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Science Daily - United States

Study reveals cause of poorer outcomes for African-American patients with breast cancer

Poorer outcomes for African-American women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, compared with European-American patients, appears to be due, in part, to a strong survival mechanism within the cancer cells, according to a study.

Posted on 18 April 2015 @ 1:28 pm

Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says

Excessive movement common among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, a new study shows. The findings show the longtime prevailing methods for helping children with ADHD may be misguided.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 11:00 pm

Researchers make key malarial drug-resistence finding

A molecular mechanism responsible for making malaria parasites resistant to artemisinins, the leading class of antimalarial drugs, has been discovered by researchers. Artemisinins are powerful drugs that have the most rapid action of all current drugs against the parasite species that causes the most dangerous form of malaria. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. Unfortunately, resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries across Southeast Asia.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 11:00 pm

New research shows how to tackle obesity

One size does not fit all when it comes to tackling obesity, according to a new study. Researchers looking at how to tackle England’s country’s obesity issue and found that currently individuals are often treated the same regardless of how healthy they are, where they live or their behavioral characteristics.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 10:59 pm

‘Real-time’ feedback, ‘pay for performance’ improve physician practice, hospital safety

Hospitals may reach higher safety and quality levels with programs that give physicians real-time feedback about evidence-based care and financial incentives for providing it, research shows.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 10:59 pm

Seafood samples had no elevated contaminant levels from oil spill, study shows

Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. A new study found that all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 10:59 pm

Artificial blood vessel lets researchers better assess clot removal devices

An in vitro, live-cell artificial vessel has been created that can be used to study both the application and effects of devices used to extract life-threatening blood clots in the brain. The artificial vessel could have significant implications for future development of endovascular technologies, including reducing the need for animal models to test new devices or approaches.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 6:50 pm


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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

VIDEO: Fighting dengue fever in Sao Paulo

The Brazilian authorities in Sao Paulo are fighting a large outbreak of dengue fever that has killed 130 people.

Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 12:26 am

VIDEO: Ebola ‘devastating’ Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma told the BBC’s Katty Kay that Ebola had a “devastating effect on the economy”.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 7:05 pm

‘Preventable rabies kills 160 per day’

More than 160 people die every day from rabies, despite it being a preventable disease, says a report by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:19 am

Dementia ‘halted in mice brains’

Tweaking the brain’s immune system with a drug has prevented mice developing dementia, a study shows.

Posted on 15 April 2015 @ 9:58 am

Ebola survivors ‘safe sex warning’

The WHO is urging recovered Ebola survivors to be even more cautious during sexual contact to make sure the virus is not passed on to partners.

Posted on 14 April 2015 @ 11:49 pm

Divorcees ‘have more heart attacks’

Divorced women are more likely to have a heart attack than their peers who stay married, US research suggests.

Posted on 14 April 2015 @ 11:48 pm

Schools reopen in Sierra Leone

Children in Sierra Leone go back to school for the first time in nine months, after they were closed to halt the spread of Ebola.

Posted on 14 April 2015 @ 5:39 pm

Yahoo - United States

Film Seeks to Compel Parents to Ask Hard Questions about Mercury and Vaccinations

Film Seeks to Compel Parents to Ask Hard Questions about Mercury and VaccinationsThere are few issues more polarizing these days than vaccines. Merely saying the word forces us to claim a side, often vehemently. Which is why it's interesting that the filmmakers of Trace Amounts: Austism, Mercury and the Hidden Truth say, "Many people think we are anti-vaccinations. But once they see the film, they realize we are not." A…


Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 5:59 pm

Canada quarantines chicken farm infected with bird flu

Canadian health officials have quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities saidCanadian health officials have quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities said. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said tests were conducted Friday after the "sudden deaths" of some chickens confirmed the presence of the virus. More tests are being performed to determine the exact type and strain of the virus, health officials said in their press release on Saturday.


Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 4:54 pm

Merck’s Keytruda shrinks lung cancer tumors, FDA approval sought

Merck & Co Inc’s Keytruda, approved for treating melanoma, was shown in a trial to shrink tumors in nearly half of advanced lung cancer patients with high levels of a protein used by tumors to evade the body’s own disease-fighting cells. The company said it has filed for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug as a treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has worsened despite previous treatment. Keytruda, also known as pembrolizumab, belongs to a new class of drugs designed to help the immune system fend off cancer by blocking a protein known as Programmed Death receptor (PD-1), or a related target known as PD-L1. Merck said its FDA lung cancer filing is for patients with both squamous and non-squamous NSCLC.

Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 4:28 pm

Teva shares slide on generic Copaxone fears

A sign bearing the logo of Teva is seen in JerusalemBy Steven Scheer and Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries shares slid five percent on Sunday after U.S. regulators approved a generic version of its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug and amid reports it was mulling a bid for rival Mylan. Teva's Tel Aviv shares fell to 249.80 shekels ($64) late on Sunday, the first day of trading since both news hit the market on Thursday after Israel's market closed for the weekend. Teva's New York-listed shares fell 3.8 percent on Thursday but gained 2.2 percent on Friday, ending the week at $64.91. In a potentially major blow for Teva, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, which accounts for about half the company's profit.


Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 1:07 pm

For next president, a way out of the health care fights?

This image provided by the Department of Health and Human Services shows a portion of the HealthCare.gov Website. Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation’s health care overhaul without fighting Congress. The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the overhaul and use them to redesign their own health care systems. (AP Photo/HHS)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.


Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 12:10 pm

Merck files for FDA approval of Keytruda in lung cancer

Merck & Co Inc said on Sunday it has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its drug Keytruda as a treatment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease. Keytruda, also known as pembrolizumab, is currently approved by the FDA for patients with advanced melanoma who are no longer responding to other therapies. The drug is part of a new class designed to help the body’s own immune system fend off cancer by blocking a protein known as Programmed Death receptor (PD-1), or a related target known as PD-L1, used by tumors to evade disease-fighting cells. Merck said the FDA submission is based on trial data in patients for which testing showed that at least half of their tumor cells contained PD-L1.

Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 12:02 pm

Australia to boost child vaccination with $20 mn package

Australia has unveiled a Aus$26 million (US$20 million) package to increase child vaccination rates, as it removed a religious exemption allowing parents unwilling to immunise their children to claim some government benefitsAustralia on Sunday unveiled a Aus$26 million (US$20 million) package to increase child vaccination rates, as it removed a religious exemption allowing parents unwilling to immunise their children to claim some government benefits. Health Minister Sussan Ley said the new measures, which will be part of the May 12 federal budget, included the establishment of a national school vaccination register and financial incentives for doctors to pursue children two months overdue for their immunisations. "In fact, what happens is your children maintain immunity from diseases that can either kill or give lifetime difficulties." Ley said the package was part of a "carrot and stick" approach to immunisation. The government last Sunday said it would block parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from accessing some government benefits.


Posted on 19 April 2015 @ 11:14 am

Time - United States

Dog Flu Is Spreading In The Midwest

‘It’s believed that the H3N2 strain was introduced here from Asia, but how it happened is not known’

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:11 pm

Men Give More Generously to Attractive Fundraisers, Study Finds

They’ll also compete against one another to give more generously

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 8:34 am

Here Is the Biggest Reason You Love Your Dog

Never mind the petting or playing; it’s all about the eyes

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Meet the Women Scientists of TIME 100

These five most influential women are pioneers in the field of science and medicine

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 11:00 am

Watch the SpaceX Rocket Landing in Slow Motion

The rocket tipped over due to excess lateral velocity

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 12:47 am

Here’s Why You Have a Chin

Hint: You could do perfectly well without it

Posted on 15 April 2015 @ 8:31 pm

Netflix Announces Planet Earth Sequel Series Our Planet

The follow-up series will feature “never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests”

Posted on 15 April 2015 @ 5:45 pm

Mayo Clinic - United States

Fitness for less: Low-cost ways to shape up

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:00 am

First-aid kits: Stock supplies that can save lives

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:00 am

Extended breast-feeding: What you need to know

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:00 am

Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:00 am

Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy

Posted on 17 April 2015 @ 12:00 am

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 12:00 am

Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 12:00 am


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