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Bariatric Surgery Lowers Uterine Cancer Risk

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In severely obese women bariatric surgery cuts the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by 71 percent, finds new study. Published in the April issue of iGynecologic Oncology/i, the official publication of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the findings indicate obesity may be a modifiable risk factor for endometrial cancer, and bariatric surgery a viable option for eligible patients. They are based on a retrospective cohort study of 7,431,858 patients ...

Online News Proving an Attractive Proposition for Star Power

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As a growing number of star US journalists move online, bringing followers and financial backers with them, the news media is generating buzz online. Online news sites have been around for years, but in recent months the trend has gained momentum, defying predictions of a troubled media industry. The latest was the relaunch of FiveThirtyEight, headed by Nate Silver, a statistician and journalist who made his own headlines with his accurate prediction ...

Same-Sex Marriage Suspended by Court in Michigan

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Local media is reporting that an appeals court on Saturday temporarily suspended same-sex marriages in Michigan, which thus became the latest US state to wrestle with the thorny issue of gay rights. "To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the District Court's judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday," The Detroit News reported, citing the federal court order. On Friday, a federal judge in the midwestern ...

FIFA Apologizes to Brazil After Withdrawing Sensitive Publicity Material

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FIFA apologized to Brazil after withdrawing publicity material for the World Cup in Brazil that poked fun at local customs. Just weeks after sports merchandiser Adidas pulled from the market two shirts which Brazil viewed as sexist, FIFA has now removed material which depicted Brazilians as unpunctual, impatient and even chaotic. Having regularly complained to Brazil about the slow pace of construction of stadiums for the June-July World Cup -- six out ...

Profiling the Ebola Virus

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According to the Guinea's health ministry, the Ebola virus plaguing Guinea is one of the deadliest known to man, claiming the lives of three-quarters of the people it has infected so far. The tropical virus can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea -- in some cases shutting down organs and causing unstoppable bleeding. No medicine or vaccine exists. Of around 1,850 people diagnosed ...

Back Pain and Weight Loss may be Harbinger of Tuberculosis

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Health experts have cautioned that if acute back pain, unexplained weight loss, fever and night sweats persist beyond a week, there is cause to worry. Such symptoms are synonymous with spinal tuberculosis, which accounts almost 50 percent of musculo-skeletal TB in developing countries, the experts say. "Spinal tuberculosis, also known as Pott spine, is one of the most common spinal diseases in India. It represents almost 50 percent of the musculo-skeletal ...

App to Help Track Your Health and Fitness on the Anvil

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A comprehensive app will help track your health and fitness levels in a great detail very soon. Reported to be part of Apple's next iPhone, Healthbook would not only track things like how much exercise and sleep you are getting but also your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and much more. The app can make your heart rate data more powerful by looking at how fluctuations in your sleep affect it. It can show the immediate and long-terms effects ...

Deep Ocean Currents are Being Disturbed by Climate Change

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A new study has warned that climate change may be acting to slow down deep ocean currents with potentially serious consequences for the planet's future. Deep currents act as conveyer belts, channelling heat, carbon, oxygen and nutrients around the globe. A new study by the University of Pennsylvania's Irina Marinov and Raffaele Bernardello and colleagues from McGill University has found that recent climate change may be acting to slow down one of these ...

Men can Suppress Frustration Better Than Women

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During stressful arguments, men prefer to suppress their emotions while women prefer to vent out, says a new study. After studying the effect of stress on both genders, University of Vienna's psychologists concluded that women become far more sensitive, empathetic and more than usually alert to other people's body language under pressure, the Daily Express reported. But men cut off "excessive emotions" and become self-absorbed and egocentric. The ...

World's Best Single Malt: Tassie Whisky

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At the World Whiskies Award held on Thursday night in London, Tasmanian distillery Sullivan's Cove's French Oak Cask variety was named the world's best single malt whisky. The alcohol was judged the global winner from a high-quality pool of single malt entries, including Scotland's Bunnahabain, Aberfeldy, Glenkinchie and Glenlivet distilleries and Japan's Yamazaki, News.com.au reported. According to judges, French Oak Cask entry was "light, peppery and ...

Fierce Battles Make No Difference to Famed Syria Crusader Castle

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War does not see or indeed save any cultural legacy or heritage. Columns are blackened with soot and vaults have crumbled in one of the courtyards of Syria's the Krak des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and victim of the country's three-year civil war. The army seized the medieval fortress on Thursday after fierce fighting in the nearby village of Al-Hosn in central Syria, routing rebels who had captured it in July ...

Extra-Marital Affair Could Improve Marriage? Yes, Says Survey

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Having an extra-marital affair could be just the thing to boost your mood and improve your marriage, a shocking new survey has found. An extra-marital dating site illicitencounters.com has claimed that going behind your partner's back with someone else could make you happier, improves your marriage and boosts your confidence, the Daily Star reported. According to the bizarre survey, 89 per cent of people, who are actively looking for an affair outside ...

Research Sheds Light on Critical Illness Polyneuropathy and Myopathy

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Research has shown that critical illness polyneuropathy and critical illness myopathy are frequent complications of severe illness that involve sensorimotor axons and skeletal muscles, respectively. Differentiating critical illness polyneuropathy from Guillain-Barre syndrome, especially the axonal variants, may be difficult on purely clinical grounds, as Guillain-Barre syndrome is known for its variable atypical manifestations. Prof. Hongliang Zhang ...

How are Rat Astrocytes Reprogramed into Neurons?

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Scientists are yet to understand whether astrocytes can be easily reprogrammed into neurons. Mash1 and Brn2 have been previously shown to cooperate to reprogram fibroblasts into neurons. Dr. Yongjun Wang and team from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China found that and found that Brn2 was expressed in astrocytes from 2-month-old Sprague-Dawley rats, but Mash1 was not detectable. Thus, the researchers hypothesized that Mash1 alone could be ...

Novel Antibacterial Orthodontic Bracket Cement Developed by Researchers

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Mary Anne Sampaio de Melo, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will present a research study titled "Antibacterial Orthodontic Cement Containing a Quaternary Ammonium Monomer Dimethylaminododecyl Methacrylate" at the 43rd Annual Meeting (and) Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), held in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. Demineralized lesions in enamel around orthodontic brackets ...

During Pregnancy, Acne may Dampen the Glowing Skin Effect

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A number of pregnant women are bothered by acne flares caused by an increase in androgen hormones, which may put a dampener on the glowing skin effect. To some, acne may seem trivial given the serious problems that could arise during pregnancy. However, dermatologists note that pregnant patients with acne are often more self-conscious of their ever-changing appearance, which can affect one''s overall mood. The good news is that acne that occurs during ...

Common Hair Care Misconceptions Revealed by Dermatologist

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Consumers are often overwhelmed by the variety of products available in the hair care sphere and have a hard time evaluating products that claim to improve one's hair. From products promising to help thinning hair to those that offer temporary changes to the texture of one''s hair, consumers can potentially spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on products without knowing if their claims are scientifically based or if they pose potentially damaging long-term ...

Hope on the Horizon for Patients With Advanced Melanoma Thanks to New Therapies

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and accounts for less than 5 percent of skin cancer cases. However, it is responsible for about 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. When melanoma is detected early and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is approximately 98 percent.A However, when the disease spreads, the five-year survival rate drops considerably - 62 percent in patients whose melanoma has spread to the lymph ...

Natural Ingredients Used in New Topical Treatments for Hyperpigmentation Highlighted by Dermatologist

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It is well-known that hyperpigmentation is difficult to treat and often leads to a negative impact on a person's psychological well being. Characterized by a darkening of the skin due to an increase in melanin (the natural substance that gives skin its color or pigment), hyperpigmentation is commonly treated with topical treatments with varying degrees of success. While hydroquinone has been the gold standard of treatment for hyperpigmentation for decades, some ...

New and Improved Laser and Light Treatments may Help Take Care of Cellulite and Sagging Skin

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Many of the newest aesthetic laser technologies in dermatology are proving useful in a variety of treatments from tattoo removal to erasing fine lines and wrinkles to reducing fat or cellulite. Before considering any cosmetic procedure, dermatologists recommend that consumers do their homework to better understand the best technologies available for their specific needs. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY EXPERT br /Information provided by board-certified ...

Cost-Related Medication Underuse Linked to Food Insecurity in Chronically Ill Americans

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A new study in The American Journal of Medicine says that chronically ill adults who reported food insecurity in their household were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse. The term cost-related medication underuse refers to taking less medication than prescribed, or not taking it at all due to financial concerns. Despite renewed optimism about the economy, many people in the United States continue to feel financial hardships. ...

Excessive Make-up Biggest Turn-off for Men, Reveals Research

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Women should not put on too much makeup because it is huge turn off for men, reveals new research. The study, conducted at the Bangor University in Wales, concluded that men prefer women who wear up to 40 percent fewer cosmetics, News.com.au reported. Psychologist Dr. Alex Jones said that the positive response to the no makeup selfie hashtag phenomenon on social networks was unsurprising. Jones continued saying that people often misjudge ...

World Tuberculosis Day 2014- Find, Treat, Cure TB

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World TB Day falls on March 24th, and this year's theme aims at putting an end to the global epidemic and bring TB-related deaths to zero. Of the 9 million people who get sick with TB every year 3 million are missed i.e. they fail to get the care they need. The World TB Day 2014 targets to 'reach the 3 million; find, treat and a href="http:www.medindia.net/news/bacteria-found-underwater-may-hold-key-to-tb-cure-115618-1.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink"cure ...

New Tattoos That Create Music

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A new project that allows people to make music from tattoos has been developed. The project uses rail-mounted sensors that crawl across the skin to read a tattoo that resembles a barcode. The 'notes' and instructions for the sensors are inked into flesh. The project, called 'Reading my Body' has been created by a Russian visual artist Dmitry Morozov, said media reports. "The sensors can move on their own or be controlled manually, meaning ...