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Medical News Today: Could eye color predict the risk of alcohol dependence?

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
For the first time, researchers have uncovered a link between eye color and alcohol dependence, finding people with light-colored eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics.

Medical News Today: Preclinical trial data brings new hope for HIV vaccine

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Despite many setbacks in the road to developing an effective HIV vaccine, Johnson & Johnson report success in animal trials of their latest attempt.

Medical News Today: Number of fireworks-related injuries still remains high

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:00
A new report shows that estimated fireworks-related injuries in the US have not fallen significantly in the past year. In particular, eye injuries continue to increase.

Medical News Today: Genetic variation influences effectiveness of anti-diabetic drug

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:00
The first study to show how natural genetic variation can affect individual response to an anti-diabetic drug takes a step toward individualized treatment of metabolic disorders.

Medical News Today: Cystic fibrosis gene therapy shows promise in trial

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:00
A trial to test the safety and effectiveness of a therapy that replaces a faulty gene in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis has shown encouraging results.

Medical News Today: Could a 'sniff test' lead to early autism diagnosis?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:00
Researchers find children with autism have different sniff responses to those without the disorder and suggest a 'sniff test' could be used to diagnose autism early.

Medical News Today: How do antidepressants affect moral decision-making?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:00
The effects on moral decision-making of citalopram and levodopa - commonly prescribed drugs that affect the brain's levels of serotonin and dopamine - are compared in a new study.

Medical News Today: Benefits of extracurricular sports extend into the classroom

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have found that children participating in extracurricular sporting activities are more likely to follow rules and remained focused in the classroom.

Medical News Today: New study of human memory is 'a major achievement'

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:00
Using pictures of celebrities and famous landmarks, researchers have been able to pinpoint which neurons encode memories in participants with electrodes implanted in their brains.

Medical News Today: Testosterone therapy: the hormone debate rages on

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:00
In this Spotlight, we examine the debate surrounding testosterone therapy for aging-related hypogonadism, looking at the arguments for and against its use.

Medical News Today: 'Artificial pancreas' holds promise for easier control of type 1 diabetes

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:00
An artificial pancreas that tracks blood glucose levels and delivers insulin as needed could help patients with type 1 diabetes manage their condition more easily, say researchers.

Medical News Today: Major depression tied to smaller hippocampus

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:00
The hippocampus - an area of the brain involved in forming new memories - is significantly smaller in people with major depression, says a large international study.

Medical News Today: Faulty cellular 'garbage disposal' implicated in Alzheimer's

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:00
A new study reports that lysosomes - the garbage disposal systems of cells - that accumulate near amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's are faulty and possibly contribute to the disease.

Medical News Today: Statins 'lower aggression in men but increase it in women'

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:00
Women who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins may experience increased aggression, a new study suggests, while men who take them may have reduced aggression.

Medical News Today: Rise in numbers of teenagers given antipsychotics

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:00
Teenagers between 13 and 18 are being treated more with antipsychotics, and mostly for conditions that do not involve psychosis, study suggests.

Medical News Today: Placebos 'relieve symptoms, improve treatments'

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:00
A new research paper hails the medical benefits of the placebo effect, describing how 'dummy pills' can relieve symptoms and make other treatments more effective.

Medical News Today: Fish poisoning rates in Florida underestimated, study suggests

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
A new report has found that incidences of rare food-borne toxin are higher in Florida than previously estimated from public health reports.

Medical News Today: Summer vacation: the health risks for travelers

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Are you traveling abroad this summer? In this Spotlight feature, we take a look at the health risks that come with a summer vacation and what you can do to prevent them.

Medical News Today: One small bacterial change 'caused Black Death'

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:00
How did Yersinia pestis bacteria transform from a simple GI infection to causing history-changing respiratory plague pandemics? A new study says it took just one gene.

Medical News Today: Engineered particles 'may become antibiotics of the future'

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 02:00
Using synthetic biology, researchers have engineered particles called phagemids that cause harmful bacteria to malfunction and cease replicating without bursting open.