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Study suggests medical errors now third leading cause of death in the US

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in the BMJ, surpasses...

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Children with ADHD may benefit from following healthy behaviors, new study suggests

A new study shows that children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder follow fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors than non-ADHD youth, suggesting that they may benefit from improving lifestyle choices such...

New drug-delivery approach holds potential for treating obesity

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed nanoparticles that can deliver antiobesity drugs directly to fat tissue. Overweight mice treated with these nanoparticles lost 10 percent of...

Concussion outcomes differ among football players from youth to college

Concussions in high school football had the highest average number of reported symptoms and high school football players had the highest proportion of concussions with a return-to-play time of at...

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Aerial spraying to combat mosquitos linked to increased risk of autism in children

New research to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting suggests that the use of airplanes to spray anti-mosquito pesticides may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder...

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Gene therapy shows long-term benefit for treating rare blindness

Pioneering gene therapy has restored some vision to patients with a rare form of genetic blindness for as long as four years, raising hopes it could be used to cure...

Cell transplant treats Parkinson's in mice under control of designer drug

Su-Chun Zhang of the UW-Madison Waisman Center has transplanted human dopamine nerve cells into mice with a model of Parkinson's disease. The new cells, shown in green, responded to two separate drugs that turned them on or off as needed.Madison neuroscientist has inserted a genetic switch into nerve cells so a patient can alter their activity by taking designer drugs that would not affect any other cell. The cells...

Decoding Zika to fight future outbreaks

Researcher Juan Carlos Saiz from the Department of Biotechnology of the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria in Madrid studying the Zika virus.The constant emergence of viral outbreaks has become a permanent threat to human health. Last year, Zika virus infected thousands of people in the Americas. It is also associated to...

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Coal-tar based sealcoats on driveways, parking lots far more toxic than suspected

Oregon State University researcher Staci Simonich.The pavement sealcoat products used widely around the nation on thousands of asphalt driveways and parking lots are significantly more toxic and mutagenic than previously suspected, according to a new...

Food allergies of low-income kids are poorly managed

Families spend 2.5 times more on emergency room and hospitalization Low-income children are less likely to see specialists or get epinephrine More life-threatening reactions likely due to lack of education...

Study finds readability of dense breast notifications poor

About half of American women have dense breasts, which makes it harder for mammograms to identify cancer and add to a woman's risk for cancer. Nearly half of U.S....

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People abuse #Imodium as an opiate substitute. It is dangerous and potentially deadly. <i>Annals of Emergency Medicine</i>.

Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common

Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just...

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One in four patients with COPD suffer from depression

Although there have been discussions about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition impacting 24 million Americans, and depression, there has been little research showing the impact depression has on...

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Origin of synaptic pruning process linked to learning, autism and schizophrenia identified

Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that appears to...

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Screening method uncovers drugs that may combat deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria

In recent years, hospitals have reported dramatic increases in the number of cases of the highly contagious, difficult-to-treat, and often deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Now, investigators at Beth...

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No time to get fit? Think again -- just 1 minute of intense exercise produces health benefits

This is Martin Gibala, Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster University.Researchers at McMaster University have found that a single minute of very intense exercise produces health benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training.

Silent epidemic? Head injury may be linked to lasting sleep problems

People who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study published in the April...

New report shows electronic cigarettes are beneficial to UK public health

Electronic cigarettes have the potential to contribute to reducing death and disability caused by Britain's biggest killer, say experts in The BMJ today.

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Study: Answer to antibiotic-resistant infections could already be on the market

The rise of antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens is an increasingly global threat to public health. In the United States alone antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens kill thousands every year.

First multi-year study of honey bee parasites and disease reveals troubling trends

This bee is infected with Deformed Wing Virus, one of many viruses spread by varroa mites.Honey bee colonies in the United States are in decline, due in part to the ill effects of voracious mites, fungal gut parasites and a wide variety of debilitating viruses....

Despite efforts, childhood obesity remains on the rise

This graph shows the prevalence of childhood obesity, 1999-2014.The alarming increase in U.S. childhood obesity rates that began nearly 30 years ago continues unabated, with the biggest increases in severe obesity, according to a study led by a...

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