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Pancreatic Cancer Could Be Found With New Blood Test

pancreatic cancer could be found with new type of blood test

Pancreatic cancer is usually found too late to save the patient, so the race has been underway to find better blood tests to detect the sneaky and generally fatal disease. A Japanese team said today that they have found a new approach for testing for the disease which is more accurate than the older blood… Read more »

Autism, Vaccines Not Linked, CDC Getting Tired Of Repeating Itself

autism, vaccines not linked, another CDC study

Autism isn’t caused by vaccines, but one in ten parents still refuse or delay providing their children with potentially life-saving vaccinations because of this long-standing myth. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new study led by Dr. Frank DeStefano which again found absolutely no link between the number or… Read more »

Farm Rich Recalls Chicken Quesadilla, Mini Pizza, Other Snacks

Farm Rich products recalls chicken quesadilla etc.

A voluntary recall of Farm Rich products was announced late Thursday after the United States Department of Agriculture linked an E. coli infection in a New York state patient to consuming one of the company’s chicken quesadillas. The Buffalo, New York based company said that the affected items were produced November 12-19, 2012, so some… Read more »

HIV Immunity From Turning Off One Gene

HIV immunity came from turning off one gene

HIV immunity might be a step closer. A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has stopped the deadly virus that causes AIDS in humanized mouse models by removing a single gene, according to research published Thursday in open access journal PLOS Pathogens. A humanized mouse is a genetically modified… Read more »

Diabetes Drug Metformin Slows Aging But…

diabetes drug metformin slows aging in worms

Diabetes drug Metformin is one of the most affordable and widely prescribed prescription drugs available for the treatment of diabetes type 2. Could it also help delay aging and extend the lifespan of healthy individuals? A study published today in Cell revealed that it certainly can — at least if you’re a tiny worm called… Read more »

Superbugs Are Super Dangerous And Super Expensive, Study Finds

Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistant Strains

Superbugs are a new scary reality. The bugs are resistant to antibiotics, they multiply by the billions, and they thrive in environments that would kill off most other living organisms. As we continue to fight off every little sniffle, cut, and post surgery event with more and more antibiotics, the bugs continue to learn ways… Read more »

Test May Predict Aggression And Violent Behavior In Boys

Tests for aggression

Results from a pilot study, published in Psychiatric Quarterly, suggests a correlation between certain hormones found in salivary concentrations as markers for aggression. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center research, led by Drew Barzman, MD – a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist – collected three sets of saliva samples from 17 boys. Participants were male… Read more »

Obesity Slows You Down, Scientists Finally Provide Some Proof

obesity leads to lack of exercise

Obesity slows you down, making it more difficult to exercise and creating a vicious cycle that keeps people fat. It’s a logical assumption, but is it true? A team of Brigham Young University researchers led by exercise science expert Larry Tucker decided to study 254 women to find out. Another assumption we all probably make… Read more »

Traditional Chinese Medicine For Diabetes Works, New Study

a traditional Chinese medicine works for diabetes type 2

A Chinese medicine that combines prescription diabetes medication Glibenclamide with traditional herbs may offer a lower risk of episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) than the Glibenclamide given alone. That’s the result of a study of 800 patients performed by a large research team in China, which was reviewed by another team in Australia and… Read more »

Hepatitis C Drug And Vaccine Show Promise

hepatitis C drug and vaccine tested

Hepatitis C, a viral disease that slowly destroys the liver, has been effectively treated in a small study by an experimental drug, miravirsen, according to a letter published yesterday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Although the Food and Drug Administration approved two protease inhibitors in 2011 to treat the disease, greatly increasing a… Read more »

Anorexia, Bigorexia In Men Linked To Self-Image, New Study

anorexia, bigorexia linked to man's self-image

Anorexia and so-called bigorexia, or muscle dysmorphia, is on the rise among men, and a new study from two Australian universities is trying to find out what’s going in the patients’ heads by surveying them with an indepth questionaire. The research, led by Dr. Stuart Murray, is scheduled to be published later today in the… Read more »

Baldness, Prostate Cancer Link Confirmed In African-Americans

baldness and prostate cancer link confirmed in African-Americans

The link between early baldness and prostate cancer got a closer look in a study of over 500 African-American men published online today in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. Lead author Charnita Zeigler-Johnson of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine said that the researchers wanted to focus on African-Americans because of their… Read more »

Too Much Tea Can Result In Skeletal Fluorosis

Too Much Tea Bad For Health

Too much tea can result in skeletal fluorosis. At least that was the case for a 47-year old Michigan woman, according to The New England Journal of Medicine medical report. The woman reported that, for the past 17 years, she had habitually consumed a pitcher of tea made from 100 to 150 tea bags daily…. Read more »

Gut Bacteria Cause Obesity, Not Just Gas

gut bacteria causes obesity as well as gas

A common gut bacteria species that causes unpleasant gas may be linked to the rising obesity epidemic as well. A new study performed at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles showed that people who have higher levels of gas also tend to be more overweight. The study, published late last week online in The Endocrine Society’s… Read more »

Too Many Choices May Lead To Riskier Decisions

Too Many Choices May Lead To Riskier Decisions

Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK and the University of Lugano in Switzerland found that, if people are given too many options or choices, they will often execute riskier decision making. For the study, published in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, researchers created a gambling game so they could analyze how a large… Read more »

Autism Risk In Offspring Linked To Childhood Abuse Of Mother

Autism Risk In Offspring Linked To Childhood Abuse Of Mother

Two recent motherhood studies addressed the reproductive risks associated with neglect and abuse. One study, published in Pediatrics, focused on the statistics of adolescent girls who have suffered sexual abuse or neglect. The research linked a correlation of abuse victims to an increased likelihood of being teen mothers by 20 percent. That is five times… Read more »

Baby Brain Study Says Babies Know You’re Fighting

babies know you're fighting even if they're asleep

A baby brain study has revealed that babies do notice and react to arguments, even if they appear to be asleep. The University of Oregon researchers studied 20 babies between the ages of six and 12 months who were brought to the lab each night to sleep in a scanner. No, they weren’t exposed to… Read more »

Popular Parkinson’s Drug Affects Decision-Making

Parkinson's drug affects decision-making, study says

Levodopa, the most popular drug for Parkinson’s disease (PD), improved the decision-making ability of healthy people over age 70 by making it easier for them to learn from earning a reward. That’s according to a small study from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in the UK, which performed the tests on a total of… Read more »

Wind Farms Hated On By Negative Personalities, Study Says

wind farms are opposed by negative personalities

If you think your local wind farm makes you sick, then you might just be a negative person. Or at least that’s the conclusion of a University of Nottingham, UK report recently published online at Science Direct. Dr Claire Lawrence, a psychologist and one of the authors, explained that they measured the noise levels of… Read more »

Vehicle Exhaust As Bad For Kids As Second-Hand Smoke

vehicle exhaust and second-hand smoke equally bad for kids

Vehicle exhaust may trigger 14 percent of asthma cases and 15 percent of asthma symptoms in children. That’s the conclusion from a study of 10 European cities conducted by Laura Perez of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and her colleagues. Most people know that air pollution can trigger symptoms in children who already… Read more »

Hip Replacement May Help You Live Longer

hip replacement surgery may help patients live longer

Hip replacement can make it easier for people with severe arthritis pain to move around, but maybe it can help them live longer too. A study presented at this week’s 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Chicago examined 43,000 patients who had received total hip replacement (THR) surgery and… Read more »