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What is yellow fever? What causes yellow fever?

What is yellow fever? What causes yellow fever?

What is yellow fever? What causes yellow fever? 4269 Yellow fever is an acute systemic illness – a hemorrhagic fever – caused by the Flavivirus. Acute means it comes on (onset) rapidly, while systemic means it affects the whole body. In severe cases yellow fever causes a high fever, bleeding […]

Electronic skin that tracks health status steps closer

Electronic skin that tracks health status steps closer

Electronic skin that tracks health status steps closer Researchers in Japan have developed an ultra-thin material that attaches to skin and contains electronics that monitor blood oxygen levels. The researchers used their new e-skin material to make a blood oxygen monitor that is worn on the finger.Image credit: Someya Laboratory […]

Synthetic Marijuana Landing Thousands In Hospital Emergency Departments

Synthetic Marijuana Landing Thousands In Hospital Emergency Departments

Synthetic Marijuana Landing Thousands In Hospital Emergency Departments 4.52 Synthetic marijuana, street forms of synthetic cannabinoids, were associated with 11,406 emergency department visits in 2010 in the USA, says a new report issued by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Synthetic marijuana, also known as synthetic cannabinoids, are […]

Semen May Aggravate Cervical Cancer And Uterine Cancer

Semen May Aggravate Cervical Cancer And Uterine Cancer

Semen May Aggravate Cervical Cancer And Uterine Cancer 4.52 The high levels of prostaglandin, a hormone-like molecule found in semen, may fuel cervical and womb (uterine) cancers in women, say scientists from the Medical Research Council, UK. They say women with either womb or cervical cancer should seriously consider asking […]

Bacterial resistance to ‘last-resort’ antibiotic reaches the U.S.

Bacterial resistance to ‘last-resort’ antibiotic reaches the U.S.

Bacterial resistance to ‘last-resort’ antibiotic reaches the U.S. 5 The threat of a “post-antibiotic era” has moved closer to reality, after the first case of resistance to the “last-resort” antibiotic colistin has been identified in the United States. Researchers identified the colistin-resistant gene mcr-1 in a woman with a urinary […]

Pediatric Sinusitis – Hold Back On Antibiotics, New AAP Guidelines

Pediatric Sinusitis – Hold Back On Antibiotics, New AAP Guidelines

Pediatric Sinusitis – Hold Back On Antibiotics, New AAP Guidelines The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just issued new guidelines for physicians diagnosing pediatric bacterial sinusitis and determining whether antibiotic treatment is necessary. Acute bacterial sinusitis generally lasts up to a maximum of a month, it causes the patient’s […]

How fatty foods could be damaging your brain

How fatty foods could be damaging your brain

How fatty foods could be damaging your brain 3.56415 Chances are, you are feeling a bit hefty after the Thanksgiving period; the average American consumes an average of 4,500 calories and 229 g of fat during a typical holiday get-together. But this overindulgence take its toll not only on the […]

Moderate Drinking: Alcohol Limits, Benefits, Risks

Moderate Drinking: Alcohol Limits, Benefits, Risks

Moderate Drinking: Alcohol Limits, Benefits, Risks 4.52 Moderate drinking is defined as up to four alcoholic drinks for men and three for women in any single day, according to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA), and a maximum of 14 drinks for men and 7 drinks for […]

Excellent Results For MS Drug “Plegridy”

Excellent Results For MS Drug “Plegridy”

Excellent Results For MS Drug “Plegridy” 935 Biogen Idec has just announced its final first year results of the Phase 3 trial of its relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis drug Plegridy (peginterferon beta-1a). The drug met all primary and secondary endpoints of the trial results indicating that it is very effective at […]

Brain Freeze: What Is It? Scientists Explain

Brain Freeze: What Is It? Scientists Explain

Brain Freeze: What Is It? Scientists Explain 4.515 Harvard Medical School scientists who say they have a better idea of what causes brain freeze, believe that their study could eventually pave the way to more effective treatments for various types of headaches, such as migraine-related ones, or pain caused by […]

IVF breakthrough: novel DNA test could boost success rates

IVF breakthrough: novel DNA test could boost success rates

IVF breakthrough: novel DNA test could boost success rates 51 In the US, the majority of women undergoing in vitro fertilization have a success rate of 20-35%. Now, researchers have created a test that they say could boost success rates to as much as 80%. Researchers say the new test […]

Seasonal affective disorder: first human gene mutation discovered

Seasonal affective disorder: first human gene mutation discovered

Seasonal affective disorder: first human gene mutation discovered 42 Seasonal affective disorder is believed to be triggered by seasonal changes in daylight, with the condition most prevalent during winter months. But what makes certain people more susceptible to such changes? Researchers say they have uncovered a gene mutation that could […]

What is cholestasis of pregnancy? What is obstetric cholestasis?

What is cholestasis of pregnancy? What is obstetric cholestasis?

What is cholestasis of pregnancy? What is obstetric cholestasis? 3.512711 Cholestasis of pregnancy, also known as obstetric cholestasis or intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, usually occurs during the last trimester of pregnancy, and triggers severe itching, especially on the hands and feet. On rare occasions symptoms may appear before the third […]

Researchers discover genetic marker linked to OCD

Researchers discover genetic marker linked to OCD

Researchers discover genetic marker linked to OCD 4.5204 Around 2.2 million people in the US are affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is unknown as to what causes the disorder, but researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, say they have uncovered a genetic marker that may […]

Safer heart surgery from humble blood pressure cuff

Safer heart surgery from humble blood pressure cuff

Safer heart surgery from humble blood pressure cuff 517 Scientists have discovered that inflating a blood pressure cuff on the upper arm immediately prior to heart bypass surgery could decrease risk of heart injury and increase long-term survival rate. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

Good news: the world is now a safer place to live

Good news: the world is now a safer place to live

Good news: the world is now a safer place to live This week, some much-needed good news is published in Injury Prevention. According to their data mining exercise, the world is getting safer. A recent study shows that accidents have dropped by 31% since 1990. Injury always has been (and […]

Functional human body parts built using 3D-bioprinting technique

Functional human body parts built using 3D-bioprinting technique

Functional human body parts built using 3D-bioprinting technique 5 In what has been hailed a breakthrough in regenerative medicine, scientists have developed functional ear, bone and muscle structures using 3D-bioprinting technology. Researchers used a novel 3D-printing technique to build a functional human ear.Image credit: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center The […]