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12/08/2017 10:20 AM
How hospitals can go green
(HealthDay)—Hospital operating rooms produce thousands of tons of greenhouse gases each year, but changing the type of anesthesia used in surgery can help lower those emissions, researchers report.

12/08/2017 07:10 AM
Losing weight is hard, but not any harder if you have type 2 diabetes
A study has found weight loss could reverse type 2 diabetes. The UK clinical trial showed that 46% of people who followed a low-calorie diet, among other measures, for 12 months were able to stop their type 2 diabetes medications.

12/07/2017 01:10 PM
Acupuncture may ease pain tied to breast cancer care
(HealthDay)—Some common breast cancer medications can trigger joint pain, but new research suggests acupuncture may ease that side effect.

12/07/2017 12:54 PM
As hearing fades with age, dementia risk may rise
(HealthDay)—Age can often bring a loss of hearing, and for some, mental decline in the form of dementia. But are the two linked?

12/07/2017 12:53 PM
Ted Koppel's fight to make COPD headline news
(HealthDay)—The doctor who diagnosed Grace Anne Koppel with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) didn't pull any punches.

12/07/2017 08:00 AM
Responding to Brazil's microcephaly crisis
Josely taps on the wooden door and is welcomed into the simple concrete house perched on the rim of a ravine of one of the sprawling favelas in Salvador, Brazil.

12/07/2017 03:10 AM
Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives
Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use.

12/06/2017 01:00 PM
Some video games are good for older adults' brains
If you're between 55 and 75 years old, you may want to try playing 3D platform games like Super Mario 64 to stave off mild cognitive impairment and perhaps even prevent Alzheimer's disease.

12/06/2017 08:00 AM
Parents' demanding jobs put children's mental health at risk
Jobs that are overly demanding at the expense of family time put the mental health of employees' children at risk, a new study led by ANU has found.

12/06/2017 07:30 AM
Study offers new clues about why some parents are against vaccinating their kids
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the U.S. has found a possible new explanation of some parents' reluctance to have their children vaccinated. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes their study, what they found and why they believe they may have discovered a new way to change the minds of parents who are reluctant to have their children vaccinated.

12/06/2017 07:25 AM
Study suggests giving kids too many toys stifles their creativity
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers at the University of Toledo in the U.S. has found that children are more creative when they have fewer toys to play with at one time. In their paper published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, the group describes their observational study of toddlers at play, what they learned and offer some suggestions for parents.

12/05/2017 01:10 PM
Dating violence tied to spankings in childhood
(HealthDay)— Spanking your child may have unintended consequences as he or she forges adult romantic relationships years later, a new study suggests.

12/05/2017 12:47 PM
In multiple myeloma, high levels of enzyme ADAR1 are associated with reduced survival
Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer in the United States. Thirty to 50 percent of multiple myeloma patients have extra copies of the gene that encodes the enzyme ADAR1. Using a database of multiple myeloma patient samples and information, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that high ADAR1 levels correlate with reduced survival rates. They also determined that blocking the enzyme reduces multiple myeloma regeneration in experimental models derived from patient cancer cells.

12/05/2017 11:17 AM
Pregnant women with PTSD have higher levels of stress hormone cortisol
Research has shown that a woman's emotional and physical health during pregnancy impacts a developing fetus. However, less is known about the effect of past stressors and posttraumatic stress disorder on an expectant woman.

12/05/2017 09:04 AM
It's time to rethink how we do cancer research
"A devastating failure of medical research." This was the response of one cancer survivor on hearing the news that over half of European Medical Agency-approved cancer treatments between 2009 and 2013 had no evidence of impact on quality of life or overall survival. As a cancer researcher, my goal above all is to improve patients' lives – the fact we are failing at that struck me deeply.

12/05/2017 07:20 AM
Is your child a picky eater? Five ways to fun and healthy mealtimes
If you have a picky eater at home, you aren't alone. Almost 50 per cent of parents identify their preschoolers as picky eaters.

12/05/2017 03:20 AM
University was tipped off to possible unauthorized trials of herpes vaccine
The university that employed a controversial herpes vaccine researcher has told the federal government it learned last summer of the possibility of his illegal experimentation on human subjects. But Southern Illinois University did not publicly disclose the tip or its findings about researcher William Halford's misconduct for months, according to a memo obtained by Kaiser Health News.

12/04/2017 10:20 AM
People with epilepsy may gain from common sleep apnea treatment
(HealthDay)—It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy.

12/04/2017 09:53 AM
Yelp reviewers take a dimmer view of nursing homes than the feds
The stars are not aligned when it comes to online reviews of nursing homes.

12/04/2017 08:48 AM
Open, honest talk about death does no harm
Talking through bad news can be good for the doctor-patient relationship—debunking a common myth among patients, according to a study co-authored by the University of Rochester Medical Center's Wilmot Cancer Institute.

12/04/2017 08:42 AM
Scientists find new cultivation system to battle parasite causing diarrhoea
A research team at the University has established the first long-term cultivation system at a laboratory scale for the parasite Cryptosporidium, one of the world's worst and most common causes of diarrhoea and death from diarrhoea.

12/01/2017 07:26 AM
Why society should talk about forced sex in intimate relationships, too
In the wake of the deluge of news about sexual harassment and alleged assaults by several high-profile and powerful men, it is important to look at the causes and consequences of forced sex in the workplace – but also in intimate relationships.

12/01/2017 04:28 AM
Genetic link found between the immune system and lymphoma
People who inherit genetic changes which alter the function of their immune system are at increased risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma, a major new study reports.

11/30/2017 06:00 PM
Cancer drug leads to 'drastic decrease' in HIV infection in lung cancer patient
Doctors in France have found the first evidence that a cancer drug may be able to eradicate HIV-infected cells in humans.

11/30/2017 02:44 PM
Mindfulness training and therapy can reverse jail time's negative psychological effects
Just four months in prison can negatively affect a person's cognitive abilities and impulse control, according to findings published in Criminal Justice and Behavior from University of Pennsylvania criminologists Adrian Raine and Rebecca Umbach. The good news is, some combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness training can reverse the damage.

11/30/2017 08:19 AM
Regular bedtimes stop children getting 'jet lag'
What happens in the early years of a person's life has a profound effect on how they fare later on. Thousands of research papers – many of them using the rich data in the British Birth Cohort studies – have shown that children who get a poor start in life are much more likely to experience difficulties as adults; whether that's to do with poor health, or their ability to enjoy work and family life.

11/30/2017 04:48 AM
Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain
Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

11/30/2017 03:00 AM
Nigeria's flourishing 'miracle cure' business for HIV/AIDS
Blessing wanted to believe the advert on Facebook that promised "a cure for AIDS".

11/29/2017 01:58 PM
Chuck Norris says MRI dye harmed wife's brain, but study finds no link
(HealthDay)—Despite recent claims from actor Chuck Norris that a dye commonly used during MRI scans seriously sickened his wife, a new study finds no evidence to support such a link.

11/29/2017 07:23 AM
Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer
Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK.