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Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated. WHO s "Global Tuberculosis Report 2014", published today, shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive. The report stresses, however, that the mortality rate from TB is still falling and has dr ... more
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Utility Workers Face Charges for Not Testing Water for Brain-Eating Amoeba ... more
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, new research suggests. ... more
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Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later ... more
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Skin care products may also boost absorption of BPA, study finds ... more
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Travelers will have to take own temperatures, report to local health departments for 21-day incubation period ... more
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Getting rid of extra pounds has long been a goal for people who want to improve their health and appearance. But a different type of fat -- called brown fat -- may help us lose weight. ... more
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Kent Brantly, the first person to be treated for and recover from Ebola in the U.S., donated his blood -- and the potentially lifesaving proteins it contains -- to treat other Ebola patients. ... more
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But many were happy with their own doctors, researchers report ... more
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Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however ... more
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Consumers and health professionals are advised that the TGA has completed a review of the cardiovascular risks associated with the use of the non-ster ... more
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Advanced imaging technology that triples the field of view during colonoscopies has been shown to increase the detection rate of polyps by almost one- ... more
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Encouraging Australians to skip breakfast and all snacks between 8pm and midday might be the best way to tackle our epidemic of central obesity, fatty ... more
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IntroductionRecently, someone asked, Is there more to health than not needing too many medications, not having a disease, not being overweight, not being a smoker or someone who drinks too much? Or, is that what being healthy is basically all about? I consider this a profound question that invites attention to a much neglected challenge facing medical and other health experts. How many of that number can explain the nature of health separate and apart from the symptoms of its absence. Not many, ... more

Funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences. ... more

Patients refusing blood transfusions had lower mortality rates and fewer treatment costs than patients receiving transfusions, a large risk-adjusted propensity-matched analysis shows. Medscape Medical News ... more
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New research growing evidence linking traffic-related air pollution with autism, and suggests higher risk for exposure during the third trimester. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Five sets of HIV treatment guidelines from expert organizations around the world have been issued or updated this year, but the recommendations are inconsistent. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Opponents wage costly campaign, eroding public support. Kaiser Health News ... more
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The powerful California Nurses Association has put Ebola on the bargaining table in its negotiations for a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser Health News ... more
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The phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, which includes Viagra, exert an antiremodeling effect, and the benefit appears to be most pronounced in those with left ventricular hypertrophy, say researchers. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Oct 22, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, is sending this alert as a synthesis of all of the Ebola information that seems most relevant to our in-state healthcare providers. State Health Alerts ... more
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A man who was paralyzed after a knife stabbing is walking after surgery that involved transplanting cells taken from his olfactory lobe into his severed spinal cord. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A novel device should help parents and carers with smartphones keep tabs on the blood glucose levels of their diabetic loved ones who are using CGM, regardless of location. FDA Approvals ... more
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New data suggest that the reduction in pain from self-administered topical lidocaine in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors with dyspareunia leads to better sex overall. Medscape Medical News ... more
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More than a quarter of cancer survivors surveyed reported financial challenges and difficulties. Medscape Medical News ... more
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In early studies, a solubilized estradiol capsule was associated with lower systemic absorption compared with the currently available tablet. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Abnormal fatty acid metabolism and stress hormone regulation may be associated with response to antidepressant medication, providing novel treatment biomarkers. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Multidrug-resistant TB remains a 'crisis,' with some countries having 'severe epidemics' and 'alarmingly low' treatment success. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Researchers have found dietary supplements for sale months after they were recalled by the FDA because of adulterated ingredients. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Children get more vitamin D from cow's milk compared with goat's milk or plant-based milk. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Reliving the death of a loved one alongside standard CBT has a greater impact on prolonged grief disorder than CBT alone, new research shows. Medscape Medical News ... more
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One catch phrase in health care reform is cost-effectiveness.  To paraphrase, this label means that a medical treatment is worth the price.  For example, influenza vaccine, or flu shot, is effective in reducing the risk of influenza infection.  If the price of each vaccine were $1,000, it would still be medically effective, but it would no longer be cost-effective considering that over 100 million Americans need the vaccine. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to re ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Oct 22, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

If another case of Ebola emanates from the unfortunate Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the root cause analysts might mount their horses, the Six Sigma black belts will skydive and the safety champions will tunnel their way clandestinely to rendezvous at the sentinel place. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Oct 22, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

One of my clients dropped their employer sponsored insurance plan effective May 1, 2014. This forced 21 of their employees (including the owners) to find individual coverage. We met and worked with all of them to secure coverage either off the exchange or through goodluck.gov. In another month we will perform this exercise in patience once again. To really do a good job for our clients this process is frustrating, complex, and time consuming.It's even more frustrating for me though when one of t ... more
Source: InsureBlog Oct 22, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

In the video they refer to "Dark Winter." The Dark Winter exercise (June of 2001) portrayed a fictional scenario depicting a covert smallpox attack on U.S. citizens. The scenario is set in 3 successive National Security Council (NSC) meetings which take place over 2 weeks. Former senior government officials played the roles of NSC members; media representatives were among the observers and played journalists during the mock press conferences. The exercise was held at Andrews Air Force Base, W ... more
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Skin care products may also boost absorption of BPA, study finds ... more
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2.5 million beeps, bleeps sounded in one month at one U.S. medical center ... more
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Patients who get treatment are as satisfied with lovemaking as those who don't ... more
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Emailing pics of eczema lesions to physicians worked nearly as well as in-person visits, researchers say ... more
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Expectant parents can be reassured by findings, researchers say ... more
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It was fortunate for the middle-aged woman that she presented her symptoms at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), where doctors had seen another strange case just two years before. ... more

The National Library of Medicine s new version of the MedlinePlus Mobile site has all of the resources you can currently access on MedlinePlus.gov, plus an improved design for easier use on mobile devices. Learn more about the new design. See the latest version of our mobile site at m.medlineplus.gov. ... more
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus Oct 22, 2014, 12:16 pm (info)

Large study finds no association, although certain shots might speed onset of existing illness ... more
Source: WebMD Health Oct 22, 2014, 12:16 pm (info)

Success rates for in vitro fertilization were half those of white women ... more
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Never eat them dry, especially if you have swallowing problems, expert says ... more
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Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say ... more
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After two weeks of treatment at Nebraska Medical Center, hospital says Ashoka Mukpo can go home to Rhode Island ... more
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UT Southwestern Medical Center has renamed the central drive through the main campus Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Drive in honor of the former senator who has strongly supported UT Southwestern, medical discovery, and higher education in general. ... more
Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center News Oct 22, 2014, 12:16 pm (info)

A review of medical literature appears to confirm an association between genetic obesity susceptibility and postnatal gains in infant weight and length, as well as showing associations with both... ... more

Researchers at NIAID are conducting the early phase trial to evaluate the vaccine, called VSV-ZEBOV. ... more

Risk of allergic reactions, from mild irritation or hives to serious reactions such as anaphylaxis that may be life-threatening. ... more
Source: MedWatch Safety Alert RSS Feed Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Adolescents understand and act on caloric information when it is presented as the number of miles that need to be walked to burn off the calories, according to a small study. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Even if they have insurance, cancer patients often struggle with out-of-pocket costs and, as a result, make changes to their lifestyle and treatment regimens. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A prospective study has linked lung function deficits in young children to in utero exposure to traffic-related air pollution. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Although delaying the start of adjuvant radiation therapy in other cancers may be detrimental, patients with glioblastoma multiforme may benefit from a 30- to 35-day hiatus after surgery, new data suggest. Medscape Medical News ... more
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In a new study, palliative care specialists and medical oncologists shared responsibility for cancer patients on a hospital floor, and good things happened. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Could middle-aged men with type 2 diabetes who also have low testosterone levels be at additional risk for vascular events? Medscape Medical News ... more
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A biosurveillance program for preschools and childcare centers might be able to predict outbreaks in the larger community, report researchers Medscape Medical News ... more
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Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Pregnancy ... more
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Air-particle levels in smoking households almost 10 times higher than nonsmoking homes Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Air Pollution, Secondhand Smoke ... more
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Genetic variation also linked to less dense tissue Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genes and Gene Therapy, Hispanic American Health ... more
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Mental health experts offer antidotes to what they see as unnecessary worry on some Americans' part Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anxiety, Ebola ... more
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But experts say genes aren't destiny Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genes and Gene Therapy, Obesity in Children, Toddler Health ... more
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Large study finds no association, although certain shots might speed onset of existing illness Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Multiple Sclerosis ... more
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Success rates for in vitro fertilization were half those of white women Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: African American Health, Female Infertility ... more
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American, Canadian vaccines both in safety trials that should be complete by December Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Ebola, Immunization ... more
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Study didn't find same effect in young women or teens of either sex Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, High Blood Pressure, Underage Drinking ... more
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Never eat them dry, especially if you have swallowing problems, expert says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Dietary Supplements ... more
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After two weeks of treatment at Nebraska Medical Center, hospital says Ashoka Mukpo can go home to Rhode Island Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Ebola ... more
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As I finish my post-operative care routine for my 9-day-old patient, I notice that the cerebral oximetry machine is not picking up a strong signal. Despite troubleshooting, I am unable to figure out how to fix the problem, and I head to the Pixus to get a new sensor. Unfortunately, this one does not work either, and we must use a smaller sensor to pick up an adequate signal on this very sick baby. As I meticulously apply the sensor, a nurse jokingly chides me, Don t worry, those only cost $ ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Well, the more the merrier! This latest comes to us via email from Medical Mutual of Ohio:"All fully insured and self-funded health plans administered by Medical Mutual Mutual and Mutual Health Services will cover treatment for Ebola as if it were any other illness, subject to terms and conditions of the member s plan."This is crucial language: it means that items like isolation and special travel arrangements are likely covered. On the other hand:"[W]e do not have specific information about t ... more
Source: InsureBlog Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

As the Halbig saga slogs on, the industry itself is moving forward:"[I]nsurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov this year had a new clause inserted into their contracts ... that allows them to cancel plans if federal premium subsidies are eliminated."Hunh.Now why do you suppose that Ms Burntwell and her minions might agree to that?It isn't very difficult to connect the dots.Original content copyright © InsureBlog ... more
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Symptoms to watch for ... more
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Potential benefits for both mom and baby ... more
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Four special U.S. medical centers are first-line treatment choices, but many local hospitals up to the challenge, experts say ... more
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Risk of cancer appears to rise with depletion, study finds ... more
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Assured Brand Naproxen Tablets Recalled Dr. Oz-Endorsed Diet Pill Study Retracted Utility Workers Face Charges for Not Testing Water for Brain-Eating Amoeba ... more
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Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later ... more
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Still, these diseases occur in less than 0.1 percent of elderly Americans, researchers say ... more
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Researcher believes issue has been 'largely unnoticed' ... more
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Researchers have developed a new approach to characterizing and monitoring changes in cellular structure. ... more
Source: Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center has announced publication of breakthrough data in the treatment of advanced multiple myeloma in the journal Biology of Blood and... ... more
Source: Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Knowing their individual risk for disease is not enough to pursuade previously nonadherent patients to undergo recommended colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings, according to a randomized, controlled... ... more
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Today Roche presented development plans for its Basel site. Over the next 10 years, Roche will invest 3 billion Swiss francs in the construction of a new research and development centre for around 1,900 employees, in a state-of-the-art office building for up to 1,700 employees, in upgrading infrastructure, and in renovating the historic office building designed by Otto R. Salvisberg. ... more
Source: Roche Media News Oct 22, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Ben Goldacre [Scott Hurst/Flickr]EXCLUSIVE: The great tragedy for the pharmaceutical industry is that it keeps denying that it lobbies against transparency in clinical trials, says Ben Goldacre.Ben Goldacre is a British physician, academic and author of the best-selling books Bad Science and Bad Pharma. He spoke to EurActiv's editor and publisher Frédéric Simon at the sidelines of the conference Transparency and public health - how accessible is scientific data?What do you think of the EU s ... more
Source: PharmaGossip Oct 22, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Ben Goldacre [Scott Hurst/Flickr]EXCLUSIVE: The great tragedy for the pharmaceutical industry is that it keeps denying that it lobbies against transparency in clinical trials, says Ben Goldacre.Ben Goldacre is a British physician, academic and author of the best-selling books Bad Science and Bad Pharma. He spoke to EurActiv's editor and publisher Frédéric Simon at the sidelines of the conference Transparency and public health - how accessible is scientific data?What do you think of the EU s ... more
Source: PharmaGossip Oct 22, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

Obesity affects individual patient care, the healthcare system and nearly every organ in the body. ... more

A study of dietary supplements recalled by the FDA has found that many of these products continue to contain banned drugs that could be harmful to consumers. ... more

From MedPage Today: Office Visits Linked to National HTN Control. While hypertension treatment rates have risen over the past decade, but control of hypertension may have plateaued, according to a national study that suggested regular office visits as a key factor. A Youthful Approach to Breast Cancer Prevention. Most of us are prone to some level of procrastination. From filing taxes to buying birthday gifts to paying bills, we can put some things off to the last possible moment. And apart fr ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Oct 22, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Like a colony of bacteria or species of animals, cancer cells within a tumor must evolve to survive. ... more

Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3-D printing, according to findings released at AAO 2014... ... more

Background: Usually, several surgical methods are used, with re-suturing, free skin grafting and local flaps, for the reconstruction of wall defects after abdominoperineal resection. However, or larger defects, free flaps have been preferred because they can provide a large area of well-vascularized soft tissue, which is suitable for defect repair. We present the case of a large abdominal wall defect, which was treated with a free combined serratus anterior and latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap ... more

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year had better blood pressure control, a study shows. Having healthcare insurance and getting treated for high cholesterol also increased the likelihood of controlling blood pressure. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Memory decline a frequent complaint of menopausal women potentially could be lessened by hypnotic relaxation therapy, say researchers who already have done studies showing that such therapy eases hot flashes, improves sleep and reduces stress in menopausal women. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Cesarean delivery is the most common inpatient surgery in the United States. US cesarean rates increased from 20.7% in 1996 to 32.9% in 2009 but have since stabilized, with 1.3 million American women having had a cesarean delivery in 2011. Rates of cesarean delivery vary across hospitals, and understanding reasons for the variation could help shed light on practices related to cesarean delivery. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

The double-whammy of marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, according to new research. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs, less likely to get higher-wage positions that include interaction with the public, and make less money in either case compared to average size women and all men, according to a new study. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Personalized nutrition based on an individual's genotype - nutrigenomics - could have a major impact on reducing lifestyle-linked diseases such as obesity, heart disease and Type II diabetes, experts say. However, a study of more than 9,000 volunteers reveals that strict regulations need to be put in place before nutrigenomics becomes publicly acceptable due to people's fears around personal data protection. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Substance abuse is the fastest growing health concern for older adults. New findings show that drinking levels are high enough to be concerning and tend to spike around the times older adults receive their social security checks. These results may have prevention implications for social workers working with low-income seniors. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Most women reduce or stop drinking alcohol upon discovery of pregnancy. A new study looks at changes in alcohol use, and factors contributing to these changes, among women with unwanted pregnancies. Findings indicate that most women with unwanted pregnancies quit or reduce alcohol consumption once they discover their pregnancies, and that some may be substituting alcohol for drugs once they discover their pregnancies. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Researchers know that alcohol-dependent individuals (ALC) sustain neurocognitive impairment even after detoxification. A new study examines specific domains of cognitive recovery in conjunction with smoking status. Findings show that smoking status influenced the rate and level of neurocognitive recovery during eight months of abstinence in the ALC group. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Medical practices in less competitive health-care markets charge more for services, according to a study. The study, based on U.S. health-care data from 2010, provides important new information about the effects of competition on prices for office visits paid by preferred provider organizations, known more commonly as PPOs. PPOs are the most common type of health insurance plan held by privately insured people in the United States. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

In the cohort of postmenopausal, generally healthy women, the inverse association between a "healthy lifestyle " and risk of later heart failure was independent of CAD, hypertension, and diabetes. ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

The FDA has extended approval for Xiaflex in treatment of up to two Dupuytren's contracture hand joints in one hand during a single treatment visit. FDA Approvals ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

Two more women with uterine factor infertility, once considered untreatable, are now pregnant. Medscape Medical News ... more
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The virus has spread rapidly in the Americas, causing debilitating acute disease and persistent pain. Symptoms overlap with the Dengue virus, but severe joint pain is a hallmark of Chikungunya. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

Did you know that your digestive tract contains over 400 different types of bacteria? This complex ecosystem is called intestinal microflora. The concentration of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract increases dramatically moving from the stomach towards the colon. In humans, the intestinal microflora is vital in many important functions including digestion of nutrients and prevention of infection. Disruption of the normal flora can lead to many problems including diarrhea, bloating, abd ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

After two weeks of treatment at Nebraska Medical Center, hospital says Ashoka Mukpo can go home to Rhode Island ... more
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Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say ... more
Source: healthfinder.gov Daily News Oct 22, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

Implantable eye device shows promise in preliminary trial, researchers say ... more
Source: WebMD Health Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

Study suggests male beverage consumption affects in vitro fertilization results ... more
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Having health insurance also associated with better readings ... more
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Testing would-be passengers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could spot 3 cases of disease a month ... more
Source: WebMD Health Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

Air-particle levels in smoking households almost 10 times higher than nonsmoking homes ... more
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Ban Most Edible Pot Products: CO Health Officials ... more
Source: WebMD Health Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

A group of doctors and scientists say a paralyzed man has been able to walk again after surgery in which nerve cells from his nasal cavity were transplanted into his spinal cord. ... more
Source: WebMD Health Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

Study didn't find same effect in young women or teens of either sex ... more
Source: WebMD Health Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

Gov. Rick Perry announces the creation of a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility in North Texas. It will be set up and operated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, Methodist Hospital System, and Parkland Hospital ... more
Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center News Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

A large UK study has found that occasional adolescent cannabis use does not lead to poorer educational and intellectual performance, but that heavy cannabis use is associated with slightly poorer exam results at age 16. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

New research confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. A longitudinal study has found that that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) show significant seasonal differences in the way they regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin in comparison to the majority of the population. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

New, significantly improved hepatitis C drugs have revolutionized how the disease is treated, but they are also expensive. One such drug, sofosbuvir, costs more than $7,000 a week for 12 weeks of treatment. Nonetheless, a team researchers has found that treating inmates with sofosbuvir is cost-effective compared with other treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 pm (info)

The mutation of a single gene blocks sweat production, a dangerous condition due to an increased risk of hyperthermia, also known as heatstroke, an international research team has discovered. The gene, ITPR2, controls a basic cellular process in sweat glands, promoting the release of calcium necessary for normal sweat production, and its loss results in impaired sweat secretion. ... more
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Women who are exposed to traffic pollution while pregnant are increasing the chances of damaging the lungs of their unborn children, concludes a study. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a widely used marker of traffic-related air pollution, and benzene levels can reflect industrial activities and are considered as a surrogate for a mixture of predominantly traffic-driven pollutants. Both were used as indicators of pollution in the areas in which the women lived. ... more
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Non-smokers who live in a house with smokers are exposed to three times the officially recommend safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study. The researchers studied data from four linked studies that had real time measurements of PM2.5 in homes, and combined them with data on typical breathing rates and time-activity patterns. ... more
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Common symptoms such as pain or fatigue account for over half of all doctor's office appointments in the United States, translating into more than 400 million visits annually. A new study reports that one in three common symptoms do not have a clear-cut disease-based explanation. ... more
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Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, according to a new research paper. ... more
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Ospreys do not carry significant amounts of human pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread occurrence of these chemicals in water, a recent study finds. These findings represent the first published study that examines the bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals in the water-fish-osprey food web. ... more
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Lactobacillus species, commonly seen in yogurt cultures, correlate, in the guts of mouse models, with mitigation of lupus symptoms, while Lachnospiraceae, a type of Clostridia, correlate with worsening, according to research. 'Our results suggest that the same investigation should be performed in human subjects with lupus,' says the principal investigator. ... more
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For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study. ... more
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New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year. Now researchers have discovered a high-tech method of using supercomputers to identify proteins that cause medications to have certain adverse drug reactions (ADR) or side effects. ... more
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A tiny segment of genetic material known as a microRNA plays a central role in the transition from moderate drinking to binge drinking and other alcohol use disorders, researchers have discovered. ... more
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Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly. ... more
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Human exposure to aluminum may be a significant factor in falling sperm counts and reduced male fertility, new research suggests. Fluorescence microscopy using an aluminum-specific stain confirmed the presence of aluminum in semen and showed aluminum inside individual sperm. ... more
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Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain's cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor. 'Cognitive reserve' is the name given to the brain's capacity to compensate for the loss of its functions. This reserve cannot be measured directly; rather, it is calculated through indicators believed to increase thi ... more
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A new discovery in experimental physics has implications for understanding how radiotherapy kills cancer cells, among other things. ... more
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CD8 T cells are known for becoming attuned to fight a specific pathogen ('adaptive immunity'), but a new study shows that in that process they also become first-responders that can fend off a variety of other invaders ('innate immunity'). The findings suggest that innate immunity changes with the body's experience and that the T cells are more versatile than thought. ... more
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Several lawsuits have challenged the legality of the subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance through marketplaces set up under the federal Affordable Care Act. A new study finds that eliminating those subsidies would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance. ... more
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Adults typically believe that life gets better -- today is better than yesterday was and tomorrow will be even better than today. A new study shows that even depressed individuals believe in a brighter future, but this optimistic belief may not lead to better outcomes. ... more
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Binge drinking in early adulthood is associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure in males, while low to moderate alcohol use in early adulthood is associated with a decreased likelihood of hypertension in females, according to a new study. ... more
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Undescended testis is commonly found in newborn boys and usually normalizes spontaneously by the age of six months. In one in a hundred boys, however, at least one testis remains undescended -- a condition associated with impaired fertility and a higher risk of testicular cancer in later life. ... more
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Cancer diagnostics and treatment options could be drastically improved with the creation of a designer nanodevice currently being developed by an international team of researchers. The diagnostic 'nanodecoder', which will consist of self-assembled DNA and protein nanostructures, will greatly advance biomarker detection and provide accurate molecular characterization enabling more detailed evaluation of how diseased tissues respond to therapies, they say. ... more
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An experimental drug currently being trialled for influenza and Ebola viruses could have a new target: norovirus, often known as the winter vomiting virus. A team of researchers has shown that the drug, favipiravir, is effective at reducing -- and in some cases eliminating -- norovirus infection in mice. ... more
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A strong link between exposure to peanut protein in household dust during infancy and the development of peanut allergy in children genetically predisposed to a skin barrier defect has been discovered by researchers. ... more
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Ordinary over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs purchased from pharmacies may also be effective in the treatment of people suffering of depression, as demonstrated by the largest ever meta-analysis based on 14 international studies with a total 6,262 patients who either suffered from depression or had individual symptoms of depression. ... more
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If you are not getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night, you may be at increased risk of developing ulcerative colitis, according to a new study. ... more
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Proper coordination between our gut bacteria and our biological clocks may be crucial for preventing obesity and glucose intolerance, scientists say. "Our gut bacteria's ability to coordinate their functions with our biological clock demonstrates, once again, the ties that bind us to our bacterial population and the fact that disturbances in these ties can have consequences for our health," a researcher notes. ... more
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A possible explanation for why middle-aged adults were hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season has been uncovered by scientists. Their findings offer evidence that a new mutation in H1N1 viruses potentially led to more disease in these individuals. ... more
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One out of every five female students experience stalking victimization during their college career, but many of those cases are not reported to police, according to a new study. ... more
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Children who show poor decision-making skills at age 10 or 11 may be more likely to experience interpersonal and behavioral difficulties that have the potential to lead to high-risk health behavior in their teen years, according to a new study. ... more
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Even though they are not hungry, children as young as three will find high-energy treats too tempting to refuse, new research has confirmed. In a study of three and four year olds, 100 per cent of children opted for a sweet or savory snack despite eating a filling healthy lunch only 15 minutes prior. ... more
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Faulty self-reporting of the food we eat can lead to incorrect conclusions about whether we are meeting dietary recommendations for certain essential nutrients, say researchers. A new study is the first to examine how accounting for the problem of misreporting affects nutrient intake estimates in the Hispanic community. Nearly one in three US residents is projected to be Hispanic in 2060. ... more
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The most obvious effects of too much sun exposure are cosmetic, like wrinkled and rough skin. Some damage, however, goes deeper ultraviolet light can damage DNA and cause proteins in the body to break down into smaller, sometimes harmful pieces that may also damage DNA, increasing the risk of skin cancer and cataracts. Understanding the specific pathways by which this degradation occurs is an important step in developing protective mechanisms against it. ... more
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X-ray phase tomography is an imaging technique that uses penetrating X-rays to create volumetric views through "slices" or sections of soft biological tissues, such as tumors, and it offers strongly enhanced contrast compared to conventional CT scans. Yet scientists still do not know which X-ray phase tomography methods are best suited to yield optimized results for a wide variety of conditions. ... more
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Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the excuse to hand off heavier gear to the larger members of the group, it turns out that they may not need the help. ... more
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Stroma cells are derived from connective tissue and may critically influence tumor growth. This knowledge is not new. However, a team of researchers has developed a novel methodology for investigation. Using modern mass spectrometry, tumor-promoting activities from breast fibroblasts were directly determined from needle biopsy samples. ... more
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A new medical imaging method could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. The potentially lifesaving technique uses nanotechnology and shortwave infrared light to reveal small cancerous tumors and cardiovascular lesions deep inside the body. ... more
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When it comes to the brain, 'more is better' seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers recently found an immune-system protein that moonlights in the nervous system to help regulate the number of synapses, and could play an unexpected role in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes and autism. ... more
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The largest study to date of mortality trends in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome shows that the rate of mortality dropped significantly over a 16-year period. Advances in critical care medicine are seen as a direct cause of the decline. ... more
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Patients who use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to treat obstructive sleep apnea often believe that it makes them less sexually attractive, according to researchers. New research shows they need not worry. ... more
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A new study shows that patients with stage I to stage III non-small cell lung cancer have different metabolite profiles in their blood than those of patients who are at risk but do not have lung cancer. ... more
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Subjective screening questions do not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss, according to researchers. Their study results suggest that objective hearing tests should be refined for this age group to replace screening questions. ... more
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Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers who provided animal-assisted therapy to 55 students in a group setting at a small arts college. They found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms following animal-assisted therapy, in which a registered therapy dog was under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner. ... more
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An new animal study reveals potential brain-health benefits of a walnut-enriched diet. Researchers suggest that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, slowing the progression of, or preventing Alzheimer s disease. ... more
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By analyzing DNA from petrous bones of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified these peoples remained intolerant to lactose (natural sugar in the milk of mammals) for 5,000 years after they adopted agricultural practices. The scientific team examined nuclear ancient DNA extracted from thirteen individuals from burials from archaeological sites in the Great Hungarian Plain. The skeletons sampled date from 5,700 BC (Early Neolithic) to 800 BC (Iron Age). ... more
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Workers punching in for the graveyard shift may be better off not eating high-iron foods at night so they don t disrupt the circadian clock in their livers. "Iron is like the dial that sets the timing of the clock," the lead researcher says. "Discovering a factor, such as iron, that sets the circadian rhythm of the liver may have broad implications for people who do shift work." ... more
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Use of electronic cigarettes among students in Poland has increased dramatically, rising more than threefold in just the last three years, research finds. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated products that heat a liquid solution that vaporizes nicotine and other additives, which are then inhaled by the user. ... more
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Researchers have demonstrated how the use of zoledronic acid, in combination with bioactive ion-releasing resin-based restorative materials used as dental adhesive, reduces the degradation of dentin collagen and promotes remineralisation at the resin-dentine interface. ... more
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