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Medical News Today: Cigarette-modifying regulations 'unlikely' to alter illicit tobacco demand

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 06:00
A report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine suggests that potential measures to modify cigarettes are not likely to affect the demand for illicit tobacco.

Medical News Today: Camel antibodies ferry anti-cancer viruses directly to tumor cells

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:00
Since they can withstand the harsh conditions inside cells better than human antibodies, camel and alpaca antibodies may be ideal for carrying anti-cancer viruses to cancer cells.

Medical News Today: Advance of resistant malaria 'poses serious global threat'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:00
A study warns of global threat after finding malaria parasites resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin in samples taken across Myanmar and its border regions.

Medical News Today: Women with MS may 'have lower levels of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory nutrients'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:00
A new study finds women with MS may have lower levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, though it is unclear whether this a cause or result of the condition.

Medical News Today: Cancer advances 'have benefited younger people more'

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 23:00
Despite advances in cancer care, older people's survival rates did not improve as much as younger people's from 1990 to 2010 in the US.

Medical News Today: New genes discovered associated with asthma and allergies

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have identified over 30 new genes that give people a predisposition towards asthma and allergies. These genes may provide new targets for these conditions.

Medical News Today: Global obesity response is 'unacceptably slow,' according to experts

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 07:00
Improved training of health care professionals, tightened regulations and more healthy food programs are needed to counter growing obesity and an aggressive food industry.

Medical News Today: Three-parent IVF: the benefits and the risks

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 07:00
Mitochondrial donation is likely to pass into UK law after MPs voted in favor of the procedure earlier this month. We look at the potential pros and cons of the technique.

Medical News Today: Clue found for older mothers' birth defect risk

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 06:00
Researchers believe they are closer to understanding why older mothers are at an increased risk of giving birth to babies with certain genetic disorders.

Medical News Today: Virus found in sewage shows promise in treating dental procedure infections

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:00
The idea of using viruses to fight stubborn bacteria is revived in a study that shows one isolated from sewage may prevent E. faecalis infection following root canal procedures.

Medical News Today: Parkinson's trial suggests growth factor has regenerative effects in brain

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:00
Small trial to test safety and tolerability of the growth factor PDGF in Parkinson's patients finds it not only stops deterioration of dopamine signaling, but may even increase it.

Medical News Today: Every minute of activity may benefit heart health for mobility-limited older adults

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 00:00
In a new study, researchers found each minute of physical activity may be important for good heart health in older adults with limited mobility.

Medical News Today: Nano-sized 'drones' deliver targeted drugs and repair arteries

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 23:00
Scientists have shown they can repair fatty plaques in arteries by delivering therapeutics directly via 'drone'-like nanoparticles that push their way in and stick to the lesions.

Medical News Today: Napping linked to reduced sleep quality for young children

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 23:00
A new study suggests that napping beyond the age of 2 is associated with poorer sleep quality, while the impact of napping on behavior and development is less certain.

Medical News Today: Potential new vaccine 'blocks all known strains of HIV'

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:00
A new protein has been engineered to mimic the receptors HIV uses to anchor itself to host cells, preventing infection. Scientists believe it may form the basis of a HIV vaccine.

Medical News Today: Fecal matters: treating infection with stool transplants

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:00
Human stool has been used in medicine since the 4th century. We take a look at how fecal microbiota transplants are being used today in the fight against bacterial infection.

Medical News Today: Study identifies potential new drug target for MS

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:00
Researchers have created a peptide that they say effectively reduced nerve cell damage and improved neurological functioning in animal models of multiple sclerosis.

Medical News Today: Treatments to stop Alzheimer's step closer as scientists discover key inhibitor molecule

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:00
Scientists have identified a molecule that breaks the cycle of protein clumping that kills brain cells in Alzheimer's disease. They say it should be possible to find more like it.

Medical News Today: Jumping between host species may be easier for bacteria than previously thought

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:00
The discovery that a single mutation in a bacterium that infects humans enables it to infect rabbits may change how we view risks of diseases that pass between humans and animals.

Medical News Today: 'Bird flu protection' given by seasonal flu vaccine

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 00:00
The annual preventive flu injection yields protection against the more dangerous avian strain H7N9 - a discovery that has led the researchers to call for universal vaccination.