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Medical News Today: Deactivating a cell protein may halt progress of rheumatoid arthritis

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:00
Activation of the cell receptor TLR5 is all it takes to trigger inflammation and bone erosion in rheumatoid arthritis, and targeting it with drugs could stop it, says new study.

Medical News Today: Even small weight gains can raise blood pressure

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:00
New research highlights that even gaining a few pounds - easily done by some while on vacation - can lead to an increase in blood pressure in otherwise healthy adults.

Medical News Today: Reaction to violent media depends on each individual's brain circuitry

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:00
A study examining the effect of violent media on the brain finds that individuals with aggressive traits react differently to violent movies compared with non-aggressive people.

Medical News Today: Smokers with a high sodium diet are at 'double the risk' of rheumatoid arthritis

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:00
A new study finds that although having a diet high in sodium itself may not increase risk for rheumatoid arthritis, in people who smoke, this combination causes the risk to double.

Medical News Today: '1 in 5 chance' Ebola will spread to the US by the end of September

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:00
Experts consider it likely that isolated cases of Ebola will appear in the US, with a 20% likelihood of it happening before the end of this month.

Medical News Today: Mothers with positive childhood experiences respond better to babies' cries

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:00
Moms with good childhood caregiver experiences respond better to their own babies' cries, says a new study that suggests home visiting programs for mothers who need help.

Medical News Today: Antibiotic resistance: how has it become a global threat to public health?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:00
The world is now on the verge of a 'post-antibiotic era.' We look at how we have reached this point and what is being done to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Medical News Today: Could bee bacteria provide alternatives to antibiotics?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:00
Researchers in Sweden show bacteria in fresh honey from bee stomachs can fight human bacteria - including drug-resistant strains - in the lab and heal persistent wounds in horses.

Medical News Today: Investigating why asthma sufferers struggle with respiratory viruses

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:00
Study finds a key immune response to viruses is intact in asthma sufferers, suggesting the reason they struggle with respiratory viruses must lie elsewhere in the immune system.

Medical News Today: Number of ER visits due to high blood pressure 'on the rise'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:00
The number of visits to the emergency room as a result of high blood pressure significantly increased between 2006 and 2011, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: 'Cannabis use in adolescence has negative impact on education'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:00
A new study has linked the frequent use of cannabis among adolescents with reduced educational attainment and other negative outcomes such as an increased risk of suicide attempts.

Medical News Today: Novel antibiotic shows potential for broad range of tough-to-treat infections

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:00
Research reported at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) reveals a new antibiotic has potential to fight Gram-negative pathogens.

Medical News Today: Long-term benzodiazepine use linked to increased Alzheimer's risk

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:00
A large, long-term study further investigates a previously suggested link between benzodiazepine use and increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Medical News Today: Gene 'may slow aging of entire body when activated in key organs'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00
Activating a gene called AMPK in the intestines of fruit flies appeared to slow the aging process in both the intestine and the brain, and vice versa, a new study finds.

Medical News Today: Autism treatment in infancy 'may prevent further symptoms'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00
A researcher who has developed an autism therapy for infants claims that, by beginning treatment as soon as symptoms appear, full onset of symptoms can be avoided by age 3.

Medical News Today: 'Pocket doctor' phone app could measure Parkinson's progression

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:00
A new smartphone app presented yesterday at a science festival in the UK could allow smartphones to act as a 'pocket doctor,' spotting early signs of Parkinson's disease.

Medical News Today: Study shows 'mind-to-mind' communication in humans

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:00
For the first time, using advanced, non-invasive brain technologies, scientists demonstrate direct mind-to-mind transmission between two conscious humans 5,000 miles apart.

Medical News Today: Viruses can spread surprisingly quickly through buildings

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:00
A new study shows viruses can spread through buildings, offices and hospitals within hours, but commonly available quat-based disinfectants applied correctly can stop them.

Medical News Today: Omega-3 fish oil 'could reduce seizure frequency for epilepsy patients'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:00
A new study by researchers from UCLA School of Medicine suggests consuming low doses of omega-3 fish oil each day could reduce the occurrence of seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Medical News Today: Affordable Care Act: insurance coverage has improved for young adults

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:00
The Affordable Care Act has led to increased health insurance coverage for young adults aged 19-25, but this has not led to a significant change in health status, a study finds.