Health News RSS feed for this section

Human Body Weight Influenced by Microbes in the Gut

November 7, 2014

0 Comments

Research Shows Weight Influenced by Microbes in the Gut

New research from King’s College London and Cornell University reveals that genetic makeup influences whether people are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, paving the way for personalized probiotic therapies that are optimized to reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases based on an individual’s genetic make-up. By studying […]

Continue reading...

New Algorithm Analyzes Carbon Dioxide to Help Determine How to Treat Patients

November 6, 2014

0 Comments

New Algorithm Can Help Determine How to Treat Patients

Researchers from MIT, Harvard Medical School and the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia have developed a new algorithm that can, with high accuracy, determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on the concentration of carbon dioxide in a patient’s exhalations. Paramedics respond to a 911 call to find an elderly […]

Continue reading...

Engineered Liposomes: A Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

November 5, 2014

0 Comments

Scientists Develop a Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

By engineering artificial nanoparticles made of lipids, scientists have developed a treatment for bacterial infections without using antibiotics. Scientists from the University of Bern have developed a novel substance for the treatment of severe bacterial infections without antibiotics, which would prevent the development of antibiotic resistance. Ever since the development of penicillin almost 90 years […]

Continue reading...

A Direct Link between Climate Change and the Emergence of Infectious Diseases

November 5, 2014

1 Comment

Researchers Discover Connection between Climate and Emerging Diseases

A team of researchers has established a direct link between climate change and the emergence of infectious diseases, showing a correlation between epidemic peaks and rainy periods for Buruli ulcer observed over a 40-year period in French Guyana. New diseases Climate change may affect human health directly or indirectly. In addition to increased threats of […]

Continue reading...

Noninvasive Technique Measures Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

November 4, 2014

0 Comments

Laser Technique Measures Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Skin

A new noninvasive technique objectively measures fruit and vegetable consumption, helping nutritionists and medical professionals measure and improve the diets of children and adults. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is linked to a variety of improved health outcomes, but accurately measuring consumption by self-report, especially with children, is challenging and can be of […]

Continue reading...

Targeted Chemotherapy Delivery Could Kill Tumor Cells More Effectively

October 28, 2014

0 Comments

New Approach Could Kill Tumor Cells in the Brain More Effectively

New research shows that delivering chemotherapy directly into the brain cavity may kill tumor cells in the brain more effectively and avoid side effects. Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors that have spread from elsewhere in the body. These tumors, known as metastases, are usually treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy, […]

Continue reading...

Targeted Isolation May Be the Most Effective Way to Reduce Transmission of Ebola

October 28, 2014

0 Comments

Isolation May Be the Most Effective Way to Reduce Transmission of Ebola

New research led by the Yale School of Public Health shows that isolating 75% of infected individuals in critical condition within four days of symptom onset has a high chance of eliminating the spread of Ebola. Isolating the most severely ill Ebola patients before the fifth day of their illness may be the most effective […]

Continue reading...

Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline in Older Adults

October 27, 2014

4 Comments

Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline in Healthy Older Adults

A new study from Columbia University Medical Center shows that dietary cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. New York, New York — Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, […]

Continue reading...

Yale Scientists Reveal Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

October 24, 2014

0 Comments

Yale Study Shows Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

An international team of scientists has developed a new mathematical transmission model of the Ebola disease and applied it to Liberia’s most populous county, revealing that tens of thousands of new Ebola cases and deaths are likely by December 15 if the epidemic continues on its present course. The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating […]

Continue reading...

New Evidence of a Possible Link Between Diabetes and the Hardening of Heart Valves

October 23, 2014

1 Comment

Study Shows High Blood Sugar Levels May Harden Heart Valves

By directly viewing the effect of high blood-sugar levels on heart-valve cell metabolism for the first time, bioengineers have found new evidence of a possible link between diabetes and the hardening of heart valves. Rice University bioengineers have found new evidence of a possible link between diabetes and the hardening of heart valves. A Rice […]

Continue reading...

Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Recovery

October 22, 2014

0 Comments

Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Cancer Recovery

New research from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury, providing a roadmap that could help scientists make existing radiation and chemotherapy treatments more effective for people with cancer and other blood-related diseases. Led by […]

Continue reading...

Hearing Restored in Noise-Deafened Mice

October 21, 2014

0 Comments

Scientists Restore Hearing in Mice

Using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in the ears of mice, a team of scientists has restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise. By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research […]

Continue reading...

Antifreeze Protein in Ticks Could Lead to New Antibiotics for Humans

October 17, 2014

0 Comments

Tick Protein Inspires New Class of Antibiotics

Scientists from Yale University have discovered that an antifreeze protein in ticks that kicks in during winter can also fights infection, possibly leading to a new class of antibiotics for humans. A protein in ticks that protects them against the cold could inspire a new class of antibiotics for humans, according to a Yale University […]

Continue reading...

21-Day Quarantine Might Not Be Enough to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

October 16, 2014

0 Comments

Study Questions 21 Day Quarantine For Ebola

A new study from Drexel University suggests that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent spread of Ebola, revealing that there could be up to a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected even after the 21-day quarantine. As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases […]

Continue reading...

Yale Study Shows Siblings of Children with Autism Can Show Signs at 18 Months

October 16, 2014

1 Comment

Siblings With Autism Can Show Early Signs

A new study from Yale University found that younger siblings of children with ASD showed symptoms as early as 18 months old, reinforcing the need for repeated diagnostic screening in the first three years of life to identify individual cases of ASD as soon as behavioral symptoms are apparent. About 20% of younger siblings of […]

Continue reading...

UCLA Study Shows That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

October 15, 2014

1 Comment

Researchers Find That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

A newly published study is the first to evaluate the effect of body weight on the biological ages of a variety of human tissues, revealing that obesity accelerates aging of the liver. Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, UCLA researchers working closely with a German team of investigators have […]

Continue reading...

Study Finds Stimulant Use Increases by 30% During the School Year

October 14, 2014

0 Comments

Research Shows Stimulant Use Increases by 30 Percent During the School Year

New research from Yale, NYU and the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that students are 30% more likely to take a stimulant medication during the school year than they are to take one during the summer. The authors found that school-year increases in stimulant use are largest for children from socioeconomically advantaged families. Because many children […]

Continue reading...

Previously Unknown Mechanism Repairs Brain after Stroke

October 10, 2014

0 Comments

Researchers Discover Mechanism that Repairs Brain after Stroke

Working with mice, researchers from Lund University and the Karolinska Institute have discovered a previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke. The findings have been published in the journal Science. A stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain, which leads to […]

Continue reading...