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Medical News Today: Low maternal weight gain linked to increased risk of male fetal death

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:00
Women who gain little weight during pregnancy and who are carrying a boy may be at higher risk of fetal death than women who gain higher amounts of weight, a new study finds.

Medical News Today: Could an antidepressant prevent symptoms of premenstrual syndrome?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 23:00
A commonly used antidepressant called fluoxetine, better known as Prozac, may be effective for preventing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Endurance training alters skeletal muscle 'at an epigenetic level'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 23:00
A study examining epigenetic changes in participants performing one-legged cycling reports that methylation was associated with changes of activity in 4,000 genes.

Medical News Today: A burning question: why are waiting room magazines typically out of date?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00
For their Christmas issue, the BMJ have released a study that investigates why magazines in doctors' waiting rooms are typically out of date.

Medical News Today: 'Men are idiots and idiots do stupid things,' study finds

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00
Scientists use the Darwin Awards - an annual commemoration of individuals who have died 'in exceptionally stupid ways' - to prove the hypothesis of 'male idiot theory.'

Medical News Today: Gene test for ankylosing spondylitis steps closer

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:00
A gene test for individuals predisposed to ankylosing spondylitis steps closer, as researchers tie the rheumatic disease to particular variations of the immune system enzyme ERAP1.

Medical News Today: Study links Parkinson's disease to gut bacteria

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:00
A new study finds that people with Parkinson's disease have a different mix of gut bacteria to healthy counterparts, suggesting this might be useful for diagnosis or treatment.

Medical News Today: Memory complaints link to stroke risk for the highly educated

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 00:00
Researchers have found that lapses in memory could signal an elevated risk of stroke, particularly in people with a higher vocational education or university training.

Medical News Today: Specific gene variant may influence effectiveness of flu vaccine, study finds

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 23:00
In a new study, researchers from Switzerland find that a variant in the IL-28B gene may influence how the immune system responds to the annual flu vaccine.

Medical News Today: Tamoxifen has reduced breast cancer rates 'by a third'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 23:00
A well-established and effective treatment for breast cancer, tamoxifen has now been shown to have long-term preventive benefits for women at high risk.

Medical News Today: Study finds men's health may be 'strongly correlated' with semen quality

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:00
Men who were infertile as a result of poor semen quality were at higher risk of numerous medical conditions - including hypertension and skin disorders - in a new study.

Medical News Today: Bed-sharing toddlers 'more likely to develop asthma in later childhood'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:00
Examining an association between toddlers who share the bed with their parents and risk of asthma later in childhood, researchers suggest that the link is multifactorial.

Medical News Today: Brain study shows inflammation is a marker of autism

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:00
Using the largest data set for a study on gene expression and autism, researchers found the brains of people with autism have inflammation response genes perpetually turned on.

Medical News Today: Ebola's ability to survive in the environment poorly understood

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:00
More research is needed about how long the Ebola virus persists in the environment so as to inform safe waste handling and disposal - especially to water systems - say engineers.

Medical News Today: Alcohol disrupts body's sleep regulator

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:00
Using alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis - the brain’s system for regulating sleepiness and wakefulness - and can cause insomnia over time, say researchers.

Medical News Today: Does poor sleep increase risk of dementia?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:00
New research has uncovered an association between having lower levels of oxygen while sleeping, less deep sleep and the development of brain lesions associated with dementia.

Medical News Today: Kids' obesity risk increased by short sleep and breathing problems

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:00
Two modifiable sleep disorders, chronic sleep loss and sleep-related breathing problems, double the risk of a child being obese by the age of 15, according to a new study.

Medical News Today: Sugars may contribute to high blood pressure more than salt

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:00
Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role than salt in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to new research in the journal Open Heart.

Medical News Today: 23andMe and the future of home DNA testing

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:00
The 23andMe home genomics kit is currently banned for sale by the FDA but has recently been approved for market in the UK. We investigate the controversies attached to the test.

Medical News Today: Shorter, cheaper radiation treatment not given to most breast cancer patients

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:00
Despite 2011 guidelines endorsing shorter radiation for early-stage breast cancer patients, a new study finds most eligible patients are still receiving a longer treatment.