Health

24
Jan
Fever treatments may cause more flu deaths

People sick with the flu often take medication to alleviate the accompanying fever. But their relief may come at a price for others: New findings suggest that suppressing fever can result in the infection of tens of thousands of additional people each flu season. Fever, though unpleasant, can actually be beneficial. The condition can lower the amounts of virus in a sick person's body, because viruses replicate less efficiently in higher... [read news]

01
Jan
Cholesterol linked to Alzheimer's protein, unclear why

Patterns of "good" and "bad" cholesterol usually associated with heart risks also predicted the levels of Alzheimer's-related beta amyloid protein seen in the brains of study participants. "One of the important themes emerging from dementia research over the past 15 years is that there are intriguing connections between vascular disease and Alzheimer's disease," Bruce Reed, who led the research, told Reuters Health by email. Reed is a... [read news]

30
Dec
Small changes in kids' fast food meal cut calories

Changes made last year to McDonald's Happy Meals selections for children may be helping kids to cut calories, according to a new study. "We were curious to know how diners might have changed what they were ordering in order to make up for the reduction of calories," Andrew Hanks, one of the study's authors, said. Hanks is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in... [read news]

28
Dec
Diabetes risk gene 'from Neanderthals'

A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been inherited from Neanderthals, a study suggests. We now know that modern humans interbred with a population of Neanderthals shortly after leaving Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago. This means that Neanderthal genes are now scattered across the genomes of all non-Africans living today. Details of the study appear in the journal Nature. The gene... [read news]

23
Dec
China investigates after hepatitis B vaccine suspected in 7 infant deaths

Chinese health authorities are investigating after seven infants died following inoculation with a hepatitis B vaccine, state media reported on Monday. China has been beset by a series of product safety scandals over the past few years. At least six children died in 2008 after drinking milk contaminated by the industrial chemical melamine, and there have also been reports of children dying or becoming seriously ill from faulty... [read news]

19
Dec
Youth-drug can 'reverse' ageing in animal studies

US scientists have performed a dramatic reversal of the ageing process in animal studies. They used a chemical to rejuvenate muscle in mice and said it was the equivalent of transforming a 60-year-old's muscle to that of a 20-year-old - but muscle strength did not improve. Their study, in the journal Cell, indentified an entirely new mechanism of ageing and then reversed it. Other researchers said it was an "exciting finding". Ageing is... [read news]

18
Dec
Stress gene linked to heart attacks

A stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease. Heart patients with the genetic change had a 38% increased risk of heart attack or death, say US researchers. Personalised medicine may lead to better targeting of psychological or drug treatment to those most at risk, they report in PLOS ONE. The study adds to evidence stress may directly increase heart disease risk, says the British Heart... [read news]

16
Dec
Baby illusion: Youngest born 'perceived as shorter'

Mothers perceive their youngest children as shorter than they actually are, a study suggests. This "baby illusion" applies regardless of the number of children a mother has, Current Biology reports. Mothers underestimated the height of their youngest child by an average of 7.5cm (3in), yet accurately judged the height of any older children they had. The study authors believe this is an adaptive mechanism - to nurture and protect most... [read news]

14
Dec
5 gluten-free holiday pasta dishes

As winter rolls around, everyone loves curling up with a blanket – and some hearty comfort food. For all of you gluten-free folks out there, fear not. While it may seem like the meals that provide the most comfort also contain the most wheat, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you offered to bring a dish to an upcoming holiday party, try this Creamy Gluten-Free and Vegan White Bean Pasta. The ingredients in this dish avoid all the most... [read news]

13
Dec
James Bond is an 'impotent drunk'

Vodka martini, "shaken not stirred" - often said as part of a bad Sean Connery impersonation - is one of the most quotable lines from Bond. Yet Her Majesty's top secret agent's love of the bottle would leave him impotent and at death's door. Doctors analysing the Ian Fleming novels show James Bond polishes off the equivalent of one and a half bottles of wine every day. They say he is not the man to trust to deactivate a nuclear... [read news]


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