Health & Wellness
Mon, 07 Jan 2008 16:03 CST
Consumption of dairy products, especially milk, increases a man's risk of contracting Parkinson's disease, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Public Library of Science
Fri, 04 Jan 2008 15:23 CST
Using an integrative meta-analysis approach, researchers from the Center for Bioinformatics at Peking University in Beijing have assembled the most comprehensive gene atlas underlying drug addiction and identified five molecular pathways common to four different addictive drugs. This novel paper appears in PLoS Computational Biology on January 4, 2008.
Drug addiction is a serious worldwide problem with strong genetic and environmental influences. So far different technologies have revealed a variety of genes and biological processes underlying addiction. However, individual technology can be biased and render only an incomplete picture. Studying individual or a small number of genes is like looking at pieces of a jigsaw puzzle - only when you gather most of the pieces from different places and arrange them together in an orderly fashion do interesting patterns emerge.
Mon, 07 Jan 2008 15:11 CST
A 23-year-old woman has escaped from a hospital in Egypt after being preliminary diagnosed with a deadly bird flu virus, local media reported on Monday.
The woman was hospitalized last week with high temperature in the town of Tahta in the Upper Egyptian Sohag Governorate. She fled the hospital following the doctors' decision to transfer her to a special clinic.
Sun, 06 Jan 2008 21:45 CST
Flu viruses must be able to pick a very specific type of lock before entering human respiratory cells, U.S. researchers said on Sunday, offering a new understanding of how flu viruses work.
The discovery may help scientists better monitor changes in the H5N1 bird flu virus that could trigger a deadly pandemic in humans. And it may lead to better ways to fight it, they said.
Sun, 06 Jan 2008 21:47 CST
The number of patients needing hospital treatment for eating disorders has soared, it has emerged.
The findings are sure to renew concerns about the effect "size zero" models and celebrities are having on the body image of many youngsters.
|Some doctors are blaming the fashion industry for the rise in so-called size zero patients
Sun, 06 Jan 2008 13:13 CST
Most free drug samples go to wealthy and insured patients, not to the poor and uninsured who may need them most, Harvard researchers report.
In fact, more than four-fifths of those who receive samples are insured, while less than one-fifth are uninsured and less than one-third have low incomes (below $37,000 for a family of four), the researchers found.
"Free drug samples influence prescribing and also introduce potential safety problems," said lead researcher Dr. Sarah Cutrona, a physician with the Cambridge Health Alliance and an instructor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. "Despite these problems, many doctors support the program because [they say] free samples 'allow us to get free medications to our neediest patients,' " she said.
Sat, 05 Jan 2008 11:17 CST
A local criminologist says teens who torture animals are potential time bombs waiting to go off.
"Young people who torture animals can be lethal at older ages. This is an incredibly dangerous red flag. Combined with other behaviours, it's often an indicator of anti-social personality disorder and psychopathy," said Bill Pitt of the University of Alberta.
The Times Online
Fri, 04 Jan 2008 22:33 CST
A vaccine that could help to control a flu pandemic has shown encouraging results in its first human trials.
The vaccine, made by Acambis, based in Cambridge, should protect against all strains of influenza A, the type responsible for pandemics. Unlike existing vaccines it does not have to be reformulated each year to match the prevalent strains of flu, so it could be stockpiled and used as soon as a pandemic strain emerges. Nor does it need to be grown on fertilised chicken eggs, as the existing vaccines do, but can be produced by cell culture.
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 21:36 CST
|Chocolate 'addicts' won't be surprised at the growing evidence that it is a mood enhancer
Ever since the Atkins Diet revival made sugar public enemy No 1, confectionery manufacturers have had their work cut out to sweeten up their image. It hasn't been easy: sugar doesn't just make you fat, and thus can contribute to the development of adult-onset diabetes, it also rots your teeth. Willy Wonka would be weeping into his top hat.
But recently, chocolate has been undergoing something of a rehabilitation, and the current thinking is that it may actually be good for you. So, what's going on?
Terry J. Allen
In These Times
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 21:23 CDT
The highway of poisoned products that runs from China to the United States is not a one-way street. America ships China up to 80 percent of U.S. electronic waste - discarded computers, cell phones, TVs, etc. Last year alone, the United States exported enough e-waste to cover a football field and rise a mile into the sky.
So while the media ride their new lead-painted hobbyhorse - the danger of Chinese wares - spare a thought for Chinese workers dying to dispose of millions of tons of our toxic crap.