Brain cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer death in the US population. Current methods can diagnose the cancer within 2 to 3 days, but researchers say they have created a new technique in which the disease could be diagnosed in just half an hour.Brain cancer is defined as one or more cancerous tumors within the brain or central spine canal.
New research suggests that pregnant women who have pre-existing diabetes are significantly more likely to experience stillbirths or death of their infant after birth. This is according to a study published in the journal Diabetologia.
In a study involving mice, researchers have found a gene that regulates alcohol consumption. When this gene is faulty, the mice are prompted to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, suggesting a potential genetic component at play in human alcohol consumption.
Obesity prevalence is the highest it has ever been. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more that one-third of American adults are affected. And with the increase in obesity comes an increase in the number of weight loss surgery procedures. But how safe are the procedures, and do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Using a powerful laser imaging technique, a study led by the University of Cambridge in the UK shows how tiny pieces of a protein linked with Alzheimer's Disease could be the start of a process that leads to the onset and spread of the disease. The researchers also cautiously suggest the finding offers a plausible explanation as to why head injuries are linked to Alzheimer's.
A new study by over 60 researchers from 26 countries suggests that the number of people who died in the 2009 global H1N1 "swine flu" outbreak is much higher than official figures show.
Scientists say they have discovered that breathing low oxygen levels in short bursts could help improve the mobility of people with spinal cord injuries. This is according to a study published in the journal Neurology.Spinal cord injury (SCI) is defined as disruption to the nerves attached to the spinal cord in the back.
Researchers from the University of South Carolina say that tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal constituent of marijuana, may have another medical use - treating those with autoimmune disorders.Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known to have analgesic effects so can be used to treat pain.
As millions of Americans prepare to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, an interesting new study from the UK reveals that people who live in well-heated homes are not as likely to be obese or have a high body mass index, compared with individuals who keep their houses cooler.
Breast cancer will likely affect one in eight women at some point during their lifetime, and the risks increase with age. However, the risk is not the same for all women in any given age group.
Researchers from the University of Montreal have discovered that the amino acid asparagine is essential for healthy brain development in children. They have also discovered that while other organs in the body can draw asparagine from dietary sources, the brain needs the local synthesis of the amino acid to function properly.Senior co-author of the study Dr.
Not all cancers are due to genetic damage, say researchers in the UK. Some forms of the disease may be caused by older cells circumventing the switch that directs them to stop growing, which suggests cancers later in life may be due to the way our cells age.
A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital in the US has identified a protein that is vital for triggering the immune system's first response to viral infection. The researchers hope the discovery will lead to new treatments for viruses that have evolved ways of stunting the body's immune response.
Dietary sodium, raised blood pressure and increased cardiovascular risk have well-known links, but many effervescent or soluble medicines contain large amounts of sodium. Researchers say people should be aware of the potential hazards of high sodium consumption and that the packaging should be labeled in the same way as food.
New research suggests that multivitamin supplements taken long-term, alongside a micronutrient called selenium, delay HIV progression in patients with early stages of the disease and reduce the risk of immune decline and illness. This is according to a study published in JAMA.Investigators from Florida International University in Miami, led by Marianna K.
Huntington's disease, a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder characterized by problems with movement, mental function and behavior, currently has no cure. But a new study provides hope, as researchers have identified a new therapeutic target for the disease.The researchers, led by Prof.
Those who have seen the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, will likely remember the lickable fruit wallpaper that supposedly tasted real. Now, scientists are not far off this concept after creating a "digital taste simulator" that can produce four main elements of taste - salty, sour, bitter and sweet.
Canadian researchers claim that graphic images and warning labels on cigarette packaging do reduce smoking, suggesting the FDA has underestimated their significance.The saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" may sound like an advertising executive's mantra, but we often fall for the dream when sleek and glossy images allow us a glimpse of the "perfect world.
Oxytocin has long been deemed "the love hormone," after its important role in social bonding has been documented. But now, researchers have performed a new experiment that suggests oxytocin stimulates the reward center in the male brain, increasing partner attractiveness and strengthening monogamy.
A new study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds a direct link between the likelihood of healthy aging and the amount of exercise older people take - even if they only started being physically active around retirement age, they enjoyed significantly better health than their inactive peers.