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Medical News Today: A burning question: why are waiting room magazines typically out of date?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00
For their Christmas issue, the BMJ have released a study that investigates why magazines in doctors' waiting rooms are typically out of date.

Medical News Today: 'Men are idiots and idiots do stupid things,' study finds

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00
Scientists use the Darwin Awards - an annual commemoration of individuals who have died 'in exceptionally stupid ways' - to prove the hypothesis of 'male idiot theory.'

Medical News Today: Gene test for ankylosing spondylitis steps closer

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:00
A gene test for individuals predisposed to ankylosing spondylitis steps closer, as researchers tie the rheumatic disease to particular variations of the immune system enzyme ERAP1.

Medical News Today: Study links Parkinson's disease to gut bacteria

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:00
A new study finds that people with Parkinson's disease have a different mix of gut bacteria to healthy counterparts, suggesting this might be useful for diagnosis or treatment.

Medical News Today: Memory complaints link to stroke risk for the highly educated

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 00:00
Researchers have found that lapses in memory could signal an elevated risk of stroke, particularly in people with a higher vocational education or university training.

Medical News Today: Specific gene variant may influence effectiveness of flu vaccine, study finds

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 23:00
In a new study, researchers from Switzerland find that a variant in the IL-28B gene may influence how the immune system responds to the annual flu vaccine.

Medical News Today: Tamoxifen has reduced breast cancer rates 'by a third'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 23:00
A well-established and effective treatment for breast cancer, tamoxifen has now been shown to have long-term preventive benefits for women at high risk.

Medical News Today: Study finds men's health may be 'strongly correlated' with semen quality

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:00
Men who were infertile as a result of poor semen quality were at higher risk of numerous medical conditions - including hypertension and skin disorders - in a new study.

Medical News Today: Bed-sharing toddlers 'more likely to develop asthma in later childhood'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:00
Examining an association between toddlers who share the bed with their parents and risk of asthma later in childhood, researchers suggest that the link is multifactorial.

Medical News Today: Brain study shows inflammation is a marker of autism

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:00
Using the largest data set for a study on gene expression and autism, researchers found the brains of people with autism have inflammation response genes perpetually turned on.

Medical News Today: Ebola's ability to survive in the environment poorly understood

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:00
More research is needed about how long the Ebola virus persists in the environment so as to inform safe waste handling and disposal - especially to water systems - say engineers.

Medical News Today: Alcohol disrupts body's sleep regulator

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:00
Using alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis - the brain’s system for regulating sleepiness and wakefulness - and can cause insomnia over time, say researchers.

Medical News Today: Does poor sleep increase risk of dementia?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:00
New research has uncovered an association between having lower levels of oxygen while sleeping, less deep sleep and the development of brain lesions associated with dementia.

Medical News Today: Kids' obesity risk increased by short sleep and breathing problems

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:00
Two modifiable sleep disorders, chronic sleep loss and sleep-related breathing problems, double the risk of a child being obese by the age of 15, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Sugars may contribute to high blood pressure more than salt

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:00
Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role than salt in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to new research in the journal Open Heart.