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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Oct. 8, 2015 — 5 billion are expected to be myopic (short-sighted) by 2050, scientists say, adding that nearly 1 billion high myopes are at risk of blindness by 2050. Parents are urged to have their children's ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Virtual models can be created in the angiography room thanks to an approach developed by researchers and the university's departments of radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear ... read more

'Chromosomal Chaos:' Complex Array of Mutations Found in Rare, Aggressive Leukemia

Oct. 7, 2015 — Sezary syndrome (SS), an aggressive leukemia of mature T cells, is more complicated at a molecular level than ever suspected. With a poor prognosis and limited options for targeted therapies, this ... read more

Sex Is More Likely on Days College Students Use Marijuana or Binge Drink

Oct. 7, 2015 — Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research has ... read more

Metabolic Syndrome Leads One in Three Americans to Need More Vitamin E

Oct. 7, 2015 — New research shows that the estimated one-third of Americans who have a cluster of health problems that add up to metabolic syndrome don't absorb dietary vitamin E as effectively as healthy ... read more

Just 30 Minutes a Day: Regular Exercise Relieves Asthma Symptoms

Oct. 7, 2015 — Millions of people suffer from asthma. Many report having poor control of their symptoms. Fortunately, new research shows there is a simple antidote: 30 minutes of exercise a day, ... read more

Two-Hit Therapy for Breast Tumors Using Approved Drugs Looks Promising in Animal Study

Oct. 7, 2015 — Disabling a cancer-causing pathway and administering an immune-molecule-based mop-up therapy eradicated a specific type of breast tumor in mice, report investigators. This therapy, when translated ... read more

Preventive Care Drops When Government Cuts Close Women's Health Clinics, Research Says

Oct. 7, 2015 — When women's health clinics close because of government funding cuts aimed at abortion providers, fewer women seek lifesaving preventive care that can identify health threats such as cancer, ... read more

Speed-Reading Your Microbiome

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers have built a microbiome analysis platform called QIIME (pronounced “chime” and short for “Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology”). This software will now be more readily ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — In a hospital, what you can’t see could hurt you. Healthcare facilities continue to battle drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that loiter on ... read more

Bioengineers Work to Head-Off Dangerous Blood Clots in Patients With Ventricular Assist Devices

Oct. 7, 2015 — A team of bioengineers is working to reduce blood clots caused by platelet activation in ventricular assist devices (VADs) implanted in advanced heart failure patients. Previously, the team ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — By drawing on seismology, researchers have just developed a noninvasive brain imaging method using MRI that provides the same information as physical palpation. They say that it may be possible to ... read more

Experts Recommend Assessing Individual Benefits, Risks of Menopausal Therapies

Oct. 7, 2015 — A Clinical Practice Guideline has been released on identifying women who are candidates for treatment of menopausal symptoms and selecting the best treatment options for each ... read more

Predicting Change in the Alzheimer's Brain

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain ... read more

Review Addresses Value, Waste in Biomedical Research

Oct. 7, 2015 — Some studies suggest that as much as 85 per cent of investment in biomedical research is wasted. Examples of waste include the non-publication of research, failure to share data and instances where ... read more

Over Half of Workers With Depression Do Not Recognize Need for Treatment

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study that investigated barriers to mental health care experienced by workers and ... read more

Advanced Device Improves Health, Saves Costs for Patients With Lymphedema

Oct. 7, 2015 — Lymphedema patients saw a nearly 80 percent reduction in their cellulitis episodes just by using an advanced pneumatic compression device at home, according to a new ... read more

Many Use Prescription Painkillers, Most See Abuse as Major Health Concern

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than one in four Americans has taken prescription painkillers in the past year, even as a majority say that abuse of these medications is a very serious public health concern, according to new ... read more

New Player Found in Tumor Suppression, Aging

Oct. 7, 2015 — The protective role played by a little-known protein complex, SMC 5/6, in cancer and aging has been revealed by new research. These results emphasize, once more, the relationship between these two ... read more

Social Networks Can Motivate People to Exercise More

Oct. 7, 2015 — The influence of our social networks can be a powerful motivator to encourage more physical activity, say researchers in a new report. What this new study reveals is that these same positive behavior ... read more

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