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Food Prices Rise in Ebola-hit Countries

September 2, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned today.

Train Your Brain to Want Healthy Food

September 2, 2014 7:00 am | by Tufts Univ. | News | Comments

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy, low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher...

Imaging Shows How Cocaine Slows Blood in Brain

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new method for measuring and imaging how quickly blood flows in the brain could help doctors...

Tomatoes May Prevent Prostate Cancer

August 29, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Bristol | News | Comments

Men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing...

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Expert: Shut Down Cali’s Last Nuclear Plant

August 29, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Michael Blood | News | Comments

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

Feds OK Logging After Californian Wildfire

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Scott Smith | News | Comments

U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released this week that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

Researchers Purposefully Trip Senior Citizens

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability.

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Scientists: Stop Non-essential Use of Fluorochemicals

August 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Technical Univ. of Denmark | News | Comments

A number of leading international researchers have recommended that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, until better methods exist to measure the chemicals and more is known about their potentially harmful effects.

Junk Food Makes Rats Lose Taste for Balanced Diet

August 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Frontiers | News | Comments

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, reports a study. The study helps explain how excessive consumption of junk food can change behavior, weaken self-control and lead to overeating and obesity.

Expedition Reveals Effects of Altitude on Blood Pressure

August 27, 2014 2:00 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

An expedition to Mount Everest by Italian researchers has shown for the first time that blood pressure monitored over a 24-hour period rises progressively as people climb to higher altitudes. The researchers also found that a drug used for lowering blood pressure, called telmisartan, was effective in counteracting the effects of altitude up to 3,400 meters.

FDA Wants Comments of 'Safer' Tobacco

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded tobacco products as less harmful than cigarettes. It is the first time the FDA has accepted a modified risk tobacco product application, a move that's being closely watched by both the public health community and tobacco companies.

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Heightens Later Obesity Risk

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research | News | Comments

A study examining body mass index in a large clinical sample of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders has found that rates of excess weight/obesity are elevated in children with partial fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Collaborative Care Improves Depression in Teens

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

Among adolescents with depression seen in primary care, a collaborative care intervention that included patient and parent engagement and education resulted in greater improvement in depressive symptoms at 12 months than usual care.

UN Urges Crackdown on e-Cigs

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Hielprin | News | Comments

Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes— banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors— until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said today.

Wii Balance Boards May Help MS Patients

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis reduce their risk of accidental falls. MRI scans showed that use of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system appears to induce favorable changes in brain connections associated with balance and movement.

Medical Marijuana Linked to Lower Rx Overdose Deaths

August 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests.

Pediatricians Call for Later School Start Time

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Pediatricians have a prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems.

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Thailand's Farmers Turn to Edible Bugs

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Denis Gray | News | Comments

Farmers in Thailand are turning to the profitable crisp and crunchy critters in their backyards, satisfying a big domestic appetite for edible insects.

Cancer is Number One Killer in Some Countries

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Ivy Shiue | News | Comments

A study suggests that, although cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes twice as many deaths as cancer in some countries, in 10– Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, San Marino and Israel– cancer has now overtaken it as the leading cause of death in men. Denmark has also become the first country where cancer has overtaken CVD as the leading cause of death in women.

AHA: e-Cigs May Aid Quitting

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

The American Heart Association issued new policy recommendations today on the use of e-cigarettes and their impact on tobacco-control efforts. Based on the current evidence, the association's position is that e-cigarettes that contain nicotine are tobacco products and should be subject to all laws that apply to these products.

Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big— in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

Citizen Scientists Save Lives

August 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of East Anglia | News | Comments

Citizen scientists are saving the lives of people living in the shadow of deadly volcanoes, according to new research. A report reveals the success of a volunteer group set up to safeguard communities around the “Throat of Fire” Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Many Considerations Needed for Water Conservation Strategy

August 22, 2014 7:00 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new health impact assessment provides short- and long-term recommendations for urban water conservation that save water while also protecting and promoting public health.

Coffee May Fight Gum Disease

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Boston Univ. | News | Comments

Coffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants fight gum disease. Researchers in dental medicine have found that coffee consumption does not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and may have protective effects against periodontal disease.

U.S. Aid Workers Released as Liberia Seals Slum

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Jonathan Paye-Layleh | News | Comments

After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials have said.

Sleeplessness Increases Obesity Risk

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia Univ. | News | Comments

Nearly one-fifth of 16-year-olds surveyed reported getting less than six hours of sleep. This group was 20 percent more likely to be obese by age 21, compared to their peers who got more than eight hours of sleep.

Breastfeeding May Lower Risk of Postnatal Depression

August 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not.

Almost Half of All Languages May Be Endangered

August 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Joel Shurkin | News | Comments

There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world, and 95 percent of the world’s population speak 300 of them. Half the world speaks the largest 16. According to the Endangered Languages Project, some 40 percent of the world's languages are threatened.

Alzheimer's May Not Impact Quality of Life

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by ScienceNetwork WA | News | Comments

An 18-month longitudinal study is the first to investigate associations between quality of life and cognitive functions for people with Alzheimer’s, as reported by patients and caregivers. Surprisingly, researchers found that 26 of 47 participants with the disease showed stable or increased quality of life despite deterioration in their conditions.

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