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Efforts to reduce smoking undermined by availability of cheap tobacco

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 09:08
The effectiveness of price increases as a deterrent to cut smoking is being undermined by the availability of cheap tobacco, including roll-your-own and cartons of factory-made cigarettes, according to new research published in the Journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Netflix's ‘13 Reasons Why’ linked to increase in internet searches for suicide methods

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 09:02
If you haven't heard of Netflix's television series "13 Reasons Why," just ask the nearest teenager. They'll tell you it's an immensely popular show among their young-adult peers, depicting the anguish and eventual suicide of a teenage girl as experienced by a friend listening to the series of audio-cassette journal entries she left behind.

Boise State professors win $37,000 grant from NASA to study impact of bone loss in space

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:50
Our slim body of knowledge of the universe is vastly overshadowed by what we do not know – whether there is sentient life on other planets, whether there are other planets that can sustain human life, even how long-term space travel physically affects human beings.

Smartphone-based biofeedback rehabilitation system aims to improve balance in Parkinson's patients

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:30
University of Houston researchers in the Department of Health and Human Performance are helping patients with Parkinson's disease regain stable balance and confidence in performing daily activities in their own homes.

WPI researchers receive NIH grant to develop heart muscle patch using biopolymer microthreads

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:24
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a $452,000 National Institutes of Health grant to bioengineer a patch to help cardiac muscle beat more strongly and efficiently after a heart attack.

CCO model significantly improves timeliness of prenatal care

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:17
Pregnant women on Medicaid are more likely to receive timely prenatal care following Oregon's implementation of coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, which are regional networks of health care providers who work together to treat patients, a new study has shown.

Penn researchers discover how DNA damage turns immune cells against cancer

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:14
Cancer is essentially a disease of the cell replication cycle. The goal of treating the disease is to permanently kill off the cells that replicate with abandon without any molecular brakes.

Biomedical researcher wins $1.9 million federal grant to develop enhanced influenza vaccines

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:00
Dr. Sang-Moo Kang, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has renewed a four-year, $1.9 million federal grant to develop influenza vaccines that offer enhanced protection against a broad range of influenza virus strains.

Culture of silence around vaginal bleeding poses threat to women's health

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 07:54
The culture of silence around vaginal bleeding at all stages of life endangers women's health and is compounded by limited access to clean water, sanitation, and factual information in low and middle-income countries, according to a study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published in the online journal BMJ Global Health.

Burn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health care

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 06:33
In a new study examining the relationship between mental health and burn injury, researchers note that burn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health care.

Proposed machine learning-based framework predicts FGR pregnancies with high accuracy

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 05:46
During the millions of pregnancies that occur in the United States every year, expectant moms learn oodles about their developing fetuses over months of gestation.

Women diagnosed with HIV during pregnancy twice as likely to suffer more domestic violence

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 05:39
A diagnosis of HIV during pregnancy makes domestic violence twice as likely to start for some women after their baby has been born, according to new research led by a Drexel University researcher.

New drug may limit disease progression, provide better symptom relief to Parkinson's patients

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 05:29
Researchers at Binghamton University have developed a new drug that may limit the progression of Parkinson's disease while providing better symptom relief to potentially hundreds of thousands of people with the disease.

Teens exposed to violence have greater risk for obesity, study suggests

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 05:21
Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence, and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study by Duke researchers. Those behaviors, especially increased soda consumption, are important predictors of weight gain.

Simple blood test could help identify patients at greater risk of cardiac event after orthopedic surgery

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 05:17
A new study published today in the HSS Journal, the leading journal on musculoskeletal research, found the incidence of myocardial ischemia (defined by an elevated troponin level) after major orthopedic surgery in patients with cardiac risk factors is high, although the incidence of serious cardiac complications remains low.

Two new studies expand understanding of link between PD and gastrointestinal dysfunction

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:29
Constipation is one of the most common non-motor related complaints affecting Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Two important studies from the same research group published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease expand the understanding of the relationship between PD and gastrointestinal dysfunction.

Home-based kit could be effective means for HIV testing of heterosexuals

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:25
Research led by William Robinson, PhD, Associate Research Professor of Behavioral & Community Health Sciences at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, has found that 86% of heterosexuals who are at high risk for HIV would use a home-based test kit provided by mail and 99% would seek treatment based on a positive result.

Study finds current annual TB screening in North America to be costly with limited health benefits

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:16
Tuberculosis (TB) is a recognized hazard for healthcare workers, but the annual screening strategy currently in place in Canada and the United States is costly with very limited health benefits and should be reconsidered, according to a new study led by a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Adults with autism found to be less surprised by unexpected images

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:01
Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.

Experiments in big animals show efficacy of new non-toxic MRI contrast agent

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 23:57
The top causes of death worldwide, ischemic heart diseases and stroke, together with another major source of illness, that is cancer, require proper imaging of blood vessels.