Friday, 30 October 2015

Medical News Today: Adverts for kid's meals with toys draw children

A new study confirms that when children see advertisements for fast food directed at their age group, especially with toys, they will ask to visit the restaurant advertised.

Forget counting sheep - therapy could help chronic pain sufferers get a good night's sleep

Research conducted at the University of Warwick indicates that chronic pain sufferers could benefit from therapy to help them sleep better.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Medical News Today: Aspirin: is it really a 'wonder drug'?

Aspirin is often hailed the 'wonder drug' due to its many potential health benefits. We take a look at these benefits, as well as the risks associated with the widely used drug.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Acid reflux medications may increase kidney disease risk

Highlights Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs used to treat acid reflux and other acid-related gastrointestinal conditions, may increase the risk for developing chronic kidney...

Medical News Today: Sing rather than talk to babies to keep them calm

Singing to babies may keep them calm much longer than talking to them, even if you do use baby talk, according to the findings of a new study.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Medical News Today: Fewer deaths from leading causes

The rate of deaths from the five leading causes - heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and unintentional injuries - has fallen in the US since 1969, according to a new study.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Medical News Today: Stroke in marijuana users linked to arterial stenosis

When marijuana users suffer stroke, it is more likely to be caused by arterial stenosis than by cardioembolism, unlike in non-users.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Medical News Today: Do American teens take more risks?

A study comparing risk-taking attitudes of children and teens in Puerto Rico and the Bronx shows that teens in the US are more likely to take risks.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Medical News Today: Birth order 'does not affect personality'

Researchers in Germany who surveyed 20,000 people have concluded that birth order makes no difference to personality, and minimal difference to intelligence.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Medical News Today: Drug promises robust new hair growth

Researchers have found that two drugs already approved by the FDA for other conditions can help strengthen hair growth, offering hope for people with baldness and alopecia.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Medical News Today: Plague existed 3,300 years earlier than previously thought

Research into DNA from the teeth of Iron and Bronze Age individuals shows that the Black Death existed 5,783 years ago - 3,300 years earlier than previously believed.

Medical News Today: Marijuana use has doubled in the US during the past decade

From 2001 to 2013, use of marijuana has doubled, finds a new study, which also reveals that use disorders have likewise increased during that time.

Gardening therapy helps women on long-term sick leave return to work

Being and working in a garden combined with active job coaching can effectively help women on long-term sick leave return to work.

Medical News Today: Daily aspirin could increase chance of pregnancy

Taking just an 81-mg dose of aspirin daily may increase a woman's chance of getting pregnant, particularly if they have miscarried previously, suggests new research.

Music proves to be a real hit in dementia project

Creative activities, such as designing musical instruments, can improve the quality of life of people with dementia, according to researchers at Lancaster University.

Medical News Today: Keep moving to prevent osteoarthritis, say physicists

Researchers explain how levels of sinovial fluid are maintained in cartilage and suggest that keeping active can prevent depletion and osteoarthritis.

Medical News Today: Africa more at risk from drug-resistant malaria than previously thought

Drug-resistant forms of the deadliest malaria parasite - currently confined to Asia - can infect African mosquitoes, suggesting risk of spread to Africa is higher than assumed.

Medical News Today: Scientists crunch 'big data' to produce new catalog of cancer driver genes

An analysis of two huge cancer databases identifies over 100 new cancer driver genes and helps explain how tumors driven by the same gene may lead to different patient outcomes.

Medical News Today: Botox prevents heart problems following bypass surgery

Botox appears to prevent heart rhythm problems in patients following bypass surgery, according to an article published by the AHA.

Medical News Today: Leptin gene therapy 'may be better than dieting' for weight loss

Researchers say injecting rats with an appetite-suppressing gene led to long-term weight loss without the side effect of reduced bone mass often found with dieting.

Medical News Today: Diesel exhaust alters half of flower scents honey bees use to find food

New research reveals that diesel exhaust degrades 50% of the most common floral scents used by bees to search for flowers and could be contributing to the decline in pollinators.

Medical News Today: Hearts age differently in men and women

Research comparing MRI scans taken 10 years apart reveals that men's and women's hearts change differently over time; for instance, men's tend to get heavier and hold less blood.

Medical News Today: AAP: abstain from alcohol during pregnancy

The American Academy of Pediatrics insist that no alcohol should be consumed during pregnancy in order to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Medical News Today: 15 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

What is happening in week 15 of your pregnancy? Your baby is now the size of a navel orange and is developing its ability to breathe.

Medical News Today: Leukemia cells can kill each other, study finds

Scientists have stumbled upon a way to make leukemia cells kill each other, through the application of antibodies. In lab conditions, 15% of cells were killed in 24 hours.

Medical News Today: Number of moles on right arm could predict risk of deadly skin cancer

Researchers suggests the risk of melanoma skin cancer may be predicted by the number of moles a person has on their right arm - a finding they say could be useful for doctors.

Medical News Today: People in vegetative state may be able to respond

Scientists have discovered where the blockage lies that prevents people who are aware - but in a vegetative state - from responding.

Medical News Today: Preterm birth may weaken babies' brain connections

Babies who are born prematurely may experience weaker connections in brain networks linked to attention, communication and emotion, a new study suggests.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Medical News Today: Gene indicates higher risk of heart disease for women

Researchers have identified a high-risk version of gene that interacts with high estrogen levels in women, increasing the chance of heart disease.

Medical News Today: New guidelines for breast cancer screening age

The ACS have issued new breast cancer screening guidelines, starting with optional screening from 40, and including annual screening from 45-54 years.

Medical News Today: IVF breakthrough: novel DNA test could more than double success rates

Researchers have developed a test that can measure levels of mitochondrial DNA in embryos, which may help doctors identify embryos likely to lead to successful pregnancy via IVF.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Medical News Today: Stored blood transfusion 'safe' after heart surgery

Despite previous conflicting studies, new research finds that use of stored blood for transfusions after heart surgery is safe and does not influence patient outcomes.

Medical News Today: Food allergy prevention: should we give infants peanuts?

Though previous guidelines recommended delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods to infants, a new review suggests the earlier, the better, to prevent allergy.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Medical News Today: Antibody test could detect Alzheimer's at preventable stage

A new test for antibodies could make it possible to detect Alzheimer's and other diseases at a stage early enough to preempt, delay or prevent them.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Medical News Today: Danger of listeria in caramel apples

Following an outbreak of listeria in 2014, caused by caramel apples, researchers warn that they must be eaten fresh or kept in a refrigerator.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Medical News Today: Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming

Researchers found that activating certain neurons in the brains of mice immediately induced REM sleep - the dreaming phase - while deactivating them stopped REM sleep.

Medical News Today: Could 6.5 hours of sleep be all we need?

A study of three groups of people living as hunter-gatherers in different parts of the world suggests that lack of sleep is not specific to the 'modern' world.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Medical News Today: Novel technique shows how autism affects social brain

An MRI tool has been used to investigate the effect of autism on the areas of the brain affecting social interaction, highlighting lack of connectivity and excess blood flow.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Medical News Today: Epidemic in disorders related to prescription opioids

A major study has shown that while use of opioids for nonmedical purposes has decreased, the disorders relating to use have increased, in what is being termed an 'epidemic.'

No proof that 85% of depression treatment apps accredited by NHS actually work

Seal of approval may falsely reassure patients; these apps should be removed from NHS libraryThere is no proof that 85% of the depression apps currently recommended by the NHS for patients to...

Medical News Today: New compound found to cure Ebola in monkeys

Researchers from the US have collaborated on a treatment for Ebola with 100% success in curing primate monkeys, offering hope that a therapy will be developed in the near future.

Medical News Today: Diamonds could help detect cancer early

A synthetic version of diamonds - called nanodiamonds - could lead to early detection of cancers through MRI imaging, according to new a study by researchers from Australia.

Medical News Today: CPR: how can a metronome save a child's life?

A new study finds that using a metronome improves the percentage of compressions delivered within an acceptable rate to pediatric manikins when administering CPR.

Medical News Today: Solar power helping to purify water in remote communities

A solar-powered system developed by MIT engineers is helping a remote community of subsistence farmers in Mexico to convert brackish well water and rain water into purified water.

Medical News Today: Brain discovery may lead to new treatments for peripheral neuropathy

A discovery about the molecular mechanisms that control pain signals to a region of the brain promises to open new research avenues for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.

Medical News Today: A man's life behaviors may impact grandchildren's health

Researchers suggest a man's life behaviors may alter a protein found in sperm to influence the health of both his children and grandchildren.

Medical News Today: New test can predict a man's sexual orientation

Researchers have created an algorithm that identifies genetic changes to predict whether a man is homosexual or heterosexual with up to 70% accuracy.

Medical News Today: Low oxygen before birth, high-salt diet may pose risk for cardiovascular disease

Experiments on mice show that low oxygen before birth and a high-salt diet in later life increase the chance of cardiovascular disease.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Medical News Today: Do flame retardants cause attention problems in children?

Children born to women with high levels of PBDEs in their cord blood during pregnancy show elevated signs of attention deficiency. PBDEs were used as a flame retardant until 2004.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Medical News Today: How can happiness make your heart healthier?

People with coronary heart disease who think positively develop better health habits, leading to better outcomes, according to new research.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Medical News Today: Depression: not a normal part of aging

In line with Mental Health Awareness Week, we look at the risk factors for depression among older adults, as well as the signs of the condition and how it can be treated.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Medical News Today: Bariatric surgery can increase tendency to self-harm

Research has found that bariatric surgery can increase the likelihood of self-harm and suicide in some morbidly obese patients, suggesting a need to review counseling procedures.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Medical News Today: Sex 'alters' immune system to increase chances of pregnancy

New research suggests that having sex - even during so-called non-fertile periods - changes the immune system, increasing chances of conception.

Medical News Today: Dishwashing could help relieve stress

Though often seen as a mundane chore, a new study suggests dishwashing can be an effective stress-relieving tool if we focus solely on the task at hand.

Dishwashing could help relieve stress

Though often seen as a mundane chore, a new study suggests dishwashing can be an effective stress-relieving tool if we focus solely on the task at hand.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Medical News Today: To live longer, replace 1 hour of sitting with walking daily

Could it be this simple? A new study suggests replacing sitting with walking for 1 hour each day could reduce the risk of early death by up to 14%.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Medical News Today: Infant use of asthma medication linked to stunted growth

Researchers have found that the use of inhaled corticosteroids during the first 2 years of life may be linked with stunted growth, potentially leading to loss of growth potential.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Aspects of patient/physician interaction may help alleviate heartburn symptoms

The results of a small study of patients being treated for chronic heartburn suggest that the longer, more comprehensive interaction that is typical of visits with complementary and integrative...

Medical News Today: Breast cancer: are men the forgotten victims?

In the US, 2,360 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. But still, many people believe that it only affects women. We investigate the reasons why.