Health

06
Dec
Hockey player showed signs of CTE

It was demonstrated that Derek Boogaard, the former National Hockey League player who died in May from a drug overdose, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease that is linked to concussions. At the time of his death he was 28 years old. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of neuropathology at the Bedford VA Medical Center who is also the co-director of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy... [read news]

06
Dec
The pros and cons of mastectomy

Giuliana Rancic announced she was planning to undergo a double mastectomy. After her decision became public many wondered whether her treatment was safe enough. Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, a radiation oncologist said the star’s decision made sense in her situation. "Mastectomy and reconstruction could be an easier path for her," explained Thompson. She explained the risk of a cancer comeback was higher with patients who chose... [read news]

05
Dec
New treatment against cancer: fish oil

This week, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center announced it would be hosting the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Scientists from all over the world will gather at this event in order to present their findings. One of these groups of researchers will come from the U.T. Health Science Center.It is known that breast cancer can kill, especially if the disease spreads to the bone.“Once the cancer gets to the bone, you cannot treat them... [read news]

05
Dec
New ADHD findings

Studies have shown that variations in genes which lead to the signals of pathways in the brain may be linked to ADHD. These studies suggest that drugs which influence these pathways might treat ADHD.The genomic analyses revealed that 10 percent of the children with ADHD have what scientists call "copy number variations". This means segments of their DNA are either deleted or duplicated. These sectors are part of the glutamate receptor gene... [read news]

02
Dec
Measles cases started climbing

A report released on Tuesday announced that after years of decline, the number of measles cases from Europe started raising again. In October European health officials announced there had been about 26,000 measles cases and nine deaths this year. The World Health Organization announced the number had increased three times as compared to the same period in 2007. France was the one who reported 14,000 cases mainly at older children and even... [read news]

30
Nov
Dangerous levels of arsenic in juice

People are already wondering whether juice is dangerous. A new study made by Consumer Reports suggested that some juices may contain high levels of arsenic and lead. The magazine announced on Wednesday that it had tested 88 juice samples and apparently 10 percent of the juices – made by five different brands - had arsenic levels above the standard of 10 parts per billion (ppb).Arsenic levels in the juices ranged from 13.9 ppb to 24.7 ppb. The... [read news]

28
Nov
Fewer varicella cases in the US

The varicella vaccination program in the United States appears to be able to benefit infants as well. A study revealed that small children might be able to get the vaccine directly. The number of varicella cases started declining since 1995, falling from 15.6 cases per 1,000 infants to 1.6 cases per 1,000 infants in 2008. The decline was calculated to have been by 89.7%. Sandra S. Chaves, MD and her colleagues from the CDC revealed that the... [read news]

27
Nov
Adverse events caused senior hospitalizations

Diabetes drugs and blood thinners have been demonstrated to have caused two-thirds of the 99,628 senior hospitalizations in the U.S. each year. Researchers from the CDC announced in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) that the adverse effects of the drugs were behind the need for hospitalization. This article wishes to lower the need of hospitalization by one fifth until the end of 2013. Dan Budnitz, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC's... [read news]

25
Nov
New swine flu strain discovered

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced it had confirmed three cases of a new flu virus which apparently came from pigs. However, the virus spread from person to person and was encountered at three children from Iowa. Arnold Monto, a flu expert and professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health announced there was no reason to fear a pandemic. "I don't think this is anything to worry about for the... [read news]

22
Nov
Coffee lowers risk of cancer

A recent study shows that coffee helps prevent the appearance of endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer. The research was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and examines the factors that influence women’s health. It was revealed that women who drink two to three cups per day reduced the risk of cancer by 7 percent. "Women who regularly consumed coffee were at lower risk of endometrial... [read news]


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