Sunday, 30 August 2015

Medical News Today: Coffee may harm cardiovascular health for young adults with mild hypertension

Researchers have found that heavy coffee consumption could increase the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks in young adults with hypertension.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Medical News Today: Drinking water, eating after heavy drinking 'does not prevent hangovers'

Contrary to the beliefs of many student drinkers, a new study finds that drinking water or eating directly after heavy alcohol consumption does not prevent hangovers.

Medical News Today: FDA approve new drug to treat high cholesterol

Repatha is the second in a class of drugs to be approved by the FDA that addresses how the liver performs in relation to the treatment of high cholesterol.

Medical News Today: Man sheds deadly polio virus in feces for 28 years

Researchers from the UK have reported on a man who they believe has been shedding a mutated form of a vaccine-derived polio virus in his feces for 28 years.

Medical News Today: Could neuroticism stem from overthinking?

Researchers have proposed a new cognitive model for neuroticism, suggesting that this personality trait could be explained by overthinking rather than sensitivity to threat.

Medical News Today: Growth hormone 'treats osteoporosis in postmenopausal women'

Three years of growth hormone injections in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis continued to give bone benefits for a decade, according to the results of a randomized trial.

Medical News Today: Antibiotic use may raise risk of type 2 diabetes

Researchers from Denmark find individuals with a greater number of antibiotic prescriptions each year are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Medical News Today: Fat deposits in brain may hasten Alzheimer's disease

New research suggests that abnormal fat deposits found in the brains of people who died from Alzheimer's disease could trigger or accelerate the condition.

Medical News Today: Could hypertension during pregnancy signal elevated risk for siblings?

The male siblings of women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease in later life, a new study finds.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Medical News Today: Breast cancer relapse could be predicted with new blood test

A new study reports that a so-called ‘mutation-tracking' blood test can pick up valuable signs of cancer’s potential return, offering hope to patients with the disease.

Medical News Today: Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D

A new study by researchers from Canada reveals genetically lower levels of vitamin D may be associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis.

High use of alternative medicine in senior oncology patients

Many seniors with cancer are also using complementary or alternative medicines that could interfere with their cancer treatmentAlternative medicines are widely thought to be at least harmless and...

Medical News Today: A bottle of water before mealtimes could aid weight loss

Obese adults who drank 500 ml of water 30 minutes before main meals lost more weight over a 12-week period than those who did not drink water before mealtimes, a new study reveals.

Medical News Today: Link found between throat microbes and schizophrenia

Researchers have revealed that the microscopic organisms found in the back of the throats of people with schizophrenia are different to those found in healthy individuals.

Medical News Today: Relapse in leukemia tied to mutations that persist through treatment

Focusing on mutations that linger through chemotherapy instead of those present at time of diagnosis may be a better way to predict relapse and survival in acute myeloid leukemia.

Medical News Today: Majority of false-positive mammograms associated with anxiety, distress

Researchers have found that patients who receive false-positive mammogram results are significantly more likely to report negative psychosocial consequences than those who do not.

Medical News Today: How to take care of your teeth and gums

With proper care and attention, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. Poor oral health is significantly associated with chronic diseases and low self-esteem.

Medical News Today: Omega-3 supplements, physical activity fail to show effect against cognitive decline

New research fails to show a benefit from exercise or dietary supplementation on levels of cognitive brain health, but experts say lifestyle factors should not be written off.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Medical News Today: Handheld device for rapid assessment of vital signs

Medical engineers have developed a battery-powered, hand-held device that allows people with no training to rapidly assess vital signs from the lips and fingertips noninvasively.

Medical News Today: Aspirin, NSAIDs linked to reduced risk of colorectal cancer

New research finds continuous long-term use of aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Medical News Today: Corticosteroid injections may be ineffective for low back pain

Researchers found that for two common causes of low back pain - radiculopathy and spinal stenosis - epidural corticosteroid injections failed to provide effective pain relief.

Medical News Today: New vaccine candidates may lead toward universal flu vaccine

Two studies have developed influenza vaccine candidates designed to target an area of the virus that is less prone to mutation compared with traditional vaccine targets.

Medical News Today: Access to nature tied to better sleep quality in men and seniors

Men and people aged 65 and over were less likely to report insufficient sleep when they had access natural environments like parks, the beach, green spaces, study shows.

Medical News Today: Heart disease deaths 'only slightly improved' in young adults over past 3 decades

While heart disease death rates have improved significantly over the past few decades, new research indicates the rate of improvement is not shared equally by different age groups.

Medical News Today: A third of very elderly Americans 'on statins without evidence'

Statins are increasingly being used in people over 79 years of age who have not yet shown any signs of vascular disease - contrary to the available evidence, say researchers.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Medical News Today: 8 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

What is happening in week 8 of your pregnancy? Your baby is now the size of a raspberry and is growing rapidly in all directions at a rate of one millimeter per day.

Medical News Today: Obstetric delivery for low-risk pregnancies does not improve birth outcomes, study finds

For low-risk pregnancies, birth outcomes do not differ depending on whether an infant is delivered by a family doctor or an obstetrician, according to new research.

Medical News Today: People with autistic traits may be more creative, study suggests

In creativity tests, researchers found individuals with high autistic traits were more likely to come up with original and unusual ideas than those without such traits.

Medical News Today: Reprogramming cancer cells back to normal looks feasible, study shows

Researchers united from two different fields have found the protein signaling that maintains the cancerous state of cells can be altered to morph tumor cells back to normal.

Medical News Today: Drug may reduce harm of potentially lethal radiation

A new study in mice shows that an experimental drug given 24 hours after potentially-lethal exposure to nuclear radiation appears to extend survival by lessening damage to the gut.

Medical News Today: 'What day is it today?' Study explains why it can be hard to keep track

Researchers suggest that midweek days are frequently confused because the mental associations that people have with them are sparse and similar.

Medical News Today: How to get rid of an infestation of bed bugs

Practical information about how to eliminate a bed bug infestation, along with tips about how to help prevent the insects taking hold in the first place.

Medical News Today: Beta blockers may have anticancer properties

Researchers investigating patients with ovarian cancer have found that beta blockers - a commonly used hypertension medication - could also have anticancer properties.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Medical News Today: Value decisions rely on communication between two brain regions, study shows

Unable to decide between rice and noodles? The coupling between the two brain regions involved in making value choices is not working so well today, neuroeconomists might say.

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice

Alpha-lipoic acid stimulates telomerase in vascular smooth muscleIn human cells, shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, are both a sign of aging and contribute to it.

Medical News Today: Helpful physicians may be key to successful weight loss

Participants in a weight-loss program who found their physicians the most helpful lost around twice as much weight as those who rated their physicians the least helpful.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Medical News Today: New study supports link between ADHD and traumatic brain injury

An observational study utilizing phone interviews finds further evidence of a relationship between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Medical News Today: Breastfed infants exposed to toxic chemicals, study finds

New research reveals that the longer an infant is breastfed, the more they are exposed to a number of toxic chemicals known as perfluorinated alkylate substances.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Medical News Today: Levels of dementia may be stabilizing, says report

The rise of dementia that was previously predicted may be false after researchers discover the number of people with the condition is stabilizing in some countries.

Acupuncture may reduce high blood pressure

Trial shows electroacupuncture - acupuncture that uses low-intensity electrical pulses - can lower high blood pressure for up to 6 weeks in untreated hypertensive patients.

Medical News Today: Head lice: researchers identify widespread resistance to common treatments

Researchers reveal that 25 out of 30 US states, head lice populations have become 100% resistant to common medications containing the insecticides pyrethroids.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Medical News Today: Novel wireless implant successfully simulates nerves

A new miniature, wireless device that provides optogenetics nerve stimulation has been created by scientists, opening the door to new research in neuroscience.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Medical News Today: Mothers' microbes could help predict preterm births

A new study reveals how microbes in pregnant women who went on to give birth prematurely are different to those in women who gave birth full term.

Research from Harvard and Johns Hopkins shows surge in journal articles on yoga therapy

During the last 10 years, the number of articles in peer-reviewed journals worldwide about clinical trials of yoga therapy to alleviate disease-related symptoms increased 3-fold.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Medical News Today: Cravings may be reduced with Tetris

A new study has revealed how playing Tetris for just a few minutes a day can help reduce the feeling of cravings, such as those for food, cigarettes and alcohol.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Medical News Today: Women respond more to romantic cues on a full stomach

Researchers have found that women respond more to romantic stimuli after having eaten, suggesting that food and sex responses share neurocircuitry.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Medical News Today: Can fish oil prevent schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders?

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may prevent the onset of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, according to a new study.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Medical News Today: Google to collaborate on 'next-generation' glucose monitoring devices

Earlier this week, a collaboration was announced between the life sciences team at Google and DexCom to develop next-generation glucose monitoring products.

Medical News Today: IVF: use of frozen eggs linked to poorer live birth rates

Using frozen eggs rather than fresh eggs for in vitro fertilization is associated with lower live birth rates, according to new research published in JAMA.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Medical News Today: Coca-Cola and the problem with industry-funded research

In light of the news that Coca-Cola is funding an organization claiming that lack of exercise is the primary cause of obesity, we investigate the role of industry-funded research.

Medical News Today: Studies fall short on identifying best cleaning methods for preventing hospital infections

A systematic overview of studies researching cleaning methods in hospitals has revealed many of them fail to focus on how such methods impact patients' health.

Medical News Today: Testosterone therapy may improve heart health for older men

Researchers have observed that patients whose low testosterone levels returned to normal with therapy also experienced a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.

Medical News Today: Breath test for early-stage liver disease steps closer

A noninvasive test that analyses levels of limonene in the breath shows promise as a way to detect the early stages of liver cirrhosis, say researchers.

Medical News Today: Death and heart disease risks increased with trans fats, not saturated fats

Although dietary guidelines recommend reducing saturated fat intake, a new review suggests saturated fat intake is not associated with greater risk of death or heart disease.

Medical News Today: Gene therapy hope for recurrent ovarian cancer patients

New research suggests gene therapy may improve survival of the 70% of patients with ovarian cancer that recurs after chemotherapy and is invariably fatal.

Medical News Today: New IVF approach could boost success rates for older women

A new approach to IVF could be in the cards for older women, after researchers gain a better understanding as to why women aged 40 and older have poor IVF success rates.

Medical News Today: Under-the-desk pedal device could reduce sedentary behavior for office workers

Providing each office employee with a portable pedal device may increase physical activity, reducing the risk of sedentary-related health problems, according to new research.

Medical News Today: Risk of heart disease increased with Southern diet

Researchers found that people who followed the Southern diet had a 56% higher risk of heart disease than those who ate such foods less frequently.

Medical News Today: Potential 'obesity gene' discovered

Scientists have discovered a potential 'obesity gene,' according to a new study. When this gene was silenced in mice, a drastic reduction of white fat followed.

Medical News Today: Depression, bipolar may raise heart disease risk in teens

A scientific statement from the American Heart Association claims major depression and bipolar disorder should be considered risk factors for heart disease among adolescents.

Medical News Today: Scientists probing molecular origins of Parkinson's disease highlight two proteins

Using a new approach to focus on relevant molecules, scientists discover two gene-regulating proteins that appear to protect neurons most affected by Parkinson's disease.

Medical News Today: Existing class of drugs may halt Ebola, Marburg viruses

A new study proposes a way to halt Ebola and Marburg viruses is to block their entry into host cells - where they replicate - with a class of drugs already in common use.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Medical News Today: Testosterone therapy may reduce cardiovascular risk in older men

Researchers have observed that patients whose low testosterone levels returned to normal with therapy also experienced a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Medical News Today: Liver disease drug could slow Parkinson's disease

A drug that has been used for decades to treat liver disease could be used to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, according to researchers testing the drug on fruit flies.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Medical News Today: Resistance to hearing loss treatment can lead to depression

A study has identified that many people are running the risk of depression and anxiety by staying silent about hearing difficulties.

Medical News Today: Nicotine-eating bacteria show promise as new anti-smoking therapy

Scientists working on a bacterial enzyme that seeks out and destroys nicotine before it reaches the brain say it shows promise as a drug to help people quit smoking.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Medical News Today: Bodybuilding supplement overuse 'an eating disorder'

A new study of over-the-counter bodybuilding supplement use has found that many men who use these products are concerned with how often they use them.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Detecting Viagra's active ingredient, other dietary supplements' hidden ingredients

To lose weight, boost energy or soothe nerves, many consumers turn to dietary supplements. But some of these products contain undeclared substances.

Medical News Today: High-GI diet may raise depression risk for postmenopausal women

A high-GI diet has been previously linked to health problems. Now, a new study has revealed the diet can increase the risk of depression in postmenopausal women.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Medical News Today: Study finds no link between early marijuana use and later health problems

A study has revealed there is no link between teenage marijuana use and the development of physical and mental health problems later in life.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Medical News Today: World's first 3D-printed drug approved by FDA

The world's first drug developed using 3D-printing technology has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of epilepsy.

Medical News Today: Warning about the dangers of measles may sway vaccine skeptics

Many people worry about the safety of vaccines - particularly the MMR vaccine. But a new study suggests a nonconfrontational approach that could alleviate these concerns.

Medical News Today: SSRI use during pregnancy lowers risk of premature birth

Researchers reveal that SSRI use among pregnant women is associated with reduced risk of birth complications. However, it may also increase the risk of neonatal problems.

Medical News Today: High-dose vitamin D supplements 'do not improve bone health' for postmenopausal women

Researchers have found that postmenopausal women taking a high-dose vitamin D supplement derived similar benefits to a group of postmenopausal women receiving a placebo.

Medical News Today: New 'drug-entrapped' artificial blood vessels stay clot-free

A drawback of drug-releasing vascular grafts and stents is that they only postpone the problem of clots. Now, a new type of vessel lining promises to overcome this.

Medical News Today: 6 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

What is happening in week 6 of your pregnancy? Your baby will be taking huge developmental strides - their vital organ systems have started to form or are continuing to grow.

Medical News Today: FDA approve dual gastric balloon for treatment of obesity

The FDA have approved a dual balloon device for treating obesity. The device - which is inserted into the stomach non-surgically - makes you feel full with less food.

Medical News Today: Young dads at greater risk of death in middle age, study suggests

A new study suggests men who become fathers before the age of 25 may be at significantly greater risk of death in midlife, compared with men who delay fatherhood.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Medical News Today: Neuroblastoma cancer cells weaken immune system 'like kryptonite'

A molecule found in the cancer cells of neuroblastoma act like 'kryptonite’ to weaken the body's immune system, a new study reveals, making them lethargic and ineffective.

High prevalence of alternative menopause therapies despite lack of evidence of efficacy and safety

Almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65 years could be using complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, despite evidence they can be...

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Medical News Today: Wound closure more effective when surgeons listen to their preferred music

A new study shows when surgeons listen to their favorite music while they operate, they close wounds faster and better. This could translate to cost savings, the researchers say.

Medical News Today: First ever successful field testing of Ebola vaccine reported

The vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV has proven to be successful at halting the spread of the Ebola virus in ongoing field tests conducted in Guinea.

Medical News Today: New noninvasive treatment enables paralyzed men to move again

A new noninvasive treatment has successfully restored voluntary leg movement in paralyzed patients for the first time by delivering electrical stimulation to the spinal cord.

Medical News Today: How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

A British pharmacist has created an infographic that he claims reveals what happens to the body within 1 hour of drinking Coca-Cola and other caffeinated fizzy drinks.

Medical News Today: Reconstructing ancient virus should help scientists improve gene therapies

Scientists hope to better understand the complexity of viruses by reconstructing an ancient ancestor so they can design next-generation viruses to deliver gene therapy.

Medical News Today: Mindfulness meditation may help smokers quit - even those with no willpower

An intention to quit smoking may be less important than targeting self-control mechanisms, according to experts who have reviewed the evidence.

Medical News Today: Exercise in adolescence may reduce adult cancer risk, all-cause mortality for women

A new study suggests that participating in exercise as an adolescent could affect the likelihood of women developing cancer - regardless of adult exercise participation.

Medical News Today: Study identifies delays in lung cancer treatment due to missed diagnostic testing

Many patients with suspected lung cancer are missing diagnostic tests, which is leading to delays in treatment for the condition, according to new research.

Medical News Today: Study identifies five different types of prostate cancer

For the first time, scientists have discovered prostate cancer can be categorized into five different types, each with its own genetic fingerprint.

Medical News Today: Doctors should screen all adults for depression, say expert panel

The US Preventive Services Task Force have issued a draft recommendation stating everyone in the US aged 18 and older should be screened for depression.

Medical News Today: Assessing the South Korea MERS outbreak: could it happen elsewhere?

In this Spotlight, we examine the recent MERS outbreak in South Korea, examining how authorities dealt with the virus and whether such an outbreak could occur elsewhere.

Medical News Today: Drone transport 'does not affect blood samples'

A study that tested the use of drones to carry blood samples to a lab at another location finds up to 40 minutes of travel does not affect results of routine and common tests.

Medical News Today: Silk and stem cells may help engineer salivary glands for dry mouth

Use of silk fiber scaffolds may solve the problem of how to get salivary gland stem cells to grow into salivary gland tissue, opening the door to new treatments for dry mouth.

Medical News Today: Gradual increase in salt intake linked to high blood pressure

A Japanese study that followed the sodium intakes and blood pressures of healthy people confirms dietary sodium is associated with hypertension.

Medical News Today: Hypothermia in organ donors could improve kidney transplants

Researchers have demonstrated that reducing the body temperature of organ donors can reduce the risk of delayed graft function in patients receiving a kidney transplant.

Medical News Today: Chlamydia screening 'easier and cheaper' with new DNA smartphone test

A new smartphone DNA test could offer a simpler and cheaper - though equally as accurate - alternative to current chlamydia screening techniques, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Scientists discover gene that controls body clock

After studying mice with abnormal body clocks, researchers have identified a gene that they consider to be the master controller of circadian rhythms.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Medical News Today: Modern nuclear disasters: biggest risk is mental, not physical illness

Fukushima has had no physical impact on human health but will have lasting social and psychological ones, say leading radiological protection experts.