HEALTH PORTATION curated News January 31st

ALZHEIMER - Potential biomarkers for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
Researchers identify abnormal expression of genes, resulting from DNA relaxation, that can be detected in the brain and blood of Alzheimer's patients
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-potential-biomarkers-d


BONES - Whole spine approach to neck and back problems
A researcher from The University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has worked with collaborators in the United States to create a new tool to help health professionals improve their treatment of patients experiencing neck or back pain .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-spine-approach-neck-pr


BRAIN - Head first: Reshaping how traumatic brain injury is treated
(Medical Xpress)—Traumatic brain injury affects 10 million people a year worldwide and is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. A new study will identify how to match treatments to patients, to achieve the best possible outcome for recovery .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-reshaping-traumatic-br


BRAIN - Imaging technique shows brain anatomy change in women with MS, depression
A multicenter research team used a new, automated technique to identify shrinkage of a mood-regulating brain structure in a large sample of women with MS who also have a certain type of depression .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130210734.ht


BRAIN - Revealing how the brain recognizes speech sounds
Researchers are reporting a detailed account of how speech sounds are identified by the human brain. The finding, they said, may add to our understanding of language disorders, including dyslexia .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141305.ht


BRAIN - Study shows autistic brains create more information at rest
New research from Case Western Reserve University and University of Toronto neuroscientists finds that the brains of autistic children generate more information at rest – a 42% increase on average. The study offers a scientific explanation for the most typical characteristic of autism – withdrawal into one's own inner world. The excess production of information may explain a child's detachment from their environment .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-autistic-brains-rest.h


BRAIN - Switching brain development on and off
(Medical Xpress)—The possibility of nerve cell regeneration is a step closer after neuroscientists identified the genetic signals that play a crucial role in normal development - driving stem cells to produce neurons that are correctly positioned and connected neurons within the brain .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-brain.htm


BRAIN - Worry on the brain: Researchers find new area linked to anxiety
Previous studies of anxiety in the brain have focused on the amygdala, but a team of researchers had a hunch that understanding a different brain area, the lateral septum (LS), could provide more clues into how the brain processes anxiety. Their instincts paid off -- the team has found a neural circuit that connects the LS with other brain structures in a manner that directly influences anxiety .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141313.ht


CHOLESTEROL - New therapy to lower sky-high cholesterol
University of Rochester Medical Center cardiologists are first in Upstate New York to offer a blood-cleansing therapy for people with extremely high cholesterol, including two-time heart attack survivor Bob Guesno, whose cholesterol level was nearly three times the norm .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-therapy-sky-high-chole


EXERCISE - Does It Matter When You Get Your Workout In?
Does It Matter When You Get Your Workout In? By PositiveMed-Team Edited By Stephanie Dawson Each person is different and so are their exercise habits. Some people prefer working out in the morning while some like sweating it out after a tiring day at work. Exercising at any time of day is better than not […]The post Does It Matter When You Get Your Workout In? appeared first on PositiveMed .. ...
http://positivemed.com/2014/01/31/matter-get-workout


FOODS - "Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products" (book review)
Jeannie Marshall explores the negative impact of processed food on children the world over .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/why-our-children-need-r


FOODS - Anti-Meat
A year long project. Film and collage, digital photography, and slaughter. Look at your food .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/anti-mea


FOODS - FDA proposes rules for safe transport of foods
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-fda-safe-foods.htm


HEART - Childhood depression may increase risk of heart disease by teen years
Children with depression are more likely to be obese, smoke and be inactive, and can show the effects of heart disease as early as their teen years, according to a newly published .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130164454.ht


HEART - More heart attack patients being treated more quickly using PCI , audit finds
Expansion in the use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) – the minimally invasive surgery performed on heart patients instead of using drugs – is seeing more patients with acute coronary syndromes treated more quickly, according to the latest National Audit of PCI (covering 2012) .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-heart-patients-quickly


HEART - Short bursts of exercise may cut heart disease risk
(Medical Xpress)—A University of Queensland study has found high-intensity short-duration exercise provides better results than the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-short-heart-disease.ht


IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Deadly microbe dodges human immune system
Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered that a microbe responsible for invasive bacterial Group A Streptococcus infections can bypass the immune system and multiply within infected cells .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-deadly-microbe-dodges-


NEWS - Blood Test Might Help Tell When Peanut Allergy Is Gone: Study
Findings might one day benefit patients who go through therapy to build up resistance to allerge .. ...
Regular consumption in childhood tied to 39
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20140131/blood-test-migh


NEWS - Diagnosis just a breath away with new laser that advances breath analysis for disease diagnosis
Physics researchers have developed a new type of laser that will enable exciting new advances in areas as diverse as breath analysis for disease diagnosis and remote sensing of critical greenhouse gases .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131083248.ht


NEWS - Doctors have started bringing Schumacher out of coma: spokeswoman
French doctors have started trying to bring Formula One legend Michael Schumacher out of his month-long induced coma, his spokeswoman said Thursday .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-doctors-schumacher-com


NEWS - Expert Answers for Diaper Rash Questions
Do most of your questions about diaper rash come up after hours, when you're holding a crying baby? Help is on the way. Here, pediatricians offer their best advice to help ease your little one’s discomfort .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/features/diaper-rash-doc


NEWS - FDA clears first drug for blindness sleep disorder
U.S. health regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind drug to treat a sleep disorder that mainly afflicts the blind .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-fda-drug-disorder.htm


NEWS - Faster X-ray technology paves the way for better catalysts: Researchers observe a catalyst surface at work with atomic resolution
By using a novel X-ray technique, researchers have observed a catalyst surface at work in real time and were able to resolve its atomic structure in detail. The new technique may pave the way for the design of better catalysts and other materials on the atomic level .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141301.ht


NEWS - Gastric bypass improves insulin secretion in pigs
The majority of gastric bypass patients mysteriously recover from their type 2 diabetes within days, before any weight loss has taken place. A study has now shown that the insulin-producing beta cells increase in number and performance after the surgery .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131083412.ht


NEWS - Geranium extracts inhibit HIV-1
(Medical Xpress)—Extracts of the geranium plant Pelargonium sidoides inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells. In the current issue of PLOS ONE, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München report that these extracts represent a potential new class of anti-HIV-1 agents for the treatment of AIDS .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-geranium-inhibit-hiv-.


NEWS - How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm
Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As a research group has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at the same time also back to the brain via an exquisitely organized network .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131101201.ht


NEWS - Inappropriate use of antibiotics in ERs remains high for adults
(HealthDay)—For patients presenting to the emergency department with acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI), inappropriate utilization of antibiotics has decreased for children, but not for adults, according to a study published online Dec. 16 in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-inappropriate-antibiot


NEWS - It takes more than stand-up desks to beat 'chair disease,' according to study
(Medical Xpress)—It takes more than stand-up work stations for office staff to combat "chair disease" from sitting too long, a new study has found .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-stand-up-desks-chair-d


NEWS - More than one-third of women have hot flashes 10 years after menopause
A team of researchers has found that moderate to severe hot flashes continue, on average, for nearly five years after menopause, and more than a third of women experience moderate/severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause. Current guidelines recommend that hormone therapy, the primary medical treatment for hot flashes, not continue for more than 5 years .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130152811.ht


NEWS - New assessment could reduce learning disorder misdiagnoses among bilingual children
As a San Francisco-based speech-language consultant in the mid-1980s, Elizabeth Peña noticed a discouraging trend. At one elementary school, speech-language pathologists had diagnosed every English-Spanish bilingual kindergartner with a language learning disability .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-disorder-misdiagnoses-


NEWS - Researcher turns sights on prostate cancer, tissue engineering, blood vessel repair
When biology and materials science converge, the results can be new materials that can be used to deliver targeted drugs, repair damaged arteries or rebuild failing tissues, such as the anterior cruciate ligament, the ACL injury that can end sports careers. One bioengineer is developing polymers designed to target all three .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130164317.ht


NEWS - Researchers find new COPD therapy device makes breathing easier
A new device designed to help people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other mucus producing lung diseases developed by Trudell Medical International has been clinically tested by researchers at Western University and results show it improves breathlessness and the ability to move mucus, as well as betters a patient's quality of life .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-copd-therapy-device-ea


NEWS - Trick identified that aids viral infection
Scientists have identified a way some viruses protect themselves from the immune system’s efforts to stop infections, a finding that may make new approaches to treating viral infections possible .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141221.ht


NEWS - Understanding concussions: Testing head-impact sensors
The head of a crash-test dummy wore a football helmet as it hung upside down on a laboratory drop tower .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-concussions-head-impac


NEWS - Video game teaches kids about stroke symptoms, calling 9-1-1
Children improved their knowledge of stroke symptoms and how to respond after playing a stroke education video game. They retained that knowledge for several weeks
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130164448.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Genetically diverse cancer cells key to brain tumor resistance
For a cancer cell, it pays to have a group of eccentric friends. Like X-Men characters, a group of cancer cells with diverse physical traits is safer, because it takes different strategies to kill each member. The more diverse the group, the better the chances are for individual cells to survive and join forces as a cohesive tumor .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130155827.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Osteoporosis / Osteopenia prevalent in chronic pancreatitis
(HealthDay)—Sixty-five percent of patients with chronic pancreatitis have osteoporosis or osteopenia, according to a meta-analysis published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-osteoporosis-osteopeni


NEWS-CANCER - Scientists discover that thyroid cancer cells become less aggressive in outer space
For those who think that space exploration offers no tangible benefits for those of us on earth, a new research discovery involving thyroid cancer may prove otherwise. In a new report appearing in the February 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, researchers from Germany and Denmark show that some tumors which are aggressive on earth are considerably less aggressive in microgravity. By understanding the genetic and cellular processes that occur in sp ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-scientists-thyroid-can


NEWS-CANCER - Success in targeted therapy for common form of lung cancer, study shows
Researchers have found that a combination of two already-in-use drugs may have an effect on stopping the growth of the most common genetic subtype of lung cancer setting the stage for clinical trials .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131093553.ht


PARKINSONS - Parkinson gene: Nerve growth factor halts mitochondrial degeneration
(Medical Xpress)—Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease involve the death of thousands of neurons in the brain. Nerve growth factors produced by the body, such as GDNF, promote the survival of the neurons; however, clinical tests with GDNF have not yielded in any clear improvements. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried and their colleagues have now succeeded in demonstrating that GDNF and its recept ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-parkinson-gene-nerve-g


PSYCHOLOGY - Aggression Works When People Feed It
I recently fed pigs on a farm, and saw how they bite each other over crumbs. Biting works in the pig world. It teaches other pigs not to get in your way. We humans work hard to restrain our aggression, and we learn to release it in appropriate ways. But sometimes we reward aggression inadvertently.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/


PSYCHOLOGY - Divorce rate cut in half for newlyweds who discussed five relationship movies
Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, researchers report. The study, involving 174 couples, is the first long-term investigation to compare different types of early marriage intervention programs .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-divorce-newlyweds-disc


PSYCHOLOGY - Does caregiving cause psychological stress? It depends, says study of female twins
A newly published study shows that the associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress (depression, anxiety, perceived stress and perceived mental health) depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing -- and less so on the difficulty of caregiving .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141352.ht


PSYCHOLOGY - Is Violence Contagious?
A spate of violent incidents in Colorado and Maryland raise copycat theories as a possible explanation .. ...
http://news.discovery.com/human/life/is-violence-contagious-


PSYCHOLOGY - Oust that tune: Study details cures for earworms
It happens to nearly everyone: A song—let's say Abba's "Waterloo"—is stuck in your head and just won't go away .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-oust-tune-earworms.htm


SLEEP - Studies find new links between sleep duration and depression
A genetic study of adult twins and a community-based study of adolescents both report novel links between sleep duration and depression. The studies are published in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Sleep .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-links-duration-depress


SLEEP - Your iPhone prevents you from getting a good night's sleep
Human bodies need darkness to release melatonin, the sleep hormone, and LED screens do the opposite by keeping us awake .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/health/your-iphone-prevents-you-ge


SPIRITUALITY - Old manuscripts get face-lift at Jerusalem mosque
In the 1920s, an urgent call went out to the literati across the Middle East from Arab leaders in Jerusalem: Send us your books so that we may protect them for generations to come. Jerusalem was soon flushed with writings of all kinds, to be stored and preserved at the newly minted al-Aqsa mosque library .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-manuscripts-face-lift-jerusalem


WATERS - Nine steps to save waterways and fisheries identified by researchers
The key to clean waterways and sustainable fisheries is to follow nine guiding principles of water management, says a team of Canadian biologists .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131093551.ht