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New 'bubble' targets only cancer cells

9 years ago from Biology News Net

For millions of Americans with cancer, the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatment drugs can be devastating. But new drug-delivery research based on nano- and microtechnology from Tel Aviv...

Global Warning: Hotter Days, Increased Hospitalizations For Respiratory Problems

9 years ago from Science Daily

High summer temperatures, pushed higher by global climate change, may bring with them a spike in hospitalizations for respiratory problems, according to an analysis of data from twelve European cities,...

New way found to predict IPF mortality

9 years ago from UPI

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Canadian scientists say they have found a new method that can predict mortality in patients suffering idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Young smokers increase risk for multiple sclerosis

9 years ago from Physorg

People who start smoking before age 17 may increase their risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy...

Bacteria in urinary tract infections caught making burglar's tools

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) make more tools for stealing from their host than friendly versions of the same bacteria found in the gut, researchers at Washington University...

Field Of Germs: Food Safety Is In Farm Worker's Hands

9 years ago from Science Daily

Food safety policy experts say protocols need to look beyond dirty processing plants. Farm workers aren't required to be vaccinated, which presents an increased threat for the spread of disease,...

Exacerbations in COPD: One thing leads to another

9 years ago from Science Blog

New research shows that individual exacerbations in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) themselves increase the likelihood of repeat exacerbations, even after five days of full, asymptomatic recovery?bad news for patients...

Prostate specific antigen testing may be unnecessary for some older men

9 years ago from Science Blog

Certain men age 75 to 80 are unlikely to benefit from routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, according to a Johns Hopkins study published in the April 2009 issue of...

Growing HIV rates among gay, bisexual men in Asia

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The AIDS virus is spreading rapidly among gay and bisexual men in Asia as younger people shun condoms and authorities fail to increase awareness of the disease,...

Revolutionary New Model For Alzheimer's Disease

9 years ago from Science Daily

Is there something missing from the conventional theory that Alzheimer's is a disease of toxicity -- based on the accumulation of sticky amyloid plaques in the brain? New research focuses...

Yukon privacy commissioner discourages blood testing law

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A proposed Yukon law that would make blood testing and disclosure mandatory in certain situations would violate the privacy of Yukoners, said the territory's privacy commissioner.

Another Blow Against Trans Fats in Foods

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Taking on obesity and heart disease, Suffolk County has joined the ban on trans fats in restaurants.

Unhealthy lifestyle more than doubles stroke risk

9 years ago from

People who lead unhealthy lifestyles are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke than those who eat and drink sensibly, don't smoke, and take regular exercise, finds a...

Concerns over minimally invasive surgery for breast cancer

9 years ago from

Minimally invasive breast surgery may be trading better cosmetic outcomes for worse rates of cure, warns a senior doctor in an editorial published on today...

Incidence rates of cervical cancer linked to deprivation

9 years ago from

The rate of cervical cancer varies among different geographical areas in Southeast England according to a new study published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The study...

Infection prevention falls short in Canadian long-term care facilities

9 years ago from

Infection prevention and control resources and programming in Canadian long-term care facilities fall short of recommended standards, a new Queen's University study shows...

Knowledge of genetics improves uncertain medication

9 years ago from

Roughly 100,000 Swedes are under treatment with the blood-thinning drug Waran. Patients evince varying sensitivity to Waran, which makes the initiation of treatment a risky balancing act between haemorrhaging and...

Family celebrates victory as new drugs approved on P.E.I.

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Eighteen new drugs, many of them for fighting cancer, will be added to P.E.I.'s drug formulary on March 1, the government announced Thursday, a move that will save many families...

Suit Progresses on Housing for Mentally Ill

9 years ago from NY Times Health

A lawsuit filed six years ago seeking to force New York State to overhaul the housing system for mentally ill adults will proceed to trial.

Health Care Industry in Talks to Shape Policy

9 years ago from NY Times Health

The secret talks appear to be inching toward a consensus that comprehensive health care legislation should include a requirement that every American carry insurance.

Peer Portner, Heart Pioneer, Dies at 69

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Mr. Portner’s studies of the heart led to development of the Novacor pump, an electrical device used to let seriously ill patients survive long enough for a heart transplant.

Our Towns: Giving Away Medical Care Isn’t Easy

9 years ago from NY Times Health

An 81-year-old retired doctor is working to continue to offer free medical care to the poor after his clinic was shut down due to state budget cuts.

For Queens Man, Second Try at Rowing the Atlantic for AIDS Awareness

9 years ago from NY Times Health

A 43-year-old man is making a second attempt at rowing a boat 8,000 miles from Senegal to Brooklyn to raise awareness about AIDS prevention.

Doctor and Patient: Getting Off the Patient Treadmill

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Paying doctors for performance, rather than volume, may help cut spiraling health costs, but how will it affect doctor-patient relations?

Hidden Phosphorus Food Additives Dangerous To Kidney Disease Patients

9 years ago from Science Daily

Advanced kidney disease patients have a list of foods they know to avoid because they naturally contain a high level of the mineral phosphorus, which is difficult for their compromised...

Chewing Gum Helps Treat Hyperphosphatemia In Kidney Disease Patients

9 years ago from Science Daily

Chewing gum made with a phosphate-binding ingredient can help treat high phosphate levels in dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease, according to a new study. The results suggest that this...

Chinese officials investigate more kidney problems in babies

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Health officials in China are looking into a rash of infants falling ill with kidney stones, state media said Thursday, following a tainted milk scandal that also sickened children with...

Glowing 'Cornell dots' can show surgeons where tumors are

9 years ago from Physorg

( -- Brightly glowing nanoparticles known as "Cornell dots" are a safe, effective way to "light up" cancerous tumors so surgeons can find and remove them.