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Drug Abuse, Alcohol And Cigarette Use Down In US Teens: NIH Survey

According to a new report, the rates of drug abuse have significantly decreased among high school seniors in the United States. The declining trend began approximately a decade ago and it has hit new lows in 2016.

Health December 14, 2016

Improvements In Malaria Control Evident In Africa But Global Efforts Still Lacking, Says WHO Report

It is revealed in the World Malaria Report 2016 released on Dec. 13 that there is great progress in malarial intervention and control in sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is a shortfall in malaria control measures in many African countries, which are attributed to insufficient funding and weak healthcare systems, noted the report.

Health December 14, 2016

1 In Every 6 Adults In America Fills At Least One Prescription For Psychiatric Drugs In A Year

According to a new research letter, one in six adults in the United States used prescription drugs in 2013. The research, which only analyzed the span of a year, signals strong ethnic differences correlated with drug use.

Health December 13, 2016

Study Finds Running Lowers Knee Joint Inflammation, Slows Osteoarthritis Development

Regular exercises like walking and running could help in postponing the initiation of chronic knee diseases, reports a recent study. Researchers at Brigham Young University noted that the molecules causing inflammation in the knee joints essentially reduce after running.

Health December 14, 2016

Individual Athletes More Likely To Experience Depression Than Athletes In Team Sports

A study conducted by German researchers reveals the fact that individual athletes are more likely to suffer from depression than those involved in team sports. The new discoveries offer interesting insights and may help provide better support and mental health aid in the future.

Health December 13, 2016

3D Imaging Technology Displays Details Undetectable To The Naked Eye During Brain Surgery

Brain surgeons have employed, for the first time in California, a 3D imaging technique in order to better scan the brain pathways during surgery. The technique has the potential to replace the traditional two-dimensional tools.

Health December 12, 2016

Testimonial Warning Labels On Tobacco Products More Effective At Motivating Attempts To Quit Smoking: TCORS Report

Warning labels are there to deter smoking. However, researchers have found that testimonial warning labels are better than text-based ones in motivating smokers to quit.

Health December 12, 2016

Hospice Staff At Florida Hospital Left Body Of Deceased Veteran In Shower Room For 9 Hours

Hospice staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Florida failed to follow appropriate procedures by leaving the body of a dead veteran in shower room for nine hours. The staff members were also found to have tried to cover up the mistake.

Health December 11, 2016

Food-Borne Bacterium From Improperly Cooked Chicken Found To Cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Researchers have found that improperly cooked chicken meat contain a bacterium that can cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Their findings also hinted at how treating the autoimmune condition can be improved.

Health December 11, 2016

Artificial Beta Cells Produced From Human Kidney Cells: Better Diabetes Treatment?

A team of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich produced artificial beta cells for the treatment of diabetes. The artificial beta cells have the ability to balance the blood glucose level just like real pancreatic cells, reports the study.

Health December 11, 2016

Scalp-Cooling Cap Reduces Hair Loss In Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Hair loss adds emotional stress to cancer patients, especially women. Researchers tested a scalp-cooling device and found the cap effective at reducing hair loss in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, addressing this concern.

Health December 10, 2016

GNC Pays $2 Million Fine, Settles Allegations Of Selling Misbranded Supplements

GNC agreed to pay $2.25 million to avoid federal prosecution, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Moving forward, the retailer would maintain a list of restricted ingredients as well as ingredients that are deemed safe to be sold.

Health December 10, 2016

How You Breathe Affects How You Judge Emotions And Recall Memory: Study

New study suggests that the way people breath could be responsible for an easier recognition of fearful facial expressions. The research started after an observation of the brain activity fluctuation correlated to the breathing process.

Health December 10, 2016

Studies Link Eye, Ear Problems To Zika Infections In Adults

Zika virus was associated with vision and hearing impairment, according to two new studies. Only a small number of patients reported the symptoms, which means further investigations will have to be conducted.

Health December 10, 2016

Cancer-stricken 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Dies A Week Before Episode Airs

'Jeopardy!' contestant Cindy Stowell lost the battle against cancer eight days before the show airs the episode that features her. The said episode is set to air Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Health December 9, 2016

Surgeon General Deems E-Cigarette Use Among Young People A ‘Major Public Health Concern’

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy noted in a public service announcement that smoking e-cigarettes is a ‘major public health concern,’ explaining nicotine is harmful to developing brain regardless of the means of exposure.

Health December 9, 2016

Damaging Chemical Imbalance Leads To ‘Brain Rust,’ Contributes To Schizophrenia

Recent discoveries made by a team from Harvard medical school may help detect the causes of schizophrenia and develop new treatments. Patients' brains present much higher levels of oxidation than their healthy counterparts, according to their research.

Health December 10, 2016

Researchers Develop Molecule That Could Be The First Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Antidote

New research in mice created an antidote for carbon monoxide intoxication. The research will have to be conducted before performing a trial on humans.

Health December 9, 2016

Unique ‘Flashing Light Therapy’ Holds Promise As New Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

MIT researchers have devised a unique flashing light therapy that holds a lot of potential as a treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease patients, utilizing a strip of LED lights to induce certain brain changes.

Health December 8, 2016

Optimism May Lower Risks Of Premature Death In Women: Harvard Study

Optimistic women have decreased risk of death from various health issues including stroke, heart disease, cancer, and infection, reports a recent study. Women with high degree of optimism have 30 percent reduced risk of death from diseases compared with their less optimistic counterparts.

Health December 9, 2016

Study Releases State Well-Being Rankings, Lists US States Where The Happiest Older Americans Are

People over 55 scored higher results in their overall well-being index than their younger counterparts, according to a new Gallup study. The study analyzed five inclusive criteria.

Health December 9, 2016

US Life Expectancy Down For First Time In Decades, Says NCHS Report

Analysis of the U.S. demographics and leading causes of death suggests that the overall life expectancy dropped in 2015 for the first time in decades. This could be due to the increase of deaths caused by the leading causes.

Health December 9, 2016

High-Fat Diet Found To Fuel Cancer Metastasis By Feeding Cancer-Spreading Protein

A high-fat diet has been associated with negative health effects before but researchers have also now linked fatty meals to increased chances of metastasis in various cancer types.

Health December 9, 2016

Gummy Bears Send High School Students To Hospital: How To Tell If Candies Are Laced With Drugs

More than a dozen high school kids attending Naperville North High School fell ill after eating gummy bears that may be laced with a still unknown substance, possibly marijuana or marijuana oil. How do you identify candies laced with drugs?

Health December 8, 2016

Look Ma, No Hands! Researchers Demonstrate Video Game Played With Just Direct Brain Stimulation

A team of researchers from the University of Washington have demonstrated that video games could be played with direct stimulation of brain. Artificial information could be processed directly by brain without relying on the sensory cues like touch, vision, or hearing, noted the report.

Health December 9, 2016

Pfizer Fined $107M for 2,600 Percent Price Hike On Epilepsy Drug Phenytoin Sodium

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority slapped pharmaceutical company Pfizer with a fine equivalent to about $107 million for hiking the price of phenytoin sodium capsules. The epilepsy drug is used by about 48,000 patients in the UK.

Health December 8, 2016

Beauty Products Aimed At African Americans Found To Contain Hazardous Ingredients

Only 25 percent of beauty and personal care products sold to black women are low in potentially harmful chemical ingredients, reports a recent study. About 15 hair relaxers and dyes scored 8.1 in the Skin Deep scale, which is highly hazardous among all other products.

Health December 8, 2016

Common Cancer Treatment May Cause Women To Grow New Eggs, Suggests Study

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh suggested that a common chemotherapy treatment could actually increase the number of immature eggs in women's ovaries.

Health December 8, 2016

Sedentary Lifestyles May Increase Risks Of Environmentally Induced Asthma Symptoms: Study

Sedentary lifestyles make people more prone to develop environmentally induced asthma. A new study analyzed the effects of being sedentary in rats exposed to different ozone levels.

Health December 8, 2016

Chicago High School Students Sick After Eating Gummy Bears Tainted With Marijuana

Chicago high school students needed medical care after eating marijuana-laced gummy bears. The police are still investigating this incident.

Health December 7, 2016

Direct Link Between Sleep Loss And Craving For Sugary, Fatty Food Discovered

Craving for sugary and fatty foods could be influenced by rapid eye movement sleep loss, reports a recent study. Blocking medial prefrontal cortex neural activity reduces the craving for sugary foods in mice, researchers say.

Health December 8, 2016

Bikini Waxing A Health Risk? Pubic Hair Grooming Found To Increase Risks Of Sexually Transmitted Infections

New research underlined a correlation between grooming pubic hair and the possibility to develop a sexually transmitted infection. However, more studies will have to be carried out to establish whether there is a causal relationship between the two or not.

Health December 7, 2016

Brain Blocks Formation Of New Memories When You Wake Up To Safely Consolidate Existing Ones

The brain consolidates existing memories in sleep, but this process is disrupted if a new experience occurs. Researchers have found that the brain blocks new stimuli a person experiences upon waking up in to form long-term memories.

Health December 8, 2016

Researchers Take Inspiration From Ancient Japanese Art Of Flower Arrangement To Create ‘Artificial Brains’ For Personalized Cancer Treatment

Inspired by the Japanese art of flower arrangement, researchers were able to develop a method for creating 'artificial brains’ for personalized brain cancer treatment. Having an authentic model of a patient's brain would help determine which drug combination would work best on the patient’s tumor.

Health December 7, 2016

Depression, Suicidal Thoughts Common Among Medical Students

More than a quarter of medical students suffer from depression and one in 10 have suicidal thoughts. What are the reasons behind these suicidal risks and depressive symptoms?

Health December 7, 2016

Parents Spend 9 Hours A Day On Their Phone, TV Screens

Before you can scold your kids from spending too much time online, a new study suggests you may have to check your habits first. Researchers found most parents spend around nine hours a day glued to their phone or TV screens.

Health December 7, 2016

A Handful Of Nuts A Day Can Keep The Doctor Away, Says Study

Consuming 20g of nuts a day reduces the risk of a number of diseases, noted a recent study. In spite of fat, the proteins and fibers present in nuts also help in reducing the risk of obesity, reported the researchers.

Health December 7, 2016

About 2 Million Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat-Chicken Recalled

National Steak and Poultry announced it is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may have been undercooked. What products are affected by the recall?

Health December 6, 2016

Ancient Teeth Samples From Time Of Roman Empire Bear Evidence Of Malaria Parasite

Analysis of teeth samples from skeletal remains dating back to the era of the Roman Empire unveiled mitochondrial genomic evidence of Plasmodium falciparum, the mosquito-borne parasite that causes malaria. What did the discovery prove?

Health December 6, 2016

White Wine May Be Increasing Your Risks Of Cancer

White wine could contribute to developing melanomas in body parts that are less exposed to sun, according to new research. The implications of these findings have to be further analyzed, however.

Health December 7, 2016

Lab-Grown Meat? Tyson Foods Launches $150 Million Venture Capital Fund For Startups To Focus On Meatless Future

Tyson Foods launched a $150 million capital fund for startups. The company's aim for the project is to target institutions with innovative ideas with high potential.

Health December 7, 2016

Losing Just 2 Hours Of Sleep Nearly Doubles Crash Risk For Drivers: Study

The rate of crash increases with decrease in sleeping hours of the driver, reports AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers who sleep four to five hours a day are twice likely to end up in accidents, noted the report.

Health December 6, 2016

Bacteria Carrying Gene Resistant To Carbapenem Antibiotics Discovered In US Pig Farm

A bacteria carrying a gene resistant to carbapenem antibiotics has been discovered in a pig farm in the United States. How did the mutant gene get into the animal farm?

Health December 6, 2016

Here’s How Fertilized Egg Cells Protect Genomic Integrity In Embryos Within The First 24 Hours Of Fertilization

The fertilized eggs don’t just participate in the reprogramming process of male DNA but also closely monitor and protect the genetic integrity of the material. That being the case, there are possibilities that the fertilization taking place in vitro may not undergo such processes as efficiently as in natural conditions.

Health December 7, 2016

Smoking One Cigarette Per Day Still Linked To Higher Risk Of Early Death

Occasional smoking, or smoking only between one and 10 cigarettes per day is still linked with early death. People who smoke lightly also have higher risk of dying from lung cancer, heart disease or respiratory diseases compared with those who never smoked.

Health December 5, 2016

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