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Depression in cancer patients often left untreated

Researchers have found that people with cancer and depression are likely to not receive treatment for their depression. Researchers propose a depression care intervention for these cases.

Life September 3, 2014

Experimental Novartis drug may reduce heart failure deaths, study reveals

A new heart failure drug has the power to change how treatment is viewed. The drug has been shown in a recent clinical trial to cut risk of cardiovascular death and hospital admission by a fifth.

Life September 2, 2014

Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp cures monkeys in clinical trial: Humans, next?

Researchers have been able to prove the efficacy of ZMapp in a trial with 18 monkeys infected with the disease. They found that even at later stages of disease progression, the drug was still able to combat the disease.

Life September 2, 2014

China’s latest beachwear, the ‘facekini’, is more than adequate sun protection

The latest fashion from China involves masks, similar to the one you would see on a wrestler or a bank robber. The trend, which garnered global attention when it was published in CR Fashion Book, has left many people amused.

Life August 29, 2014

Positive HIV test halts U.S. adult film industry

The adult film industry was put on hold after one of its performers tested positive for HIV. Though the moratorium is not binding, the industry is usually pretty compliant with it.

Life August 29, 2014

Sorting real drug-withdrawal tremors from fake? There’s an app for that

Researchers have developed an app to determine whether patients who come into the emergency room from alcohol withdrawal really have the symptoms or are faking them. The app is reported as good as junior physicians in discerning whether the patient is faking.

Life August 29, 2014

No trans-fat? Think again

Seeing 0 trans fat on a food label doesn’t exactly mean it doesn’t contain trans fat. A study from the CDC found that many foods with partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, advertise 0 g trans fat.

Life August 29, 2014

The app that screens newborns for jaundice: Smartphones get medical

Scientists have found a way to detect newborn jaundice, a potentially fatal condition in newborns. Newborn jaundice is the result of excessive bilirubin in an infant’s blood.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 29, 2014

Scientists can zap the brain into remembering

Scientists have found that using transcranial magnetic stimulation on humans can help improve memory in participants. They aim to stimulate the superficial area of the brain near the hippocampus.

Life August 28, 2014

MERS virus doesn't spread easily between humans

Scientists have found that the transmission of MERS from person-to-person is not as dangerous as people thought. In a recent study, they found a 4 percent transmission rate in MERS.

Life August 28, 2014

NYC fatal heroin overdoses rise tremendously

The number of deaths from heroin overdose has been increasing over the last few years. Researchers are also finding that the profile of a heroin user has also changed within the last decade.

Life August 28, 2014

Scientists switch out bad memories for good in mice: Hope for PTSD?

Memory is not reliable and there are oftentimes good and bad emotions tied to memories, but scientists have found a way to manipulate those emotions. In this process, they have also made several observations about memory association and emotional processing.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 28, 2014

Add more tomatoes, reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Researchers have found that men who consume at least 10 portions of tomatoes a week have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Researchers say that eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables are important in lowering cancer risk.

Life August 28, 2014

Can older Parkinson patients undergo deep brain stimulation?

Researchers have found no difference in complications from deep brain stimulation in older versus younger patients with Parkinson's disease. This could help inform physicians and surgeons about the risks associated with DBS.

Life August 27, 2014

MS patients find balance in Wii games: Fun with a dose of neural plasticity

Researchers have found a way to use the Wii balance board to help patients with multiple sclerosis. Ongoing use of the balance board is needed to maintain the helpful changes via neural plasticity.

Life August 26, 2014

Hey teenagers, even your doctors want you to sleep in

Doctors recommend school districts push high school and middle school start times later. Research has shown that adolescents are sleep deprived, and pushing school start times would help align school to their biological clock.

Life August 26, 2014

Legal medical marijuana linked with fewer fatal opioid overdoses

A recent study suggests that combining marijuana with opioid painkillers can help patients take lower and safer doses of the painkillers. This study, along with others, raises the issue of marijuana use.

Life August 26, 2014

Disoriented? Confused? You may be sleep drunk

A new study reports that it’s possible to become sleep drunk. Sleep drunkenness is described as waking up confused and not remembering what happened later.

Life August 26, 2014

This gut bacteria may stop your peanut allergies

Scientists have found a bacteria that may reverse peanut allergy in a person. The bacteria has proven effective in mice, so they hope to one day be able to use it on humans.

Life August 26, 2014

Cutting carbon emissions: Boon for healthcare, boon for economy

There could be monetary benefits to cutting carbon emissions: healthcare savings. A recent study by MIT researchers shows that savings in healthcare costs can make up for the cost of some carbon-reducing initiatives.

Energy August 25, 2014

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