Losing a loved one can be heartbreaking. But a new study shows that this can be more than just symbolic, as the chances of experiencing a stroke or heart attack after a partner's death doubles within the first 30 days.The researchers, from St. George's University of London in the UK, have published the results of their study in JAMA.
According to The Heart Foundation, more than 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year. But now, researchers have created a 3D custom-fitted elastic membrane that can be implanted onto the outer layer of the heart wall, which they say could predict the occurrence of heart attacks and "transform" patient treatment.The research team, including Prof.
A new study, published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, investigates the extent to which the high-risk behaviors of sex and gambling affect black adolescents in primary schools.Previous studies have found an association between gambling and adolescent problem behaviors.
Nutritionists have long said that eating dark chocolate in moderation can be good for our health. Now, researchers have discovered why. It may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis - thickening and hardening of the arteries - by restoring flexibility of the arteries and preventing white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessel walls.The research team, including Prof.
Though digging through a latrine from the 14th century is not the most glamorous of tasks, scientists have found viruses that contain genes for antibiotic resistance in fossilized human feces from ancient Belgium.The feces are from a time long before antibiotics were used, and the investigators say it provides evidence that the human gut has remained unchanged after centuries.
Experts at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a Google Glass app that they claim could help stop emerging public health threats around the world.Glass is a pioneering "wearable computer" designed by the software and computing corporation Google.
The UK government have drafted and published, for public consultation, how the creation of three-person babies using new IVF techniques - called mitochondrial replacement - will be regulated.The new techniques are intended to prevent mothers passing on serious inherited diseases caused by flaws in mitochondrial DNA to their children.
Approximately 2.5 million people worldwide are living with multiple sclerosis and 200 people are diagnosed with the disease every day. Now, two new studies suggest that the "obesity hormone" leptin and hormones used in birth control pills may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis.
If you want to lose weight, then adopting a diet high in carbohydrates and calories is probably not the best way to go about it. But for individuals with motor neuron disease, such a diet could slow progression of the condition. This is according to a study recently published in The Lancet.
A new study, published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, warns that removing an infected tooth before heart surgery could increase the risk of major complications, including the risk of death prior to surgery.
Researchers from Imperial College London in the UK have found that babies born by Caesarean section are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than those born by vaginal delivery. Publishing their results in the journal PLOS ONE, the team says mothers should be aware of these potential long-term consequences for their children.
The nutrition labels on packaged food and beverages may be due a makeover, thanks to proposals from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency is accepting public comment on the proposed changes for 90 days. If passed, the proposed changes will mark the first major overhaul for nutrition labels since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made them compulsory 20 years ago.
There are more than 80,000 industrial chemicals in widespread use across the US. Around 3,000 of these chemicals are in products that we come into contact with every day, including clothing, carpets, toys, cleaning products and cosmetics. But is it safe to be so frequently exposed to these chemicals?Past studies have associated chemical exposure with negative impacts on health.
Colon cancer screening rates went up by nearly 40% in a Kaiser Permanente study that mailed test kits to patients' homes. The pilot study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was part of a program to address disparities among uninsured, low-income and Latino patients. The findings are to be published in the journal BMC Cancer.Lead author Dr.
Despite several campaigns to increase numbers of defibrillators in public places - and the English government's acknowledgement of their life-saving role - public access to them is low, as is understanding of their use, says a new UK study. The findings imply it would be a different story if defibrillators were as accessible and as well understood as fire extinguishers.
Past research has linked passive smoking to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes and even hearing loss. Now, a new study suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase a woman's risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy.The study findings were recently published online in the journal Tobacco Control - a journal of the BMJ.
The lungs of individuals who have a smoking history of 20 pack years - the equivalent to smoking one pack a day for 20 years - are usually deemed ineligible for donation. But new research suggests that transplanting lungs from heavy-smoking donors does not affect patient outcomes after surgery.This is according to a study recently published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
A new study from researchers at Indiana University in Bloomington, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, suggests that the children of older fathers may be more at risk of developing psychiatric problems than children born to younger fathers.
Last year, the American Psychiatric Association issued new guidelines for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
When it comes to nutrition for infants, the medical community largely agrees that "breast is best." But a new study in siblings seeking to uncover potential biases suggests breast-feeding may be no more beneficial than bottle-feeding for many long-term health outcomes.