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New Smartphone App ‘Detects’ Skin Cancer

New Smartphone App ‘Detects’ Skin Cancer

New Smartphone App ‘Detects’ Skin Cancer 4.5922 A new smartphone app that claims to detect warning signs of skin cancer has just been launched in the UK market following a two year beta in the U.S. The novel app, called Mole Detect Pro, provides its users with a remote professional […]

Hand Washing Averts Petting Farm Illnesses

Hand Washing Averts Petting Farm Illnesses

Hand Washing Averts Petting Farm Illnesses Following a number of outbreaks of diarrhoea illnesses this year, public health experts in England are warning people about the need for good hand hygiene when visiting petting farms. The authorities are keen to put out this warning ahead of the summer holidays. Visits […]

New guidelines for pediatric pulmonary hypertension

New guidelines for pediatric pulmonary hypertension

New guidelines for pediatric pulmonary hypertension 4.5 Every year, nearly 1 in 500 babies are born with pulmonary hypertension, a potentially fatal heart and lung disease. Now, the first ever guidelines for diagnosis and treatment have been published in the journal Circulation. New guidelines bring hope to children with pulmonary […]

Death rates from cancer in the US continue to drop

Death rates from cancer in the US continue to drop

Death rates from cancer in the US continue to drop 3.53 The latest annual report from the American Cancer Society shows that death rates from cancer in the US are continuing to fall, “giving reasons to celebrate but not to stop,” according to the voluntary health organization whose goal is […]

Tahini: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Tahini: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Tahini: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information 4.52 Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are hulled, ground, and toasted. It is commonly used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is a major ingredient in hummus and baba ghanoush (a dip similar to […]

Fewer ‘good gut’ bacteria in C-section infants

Fewer ‘good gut’ bacteria in C-section infants

Fewer ‘good gut’ bacteria in C-section infants 430 Researchers have discovered that infants who are delivered by caesarean section have a lower range of good gut bacteria in their first 2 years of life, compared with infants delivered through the mother’s birth canal. The study, published in the BMJ journal […]

Toxoplasmosis parasite: clues to symptom inconsistency

Toxoplasmosis parasite: clues to symptom inconsistency

Toxoplasmosis parasite: clues to symptom inconsistency 5 Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have discovered clues as to why a malaria-related parasite, called toxoplasma gondii, can cause blindness in some people but not in others. This is according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens. Toxoplasma gondii […]

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 […]

Fast Food Restaurants Serve Extremely Unhealthy Meals

Fast Food Restaurants Serve Extremely Unhealthy Meals

Fast Food Restaurants Serve Extremely Unhealthy Meals 4843 Many major restaurant chains across the U.S. seem to be trying to encourage obesity by serving meals that have calorie counts far exceeding the daily recommended amounts. Their meals may sound and look extremely appealing, but they are actually incredibly fattening, bad […]

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 […]

House Pulls Trigger On Gun Bills

House Pulls Trigger On Gun Bills

House Pulls Trigger On Gun Bills pus carry. But both bills face slim chances in the Senate. The Florida House is currently debating two gun bills. One would allow concealed carry on college campuses. The other would allow open carry in public places, including public universities.  Listen Listening… / Rep. […]

Fecal matters: treating infection with stool transplants

Fecal matters: treating infection with stool transplants

Fecal matters: treating infection with stool transplants 4.51751 Having someone else’s stool placed inside your body sounds more like grounds for treatment rather than treatment itself. Yet fecal microbiota transplant is a procedure that has been found to be a particularly effective for treating Clostridium difficile infection. The micro-organisms living […]

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Causes, Symptoms and Treatments 154 Respiratory syncytial virus – pronounced “sin-SISH-ul” – is a viral respiratory infection that affects the lungs and respiratory tract in both adults and children. The virus can be as mild as a common cold but in some severe cases it can […]

Heart health can be measured by finger pulse

Heart health can be measured by finger pulse

Heart health can be measured by finger pulse 4 A physiologist has developed a new method of detecting heart disease by measuring the pulse in a finger, according to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology. The new technique, created by Gary Pierce, assistant […]

Bond villains, neurosurgery and facial recognition

Bond villains, neurosurgery and facial recognition

Bond villains, neurosurgery and facial recognition 5 A recent article published in Nature asks whether we should trust a Bond villain to conduct accurate neurosurgery. The answer is an unsurprising and resounding “no,” but the neuroscience behind the scenes is fascinating. Despite Blofeld’s heavy-handed approach, he clearly knows something about […]

What To Eat During Pregnancy

What To Eat During Pregnancy

What To Eat During Pregnancy 3.550511 A pregnant woman needs to ensure that her diet provides enough nutrients and energy for her baby to develop and grow properly, and also to make sure that her body is healthy enough to deal with the changes that are occurring. For a healthy […]

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), […]