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Medical News Today: CDC: Ebola cases in West Africa could exceed 550,000 by January

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 02:00
Assuming current trends continue, a CDC model estimates by January, Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach over 550,000 or 1.4 million, if under-reporting is included.

Medical News Today: Organ donation: is an opt-in or opt-out system better?

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:00
Researchers from the UK have investigated different systems of consent for organ donation across the world in an attempt to find out which policy is best.

Medical News Today: Diabetes rates in the US 'leveling off'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:00
A new study from the CDC finds that between 2008 and 2012, diabetes prevalence and incidence rates plateaued, possibly because of slowing obesity rates.

Medical News Today: Tumor environments 'mimicked' in new microchip

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:00
A new microchip simulating the 'microenvironment' of a tumor may allow researchers to perfect a nanoparticle-based delivery system for cancer therapies.

Medical News Today: Could a blood test predict schizophrenia risk?

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:00
A new study suggests a blood test could predict which patients are at risk of developing schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis, meaning they could receive earlier treatment.

Medical News Today: Deep brain stimulation as OCD treatment: new guideline

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:00
A research team has produced a systematic review of the evidence for deep brain stimulation to treat OCD and a guideline for its clinical use.

Medical News Today: Brain differences in autistic males with early language delay

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:00
Comparing the brains of autistic men who did and did not experience delayed language onset in childhood, researchers have uncovered brain volume differences.

Medical News Today: Fighting superbugs with their own 'gene-editing' system

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:00
Engineers are developing a way to fight superbugs that uses their own gene-editing system to selectively kill the ones carrying genes that make them resistant to antibiotics.

Medical News Today: Potential new class of antibiotics found in old drug

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:00
Most antibiotics work by inhibiting a vital function in bacteria. Now, a new study shows how an existing anticonvulsant drug can prevent a key part of bacteria from forming.

Medical News Today: Inpatient statin use linked to better health outcomes after brain hemorrhage

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:00
Researchers have found that the use of statins after a hospitalization for intracerebral hemorrhage is associated with improved health outcomes for patients.

Medical News Today: Should manufacturers of sports drinks, supplements sponsor sports?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:00
Sports sponsorships from nutritional supplements and sports drinks companies should be scrapped due to lack of evidence that the products are beneficial, according to a new review.

Medical News Today: Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:00
Children whose mothers did not take iron supplements while pregnant are at significantly greater risk of autism, claim researchers, in the first study to link iron to autism risk.

Medical News Today: Metformin use linked to risk of low thyroid hormone levels

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:00
A new study links a common drug used for treatment of type 2 diabetes to a risk of low levels of thyroid hormone levels, potentially putting patients at cardiovascular risk.

Medical News Today: Impaired brain signaling pathway 'may be a cause of Alzheimer's'

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Mayo Clinic researchers say a brain signaling defect in the Wnt pathway may be a cause of Alzheimer's, and boosting Wnt signaling could prevent the disease.

Medical News Today: What are the effects of climate change on health?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
A new study, analyzing the effects of climate change on public health, argues that reduced combustion of fossil fuel may provide 'substantial health and economic benefits.'

Medical News Today: Ebola epidemic could gain 6,800 new cases by end of September

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 02:00
If new control measures are not implemented, the number of new cases in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could reach as high as 6,800 by the end of September, say researchers.

Medical News Today: Dry-roasted peanuts more likely trigger for allergy

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 02:00
New study of mice finds dry-roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger allergy than raw peanuts, likely because dry roasting produces chemicals that prime the immune system.

Medical News Today: E-cigarettes 'not helping cancer patients to quit smoking'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 23:00
Despite an increasing number of cancer patients turning to e-cigarettes to aid smoking cessation, a new study suggests that they could be having little effect.

Medical News Today: Mutations in gene linked to brain development 'may be a cause of autism'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 23:00
Researchers have identified mutations in a gene linked to brain development that they believe may be a cause of severe autism. The gene is also linked to another related to speech.

Medical News Today: Plant-derived compound 'may effectively treat lupus with fewer side effects'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 23:00
Researchers from the University of Houston, TX, say a plant-derived compound called CDDO halted development of lupus nephritis in mice and produced no significant side effects.