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Medical News Today: Seasonal depression 'caused by increased levels of serotonin transporter protein'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:00
Researchers claim to have identified the cause of seasonal depression, after finding that patients with the disorder have high serotonin transporter protein levels in winter.

Medical News Today: 3D printing may make individualized medicine more affordable

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:00
The development of a new drug-polymer filament system has allowed pills to be reproduced by a 3D printer to a high degree of accuracy for the first time, according to researchers.

Medical News Today: Could sun exposure help prevent obesity, diabetes?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation slowed weight gain and diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet, a new study finds. Researchers say this is down to a compound called nitric oxide.

Medical News Today: Alzheimer's-Down syndrome relationship explained

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00
Almost all people with Down syndrome develop some signs of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers now claim to have mapped the mechanism driving this association.

Medical News Today: Can daydreaming enhance mental performance?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:00
Allowing the mind to wander may not be such a negative thing when it comes to working on complex mental tasks, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Medical News Today: Ebola survivors' blood to undergo evaluation as treatment option

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:00
An EU-funded project to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of treatment with blood and plasma made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients is due to start soon in Guinea.

Medical News Today: Scientists convert human skin cells directly into brain cells

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:00
Scientists reprogrammed human skin cells so they converted directly into brain cells - skipping the stem cell phase. Transplanted into mice, they survived 6 months.

Medical News Today: Ebola control measures in Montserrado, Liberia 'not enough to contain virus'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00
In a new study, researchers say current control measures in Montserrado, Liberia are not enough to contain the Ebola outbreak, and up-scales of these measures are urgently needed.

Medical News Today: Clock changes: could more light in the evening improve health?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:00
As we head into autumn and face a clock change, a new study suggests permanently increasing daylight hours in the evenings year round could confer health benefits to kids.

Medical News Today: Drugs raise sexually transmitted infection risk for swingers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:00
Researchers assessing drug use, sexual behavior and infection prevalence among swingers have suggested that more attention needs to be paid to the their sexual health needs.

Medical News Today: Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Researchers find that children with autism were more likely to be exposed to certain air pollutants during their mother's pregnancy and up to the age of 2 years.

Medical News Today: Are our brains physically shaped by life experiences?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Following up on our previous feature on the adult health consequences of bullying, we look at how exposure to different forms of violence is linked to changes in neurobiology.

Medical News Today: Light alcohol consumption linked to better memory

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:00
Good news for individuals over 60 years old who partake in a little drinking: light alcohol consumption later in life is linked to better episodic memory.

Medical News Today: Frying with olive oil better than seed oil for health

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:00
Cooking oil can degrade and produce toxic compounds at high temperature. Food frying study finds, compared to sunflower, corn and soybean oils, olive oil remains the most stable.

Medical News Today: Trial flu, Ebola drug shows promise against norovirus

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:00
An experimental drug currently undergoing trials as a treatment for influenza and Ebola virus disease causes norovirus to mutate itself to death in infected mice, a study shows.

Medical News Today: 'US trans fat intake has decreased, but not enough'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
New research suggests that although intake of trans fats has decreased over the past 30 years, Americans still have unhealthy levels of it in their diets.

Medical News Today: Genomic sequencing: could it aid breast cancer prevention?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:00
A new study by researchers from the Stanford Cancer Institute finds genomic sequencing may be more helpful in identifying a woman's risk for breast cancer than previously estimated

Medical News Today: Bariatric surgery may be risk factor for severe headache

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:00
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension - a leaking of spinal fluid - causes severe headaches. Weight-loss surgery patients may be particularly at risk for this condition.

Medical News Today: WHO report: TB is more widespread than previously estimated

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Due to improvements in information gathering, a higher incidence of tuberculosis has been exposed in a new World Health Organization report.

Medical News Today: Bed-sharing with baby: the risks and benefits

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Whether parents should bed-share with their infants is a controversial subject in the US. In this spotlight, we look at the risks and benefits associated with the practice.