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Medical News Today: Soda tax is 'the best option' for reducing childhood obesity

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:00
A new study compares the impact three recommended federal policies will have on childhood obesity over 20 years. A 1¢ tax on sugary drinks is the researchers' preferred option.

Medical News Today: Smartphone app to screen for jaundice in newborns

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
A team of doctors and engineers is developing a smartphone app that parents can use at home to test if their newborn should have a blood test to check for jaundice.

Medical News Today: App distinguishes real from fake tremors in alcohol withdrawal patients

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Chronic alcohol abusers often claim to be in withdrawal to receive sedatives. But now, a new app can determine whose alcohol withdrawal tremors are real and whose are fake.

Medical News Today: Can surgeons be trained using gaming technology?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Recently, surgeons experimented with using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as a surgical training aid. What other benefits may gaming technology have for surgery?

Medical News Today: Ebola gene study traces origin of current outbreak

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:00
The genomes of Ebola currently raging in West Africa likely began with one leap to humans, and differ from genomes of previous outbreaks by over 300 mutations, says a new study.

Medical News Today: Too much salt may heighten MS symptoms

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:00
A new study finds that MS patients consuming moderate to high intakes of salt are four times as likely to have worse symptoms than those patients consuming less salt per day.

Medical News Today: Infant immunization rates 'are stable or increasing,' say CDC

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:00
Data from the 2013 National Immunization Survey shows that the 'vast majority' of parents are following vaccination recommendations for their infant children.

Medical News Today: HIV cure failure in Mississippi baby 'the beginning of a new chapter'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:00
Last month, we reported that HIV had returned in a child believed to have been cured of the infection. Although disappointing, researchers say a lot can be learned from the case.

Medical News Today: Scientists reverse emotions associated with memories in mice

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
By tagging cells in the hippocampus and amygdala with a light-sensitive protein, researchers claim they have been able to alter the emotional associations of memories in mice.

Medical News Today: Tomato-rich diet lowers prostate cancer risks

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Lycopene, an antioxidant abundant in tomatoes, could reduce cancer risks for men who consume over 10 portions a week, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Parental attentiveness to infant babbling 'speeds up language development'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Infants whose parents are attentive to their babbling sounds are likely to demonstrate greater advances in language development, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Danish scientists uncover clue to Listeria's toughness

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:00
A Danish study finds that special RNA molecules help Listeria produce just enough proteins to invade and infect cells but not quite enough to be visible to the immune system.

Medical News Today: Sound waves separate tumor and blood cells

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:00
Tilted sound waves effectively separate different cell types without labeling or altering them, offering a new way to sort cells for research, disease diagnosis and drug testing.

Medical News Today: Depression untreated in many cancer patients, new approach could help

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:00
New research finds that nearly three quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for their depression. A new treatment program for depression could help.

Medical News Today: Hip fracture surgery reduces lifetime health costs by more than $65,000 per patient

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:00
A new study finds that hip fracture surgery is 'extremely successful' in returning patients to active lives and provides 'significant societal benefit and value.'

Medical News Today: Salt consumption higher in low socioeconomic groups in the UK

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:00
The first study to assess social inequalities following a national salt reduction program in the UK reveals that people from lower socioeconomic groups consume more salt.

Medical News Today: Ebola management lessons from 14th century Venice

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Experts say Venice's response to the plague in the 14th century is an example of resilience management with valuable lessons for us on how to deal with today's threats, like Ebola.

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