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Medical News Today: Could owning a cat raise the risk of mental illness?

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 07:00
New research has linked cat ownership in childhood with greater later-life risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, attributing the link to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Medical News Today: Experts reflect on the past, present and future of diabetes

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:00
A symposium has looked back at the improvements made in diabetes research and treatment over the past 50 years, as well as identifying what still needs to be done going forward.

Medical News Today: Fusion of normal cells may trigger genetic changes leading to cancer

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 02:00
A new study shedding light on cancer development suggests when two normal cells fuse with one another, they can trigger a 'genomic catastrophe' that can turn these cells cancerous.

Medical News Today: Marijuana exposure rising among young children

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 02:00
Researchers have found that rates of marijuana exposure have increased steeply in recent years among children younger than 6, particularly in states that have legalized marijuana.

Medical News Today: Hepatitis C: causes, symptoms, treatments, prevention

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 23:00
Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. It is spread by blood-to-blood contact with an infected person and is the most common blood-borne disease in the US.

Medical News Today: Rabbit virus could make bone marrow transplants safer

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 23:00
Researchers discover that the myxoma virus could kill cancer cells and reduce the risk of white blood cells attacking the body in bone marrow transplant patients.

Medical News Today: General anesthesia in young children linked to poorer intelligence, language development

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 23:00
Children who undergo surgical anesthesia under the age of 4 may have poorer language development and a lower IQ, according to new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Medical News Today: Many African-American women 'silent and alone' with infertility

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 23:00
Researchers interviewing African-American women about their experiences with infertility have found that many had to cope with their condition in silence and isolation.

Medical News Today: Study reveals how bacteria can avoid antibiotics

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have found that high levels of gene called Obg can cause bacteria such as E. coli to avoid antibiotic treatment, putting the bacteria into a dormant state.

Medical News Today: Early-stage cancers may be detected with noninvasive prenatal testing

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 23:00
Noninvasive prenatal testing - a method used to detect chromosomal abnormalities in developing babies - may also be effective for detecting early-stage cancers, new research shows.

Medical News Today: Fecal matter found on more than 60% of toothbrushes in shared bathrooms

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:00
Researchers identified fecal matter on more than 60% of toothbrushes collected from students' communal bathrooms, most of which is likely to be from other bathroom occupants.

Medical News Today: 'Landmark discovery' of vessels connecting brain to immune system

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:00
Despite extensive mapping of the lymphatic system throughout medical history, researchers have discovered a previously unidentified connection between the brain and immune system.

Medical News Today: World's first skull-scalp transplant performed in Texas man

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 07:00
Surgeons from the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Methodist Hospital, TX, have performed the world's first skull-scalp transplant in a 55-year-old man.

Medical News Today: Controversial female libido pill backed by FDA advisory committee

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 07:00
Following yesterday's Spotlight feature on flibanserin - 'the female Viagra' - we look at the surprise decision by an FDA advisory committee to recommend the drug for approval.

Medical News Today: Health benefits of eating placenta 'unproven'

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 06:00
A small review of studies on placenta consumption has failed to yield any evidence to support common beliefs about its healthful effects in new mothers.

Medical News Today: Huge AIDS improvements since the 80s - but infections 'remain a problem'

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 02:00
While far fewer people - thanks to HIV drug advances - suffer seriously shortened lives as a result of AIDS-related infections, the problem cannot be forgotten, say researchers.

Medical News Today: Parents of kids with ASD warned about dietary supplements

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 02:00
Parents should avoid excess intake of vitamins that their children with autism already get in the diet, say nutrition researchers, who also found inadequate calcium and vitamin D.

Medical News Today: How a single blood test could identify your entire viral infection history

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 23:00
Researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have created a test that they say can identify a person's entire history of viral infections from one drop of blood.

Medical News Today: Illicit drug-taking in the workplace 'increasing'

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 23:00
Company that carries out millions of US workplace tests for drugs says the proportion of positives is on the rise, including for marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines.

Medical News Today: Low birth weights associated with proximity to fracking sites

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have found a 'small but significant association' between low birth weights and how close pregnant women live to unconventional gas drilling wells.