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Belgian Anti-Migraine Headband Will Knock Down the Single-Sided Headaches

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A Belgium-based technology company in southern Belgium is bringing into the giant US market a revolutionary gadget that will top the others: an anti-migraine headband. The product of years of medical and technological research, the device is a diadem fitted with electrodes designed to take the edge off migraines before they develop into acute blinding pain. Migraine, a deep headache which develops behind the eyes and can last for days, is estimated ...

New Therapies Possible for Patients With Gluten Intolerance With Research Finding

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New therapies for people with celiac disease, an often painful and currently untreatable autoimmune disorder, seems possible with the discovery of a key molecule, say researchers at McMaster University. Celiac disease is a food sensitivity to dietary gluten contained in cereals. In people who are genetically predisposed, gluten containing food will trigger an immune response that leads to destruction of the intestinal lining, abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, ...

Nursing Traditions Often Trump Evidence-Based Practice: Habitual Patterns Stick Longer

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Nursing interventions are often based only on traditional guidelines and are less dependent on research or other evidence-based practice guidelines, reveals an article in the April issue of iCritical Care Nurse/i (/iCCN/i). "Examining the Evidence to Guide Practice: Challenging Practice Habits" encourages nurses to critically evaluate and apply evidence to their daily practice to improve patient outcomes and to question using practice interventions that ...

Morocco Gets Alert After Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

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Extra health screening measures announced by Morocco on Tuesday at entry points to the country, especially at Casablanca airport, after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea. "As a precautionary measure," the health ministry has stepped up "sanitary checks at entry points ... especially at Casablanca airport," a key transportation hub for north and west Africa, the official MAP news agency reported. Travellers from countries with recorded ...

Fast Food Giants' Ads for Healthier Kids Meals Don't Send the Right Message: Study

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A new study finds ads from fast food giants at depicting healthier kids' meals frequently go unnoticed by children ages 3 to 7 years. In research published on March 31, 2014 in JAMA Pediatrics, Dartmouth researchers found that one-half to one-third of children did not identify milk when shown McDonald's and Burger King children's advertising images depicting that product. Sliced apples in Burger King's ads were identified as apples by only 10 percent of young ...

Living Alone Linked With High Skin Cancer Death Risk

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Men who live alone face a higher risk of death from skin cancer melanoma compared with men who live with a partner, claims new study. Single men of all ages are more likely to die of cutaneous malignant melanoma - a most aggressive form of skin cancer - as there are differences in prognosis depending on cohabitation status and gender. "We are able to show that living alone among men is significantly associated with a reduced melanoma-specific ...

New Culprit in Spread of Colon Cancer Identified

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The role of PLAC8 protein in the spread of colon cancer has been studied by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists. While elevated PLAC8 levels were known to be associated with colon cancer, the researchers now have shown that the protein plays an active role in shifting normal cells lining the colon into a state that encourages metastasis. The work appears April 1 in the iJournal ...

New App Exclusively for Acne Sufferers

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New iPhone app called 'diet and acne' created by Northwestern University scientists helps acne sufferers understand how certain food affect their skin conditions. "Diet and acne app," can be downloaded from the iTunes app store for free. It uses data from a systematic analysis of peer-reviewed research studies to show people if there is or is not scientific evidence linking acne to foods such as chocolate, fat, sugar and whey protein. Diana Cohen, ...

Home Remedies To Improve Eyesight

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Natural Home Remedies offers you herbal method to improve eyesight/vision effectively. Follow these simple home remedies and tips to improve eyesight/vision.

Genetic Cause of Heart Valve Defects Identified

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"Creld1" is found to be the key gene for the development of heart valves in mice. This discovery is an important step forward in the molecular understanding of the pathogenesis of heart valve defects. The findings have been published in the journal "iDevelopmental Cell/i". Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) is a congenital heart defect in which the heart valves and cardiac septum are malformed. Children with Down's syndrome are particularly affected. Without ...

Nerves Could be Repaired After Spinal Cord Injury: New Discovery

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Chemical reprogramming and repair of damaged nerves after spinal injury or brain trauma could be possible in future, suggests a new discovery. Researchers from Imperial College London and the Hertie Institute, University of Tuebingen have identified a possible mechanism for re-growing damaged nerve fibres in the central nervous system (CNS). This damage is currently irreparable, often leaving those who suffer spinal cord injury, stroke or brain trauma with serious ...

Head of Search Operation Gives Up on Finding Wreckage of Flight MH370

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The head of the search for Flight MH370 has said that the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines plane might never be found. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal (rtd) Angus Houston raised the possibility that no wreckage from the jet may ever be found, revealing authorities have a very poor understanding about how fast or far it traveled. Houston also compared the search for the aircraft to the disappearance of HMAS Sydney, which took 60 years ...

Hand-To-Mouth Motion Encoded in Brain from Birth

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Human babies have hand-to-mouth motion encoded in the brain from birth, reveals a new study, explaining why they stick everything from Lego to a chair in their mouths in their early life. According to New Scientist, Angela Sirigu of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences in France and her colleagues studied 26 people of different ages while they were undergoing brain surgery. Researchers were able to make 9 of the unconscious patients bring their hands ...

Lengthening of Arctic Melt Season Results in Rapid Warming of Ocean: Study

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The increase in length of melt season for Arctic sea ice by several days each decade and an early start this season is allowing the Arctic Ocean to absorb additional solar radiation. This is resulting in melting of as much as four feet of the Arctic ice cap's thickness in some places. Julienne Stroeve, a senior scientist at NSIDC, Boulder and lead author of the new study, said that the Arctic is warming and this is causing the melt season to last longer. She ...

Reason for the Surge of Vitamin D Deficiency Diagnoses

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Physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes instead of taking measures after people develop conditions caused by decreased bone density, suggests a new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. For older patients, having a low vitamin D level is a condition that can cause weakening of bones, which can lead to fractures, and in children the deficiency can lead to rickets. The 2011 Institute of Medicine guidelines ...

Probiotics Do Not Help Infants With Colic: Study

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New findings do not support the use of probiotics to treat colic in infants, says study. Infant colic (excessive crying of unknown cause) affects up to 20% of infants and is a major burden to families and health services. Although it spontaneously resolves three to four months after birth, its cause remains elusive and no single effective treatment exists. Previous small trials suggest that the probiotic emLactobacillus reuteri/em effectively ...

Aspirin may Benefit Certain Colon Cancer Survivors: Study

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A new study has stated that giving aspirin to colon cancer survivors may help the patient in living longer. According to previous studies, administering aspirin to patients after they were diagnosed with colon cancer helped in living them longer. But the new study is not able to explain the exact working behind this. Author of a commentary accompanying the study Dr Alfred Neugut said the study reiterates the fact that aspirin is helpful for certain colon cancer ...

Want to Get Rid of That Flab? Eat Your Breakfast at 7.11 am

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A new survey has suggested that eating breakfast at 7.11 am can help people lose weight. The survey, conducted by Forza Supplements, followed 1,000 people on diet and asked them to come up with the recommendation, said the Daily Express. Managingdirector of the firm Lee Smith said while losing weight, the main point that people should take care of is not how much they eat but when they do it. And after the survey, Smith said that the apt time for ...

Take 7 Helpings of Veggies and Fruits to Live Longer: Study

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A new study has revealed that consuming seven helpings of fruits and vegetables daily will reduce the risk of dying from cancer and heart diseases. Till now the WHO has been recommending that people eat five portions of vegetables and fruits to live longer. But after the new study, people have to make an extra effort to increase their daily servings of veggies and fruits. University College London researchers found that people who consumed seven or more portions ...

Religion and Spirituality Help People Stay Healthy

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A new study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University has found that religion and spirituality does indeed help people stay healthy. The researchers developed a theoretical model by analyzing the link between health, religion, and spirituality and found two distinct pathways, with religiousness associated with better health habits, including lower rates of smoking and alcohol consumption, while spirituality was found to regulate emotions, leading to reduced ...

New Campaign Aims to Teach Parents Right Way of Using Baby Slings

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The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is currently in the process of coming up with a national campaign in Australia that will attempt to teach parents on the right and safe way of using baby slings. According to figures, three babies lost their lives due to baby slings in 2010 while a Queensland coroner ruled that Baby T's death in 2013 was caused due to baby sling in March 2013. Despite rising number of deaths being caused by the contraption, a recent interview ...

Review Finds Murder of Baby Callum Wilson Could Have Been Prevented

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A review into the death of an 11-month old boy in Berkshire, England, revealed that his life could have been saved had health and social workers been more alert to signs of child abuse. Callum Wilson suffered from broken bones, a detached retina and a head injury which ultimately killed him after being violently attacked by his mother Emma Wilson. Callum died in March 2011 but the review revealed that Emma continued to attack him months before his deaths ...

Elizabeth Joice Sacrificed Life to Save Unborn Baby

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A 36-year old cancer patient in New York made the ultimate sacrifice after opting to go ahead with her pregnancy and ensure that her baby girl lived even though she was told that unless she got an abortion and underwent chemotherapy, she would not live long. Elizabeth Joice was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in September 2010, a month before she married her boyfriend Max. She underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, a surgery and more chemotherapy before doctors ...

Indian-American Cardiologist Wins Simon Dack Award

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Indian-American cardiologist Dr Sumeet Chugh will be receiving a prestigious award from the American College of Cardiology. Dr Chugh, who is the associate director of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, will be receiving the Simon Dack Award in recognition of his contributions to the organization's peer-reviewed medical journals. An expert in radio frequency ablation procedures as well as the use of pacemakers, defibrillators and biventricular devices to correct ...

Cutting TV Time Improves Sleep Quality Among Kids

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Kids get more sleep, do better in school, behave better and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV, say researchers. Douglas Gentile, lead author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State, said that when parents are involved it has a powerful protective effect across a wide range of different areas that they probably never would have expected to see, asserted ...

Research Reveals Digital Mammography Reduces Recall and Biopsy Rates

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A new study published online in the journal emRadiology/em says that population-based screening with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) is associated with lower recall and biopsy rates than screen film mammography (SFM). Previous population-based studies comparing the accuracy of SFM versus FFDM have reported conflicting results, and reported recall rates-or the rate at which women are called back for additional tests-have varied widely. In addition, past ...

Antibiotics may Cause Autoimmunity

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For every gene, the code includes a message at the end of it that signals the translation machinery to stop. Some diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, can result from mutations that insert this stop signal into the middle of an essential gene, causing the resulting protein to be truncated. Some antibiotics cause the cell's translation machinery to ignore the stop codons and are therefore being explored as a potential therapy for these ...

Popularity Increases the Risk of Getting Bullied in Adolescence

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For most adolescents, becoming more popular increases their risk of getting bullied and worsens the negative consequences of being victimized, a new study has found. "Most people probably would not think that having a higher social status would increase the risk of being targeted, but with few exceptions, that's what we find," said the study's lead author Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis. "It's kind of a hidden ...

Reduction in Unnecessary Follow-Up Imaging can Come About Via Quality Improvement Initiative

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A variety of issues relating to clinical practice, practice management, health services and policy, and radiology education and training are the focus of the April issue of the iJournal of the American College of Radiology/i (iJACR (Regd) /i). Articles include: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Follow-up Imaging for Adnexal Lesions Jamie S. Hui, M.D.; Dawna J. Kramer, M.D.; C. Craig Blackmore, M.D., M.P.H.; Beverly ...

Beautiful Blossoms and Hayfever Misery Highlights Spring in Japan

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Explosions of pink and white cherry blossoms that provide a beautiful backdrop for picnics across Japan are a major highlight of spring season in this country. But it also heralds a mass outbreak of facemasks and speciality goggles intended to fend off clouds of pollen that make noses stream and eyes itch. "I want to take my eyeballs out and wash them," websites blare as they advertise eye clinics and remedies for hayfever sufferers. For ...

Amyloid Deposits Increase With Age, Says Study

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Stiffening of the arteries appears to be associated with the progressive buildup of amyloid plaque in the brains of elderly patients without dementia, says a new research. strongAuthor:/strong Timothy M. Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues. strongBackground:/strong Evidence suggested arterial stiffness is related to brain aging, cerebrovascular disease, impaired cognitive function and dementia ...

Blood Pressure Medications can Reduce Major Cardiovascular Events and Death

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A new study has found that the blood pressure medication angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) appear to reduce major cardiovascular events and death, as well death from all other causes, in patients with diabetes, while angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) appear to have no such effect on those outcomes. strongAuthor:/strong Jun Cheng, M.D., of the Medical School of Zhejiang University, China, and colleagues. strongBackground:/strong ...

Length of Pregnancy Reduced by Heat Wave

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A new study indicates that when temperatures reach 32C or higher over a period of four to seven days, the risk of early-term delivery is 27% higher than on typical summer days. The study was led by Nathalie Auger of the University of Montreal's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. The study involved data from 300,000 births that took place in Montreal between 1981 to 2010 with summer temperatures recorded by Environment Canada during this period. Auger ...

Increasing Workload for Hospitalists Linked to Longer Length of Stay

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New research has found that an increasing workload for hospitalists was associated with increased length of stay and costs at a large academic community hospital system in Delaware, which may undermine the efficiency and cost of care. strongAuthor:/strong Daniel J. Elliott, M.D., M.S.C.E, of the Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del., and colleagues. strongBackground:/strong Hospital medicine is a fast growing medical specialty in the United ...

Research Finds HIV Treatment While Incarcerated Helped Prisoners Achieve Viral Suppression

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New research has revealed that treating inmates for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while they were incarcerated in Connecticut helped a majority of them achieve viral suppression by the time they were released. strongAuthor:/strong Jaimie P. Meyer, M.D., of the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., and colleagues. strongBackground:/strong Of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, about one-sixth ...

Research Explains Why Mediterranean Diet is Good for Your Heart

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New research has provided further evidence of the heart-friendly benefits of Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean diet plan is tied to lower levels of platelets and white blood cells - the two markers of inflammation. Inflammation has an association with greater risk of heart attack and stroke. The Mediterranean diet, characterized by generous servings of foods such as greens, whole grains, fish, and olive oil, has long been hailed as a heart-healthy ...

Experimental Anticancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia

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In mice, experimental cancer drug reverses behaviors associated with schizophrenia, reveals study. According to Johns Hopkins researchers, the drug was able to restore some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental illness. The drug, which is of a class of compounds known as PAK inhibitors, was able to partially restore disabled neurons so they could connect to other nerve cells. The ...