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Medical News Today: How the brain creates maps of the external world

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 23:00
A study builds upon the finding of 'grid cells' in the brain that help us to build internal maps of our surroundings, explaining how these maps are linked to external objects.

Medical News Today: Air pollution linked to increased risk of suicide

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:00
A new study associates short-term exposure to high levels of air pollution with increased risk of suicide, particularly among men and middle-aged individuals.

Medical News Today: Menopausal hormone therapy associated with ovarian cancer risk

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:00
New research suggests that hormone replacement therapy for the menopause is associated with an increased risk of the two most common forms of ovarian cancer.

Medical News Today: Alligator blood may provide basis of wartime anti-infectives

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:00
Though they feast on carrion and live in bacteria-heavy swamps, alligators rarely become ill. As such, a new project is examining their peptides for developing military medicine.

Medical News Today: Increased hand washing has led to rise in dermatitis among frontline hospital staff

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:00
A new study reveals there has been a more than four-fold increase in dermatitis among health workers following increased hand hygiene to reduce hospital infections like MRSA.

Medical News Today: Ebola can survive in victims' bodies for days

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:00
A study of macaques finds Ebola virus remains viable in the body for up to 7 days after death, highlighting the importance of safe burial of humans who die from the disease.

Medical News Today: Healthy diet, exercise 'not enough to treat obesity,' say experts

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 00:00
Experts claim obesity is a chronic disease that can be driven by biological factors, therefore diet and exercise alone is not enough to treat it.

Medical News Today: Cancer patients make unreasonable demands 'just 1% of the time'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 23:00
Survey of cancer professionals working in outpatient care finds the idea of demanding patients is a 'myth,' negating arguments that inappropriate demand drives up costs.

Medical News Today: Potential increase in cancer risk for stroke survivors

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 23:00
New research shows that survivors of ischemic stroke subsequently have an increased risk of cancer and mortality in comparison with the general population.

Medical News Today: Sugar industry's attempt to influence public health policy is 'a major issue'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:00
An investigative report by The BMJ exposes the extent of the sugar industry's financial stake in public health science. We speak to the journalist behind that report.

Medical News Today: The power of love: how relationships benefit body and mind

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:00
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we take a look at the influence that being in a relationship can have over health and well-being.

Medical News Today: Epilepsy drug shows promise for reducing stroke-induced brain damage

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 06:00
A drug FDA-approved for treating epilepsy - retigabine - may also be effective for reducing brain damage following ischemic stroke, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Protein in fish skin may help wounds heal safely

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:00
A new study suggests collagen from fish skin might make an effective dressing for skin wounds without the disease risk that collagen from cows and pigs might carry.

Medical News Today: More Americans die from smoking than previously thought

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:00
The number of Americans killed by smoking cigarettes is likely bigger than we thought because it may exclude many smokers who die from diseases not classed as caused by smoking.

Medical News Today: Mortality risk 'two times higher' in people with mental disorders

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:00
People with mental health disorders have a mortality risk that is two times higher than that of the general population and those without such disorders, a new study finds.

Medical News Today: Air pollution risk for drivers waiting at red lights

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:00
A study has found that when drivers are stopped in their cars at red lights they are exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollutants.

Medical News Today: IVF embryos: whole genetic code can be scanned for mutations

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:00
Scientists have perfected a DNA sequencing technique to scan the complete genetic codes of IVF embryos, raising the prospect of testing the whole genome for disease mutations.

Medical News Today: Chronic fatigue syndrome renamed and redefined

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 07:00
A committee convened by the Institute of Medicine proposes new diagnostic criteria and a new name for the condition that affects up to 2.5 million Americans.

Medical News Today: Sleep and activity trackers: which one is best for you?

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 07:00
Looking for a sleep and activity tracker to help improve your fitness? MNT have tried and tested some of the best devices in the market to help you choose.

Medical News Today: 'Long-term health benefits' for LGBT youth who come out during high school

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 06:00
Although coming out during high school carries risks of bullying, a study suggests that LGBT teens who do so report improved life satisfaction and self-esteem as young adults.