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Access To Nature In Urban Areas Is Key To Healthier Living

Mental illness and mood disorders are more widespread in urban areas partly due to reduced access to nature, a new study has warned. How exactly is access to nature in urban cities important to well-being?

Health June 6, 2016

Hostess, Kashi Recall Thousands Of Items Over Peanut Residue, Contamination

Hostess and Kashi announced a voluntary recall of their food items. Hostess snack cakes and donuts are recalled because of peanut residue, while the Kashi recalls its granola bars over fears of Listeria contamination risks.

Health June 6, 2016

Hong Kong Suspends Sale Of Live Chickens Over Bird Flu Concerns

There might not be any chicken supply for this week's Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong due to bird flu concerns. After droppings tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu strain, Hong Kong has halted the sale of live chicken.

Health June 6, 2016

Europe Gives Approval To World's First Gene Therapy For Children

The European Commission has approved the world's first gene therapy for children suffering from ADA-SCID, a rare disorder closely linked to the "bubble boy" disease. The new treatment uses gene-editing techniques to fix the faulty gene.

Health June 6, 2016

Harvard Researchers Develop Quick And Cheap Test For Zika Virus

Harvard researchers developed a paper-based diagnostic test for Zika that is hoped to be a quick, portable and accurate way to detect the disease. Health officials previously established a definite link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.

Health June 6, 2016

Incorrect Dosage Turns Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Into A Killer

Drug dosing errors led to at least seven methotrexate overdose deaths in Australia – and the numbers are increasing, according to new research. Learn how this rheumatoid arthritis drug can turn into a killer.

Health June 6, 2016

Women Should Take Hormonal Drugs For 10 Years To Prevent Return Of Breast Cancer

Researchers found that taking hormonal drugs for 10 years, instead of five, may help prevent breast cancer from coming back. The study may pave the way for new and more effective breast cancer therapy in the future.

Health June 5, 2016

Crocs Are Bad For Your Feet: Podiatrists

Feet experts warn that wearing Crocs all day may not be a good option. Supposedly, the popular rubber clogs do not offer enough support to one's heels.

Health June 6, 2016

Blood-Based Liquid Biopsy Offers Reliable Alternative To Conventional Tests To Diagnose Cancer: Study

For some patients, traditional biopsies that involve tissue samples are not feasible. Blood-based liquid biopsies show promise as a reliable alternative.

Health June 6, 2016

Taking Dietary Supplements May Prevent Loss Of Brain Cells: Mice Study

Nutritional supplements have been proven to be beneficial in many ways. Now, new research suggests that taking a special combination of these supplements may prevent brain cell loss.

Health June 6, 2016

Being Alone May Affect Your Level Of Wisdom

Whether you are alone or with friends can affect your level of wisdom or wise reasoning, according to a new Canadian study. Wisdom is believed to be promoted by certain situations.

Health June 5, 2016

Up To 25 Percent Of Lung Cancer Patients Ineligible For Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a great advance in cancer treatment but up to a quarter of lung cancer patients are not eligible for this therapy. Autoimmune disorders have something to do with the risks.

Health June 4, 2016

More Kids Mistake Detergent Tabs For Sweets: How To Keep Your Child Safe

Each day, one child is mistaking laundry tabs for sweets and eating them, a new report has revealed. We list down a few simple tips to keep your child safe from poison.

Health June 5, 2016

The Battle Over The Synthetic Human Genome

The creation of a completely synthetic human genome may soon be within the reach of genetic scientists. Will this development yield greater developments in medicine or a new age of eugenics?

Health June 5, 2016

Many Patients Continue To Take Prescription Opioid Painkiller Months After Hip, Knee Replacement

Some patients continue to use opioids months after a successful joint replacement surgery despite improvements in pain. What causes them to continue using prescription opioid painkillers?

Health June 4, 2016

Lower Dopamine Levels May Explain Why Older People Take Less Risks

Older people are known to take fewer risks compared to when they were younger. Scientists believe this could be influenced by a reduction in the levels of dopamine in their brain.

Health June 5, 2016

Makers Of Clif Bar Issue Voluntary Recall Over Possible Listeria Contamination Risk

California-based Clif Bar & Company is issuing a voluntary recall of three of its products because of a possible risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can cause serious diseases in pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.

Health June 5, 2016

Higher Cooking Temperatures Needed To Make Burgers Safe From E.Coli Bacteria

Researchers discovered E.coli genes that can survive the temperature recommended by federal authorities for cooking beef. This means ground meat-based food items need to be cooked at higher cooking temperatures to keep them safe from E.coli bacteria.

Health June 4, 2016

Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted By Kissing And Oral Sex

Zika virus may be transmitted via oral sex or kissing, a new report has found. The public is cautioned about the disease's mode of transmission.

Health June 5, 2016

New Pancreatic Cancer Therapy Increases Survival Rates Of Patients

A clinical trial conducted by Cancer Research UK has shown that combination therapy for pancreatic cancer will improve survival rates. The treatment will become the standard therapy for pancreatic cancer patients.

Health June 5, 2016

New RNA-Snipping CRISPR Gene-Editing System May Help Treat Huntington's And Other Diseases

Researchers have developed a way to use CRISPR to target the RNA in cells instead of DNA. If this technique proves successful, it could lead to better methods to modify the proteins in cells, or even eliminate cancer cells.

Health June 5, 2016

What Is Fentanyl? Accidental Overdose Of This Drug Killed Prince

Authorities have concluded that Prince died of fentanyl overdose. The opioid is a potent painkiller that is said to be deadly even in small doses.

Health June 3, 2016

Undiagnosed Dementia Ups Risk Of Older Adults To Perform Dangerous Activities

Older adults with undiagnosed dementia are more likely to engage in unsafe activities, a new study found. Because their families and friends are unaware of the medical condition, these people are left in risky situations.

Health June 4, 2016

Metabolic Surgery May Boost Survival For Patients With Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Obese patients who underwent weight-loss surgeries have better survival rates compared with those who did not. Such surgeries are also found to help improve blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Health June 3, 2016

As Your 'Beer Belly' Increases, So Does The Risk For Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Men with beer bellies and higher body mass index are at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than their counterparts, new research suggests. Researchers say maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to avoid acquiring the disease.

Health June 3, 2016

New Blood Test Could Help Develop Smart Cancer Drug

Testing the blood of cancer patients for presence of metabolites can determine if a drug is effective or not. The method was first developed for pictilisib, but researchers say it can also be used for other cancer therapies.

Health June 4, 2016

The Ugliest Color In The World May Actually Change Lives

Pantone 448C, voted as the world's ugliest color, is posed to save more lives. The said color emerged as the least attractive hue for smokers in a research conducted by Gfk Bluemoon.

Health June 3, 2016

For Black Americans, Stroke In Middle Age Is Deadlier Than For Whites: Study

Middle-aged Black Americans are more likely to die from stroke than their white counterparts, new research suggests. It's not because of difference in care, but because of higher stroke rates.

Health June 3, 2016

Researchers Inch Closer To Developing Non-Allergenic Peanuts

Scientists may have found a way to create non-allergenic peanuts. The discovery may pave the way for healthier peanut products that all people can eat.

Health June 3, 2016

Newly Released Documents Raise Concern Over CDC Biolab Failures

An article published by USA Today sheds light on possible lapses in the CDC's safety procedures. The report tells about an incident where a decontamination chamber in one of the agency's top level facilities that stored deadly pathogens suddenly malfunctioned.

Health June 3, 2016

Virtual Reality App Offers Hint On What It Is Like To Live With Dementia

A first-of-its-kind dementia smartphone app was recently launched by Alzheimer's Research UK. The app aims to give users a sense of what it is like to live with different forms of the condition.

Health June 3, 2016

US Records 15.5 Million Cancer Survivors As Of January 2016

The number of cancer survivors in the United States is increasing because of better diagnostic and treatment procedures. However, the survivors need more emotional and psychological support from their health care providers.

Health June 3, 2016

Zika Discoverer Leaves Treasure Trove Of Data On Mosquito-Borne Virus

Work of the man who first discovered Zika virus was found in the archives of the University of Glasgow. The slides, images and hand-written notes may help ongoing Zika researches.

Health June 3, 2016

Scientists Announce Plans To Create Synthetic Human Genome In The Lab

A synthetic human genome project is on its way as scientists unveil their plans to help in human health and agricultural sectors in the most ethical way possible.

Health June 3, 2016

Stem Cell Brain Injection Gives Stroke Sufferers Chance To Walk Again

Stroke patients with disabilities were able to walk again after doctors injected modified stem cells into their brain. The experimental treatment did not show significant side effects.

Health June 3, 2016

Severely Obese People At Increased Risk For Post Heart Surgery Infections

Severely obese individuals who undergo coronary artery bypass are more at risk for post surgery infections. They also tend to stay longer in the hospital compared with patients who have normal weight.

Health June 2, 2016

New Program May Reduce Urinary Tract Infections Related To Catheter Use

The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) aims to help prevent the rise in cases of catheter-related urinary tract infection. The program has successfully reduced incidence by as much as 32 percent.

Health June 3, 2016

Long Term Marijuana Use Linked To Increased Risk For Gum Disease

A new study finds that long-term marijuana smokers have higher risks of developing gum disease. New findings also show that these marijuana users flossed and brushed their teeth less often than the non-marijuana smokers.

Health June 3, 2016

More Americans Are Dying, CDC Report Reveals

A federal report has shown that more American are dying, marking the first time the mortality rates surged following the one in 2004-2005. Reasons remain unclear and experts need a thorough analysis of the data to conclude findings.

Health June 2, 2016

Therapists Less Likely To Accept Black Or Working-Class Patients: Study

Psychotherapists also discriminate against their patients. A study has found that black patients and those from the working class are less likely to secure an appointment.

Health June 2, 2016

New Brain Cancer Treatment Leads To Extended Survival Of Patients

A new modified virus designed to treat an aggressive form of brain tumor has been found to extend the survival of patients for years. The clinical trial has finished its phase 1 and will move on to the next phase.

Health June 2, 2016

ADHD Drug Methylphenidate May Up Risk For Arrhythmia, MI In Children

Methylphenidate - sold under brand names like Ritalin - have been linked to a greater risk of arrhythmias and other heart conditions, although the risk could be extremely small in the average child with ADHD.

Health June 2, 2016

Menstrual Headache And Estrogen: Female Hormone Drops More Rapidly In Migraine Sufferers

Analysis of first morning urine samples showed link between the female sex hormone and migraine. Levels of estrogen drop more rapidly in women with history of migraine headaches days before menstruation.

Health June 1, 2016

Family History Of Heart Disease, Diabetes Ups Cardiometabolic Risk For Children

Children with a family history of heart disease and diabetes were found to more likely have increased cardiometabolic risks. The study stressed on the impact of family history, which should motivate parents to change the family's lifestyles as appropriate.

Health June 2, 2016

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