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Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

December 13, 2017

CHICAGO – Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say …

4 in 10 cancers preventable by adopting simple lifestyle changes

In a new research that comes via the American Cancer Society, it has been seen that over 40 percent of all cancers and nearly one in two cancer deaths can be prevented by incorporating simple lifestyle changes in daily routines.
The study titled, “Proportion and number of cancer cases and deaths …

Removing chemical used to make Teflon-like coatings has led to fewer low birth weights and less brain damage

Government and industry efforts since 2003 to phase out chemicals used to make non-stick coatings, such as Teflon, have prevented more than 118,000 low-weight births and related brain damage in the United States.
This is the main finding of a new report — based on analysis of new mothers’ blood samples …

HIV also targets the brain

December 06, 2017

Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers have discovered that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) directly impacts the brain in the early stages of the infection.
It has long been known that many people with HIV also experience negative cognitive symptoms, such as depression, forgetfulness, etc. However, it was unclear whether it was caused …

Alcohol use in movies influences onset of drinking among 10- to 15-year-olds

Early adolescence is a high-risk period for alcohol experimentation and initiation. Adolescent drinking is linked to exposure to alcohol use in the media. This study examined the influence that movie portrayals of drinking may have on the onset of drinking among 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and the impact that …

Stressful events can increase women’s odds of obesity

Women who experience stressful events are at an increased likelihood of being obese compared with women who do not experience such events, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017. The findings come from a preliminary study showing that women who reported traumatic lifetime events or …

Vitamin D deficiency linked to decreased likelihood of successful pregnancy in women with PCOS

November 29, 2017

Vitamin D may play a key role in helping some women seeking treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-related infertility get pregnant. PCOS is a hormonal disorder affecting 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. Left untreated, the condition can lead to long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes, …

Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babies

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, indicates that the babies whose mothers were offered support to breastfeed completely for a prolonged period from birth have a 54% lesser eczema risk at the age of 16.
The study, led by researchers from the University of …

Flies more germ-laden than suspected

Scientists have discovered that flies carry more diseases than suspected.
The house fly and the blowfly together harbour more than 600 different bacteria, according to a DNA analysis.
Many are linked with human infections, including stomach bugs, blood poisoning and pneumonia.
Flies can spread bacteria from place-to-place on their legs, feet and wings, …

Anesthesiologists call for more research into pediatric deaths caused by dental anesthesia

November 22, 2017

Anesthesiologists call for more research into child deaths caused by dental anesthesia in an article published online by the journal Pediatrics.
Little is known about pediatric deaths caused by dental anesthesia in part because of the lack of data surrounding these events.
“There are so many questions that we need answers to when …

CBT offers valuable treatment alternative for millions taking opioids for chronic pain

By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
“Cognitive behavioral therapy is a useful …

Study shows that HPV vaccine also prevents recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in children

The vaccine that protects against cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus (HPV) also prevents an uncommon but incurable childhood respiratory disease, according to a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The findings suggest that the chronic and difficult-to-treat condition, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, is disappearing in Australian children as a result of …

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