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Medical News Today: Marijuana: increase in adult use 'previously overestimated'

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 23:00
Last October, one study suggested marijuana use in the US had doubled since 2002. New research, however, suggests that while use of the drug has risen, it has not doubled.

Medical News Today: Cranberries help urinary tract infections, but not as juice

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 23:00
Cranberries contain PACs, which help prevent urinary tract infections. But cranberry juice does not provide a sufficiently concentrated form, if any, of the necessary ingredient.

Medical News Today: Air pollution linked to facial liver spots

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 23:00
Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the chance of lentigenes, also known as liver spots, with nitrogen dioxide playing a slightly greater role than particulate matter.

Medical News Today: Could 'mini-brains' replace animal models in the lab?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 23:00
Could rows of identical mini-brains - consisting of thousands of cells scientists have grown from healthy skin - be the savior of the lab rat?

Medical News Today: Zika: should you be worried about it?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
As the Zika outbreak continues to spread across the Americas, we take a look at who should actually be concerned about the virus and what they should be doing about it.

Medical News Today: How can health hack into the Internet of Things?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:00
The Internet of Things Tech Expo took place this week in London. Medical News Today was on hand to investigate how tech innovations can benefit the world of health care.

Medical News Today: What triggers rage? New research sheds light

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 06:00
A brain structure called the lateral septum was found to control violence and aggression in male mice in a new study, which may aid understanding of what triggers rage in humans.

Medical News Today: Gene study confirms 'we are what we eat'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 02:00
The classic view is that genes regulate metabolism - the chemical reactions inside cells that use nutrients to sustain life. Now, a new study suggests the converse is also true.

Medical News Today: Pancreatic cancer may be treatable with tree extract

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 02:00
Nimbolide, a natural extract of India's neem tree, shows promise as a chemotherapy agent for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, suggest the results of a new study.

Medical News Today: Why smiles, frowns and grimaces are contagious

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:00
Our ability to instantaneously read other people's emotions is astounding. A recent paper explains why mimicking other's facial expressions is such a vital part of being human.

Medical News Today: Type 2 diabetes: long-term liraglutide use may raise blood sugar levels

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:00
While liraglutide is prescribed for some type 2 diabetes patients to lower blood sugar levels, a new study suggests using the drug long term may have the opposite effect.

Medical News Today: Are social animals programmed to seek company?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:00
After spending time in isolation, mice seek out social interaction; new evidence suggests that dopamine-releasing neurons in the DRN of the brain play a role.

Medical News Today: Sneezing: how a complex fluid outpour contributes to disease spread

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
When we sneeze, we do not emit a simple spray of fluid. New research finds that the process is much more complex, increasing our understanding of how a sneeze spreads germs.

Medical News Today: Hypertension: have we missed something?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:00
Hypertension brings to mind cholesterol and heart disease, but scientists are starting to look more closely at the brain for clues. What can neurology offer patients with high BP?

Medical News Today: Dementia, Alzheimer's rates are falling, study suggests

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 06:00
The numbers of people in each age group with dementia appears to be falling. Data suggests that intervention is helping to prevent cardiovascular-related incidents of the disease.

Medical News Today: Could 'barring exit from blood vessels' stop breast cancer spread?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 02:00
A new study suggests it may be possible to stop breast cancer spread via the bloodstream by disrupting the signals cancer cells exchange with cells in the lining of blood vessels.

Medical News Today: Ulcerative colitis may be treatable with vinegar

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 02:00
Giving mice with ulcerative colitis small amounts of vinegar - or its main ingredient acetic acid - significantly reduces symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease, study shows.

Medical News Today: Solid foods take over shaping of gut microbiota by 9 months

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 00:00
Most infants have started to transition to solid foods by the age of 9 months; from this point, the complementary food has the greatest impact on the lifelong gut microbiota.

Medical News Today: Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 23:00
Find out why sepsis is getting more attention. Know the signs and symptoms, and learn how emergency medicine is facing up to this potentially lethal blood poisoning from infection.

Medical News Today: Being lazy might shrink your brain

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 23:00
A sedentary lifestyle has numerous negative health implications, including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Now, it seems, we can add 'smaller brain' to that list.