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October 5, 2015

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October 5, 2015

Genetic Polymorphism Associated With Lung Cancer Progression

Oct. 5, 2015 — Genetic polymorphisms associated with cancer progression lead to variations in gene expression and may serve as prognostic markers for lung cancer, researchers show. They found that in patients with ... read more

Green Walls: Red Card for Office Worker Health?

Oct. 5, 2015 — Living ‘green’ walls may have adverse health effects on office workers living in hot, polluted climates, new research suggests. Investigating levels of air pollutants in modern office buildings, ... read more

Speeding Up TB Detection in Cambodia

Oct. 5, 2015 — Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major health problem in Cambodia. New research in the slums of Phnom Penh, where tuberculosis (TB) wreaks havoc, has helped to develop a more effective approach to ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The popularity of ziplining has skyrocketed rapidly in recent years. The increase in popularity has also increased the number of injuries related to ziplining. A new study found that an estimated ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — A protein used by tumors to help them detect food supplies has been identified by scientists. Initial studies show that targeting the protein could restrict cancerous cells' ability to grow. ... read more

Face-to-Face Socializing More Powerful Than Phone Calls, Emails in Guarding Against Depression

Oct. 5, 2015 — In a slight knock on digital and telephone communications, a new study points to the unsurpassed mental health benefits of regular face-to-face social interactions among older adults. Study ... read more

Stimulant Medication Safe, Effective for Children With ADHD and Congenital Heart Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — Children with congenital heart disease and ADHD can take stimulant medications without fear of significant cardiovascular side effects, a new study ... read more

Does Knowing High-Status People Help or Hurt?

Oct. 2, 2015 — How happy you are may have something to do with who you know -- and where you come from. A sociology professor, set out to discover whether knowing high-status people helped or harmed mental health, ... read more

Online E-Cigarette Vendors Engage Customers Using Popular Internet Tools

Oct. 2, 2015 — First introduced in the United States in 2007, electronic cigarettes have risen dramatically in part because they are popularly considered safer and more socially acceptable than combustible ... read more

Researcher Calls for Changes to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

Oct. 2, 2015 — Colorectal cancer will claim the lives of close to 50,000 Americans this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Screening is the most effective way to reduce the risk of dying from the ... read more

FDA Approves Game-Changing Immunotherapy Drug to Fight Lung Cancer

Oct. 2, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the breakthrough drug Keytruda to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadliest of all cancers is ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have gained new insight into the formation of the spindle, which is the molecular machine that divides up genetic material prior to cell division. Their work focuses on the motor protein, ... read more

High Opioid Use in Older People With COPD Raises Safety Concerns

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with COPD, according to a study. Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine might be prescribed ... read more

Reducing Aeromedical Transport for Traumas Saved Money and Lives

Oct. 2, 2015 — Changes to the trauma triage protocol in Maryland resulted in decreased use of helicopter transport for trauma patients and improved patient outcomes, saving lives and money. The results of a 11-year ... read more

Irrigation of Cutaneous Abscesses May Not Be Necessary

Oct. 2, 2015 — A procedure commonly performed in emergency departments on cutaneous abscesses may not have any impact on the need for further interventions and therefore may not be necessary, according to a ... read more

Can Exercise Be Replaced With a Pill?

Oct. 2, 2015 — Everyone knows that exercise improves health and with this knowledge in hand, scientists may be better equipped to develop 'exercise pills' that could mimic at least some of the beneficial ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Employees with sit-stand desks stood 60 minutes more a day at work compared with their co-workers with sitting desks, and they continued to do so long after their newfangled desks lost their novelty, ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — A drug now being used to treat cancer might make it easier to learn a language, sharpen memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons ... read more

First-Aid for Defective Mucus

Oct. 2, 2015 — Proper lubrication is crucial to keep not only machines but also humans functioning smoothly. The mucus membranes in our mouths, eyes, stomachs and genital area help keep friction to a minimum and ... read more

High-Fructose Diet Slows Recovery from Brain Injury

Oct. 2, 2015 — A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers ... read more

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