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Medical News Today: Single blood test that screens for several cancers steps closer

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 02:00
A review of 19,000 papers that found over 800 cancer biomarkers could pave the way for a single blood test to screen for several cancers, including some rare types.

Medical News Today: Future for nanobodies as alternative research tools to antibodies looks bright

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 02:00
Nanobodies hold great promise as alternatives to antibodies in biomedicine, but there are problems with availability. Now, a new study presents a robust pipeline for making them.

Medical News Today: Low birth weight, preterm birth may increase risk for hip replacement in adulthood

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:00
Researchers from Australia report that babies who are born prematurely and have low birth weight may have an increased risk for osteoarthritis-related hip replacements as adults.

Medical News Today: Weight loss surgery 'highly effective for preventing type 2 diabetes'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 23:00
A new study by researchers from King's College London in the UK finds that for obese people, weight loss surgery could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 80%.

Medical News Today: Maternal recreational drug use linked to offspring brain birth defects

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 23:00
Researchers find that recreational drug use during pregnancy - determined by testing mothers' hair samples - may increase the risk of brain birth defects in offspring.

Medical News Today: Young bikers in states with universal helmet laws 'less likely to sustain TBI'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:00
Young motorcyclists living in states with mandatory helmet use are less likely to sustain traumatic brain injury than those in states with age-limited helmet laws, a study finds.

Medical News Today: A fifth of schizophrenia cases 'may be attributable to T. gondii infection'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:00
A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania calculates that Toxoplasma gondii - a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis - may be involved in more than 20% of schizophrenia cases.

Medical News Today: Teen binge drinking linked to long-term brain changes

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 23:00
A new study finds that rats that consumed alcohol during adolescence had memory problems in adulthood and reduced myelin levels in a brain region linked to decision making.

Medical News Today: Ever wondered why scratching makes itching worse?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 23:00
The itch-scratch cycle has puzzled scientists - why does scratching both relieve and exacerbate itching? Now, a new mouse study has identified how serotonin influences the cycle.

Medical News Today: Child's later-life intelligence 'not influenced by parenting'

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Contrary to some previous studies, new research from Florida State University finds that parental behavior is not a significant contributor to a child's later-life intelligence.

Medical News Today: What is an 'unusual' sexual fantasy?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
In the week that news in North America has fiercely debated the 'normality' of atypical sexual fantasies, a new study attempts to define 'deviant' sexual fantasies, or paraphilias.

Medical News Today: Study investigates why sadness is the longest-lasting emotion

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:00
Sadness seems to linger longer than feelings of shame, surprise or even boredom. Now, a new study suggests this is down to our tendency to ruminate over events that evoke sadness.

Medical News Today: Study of stem cell origins sheds new light

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:00
All cells of the body come from stem cells. But where do stem cells come from? By studying the beginning of embryo development, a team makes some key discoveries.

Medical News Today: Surviving or dying from Ebola may be partly down to genes

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:00
Researchers studying mice with Ebola suggest the severity of reactions to the virus could be due to genetic factors and hope their work will help drug and vaccine development.

Medical News Today: 'Yorkie and Scalloped' - genes that prime stem cells for fighting infection

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:00
'Lineage specifying cells' are a newly discovered cell type that activate the maturation of stem cells. Now, two genes have been linked with this maturation system.

Medical News Today: Mediterranean-style diet linked to lower risk of chronic kidney disease

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 23:00
A Mediterranean-style diet may reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease by up to 50% and lower the risk of rapid kidney function decline by 42%, finds a new study.

Medical News Today: High-intensity sound waves shape platform for regenerative medicine

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 23:00
Researchers have developed a method to use sound waves to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could aid regenerative medicine.

Medical News Today: Communicating with cerebral palsy: Ruby's story

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Tree of Hope, a charity linked to MNT, is helping a young girl with cerebral palsy get access to vital technology to help her communicate. In this story, we report on her journey.

Medical News Today: FDA approve first US vaccine for meningococcal disease serogroup B

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Previously, only four of the five main meningococcal disease subgroups have been covered by vaccines in the US. Now, the FDA have approved a vaccine for the fifth - subgroup B.

Medical News Today: Stressed girls at high risk of depression 'may age faster'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:00
Researchers found that girls at high risk of depression have shorter telomeres - a sign of biological aging - and increased hormone responses to stress than those at low risk.