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Study finds: Highest-Risk Smokers Benefit Most From CT Scan Screening

Study finds: Highest-Risk Smokers Benefit Most From CT Scan Screening

July 18, – For medical groups considering developing lung cancer screening guidelines, this study should provide a way to refine recommendations based on who benefits most, Katki said. Using low-dose CT scans to screen for lung cancer could prevent many deaths among those at highest risk, a new study suggests. But only a few deaths […]

July 17, 2013 | By More
More US Kids May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure

More US Kids May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure

July 17, – Harvard researchers collected data on more than 3,200 children aged 8 to 17 who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1988 to 1994, comparing them to more than 8,300 kids in the same survey from 1999 to 2008. The risk for high blood pressure in American teens […]

July 16, 2013 | By More
The mystery of Fat-boosting gene ‘solved’

The mystery of Fat-boosting gene ‘solved’

July 15, – A version of an obesity gene, called FTO, had been linked to a bigger belly, but the reason why was uncertain. The mystery of a genetic flaw which greatly increases the risk of obesity in one in six people has been solved by an international group of scientists. A study, published in […]

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Gene therapy trial ‘cures children’

Gene therapy trial ‘cures children’

July 13, – The study, in the journal Science, showed the three patients were now going to school. A disease which robs children of the ability to walk and talk has been cured by pioneering gene therapy to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors. A second study published at the same time has shown […]

July 12, 2013 | By More
Smoking plus heavy drinking may accelerate mental decline

Smoking plus heavy drinking may accelerate mental decline

July 12, – Researchers from University College London found combined smoking and heavy drinking was associated with 36 percent faster decline in brain function, and the problem accelerates as the amount of alcohol consumed increases. People who avoid this behavior may help protect their mental skills as they get older, the study authors concluded. Lighting […]

July 11, 2013 | By More
WHO: Smoking kills nearly six million people each year

WHO: Smoking kills nearly six million people each year

July 11, – Despite public health campaigns, smoking remains the leading avoidable cause of death worldwide, killing almost six million people a year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. If current trends hold, the number of deaths blamed on tobacco use will rise to eight million a year in […]

July 11, 2013 | By More
UN report says – insects could be future prospects for food

UN report says – insects could be future prospects for food

July 11, NEW YORK — The problem is familiar: How to feed a growing world population. Now, a few people have offered a solution that may sound strange, at least to Western ears: Eat insects. Now, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has weighed in favor of entomophagy, the practice of eating insects. In […]

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First IVF baby born after new, cheaper genome screening

First IVF baby born after new, cheaper genome screening

July 08, – The new method, which uses the latest DNA sequencing technology, helps doctors screen embryos created by IVF to find the ones most likely to lead to successful pregnancies. The method is able to spot which embryos have the correct number of chromosomes. A couple in the US has had the first IVF […]

July 8, 2013 | By More
Study: Women working Long-Term Night Shifts Linked to Breast Cancer

Study: Women working Long-Term Night Shifts Linked to Breast Cancer

July 08, – The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), was done by researchers in Canada. They analyzed the careers of 1,134 women with breast cancer and 1,179 women without the disease. The women, all of the same age, were questioned about their shift work patterns throughout their employment history, and hospital records […]

July 7, 2013 | By More
Study: Breast Milk Supply May Be Linked to Insulin Production

Study: Breast Milk Supply May Be Linked to Insulin Production

July 05, AP – The researchers describe how milk-producing glands become highly sensitive to insulin during lactation and how specific genes in the glands are switched on during lactation. Insulin plays an important role in making breast milk, according to a new study that may help explain why many mothers have difficulty producing enough milk […]

July 5, 2013 | By More