Sunday, 22 May 2016

Luea Pharmacy - Providing Innovative Medications with a Personal Touch

For centuries, pharmacies have played a critical role in health care. As medical techniques evolved over the years, community pharmacists were on the front lines, preparing and dispensing remedies and offering therapeutic advice to their customers. Along with neighborhood hardware stores and mom-dad-pop grocery stores, small, family-owned pharmacies have all but disappeared from the American landscape. Most pharmacies today are chains, stocked with medicines that have been prefabricated in mass quantities by the pharmaceutical industry.

Located in Swartz Creek, Luea Pharmacy is an exception to this rule. Since 1982, Luea Pharmacy has been family owned and operated, providing patients, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities with a variety of services. Being a small pharmacy means that they get to know each of their patients and can offer the personal care and individual attention that is so often missing from a giant corporation. 

A full service operation, Luea has the only retail sterile facility in Genesee County and a state of the art compound lab on the premises. According to the Professional Compounding Center of America, compounding is "the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients." Working closely with the patient and prescriber, the compounding pharmacist mixes individual ingredients together in precise strengths and dosage forms, customizing a medication to meet the patients specific needs. 

Traditionally, all prescriptions were compounded, but this process was replaced by mass drug manufacturing in the 1950's and 60's. While mass manufacturing produces large quantities of prescriptions in a short period of time, this "one size fits all" approach doesn't work for all patients. Thanks to advances in medical technology, techniques and innovative research, compounding has experienced a revival and allowed pharmacies like Luea to tailor medications to meet patients individual needs.

Through their compounding lab, Luea Pharmacy can assist patients with a wide variety of specialized services. The advantages of compounding is that it allows medication to be customized. One of the easiest ways to customize a medication is by adding flavor. Cough syrup or antibiotics can be flavored like watermelon, grape, or even chocolate, meaning that children or flavor sensitive patients won't avoid taking their medication because of the unpleasant taste. Most compounding flavors are sugar free, and dye free flavors are also available, so people with allergies can be accommodated as well. 

Compounding can also be extremely effective at treating hormone imbalances. Due to menopause or other factors, unbalanced hormones can affect many aspects of a woman's life, including mood, metabolism, and sexual and reproductive health. Luea Pharmacy offers Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Consultation, which allows them to accurately diagnose and treat any hormone deficiencies. Patients fill out a hormone evaluation form and provide a saliva sample. These diagnostic tools are then interpreted to measure a patients hormone levels and determine an appropriate course of treatment. 

By working closely with the patient and her health care provider, a patient will be treated with a hormone replacement regimen that replicates the body's natural processes, bringing her back into balance. Luea's compounding lab has the additional advantage of being able to prepare a variety of dosage forms including capsules, sublingual drops, or topical creams. 

Luea Pharmacy doesn't only treat human patients. They also give their animal patients the highest quality care and attention. Just like people, many animals avoid medication because of the flavor. The compounding lab can create a pill that tastes like bacon or a liquid medication that tastes like fish, meaning that Fido or snowball will take his medicine without a fight. Alternate forms of a particular medicine can also be created, so instead of a pill, your pet could get the treatment it needs in the form of a paste, cream, ointment, or even a biscuit or treat. 

At Luea Pharmacy, the variety of specialized services take patient care to a new level. The needs of each patient are considered in the accurate, specialized treatments and medicines provided. Their individualized approach, in conjunction with their techniques employed by their compounding lab, provide innovative and personalized solutions that corporate pharmacies and mass produced medications can't. Luea Pharmacy is playing an active part in the health care of their patients, just like the neighborhood pharmacies of generations passed. They truly offer "old fashioned service...just like you remember." - Written by Lindsay Crawford, Published in the Michigan Innovative Health Magazine, Spring 2016 Issue.

Luea Pharmacy
8021 Miller Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Medical News Today: Beer compound decreases weight gain and lowers cholesterol

A flavonoid found naturally in beer and hops lowered markers of metabolic syndrome in lab mice. Researchers say it has the potential to be an effective treatment in humans.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Medical News Today: Hepatitis C: elbasvir/grazoprevir combo tops popular treatment

A new trial reveals that a once-daily tablet is more effective and safer than the current popular treatment for hepatitis C virus. Results were released at a conference recently.

Chiropractic: What Is Chiropractic Manipulation? Does It Work?

Chiropractic manipulation is the most common form of alternative, complementary medicine. In this article, we will explain how it came into being and what it entails.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Medical News Today: High levels of phthalates detected in people who eat fast food

People who consume a lot of fast food may also be consuming high levels of phthalates - a potentially hazardous industrial chemical - according to new research.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Medical News Today: Gut microbiota development driven by specific enzyme in breast milk

A new study has identified the enzyme in breast milk that is key to microbiota development in newborns, and it shows that the enzyme can also be derived from cow's milk.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Medical News Today: Marijuana use may reduce dopamine in the brain

Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter, but a new study finds that heavy marijuana use could lower its release, causing negative effects on learning and behavior.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Medical News Today: Expedition will test implantable biosensor on world's seventh highest mountain

Personnel from the British military service are planning to use implantable biosensors to study the heart at extreme altitudes, as part of an expedition to Dhaulagiri in Nepal.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Medical News Today: How does LSD dissolve one's sense of self? fMRI scans reveal answer

fMRI scans have shown what happens in the brain when a person takes the psychedelic drug LSD, and researchers suggest a use for such substances in future neurological research.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Medical News Today: Anorexia: genetic and environmental risk factors uncovered

A new mouse model demonstrates how a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors can trigger the eating disorder. Researchers hope to find therapeutic targets.

UK's first holistic clinical trial to help improve life for cancer sufferers and survivors

For the first time in the UK a clinical trial is being run to examine whether a holistic approach will help people living with and recovering from cancer.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Medical News Today: Life expectancy depends on wealth and where you live

How much you earn and where you live affects how long you will live, and the gaps are growing between the richest and the poorest, says a study based on data for 2001-2014.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Medical News Today: Lithium brings anti-aging drugs a step closer

By blocking a molecule linked to age-related diseases, low doses of the mood-stabilizing drug lithium increased the lifespan of fruit flies by up to 18% in a new study.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Medical News Today: Cardiac contractions and feelings of familiarity linked

New research investigates the surprising interaction between the muscular contractions of our heart and feelings of familiarity. Physiology is stranger than fiction.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Medical News Today: Wisdom influenced by heart rate variability

Individuals with greater heart rate variation are more likely to have less biased, wiser judgement than those with lower heart rate variation, according to new research.

Scientists discover how Chinese medicinal plant makes anti-cancer compound

New research led by Professor Cathie Martin of the John Innes Centre has revealed how a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine produces compounds which may help to treat cancer and liver...

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Medical News Today: Eating fresh fruits daily may reduce your risk of cardiovascular death

A study of more than half a million adults in China found that eating fresh fruits every day lowered the risks of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death.

Acupuncture in the military for rapid pain relief on the battlefield

Integrative medicine (IM) is coming of age in the U.S. military, with the first example of widespread implementation of an IM technique being the popular use of acupuncture to treat pain in combat...

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Medical News Today: High-fat diet can alter the cellular body clock

Consuming saturated fats at the wrong time of day can put cellular processes and inflammatory responses out of synch, adding to the risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Medical News Today: Choir singing may boost cancer patients' health, well-being

Singing in a choir for just 1 hour was found to increase immune system activity among cancer patients, suggesting choir singing may be a simple treatment aid for the disease.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Medical News Today: Virtual consultations vary in quality of care

As virtual visits grow in popularity among patients with acute conditions, a study reveals variation in the quality of treatment - depending on the company and the condition.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Medical News Today: Treating depression may reduce heart disease risk

The links between cardiovascular health and depression are only slowly being uncovered. A new study finds that treating depression effectively might reduce future cardiac risk.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Medical News Today: High-protein diet may explain anatomical differences of Neanderthals

Compared with Homo sapiens, Neanderthals had a wider rib cage and pelvis. Now, new research suggests this may be because they had to adapt to a high-protein diet.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Medical News Today: Obesity now more prevalent worldwide than underweight

In the last 40 years, the average human has gained the equivalent of 1.5 kg per decade, although low weight remains a major public health concern in poorer regions.

Medical News Today: Obesity now more prevalent worldwide than underweight

In the last 40 years, the average human has gained the equivalent of 1.5 kg per decade, although low weight remains a major public health concern in poorer regions.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Medical News Today: Daily serving of pulses may aid long-term weight loss

Want to lose weight and keep it off? A new study suggests eating 130 g of dried beans, dried peas, chickpeas or lentils every day could help.

Medical News Today: Daily serving of pulses may aid long-term weight loss

Want to lose weight and keep it off? A new study suggests eating 130 g of dried beans, dried peas, chickpeas or lentils every day could help.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Medical News Today: Couples' caffeine intake before pregnancy may affect miscarriage risk

Couples who consume more than two caffeinated drinks daily in the weeks leading up to conception may be at greater risk of miscarriage than those who drink less caffeine.

Medical News Today: Couples' caffeine intake before pregnancy may affect miscarriage risk

Couples who consume more than two caffeinated drinks daily in the weeks leading up to conception may be at greater risk of miscarriage than those who drink less caffeine.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Medical News Today: Early fetal abnormalities may correct themselves in time

Testing for embryonic chromosomal abnormalities can be a traumatic experience, but tests on mice now suggest that even if there are abnormalities, the cells can fix themselves.

Medical News Today: Early fetal abnormalities may correct themselves in time

Testing for embryonic chromosomal abnormalities can be a traumatic experience, but tests on mice now suggest that even if there are abnormalities, the cells can fix themselves.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Medical News Today: All-out sprints may do more harm than good

Intense exercise training may help you boost your cardiovascular health and lose calories, but starting from scratch can lead to a buildup of unhealthy levels of free radicals.

Medical News Today: All-out sprints may do more harm than good

Intense exercise training may help you boost your cardiovascular health and lose calories, but starting from scratch can lead to a buildup of unhealthy levels of free radicals.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Medical News Today: Digital mammography can help predict heart disease

Digital mammography can detect calcium in the breast arteries that seems to correlate with calcium in the coronary arteries, suggesting a role in detecting heart disease.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Medical News Today: Fruit juices and smoothies have 'unacceptably high' sugar content

Fruit juices and smoothies may contain more sugar than you expect. New research reveals that one juice may contain a child's recommended sugar intake for a whole day.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Chinese traditional medicines: do you know what you are buying?

Chinese medicines are manufactured and distributed all over the world. Many people perceive them as natural, even benign and with few side effects, but regulation of human medicines fluctuates...

Medical News Today: Serious heart attacks affecting younger people

The age at which people have a serious heart attack fell over 2 decades, from 64 to 60; rates of all risk factors increased, despite growing awareness of cardiovascular risks.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Medical News Today: What is the gut microbiota? What is the human microbiome?

The microbiota and microbiome of the human body have been researched intensively in recent years. Find out about what we now know about them and what they mean for our health.

Medical News Today: Exercise in older age may protect memory and thinking skills

Moderate or intense exercise in older age could slow brain aging by 10 years, a new study suggests, providing further evidence of the brain benefits of physical activity.

Medical News Today: Wound healing could be enhanced with modified maggots

Maggots are already used to help heal stubborn wounds; they remove dead tissue and fight microbes. Now, researchers have modified them to produce growth factors to enhance healing.

Medical News Today: Daytime sleepiness could predict metabolic disease

People who nap for over 40 minutes a day or feel excessively tired are far more likely to have cardiovascular problems or diabetes, but short naps appear to be good for the health.

Medical News Today: Prolonged sitting responsible for more than 430,000 deaths

Sitting for more than 3 hours a day accounts for around 3.8% of all-cause deaths over 54 countries, according to the result of a new study.

Medical News Today: 'Tough guys' less likely to be honest with doctor

New research suggests 'masculine' men are less likely to visit the doctor, and women with 'masculine contingencies of self-worth' are also less likely to seek medical help.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Medical News Today: People with 'rage' disorder twice as likely to have toxoplasmosis

People with intermittent explosive disorder are more than twice as likely to have toxoplasmosis, an infection passed on through cat feces, undercooked meat or contaminated water.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Medical News Today: Eye microbiome of contact lens wearers resembles that of skin

The microbiome of the eyes of people who wear contact lenses is different from that of non-lens wearers, and it is more like their skin, says a new study.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Integrative medicine a cover for dubious therapies

Integrative medicine is little more than an "ill-conceived concept" formalising the promotion and use of unproven or disproven therapies, and is therefore in conflict with evidence-based medicine...

Medical News Today: Rosacea linked to increased Parkinson's risk

People who have rosacea are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, but the risk of Parkinson's may be lower among those who use tetracyclines.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Medical News Today: Crunch effect: how the sounds of eating curb the appetite

A new study suggests that if we can hear the sound of our own mastication, we will probably eat less. Researchers say the findings could help reduce the risk of obesity.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Medical News Today: High-fat diet may put future generations at risk of disease

Eating a high-fat diet may put your children at risk of diabetes and obesity, says a study that indicates the tendency may be passed on through epigenetic mechanisms.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Medical News Today: Stem cell injection reverses osteoporosis in mice

Mice with osteoporosis experienced new bone growth 6 months after an injection of stem cells, offering hope that this chronic disease may one day be reversible.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Medical News Today: 'Lost' memories retrieved in mice with early Alzheimer's

Scientists have used optogenetics to retrieve the memories of mice with early Alzheimer's symptoms, suggesting it may be possible to restore memories in humans with the condition.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Meditation: could it replace opioids for pain relief?

A new study is the first to demonstrate that mindfulness-related pain relief is distinct from placebo pain relief, putting meditation squarely in the center of the opioid epidemic.

Medical News Today: Anxiety may lead to bad decision-making

Anxiety may interfere with a specific set of neurons in the prefrontal cortex of the brain that are responsible for choice, causing us to make bad decisions, a new study suggests.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Medical News Today: 'Bionic heart patch' could offer heart transplant alternative

Scientists from Tel Aviv University in Israel have created a 'bionic heart patch' that could enable real-time delivery of tissue regeneration drugs for heart failure patients.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Medical News Today: New tracer improves the tracking of cells during MRI

Sensitive new technology that effectively tracks stem and immune cells in MRI is expected to enhance the progress of research and development of therapies.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Yoga improves quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation

Yoga improves quality of life in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, according to research published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Medical News Today: Keep moving to halve the risk of Alzheimer's

Put on your dancing shoes. Any kind of exercise appears to boost brain volume and decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, says a new study.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Medical News Today: Children reap the benefits of video games

Contrary to popular fears, video games appear to promote mental health and cognitive and social skills in young children, says a new report.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Medical News Today: Cancer breakthrough? Drug combo eradicated breast cancer tumors in 11 days

A cancer drug duo eliminated tumors for some women with HER2-positive breast cancer in only 11 days, while others saw a significant reduction in tumor size, new research reveals.

Medical News Today: Could a probiotic pill prevent dental cavities?

Researchers have pinpointed a 'good bacterium' that reduces acidity and fights 'bad bacteria' in the mouth, potentially paving the way for a probiotic remedy to prevent caries.

Medical News Today: Younger siblings: are they better for older child's health?

They do more than wreak havoc on the older sibling's life; a new study suggests the birth of a younger sibling lowers the chances of the older child becoming obese.

Medical News Today: Multi-gene test identifies early breast cancer that may be spared chemo

A multi-gene test that identifies early breast cancer patients who can be treated with anti-hormonal therapy alone and no chemotherapy has shown successful results in a trial.

Medical News Today: New method finds 57 pesticides in poisoned honey bees

Honey bees are under threat globally; some suggest pesticides are involved. Now, a new method that detects 200 pesticides at a time promises to clarify the problem.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Medical News Today: Uterus transplantation: first procedure in US fails due to complications

A 26-year-old woman who was the first in the US to undergo a uterus transplant has had the donated organ removed due to a sudden complication, the Cleveland Clinic said yesterday.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Medical News Today: Chemical exposure decreases with change of cosmetics

By switching to cosmetic products without endocrine-disrupting chemicals, teenage girls had lower urinary concentrations of the chemicals in a new study.

Study findings do not support use of vitamin D to reduce pain, cartilage loss from knee osteoarthritis

Vitamin D supplementation for individuals with knee osteoarthritis and low 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels did not reduce knee pain or slow cartilage loss, according to a study appearing in the March 8...

Monday, 7 March 2016

Medical News Today: Could low vitamin D in pregnancy mean a risk of MS in offspring?

Multiple sclerosis has been linked with low vitamin D intake; a new study adds evidence that low vitamin D during pregnancy could raise the risk of MS in later life.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Medical News Today: Drinking more water reduces sugar, sodium and saturated fat intake

A new study investigating how increasing water intake can affect health finds that it reduces energy intake and lowers intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Medical News Today: Monkeys use their brains to drive wheelchairs

A revolutionary technique has enabled primates to move wheelchairs toward a bowl of grapes by sheer brainpower, offering hope for people with severe paralysis to achieve mobility.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Medical News Today: Could Zika's link to microcephaly be in the neural stem cells?

Researchers looking for a link between Zika virus and microcephaly have found that the virus rapidly infects the neural stem cells that are responsible for the cerebral cortex.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Medical News Today: Small, regular dose of aspirin keeps colorectal cancer at bay

A new study confirms that taking 0.5-1.5 regular aspirin tablets each week significantly decreases the risk of gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Medical News Today: Chronic stress leads to brain inflammation and memory loss

Stress caused by an aggressive alpha intruder caused memory loss in mice that lasted up to 28 days, accompanied by signs of inflammation in the brain.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Medical News Today: Macrolide antibiotics 'do not increase risk of heart arrhythmia, death'

Macrolide antibiotics have been linked to arrhythmia, with a warning issued by the FDA; but a study now shows they may not be riskier than other types of antibiotics.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Medical News Today: How graphic warnings on cigarette packets influence smokers' brains

Warning images on cigarette packaging trigger activity in brain regions associated with emotion, decision-making and memory, shedding light on how they could help smokers quit.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Medical News Today: Viagra relieves life-threatening condition in swimmers and divers

Athletes and divers who find that swimming-induced pulmonary edema prevents them from swimming in cold water may find relief in a small dose of sildenifil, or Viagra.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Survey examines Americans' use of and satisfaction with homeopathic medicines

A new survey finds that homeopathic medicines are primarily used by a small segment of the U.S. population for common, self-limited conditions such as the common cold or back pain.

Medical News Today: How safe is the Paleo diet?

The popular low-carbohydrate, high-fat 'Paleo' diet can cause weight gain and predispose followers to diabetes, say researchers, who recommend a Mediterranean diet instead.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Medical News Today: Insulin-producing mini-stomachs: a game-changer for diabetes?

Researchers have created mini-stomachs that can produce insulin. When transplanted in mice lacking insulin-producing beta cells, the tiny organs were able to compensate.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Medical News Today: Rising pollution levels linked to increased strokes

New research presented at the American Stroke Association's Conference this week shows a link between higher pollution levels and a higher number of strokes.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Fibromyalgia sufferers might benefit from tailored acupuncture

Previous research into the benefits of acupuncture for fibromyalgia sufferers has been inconclusive. A new study using a more tailored approach yields promising results.

Medical News Today: Running wheel sets off chain reaction to shrink tumor size

Mice that ran on a wheel for exercise started a process that led to natural killer cells fighting their tumors and shrinking them by 50%.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Medical News Today: Sneezing: how a complex fluid outpour contributes to disease spread

When we sneeze, we do not emit a simple spray of fluid. New research finds that the process is much more complex, increasing our understanding of how a sneeze spreads germs.

Medical News Today: Zika: should you be worried about it?

As the Zika outbreak continues to spread across the Americas, we take a look at who should actually be concerned about the virus and what they should be doing about it.

Medical News Today: Air pollution linked to facial liver spots

Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the chance of lentigenes, also known as liver spots, with nitrogen dioxide playing a slightly greater role than particulate matter.

Medical News Today: Marijuana: increase in adult use 'previously overestimated'

Last October, one study suggested marijuana use in the US had doubled since 2002. New research, however, suggests that while use of the drug has risen, it has not doubled.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Medical News Today: Barley 'reduces appetite and improves metabolism'

Study participants who ate barley kernel bread for 3 days had improved metabolisms for up to 14 hours and decreased blood sugar and insulin levels, researchers say.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Medical News Today: Back-to-school asthma attacks linked to common cold virus in children

An increase in asthma attacks when children return to school after a long break is associated with a rise in the spread of the cold virus. Peaks in adult asthma are linked to flu.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Medical News Today: Concussion triples or quadruples risk of suicide

People who experience concussion have a three to four times higher chance of committing suicide in the following years, especially if the injury occurs on a weekend.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Medical News Today: 3D-printed bone structure allows tissue regeneration

3D printing techniques have created a bone scaffold that enables human bone tissue to regenerate and then dissolves as the natural tissue takes over.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Medical News Today: Flu risk: cover your cough at Superbowl celebrations

Superbowl parties and gatherings can spread influenza, putting the lives of over-65s at risk. Researchers advise party-goers to take extra precautions while celebrating.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Medical News Today: Eradicating mitochondria from cells may reverse aging

Scientists found that removing mitochondria from human cells reduced levels of markers linked to cellular aging, proving that mitochondria play a crucial role in the aging process.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Medical News Today: Obesity associated with ADHD in females

Obesity and ADHD have been found to coincide in females, says a new study that has followed participants from 1976-2010, suggesting a need for greater awareness of the risks.

Meditation shown to reduce pain during breast cancer biopsy

Though undergoing a breast biopsy is anything but relaxing, a new study shows that patients who meditate during the procedure experience less pain, anxiety and fatigue.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Medical News Today: Parental depression lowers school grades

Growing up with parents who are depressed can have a negative impact on school grades for children up to the age of 16 years, but intervention could help to mitigate the effects.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Medical News Today: Alzheimer's: no link to mercury in brain or seafood consumption

In the first study to examine the link between mercury levels in the brain and brain neuropathology, researchers say there is no association between mercury levels and dementia.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Medical News Today: Are BPA-free food containers really safe?

Plastic products containing bisphenol A are thought to be harmful, so bisphenol S has been introduced as a safer alternative. New studies, however, show they have similar effects.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Medical News Today: Miniature microscope will ID cancer cells in real-time

A new microscope the size of a pen will allow doctors and dentists to check for cancerous cells without surgery and without an excruciating wait for results.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Medical News Today: How we label people with mental illness influences tolerance toward them

People were less tolerant toward those described as 'mentally ill' than those described as 'people with mental illness,' a new study found.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Medical News Today: Are cherry-flavored e-cigarettes more dangerous?

A new study investigating benzaldehyde levels that different e-cigarette flavors deliver implicates cherry as the one with the highest levels of the respiratory irritant.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Medical News Today: Why does exercise alone not aid long-term weight loss?

Study uncovers why our weight loss plateaus after beginning a new exercise program, suggesting our bodies adapt to the higher activity levels - highlighting the importance of diet.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Medical News Today: Can soy boost fertility treatment success?

Women undergoing fertility treatment may have a better chance of success if they routinely eat soy to protect them from the harmful effects of bisphenol A.

Updated clinical practice guideline issued on chiropractic care for low back pain

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), published an update to a previously issued...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Medical News Today: Nerve damage in MS could be prevented with epilepsy drug

An epilepsy drug - phenytoin - reduced nerve damage by 30% in people with optic neuritis, a new study found, bringing us closer to a neuroprotective drug for multiple sclerosis.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Group therapy helps autistic children to cope better with everyday life

In the framework of group therapy developed at Goethe University Frankfurt, children and adolescents with high functioning ASD can learn how to cope better in the social world and also achieve a...

Medical News Today: Hookah bar workers at risk from secondhand smoke

Hookahs are gaining popularity among young people, but hookah bar employees end their shift with high levels of toxins and markers indicating a risk of heart and lung disease.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Medical News Today: New test could detect elusive pathogens in patients at high infection risk

PathoChip - a test that can simultaneously detect a variety of pathogens - was able to identify the cause of a fungal infection in a leukemia patient with a weakened immune system.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Medical News Today: Is exposure to airborne ultrasound harming our health?

A new study suggests the general public are unaware they are being exposed to airborne ultrasound, which could have important health implications.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Medical News Today: Water births 'pose no extra risk'

Water births are controversial due to safety concerns, but research suggests they are no more risky than other types of delivery.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Medical News Today: Doping in sports: is it worth it?

Doping in sports is a big issue. What is it and what is being done to stop it? This spotlight looks at some of the issues, including gene doping and blood boosting.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Medical News Today: Irregular heartbeat is riskier for women

Women who experience irregular heartbeat, also called atrial fibrillation, are at higher risk of heart disease and death compared with men with the same symptom.

Medical News Today: New IVF device will allow 'natural fertilization'

A new device for IVF treatment offers a more natural way of conceiving, as a small capsule will allow the sperm to fertilize the egg inside the mother's womb.

Medical News Today: Water dispensers in schools: do they lower obesity in students?

After NYC implemented water dispensers in schools, researchers found that they were linked with decreased BMIs in students, suggesting a simple solution to childhood obesity.

Medical News Today: Childhood poverty linked to brain changes related to depression

Preschoolers raised in poorer families may experience brain changes that raise the risk of clinical depression at age 9 or 10, compared with those raised in richer families.

Medical News Today: Do not prescribe antibiotics for common cold, doctors urge

In a bid to reduce incorrect use of antibiotics and spread of superbugs, the ACP and CDC have issued advice on prescribing them for acute respiratory tract infections in adults.

Medical News Today: Cocaine may spur brain cells to destroy themselves

A study of mice finds - in high doses - cocaine causes a natural waste-clearing process in brain cells to go into overdrive and start digesting and recycling essential components.

Medical News Today: Rate of 2.6 million stillbirths a year is 'too high'

The rate of stillbirths has dropped in recent years, but more progress is needed, especially in low-income countries and for economically disadvantaged women in wealthier ones.

Medical News Today: Zika Virus: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Learn about this mosquito-borne virus that is most commonly reported in South American countries; its effects on mothers and infants are currently under investigation.

Medical News Today: Cancer evolution: how the laws of nature could predict tumor growth

Researchers have created a mathematical model to predict how cancer might evolve over time, based on the same patterns that drive natural laws, such as the brightness of stars.

Medical News Today: Sleeping in at the weekend might reduce diabetes risk

A growing body of evidence shows that sleep plays a vital role in the development of diabetes. New research, published this week, sings the praises of sleeping in.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Medical News Today: High-rise residences raise risk of deadly heart attack

Delays in reaching people who live above the third floor in high-rise residential blocks are decreasing the paramedics' chance of resuscitating patients.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Medical News Today: Life after death: couples' life quality linked, even after one partner dies

While researchers know a spouse's quality of life can be influenced by that of their partner, a new study finds this association continues even after one spouse dies.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Medical News Today: Men's sexual health: are the supplements safe?

Over-the-counter treatments for men's sexual health are widely available and often used, but are they effective or even safe? A new study suggests not.

Medical News Today: One hookah session delivers 125 times the smoke of one cigarette

New research has arisen that looks into the harms of hookah smoking. Study authors say one hookah smoking session delivers 10 times the carbon monoxide of a single cigarette.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Medical News Today: Just 1 day of unhealthy eating can impact sleep quality

Researchers suggest that eating foods high in saturated fat and sugar and low in fiber - just for 1 day - may lead to poorer sleep quality.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Medical News Today: E-cigarettes 'reduce chance of smokers quitting'

Rather than aiding smoking cessation, a new study suggests e-cigarettes may reduce the likelihood of smokers quitting conventional cigarettes.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Medical News Today: 'No-buy' list could curb youth exposure to alcohol ads

One in eight alcohol adverts seen by young people are not compliant with industry guidelines. New criteria may help to curb the problem.

Medical News Today: Glaucoma: why are so many of us blind to this sight-stealing disease?

Many people with glaucoma do not realize they have it until they notice some vision loss. We look at the importance of regular eye exams for preventing glaucoma-related blindness.

Medical News Today: Does high folic acid intake reduce immune system defenses?

A new study conducted in mice suggests that excess folic acid intake could impair specific immune cells, leaving them vulnerable to infections and cancer.

Medical News Today: Stomach acid drugs linked to chronic kidney disease

A new study finds that use of proton pump inhibitors - drugs commonly used for controlling stomach acid - may be linked to higher risk for chronic kidney disease.

Medical News Today: Estrogen may weaken flu virus in women

A study comparing the effects of estrogen and estrogen-like compounds on nasal cells from men and women finds it reduces virus replication in the female - but not the male - cells.

Medical News Today: Potatoes and pregnancy: a recipe for diabetes?

The potato is one of the most commonly consumed food items on the planet. However, new research shows that pregnant women should be slightly more cautious around this tuber.

Medical News Today: How dogs can recognize human emotions

Dogs have an inherent ability to recognize human emotions by drawing on a combination of sensory information - such as facial expressions - according to the results of a new study.

Medical News Today: Opioid use in pregnancy puts infants at risk

Opioid use is increasing during pregnancy and so is the prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome. An expert calls for limiting prescriptions and monitoring use in severe cases.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Medical News Today: Good news: frozen fecal transplantation as effective as fresh

To fight C. difficile infection, frozen fecal microbiota transplantation is just as effective as transplantation with fresh fecal samples, according to a new study.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Medical News Today: Delivery method, infant diet could impact long-term health

The gut microbiome of infants appears to be affected by delivery method at birth and how they are fed, with possible implications for future health risks.

Transcendental Meditation may reduce PTSD symptoms, medication use in active-duty personnel

Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Medical News Today: Economic uncertainty drives employees to drink outside of work

During economic downturns, employees reduce their alcohol intake at work but increase their intake outside of work, according to the results of a new study.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Medical News Today: Having more children could slow aging

Women who had more children over a 13-year period aged slower than those who had fewer children, according to the results of a new study.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Medical News Today: Did prehistoric interbreeding strengthen human immune system?

Interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals or Denisovans means the modern human immune system is more resistant to infection but also susceptible to allergies.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Medical News Today: What are the best diets for 2016? New report reveals all

US News & World Report have revealed the best diets of 2016, based on a review of 38 of the most popular diets by a panel of health experts. Which diet has come out on top?

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Medical News Today: Infertility treatment 'does not affect offspring's early development'

In a new study, researchers found no difference in the risk of early developmental disabilities between children conceived through infertility treatment and those who were not.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Medical News Today: Does more vitamin D increase the risk of falls?

High doses of vitamin D do not appear to improve function in the lower extremities and may increase the risk of falling in seniors, a new study finds.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Medical News Today: Bond villains, neurosurgery and facial recognition

A recent commentary in Nature uncovers errors in the latest Bond movie but also brings to light a fascinating area of neuroscientific endeavor.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Medical News Today: Bipolar disorder linked to inherited differences in sleep patterns

Bipolar disorder has long been known to have associations with altered sleeping patterns. New research finds the strongest links to date.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Medical News Today: New Year's resolution: switch diet to improve sleep and get fit

A change to a healthier diet with less fat content made mice in experiments more alert after just 1 week, with implications for the treatment of obesity.