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Medical News Today: Ultrafine particles in urban air affect heart within minutes

3 hours 16 min ago
A new study finds that higher concentrations of ultrafine particles in urban environments - such as that which results from dense traffic - can alter heart function within minutes.

Medical News Today: Road deaths fell significantly following alcohol tax increases, say researchers

3 hours 16 min ago
A new study conducted in Illinois finds that fatal car crashes involving alcohol fell 26% after alcohol tax rose in 2009. The reduction was even greater among young people.

Medical News Today: Acetaminophen 'does not work for lower back pain or osteoarthritis'

5 hours 16 min ago
Acetaminophen is ineffective for spinal pain in the lower back and has little value for hip or knee osteoarthritis, concludes a review of studies testing its safety and efficacy.

Medical News Today: Study links methionine-rich diet to increased risk of memory loss

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:00
Researchers suggest a diet high in the amino acid methionine leads to hypermethylation of an important brain protein, which promotes memory loss.

Medical News Today: More research needed on use of 'smart drugs' by healthy people

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:00
Researchers in the UK have called for funders and policymakers to investigate further the long-term effects of healthy people using cognitive-enhancing drugs.

Medical News Today: New study investigates the link between family income and brain development

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:00
A new study finds that small differences in family income are associated with relatively large surface area differences in important brain regions among children in these families.

Medical News Today: Exploding head syndrome could affect 1 in 5 young people

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:00
A new study of undergraduate students suggests that the rare exploding head syndrome may be more prevalent among young people than previously believed.

Medical News Today: Breast cancer 'is not a single disease,' say experts

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:00
A new report from the National Cancer Institute and other bodies claims breast cancer consists of four subtypes, and incidence of these subtypes varies by age and other factors.

Medical News Today: Classical music helped cats relax during surgery

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:00
New veterinary research found that different types of music produced different responses in cats under general anesthesia, with most cats relaxing best to classical music.

Medical News Today: What can lemurs tell us about about longevity?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:00
Scientists review over 50 years of medical records at their university's lemur center for clues that might explain the exceptional longevity of a captive group of dwarf lemurs.

Medical News Today: Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 00:00
Though it may be in the April Fool's issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers have conducted a serious study assessing the medical evidence to support the famous proverb.

Medical News Today: Peanut consumption benefits vascular function, study finds

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:00
A new study conducted by researchers at Penn State finds that vascular function is not decreased when a high-fat meal includes peanuts.

Medical News Today: American kids are consuming less fast food, study finds

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:00
Researchers assessing the amount of calories consumed by children at fast food restaurants have observed a fall in the percentage of children eating fast food on a given day.

Medical News Today: Higher coffee consumption may protect against liver cancer

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
Evidence has emerged from the World Cancer Research Fund International CUP report on liver cancer that finds drinking coffee may reduce the risk of liver cancer.

Medical News Today: 'Night vision eyedrops' improve vision up to 50 meters in dark

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
A group of 'citizen scientists' have created eyedrops allowing the user to successfully recognize symbols and identify people in dark environments.

Medical News Today: Our recall of familiar objects - like the Apple logo - may not be as accurate we think

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 06:00
A study that tested ability to recall the Apple logo, found only 1 out of 85 participants was able to draw it correctly, despite many being confident they would be able to do so.

Medical News Today: Many parents may not recognize child obesity

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 02:00
A new study of nearly 3,000 UK children finds that only four parents described their child as being very overweight despite BMI scales showing 369 children were in that category.

Medical News Today: Long-term statins to prevent a first heart attack? Experts issue tips on making the decision

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
The question of whether to use statins before a heart attack or stroke, as opposed to secondary prevention following an event, gets help from expert cardiologists.

Medical News Today: Fecal transplantation 'more effective than previously thought' for C. diff infection

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:00
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) provides both short- and long-term benefits for patients with C. difficile infection, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Scientists identify neural mechanism responsible for chronic pain

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:00
Over-stimulated neurons in the gyrus cinguli brain region could be interpreted by the brain as chronic pain - which may be alleviated by activating a serotonin-sensitive receptor.