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.