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Medical News Today: New kidney disease findings may lead to test for early diagnosis

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:00
Researchers have identified structural differences in the kidney filters of mice more susceptible to kidney disease, which could inform a new early-diagnosis test for humans.

Medical News Today: Scientists find brain circuitry that raises anxiety during nicotine withdrawal

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:00
Increased anxiety is common during nicotine withdrawal. After discovering the brain circuitry responsible, scientists suggest ways people trying to quit may avoid the side effect.

Medical News Today: Brain study of shogi players reveals new insights into intuitive strategy decision-making

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:00
Brain scans of Japanese chess players show that different parts of the brain are engaged and work together as options for defense and attack are pondered and selected.

Medical News Today: Low serotonin is mythical cause of depression, says psychiatry professor

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00
The commercial success of SSRI antidepressants is based on a ‘myth’ that has been a 'costly distraction' from better treatment approaches, suggests one expert.

Medical News Today: MMR vaccine and autism: study finds 'no harmful association'

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:00
In a study of more than 95,000 children, researchers found no link between the MMR vaccine and greater risk of autism, even among children at higher risk for the condition.

Medical News Today: Black heart failure patients endangered further by depression

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:00
A new study has found that symptoms of depression in African-American heart failure patients could increase their risk of being hospitalized or dying.

Medical News Today: World-first MRI study shows babies experience pain 'like adults'

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 07:00
Researchers have discovered that babies feel pain in much the same way as adults, leading to experts recommending a review of neonatal pain management practice.

Medical News Today: Mindfulness and antidepressants offer 'similar level of protection' against depression

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 07:00
The largest trial yet of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy finds that this treatment works about as well as antidepressants for reducing depressive relapses.

Medical News Today: Athlete's foot, eczema drugs could reverse MS, study finds

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 06:00
Researchers have identified two drugs - an antifungal and a steroid - that reversed MS in mouse models of the condition by stimulating stem cells to boost myelin production.

Medical News Today: Nanotube sensor 'sniffs out' rotten meat

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:00
Chemists have made a carbon nanotube sensor that detects gasses emitted by rotting meat and suggest it could be used in smart packaging that tells consumers if food is safe to eat.

Medical News Today: Gut microbes important for serotonin production

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:00
While serotonin is an important brain chemical, 90% of it is made outside the brain, in the gut. Now, a study of mice suggests gut bacteria play a key role.

Medical News Today: Researcher warns of increased cancer risk with excess supplement use

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00
Though dietary supplements can offer health benefits, one researcher warns that excess use of these supplements may raise the risk of cancer.

Medical News Today: Drop in abuse and overdose after opioids were made crush-resistant

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 23:00
A new study reports a substantial drop in prescription opioid overdoses following the decision to make the high-dose opioid painkiller OxyContin crush-resistant.

Medical News Today: Child obesity intervention with strong IT support found to be effective

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 23:00
A randomized three-arm clinical trial of obesity interventions has found that an intervention supported with health information technology was effective at treating child obesity.

Medical News Today: Warfarin withdrawal in atrial fibrillation patients awaiting surgery dramatically ups stroke risk

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 23:00
We report from the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, where researchers have examined the risk of ischemic stroke among atrial fibrillation patients.

Medical News Today: Study finds increased risk of type 2 diabetes with statin use

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:00
A new study associates statin use with a 46% increased risk of type 2 diabetes. This risk is linked to statins that reduce insulin sensitivity and secretion, say the authors.

Medical News Today: WHO admit faults over Ebola response, suggest areas for improvement

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:00
A statement from the World Health Organization leadership identifies failures in their response to the Ebola epidemic and specifies areas of reform.

Medical News Today: Children with ADHD 'learn better when fidgeting'

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:00
A new study suggests that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder perform better at tasks that challenge their working memory if they are moving more.

Medical News Today: Body clock sensitive to color of light

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 02:00
For the first time, researchers show that the body clock of mammals can distinguish dawn and twilight not just because of differences in intensity but also in colors of the light.

Medical News Today: Antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria of remote South American tribe

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 02:00
Antibiotic resistance genes have been found in bacteria sampled from members of a previously uncontacted tribe of Amerindians in southern Venezuela.