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Medical News Today: Linking hospital patient deaths to weekend staffing a major 'oversimplification'

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:00
Two studies on the 'weekend effect' - where hospital admission over the weekend has been linked to a higher death risk - suggest blaming staffing levels oversimplifies the issue.

Medical News Today: Heartburn drug prematurely ages blood vessels

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 23:00
Proton pump inhibitors treat heartburn with few short-term side effects. In the long term, however, they appear to raise the risk of serious problems. A new study uncovers how.

Medical News Today: Junk food, high-fat diet may harm kidneys as much as type 2 diabetes

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 23:00
It is well established that type 2 diabetes - if untreated - can lead to kidney damage. Now, new research shows that an unhealthy diet may do just as much harm.

Medical News Today: Bunions: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 23:00
Learn all about bunions, bony bumps present at the base of the big toe joint. This article looks at how to get rid of bunions, including treatment without surgery.

Medical News Today: Could swaddling babies for sleep raise risk of SIDS?

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:00
A review of four studies from different countries suggests there may be a link between swaddling babies for sleep and sudden infant death syndrome, and suggests some precautions.

Medical News Today: Malaria vaccine 'offers safe, effective protection for more than 1 year'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
A clinical trial brings us closer to eradicating malaria, after finding a vaccine offered safe, effective protection against the disease in healthy adults for more than 1 year.

Medical News Today: E-cigarette and nicotine liquid poisonings increasing rapidly in young children

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:00
A new study reports a dramatic rise in young children exposed to e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid, prompting calls for stricter regulation and public education.

Medical News Today: Do artificial sweeteners during pregnancy increase risk of high infant BMI?

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 23:00
Artificial sweeteners are consumed in huge quantities throughout America. New research investigates their impact on the future weight of the unborn child.

Medical News Today: What are Barbiturates? Uses, Side Effects and Health Risks

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 23:00
Learn all about the effects of barbiturates, a class of drugs used to relax and help people sleep. This article will also look at the side effects and health risks for these drugs.

Medical News Today: Lung function measured in just a phone call with new health-sensing tool

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 23:00
Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a new health-sensing tool that can accurately measure lung function over a simple phone call.

Medical News Today: ALS: could pesticide exposure be a risk factor?

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 08:00
The risk of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, may be increased with residential or occupational exposure to pesticides, according to new research.

Medical News Today: HIV antibody therapy looks promising

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Researchers suggest a new antibody-based drug may offer a better way to control HIV in the longer term, after showing a single dose stimulated immune response in patients.

Medical News Today: Prostate cancer: testosterone therapy 'does not increase aggressive disease risk'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 06:00
A study using Swedish data finds men prescribed testosterone for over a year had no overall rise in prostate cancer risk, and they showed a 50 percent fall in aggressive disease.

Medical News Today: 'Kidney-on-a-chip' could save lives in the ICU

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 23:00
The kidneys are vital but sensitive organs. Toxic drugs used in the ICU commonly leave them damaged. A new 'kidney-on-a-chip' might help prevent these injuries in the future.

Medical News Today: Snoring, lack of sleep may reduce breast cancer survival

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 23:00
New research finds that women who often snore and have short sleep durations before being diagnosed with breast cancer may be more likely to die from the disease.

Medical News Today: Skin bacteria do not change much, despite regular washing

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:00
Study shows the personal fingerprint of the bacteria, fungi, and viruses on our skin remains stable over time, despite regular cleaning and contact with contaminated objects.

Medical News Today: Drinking alcohol makes us happy, but not for long

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:00
A new study finds that drinking alcohol provides happiness 'in the moment,' but it is unlikely to lead to long-term happiness and well-being.

Medical News Today: Endometrial cancer: Study doubles clues to genetic risk

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 23:00
A study that pools genome-wide data covering thousands of women with and without the disease doubles the number of known gene regions linked to endometrial cancer.

Medical News Today: Muscle growth may be improved with longer rest between weightlifting sets

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 23:00
Resting for longer periods between weightlifting sets was found to increase a process that aids muscle growth in a new study, bucking the common belief that shorter rests are best.

Medical News Today: Alzheimer's researchers cast a broader net to find a cure

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 23:00
Two doctors from Danish international pharmaceutical company Lundbeck write about the challenges researchers face in uncovering a much-needed cure for Alzheimer's.