, or that it expressed serious concerns with its quality standards.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 10:21 am

Robot baby schemes may increase teen pregnancy: study

Researchers said the study did not reveal why the girls given the toy babies were more likely to fall pregnant at a young ageElectronic dolls designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy do not work, a new study has found, and may even increase the number of babies born to young mums. The research could influence public health policy in countries where the technique is used, including Australia, the United States and Britain. Around 3,000 youngsters took part in the study in Western Australia over three years from 2003, with researchers tracking their medical records until they reached the age of 20.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 10:21 am

Time – United States

The Mysterious History Behind Humanity’s Love of Dogs

National Dog Day is observed on Aug. 26

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 4:00 pm

See Breathtaking Views of the National Parks From Space on Their 100th Birthday

Yosemite, Redwood, and other famous parks as seen from space

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 10:00 am

Potential Earth-Like Planet Discovered One Star Away

The planet is 4.2 light-years away from Earth

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 6:10 pm

Humans Have Caused Global Warming for Longer Than We Thought

Global warming isn’t just a 20th and 21st century phenomenon

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 5:00 pm

50-Year-Old Elephant Dies at the San Diego Zoo

Ranchipur, an Asian male, was euthanized after years of health issues

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 2:40 pm

Giant Pearl Kept Under a Fisherman’s Bed for Ten Years Could Be the World’s Largest

If confirmed to be authentic, it could have a value of more than $100 million

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 9:16 am

The Fight to Save the World’s Seas From China’s Bloated Fishing Industry

New data from environmental groups indicates that Chinese fishing ships are disguising their true location, employing destructive fishing techniques and flouting the territorial boundaries of sovereign nations

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 7:51 am

Mayo Clinic – United States

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully

If your child is being bullied, get involved. Find out what’s happening — and know how to respond.

Posted on 26 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

Genetic testing for breast cancer: Psychological and social impact

If you’re considering genetic testing to determine your risk of breast or ovarian cancer, be prepared for how the test results might affect you.

Posted on 25 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

Infant formula: 7 steps to prepare it safely

Posted on 24 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

Kindergarten readiness: Help your child prepare

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

Boiling down the dietary guidelines

Get the skinny on current dietary recommendations about which foods to choose and which to avoid.

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

Asthma in adults: Creating an asthma action plan

Good asthma control requires organization. Find out how to track symptoms and adjust your medications accordingly.

Posted on 23 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

Fitness program: 5 steps to get started

Posted on 20 August 2016 @ 12:00 am

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