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Specific gene increases susceptibility to breast cancer

9 years ago from Physorg

Much work has been done to identify genetic variations that predispose women to breast cancer. Previous work showed that variants in the gene called fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2)...

Eastern Health should have dealt with cancer tests alone: former deputy minister

9 years ago from CBC: Health

A former deputy minister of health says Eastern Health made matters worse by involving the government at the start of the cancer testing crisis.

Drug resistant TB 'rising in UK'

Drug resistant tuberculosis is posing a growing threat in the UK, say experts.

Scanner to Find Fatty Deposits in Vessels Is Approved

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Federal regulators have approved the sale of a new laser scanning system intended to locate fatty deposits in blood vessel walls that are thought to cause heart attacks.

Vital Signs: Hazards: Gymnastics Grades High in Injuries, Too

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Gymnastics, a new study finds, can take a heavy toll on its young practitioners’ bodies.

Diabetes Link To Alzheimer's Disease Explained

9 years ago from Science Daily

Diabetic individuals have a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease but the molecular connection between the two remains unexplained. Now, researchers have identified the probable molecular basis for the...

Pill Ingredient Could Prevent Brain Damage After Head Injury

9 years ago from Science Daily

A common component of the contraceptive pill could improve the neurologic outcome for patients with severe head injuries, according to a new study. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as that...

Observatory: Cherry Tomatoes Get a Seawater Boost

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Researchers reported that the nutritional content of tomatoes improves when the plants are irrigated with diluted seawater.

Albert Hofmann, Inventor of LSD, Embarks on Final Trip [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, inventor of LSD, died yesterday at the age of 102, just 10 days after the 55th anniversary of his notorious bicycle trip while tripping on "acid"....

Stem cells open window on disease processes

9 years ago from Harvard Science

A panel of Harvard Stem Cell Institute experts said recently that stem cell research’s biggest impact on patients’ health likely won’t come from therapies that inject stem cells or implant tissues made...

Life expectancy stagnating, worsening, for large segment of U.S. population

9 years ago from Harvard Science

A new, long-term study of mortality trends in U.S. counties from 1960 to 2000 finds that an overall average life expectancy increase of 6.5 years for men and women is...

Aspirin-like Compounds Increase Insulin Secretion In Otherwise Healthy Obese People

9 years ago from Science Daily

Aspirin-like compounds can claim another health benefit: increasing the amount of insulin produced by otherwise healthy obese people. Obesity is associated with insulin resistance, the first step toward type 2...

Personal Best: The Flutter Over Heart Rate

9 years ago from NY Times Health

For some activities, a monitor may help you reach your goal. Or it may distract you.

Global Update: Donor Attention-Deficit Disorder? Phony Press Release Is Joke, Sort Of

9 years ago from NY Times Health

A mock press release elicits rueful laughter from the global health community.

Glaxo Says Compound in Wine May Fight Aging

9 years ago from NY Times Health

The British drug maker said it would acquire a biotechnology company that is pursuing the notion that a compound found in red wine might retard aging.

F.D.A. Takes Closer Look at Lasik Complaints

9 years ago from NY Times Health

The F.D.A. is taking a new look at whether warnings about the risks of Lasik surgery are appropriate.

M. Lois Murphy, 91, Dies; Leader in Cancer Research

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Dr. Murphy’s leadership advanced early work on chemotherapy, especially for childhood cancer, and led to markedly higher survival rates

Counting Birthdays: The Short End of the Longer Life

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Ever rising longevity is not a given for all Americans anymore, especially women.

Doctors accused of doing illegal stem-cell trials

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Patients in Austria may have been misled.

Exposure to daycares in early childhood could protect against leukemia

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Kids who go to daycare or attend playgroups are 30 per cent less likely to develop the most common form of childhood leukemia than those who do not, finds a...

Radiology errors could aggravate backlog

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Errors discovered in the work of a P.E.I. radiologist will add significantly to the workload of a department that's already swamped, says the provincial medical director of diagnostic imaging.

Water fountains at Yukon school off limits over bacteria concerns

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Students and staff at a Whitehorse-area elementary school are being told not to use the school's water fountains after low levels of coliform bacteria were found last week.

Peer review considered for P.E.I. radiologists

9 years ago from CBC: Health

After another doctor's comments on a P.E.I. radiologist's work led to the finding of an unacceptably high error rate, the province is considering a peer review process for all radiologists.

Treating patients in hallways the 'new norm' in Calgary: CHR head

9 years ago from CBC: Health

A fast-growing and aging population means more hospital patients are being cared for in hallways and tub rooms, the CEO of the Calgary Health Region said Tuesday.

DOD Creates Regenerative Medicine Institute

9 years ago from Science Blog

The Department of Defense announced the creation of the new, federally-funded institution, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) during a briefing today at the Pentagon. read more

WSJ.com In For a Major Redesign

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

WSJ.com is on for a major redesign and relaunch soon, and some elements of it are being rolled out now on the site, and some would view it as the...

Broadway Wife Wants Divorce-By-YouTube

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

We're the YouTube Generation, living in the YouTube Era, in a YouTube World. And now we apparently have a YouTube Divorce.

EPA Scientists Decry Political Pressure

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

A survey of scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency shows that hundreds of scientists are complaining about political interference and pressure from superiors who want to skew their findings.