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Long-distance relationships may be stronger, more intimate

Live in a different city from your significant other? It may make your love grow stronger.
A new study published in the Journal of Communication on July 18 showed that people in long-distance relationships have stronger bonds and more substantial communication than couples who live near each…
Long-distance relationships may be stronger, more intimate

Learning a language depends on good connection between regions of the left hemisphere of the brain

Language is a uniquely human ability. The average person’s vocabulary consists of about thirty thousand words, although there are individual differences in the ability to learn a new language. It has long been believed that language acquisition depends…
Source: Learning a language depends on good connection between regions of the left hemisphere of the brain

Chips that mimic the brain

No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction…
Source: Chips that mimic the brain

Happiness During Teen Years Predicts Happiness As Adults

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Outgoing and emotionally stable young adults tend to have happier times in retirement than those who lived introverted or emotionally fraught young adult lives. That’s the finding of an analysis of more than 4,500 people in the Journal of Research in…
Happiness During Teen Years Predicts Happiness As Adults

Decongestants in pregnancy linked to birth defects

Kathryn Doyle
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A woman’s use of decongestant medications in the first trimester of pregnancy may raise her child’s risk of certain rare birth defects, according to a small study.
Some types of over-the-counter decongestants, including the popular…
Decongestants in pregnancy linked to birth defects

Homemade blowguns pose choking risk in teens: report

By Andrew M. Seaman

NEW YORK |
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:16pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Blowgun darts may backfire and get lodged in teenagers’ throats, according to a new report from one hospital.

Surgeons at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in…
Homemade blowguns pose choking risk in teens: report

U.S. pork industry increases funding to fight spreading pig virus

CHICAGO |
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:36pm EDT

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A leading U.S. pork association said on Monday it will spend an additional $350,000 to combat a virus that kills young pigs, bringing the pork industry’s total outlay this year to nearly…
U.S. pork industry increases funding to fight spreading pig virus

FDA probes multi-state outbreak of intestinal infection

Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:43pm EDT

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating a multi-state outbreak of an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis, whose cause has not yet been determined.

The regulator said Centers for Disease Control and…
FDA probes multi-state outbreak of intestinal infection

Scientists to study novel mechanisms of epileptic seizures to identify targets for therapy

Ten percent of Americans experience a seizure in their lifetime, with three million diagnosed with epilepsy, a chronic neurological disorder. Anticonvulsant medications can mitigate the hyperactivity of neurons that leads to seizures, but not without…
Source: Scientists to study novel mechanisms of epileptic seizures to identify targets for therapy

Breastfed children are less likely to develop ADHD later in life, research finds

We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health —including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention…
Source: Breastfed children are less likely to develop ADHD later in life, research finds

Physician bonuses help drive increases in surgery with minimal patient benefit

Financial incentives for Ontario surgeons are likely a key factor driving greater use of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, says a study led by a McMaster University surgeon.
Source: Physician bonuses help drive increases in surgery with minimal patient benefit

Physician bonuses help drive increases in surgery with minimal patient benefit

Financial incentives for Ontario surgeons are likely a key factor driving greater use of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, says a study led by a McMaster University surgeon.
Source: Physician bonuses help drive increases in surgery with minimal patient benefit

LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – In response to?enquiries from?the?media about the current land compensation system?for resumption of?private land?in the New Territories,?a?spokesman?for the Lands?Department made the following remarks today (July 22):
In handling land compensation matters upon…
LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Doctor Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Obstruction Case

Dr. Mahmoud Yassin, 61, of Robinson, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in Benton for obstructing a criminal health care fraud investigator, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R Wigginton, announced today. Dr. Yassin was sentenced to serve…
Doctor Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Obstruction Case

FBI Statement on Arrest of Columbus Police Detective

COLUMBUS—Kevin R Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), today announced that the FBI recently arrested Stevie Billups, 48, of Columbus, Ohio, a detective with the Columbus Division of Police on a criminal complaint…
FBI Statement on Arrest of Columbus Police Detective

Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 54 Months for Distributing Marijuana

MADISON, WI—John W Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jose Luis Castillo-Madrigal, 35, a Mexican citizen living in Beloit, Wisconsin, was sentenced on Friday, July 19, by United States District Judge Barbara Crabb to 54 months in prison…
Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 54 Months for Distributing Marijuana

Epidemiology of neurodegeneration in American-style professional football players

The purpose of this article is to review the history of head injuries in relation to American-style football play, summarize recent research that has linked football head injuries to neurodegeneration, and provide a discussion of the next steps for refining the examination of neurodegeneration…
Epidemiology of neurodegeneration in American-style professional football players

The ‘sting-o-meter’ that tells you which insects are best avoided (developed by a researcher who was fed up of getting stung)

Justin Schmidt created a pain scale from zero to four to rank insect stingsStings that rate zero cause no pain, those that rate four are the worstHe has been stung by 150 different bugs but says the worst are warrior wasps, tarantula hawks, and bullet ants
By
Emma Innes

PUBLISHED:

11:31…
Source: The ‘sting-o-meter’ that tells you which insects are best avoided (developed by a researcher who was fed up of getting stung)

First Edition: July 22, 2013

Today’s headlines include reports about the continuing efforts in opposition to the health law as well as a Washington Post investigation into a “flaw” in U.S. health care pricing.

Kaiser Health News: Obamacare Delay Is A Relief For A Family Business
Kaiser Health News staff writer…
Source: First Edition: July 22, 2013

Fujikura to exercise option to license Cellmid’s midkine diagnostic technology

Cellmid Limited has received confirmation that Fujikura Kasei Co Ltd (Fujikura) will exercise its Option to licence the midkine (MK) diagnostic technology by paying the requisite JPY40 million (AUD 440,000) Milestone Fee.
Under the terms of the Option to License agreement, which was…
Source: Fujikura to exercise option to license Cellmid’s midkine diagnostic technology

Melatonin pre-treatment is a factor that impacts stem cell survival after transplantation

When melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, was used as a pre-treatment for mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) prior to their transplantation into the brains of laboratory animals to repair damage from stroke, researchers in China found that the…
Source: Melatonin pre-treatment is a factor that impacts stem cell survival after transplantation

More children injured by falling TVs

The television might be a staple of the American home, but it’s also a continued source of serious injury for young children.
A study published in Pediatrics on July 22 revealed that children’s injuries caused by falling televisions have increased as more people are purchasing…
More children injured by falling TVs

People with epilepsy ‘have higher risk of early death’

Monday July 22 2013

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, causing seizures
“People with epilepsy 11 times more likely to die prematurely, study finds,” is the news in The Daily…
People with epilepsy ‘have higher risk of early death’

Media’s talk of a ‘misery molecule’ is misleading

Monday July 22 2013

Can just a single molecule make you depressed?
“Scientists have found the brain’s most miserable molecule,” according to The Sunday Times, which is apparently “the protein…
Media’s talk of a ‘misery molecule’ is misleading

Tuberculosis tests urged for students, staff at Virginia high school

SPRINGFIELD, Va. –  The Fairfax County Health Department is recommending that students and staff at a northern Virginia high school be tested for tuberculosis.
The health department said Monday that 1,900 letters were sent to affected staff and students at Robert E. Lee High School in…
Tuberculosis tests urged for students, staff at Virginia high school

Federal judge temporarily blocks North Dakota abortion law

By Brendan O’Brien

Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:48pm EDT

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked North Dakota’s new abortion law, which bans procedures to end pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks.

U.S. District…
Federal judge temporarily blocks North Dakota abortion law

New protocol developed to decontaminate human fetal tissues used for cell transplantation

The use of central nervous system fetal tissues derived from routine elective abortions to provide stem cells for transplantation procedures aimed at restoring damage done by neurodegenerative diseases is an established therapy. However, fetal tissue…
Source: New protocol developed to decontaminate human fetal tissues used for cell transplantation

Researchers identify 146 contemporary medical practices offering no net benefits

While there is an expectation that newer medical practices improve the standard of care, the history of medicine reveals many instances in which this has not been the case. Reversal of established medical practice occurs when new studies contradict…
Source: Researchers identify 146 contemporary medical practices offering no net benefits

Integrative medicine interventions found to significantly reduce pain, improve quality of life

An integrative approach to treating chronic pain significantly reduces pain severity while improving mood and quality of life, according to a new study from the Bravewell Practice-Based Research Network (BraveNet) published last month in BioMed Central…
Source: Integrative medicine interventions found to significantly reduce pain, improve quality of life

Teen eating disorders increase suicide risk

Is binge eating a tell-tale sign of suicidal thoughts? According to a new study of African American girls, by Dr. Rashelle Musci and colleagues from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in the US, those who experience…
Source: Teen eating disorders increase suicide risk

How to manage concussions (w/ Video)

Concussions, the most common traumatic brain injury, can have serious long-term health effects; therefore, diagnosis and management of these injuries are important. A primer published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides physicians…
Source: How to manage concussions (w/ Video)

Hospice workers struggle on front lines of physician-assisted death laws

Laws that allow physician-assisted death in the Pacific Northwest have provisions to protect the rights of patients, doctors and even the state, but don’t consider the professionals most often on the front lines of this divisive issue – hospice workers…
Source: Hospice workers struggle on front lines of physician-assisted death laws

Protein complex linked to cancer growth may also help fight tumors, researchers say

Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital in China have discovered a gene expression signature that may lead to new immune therapies for lung cancer patients. They found that NF-?B, a protein…
Source: Protein complex linked to cancer growth may also help fight tumors, researchers say

Surprise finding shows oxytocin strengthens bad memories and can increase fear and anxiety

It turns out the love hormone oxytocin is two-faced. Oxytocin has long been known as the warm, fuzzy hormone that promotes feelings of love, social bonding and well-being. It’s even being tested as an anti-anxiety drug. But new Northwestern Medicine…
Source: Surprise finding shows oxytocin strengthens bad memories and can increase fear and anxiety

Homemade blowgun darts pose choking dangers for teens

(HealthDay)—It seems kids will never stop coming up with creative ways to injure themselves, if the cases of three teen boys and their homemade blowguns are any indication.
Source: Homemade blowgun darts pose choking dangers for teens

Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Despite Neospora caninum being a major cause of bovine abortion worldwide, its pathogenesis is not completely understood. Neospora infection stimulates host cell-mediated immune responses, which may be responsible for the placental damage leading to abortion. The aim of the current study was…
Source: Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Despite Neospora caninum being a major cause of bovine abortion worldwide, its pathogenesis is not completely understood. Neospora infection stimulates host cell-mediated immune responses, which may be responsible for the placental damage leading to abortion. The aim of the current study was…
Source: Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Despite Neospora caninum being a major cause of bovine abortion worldwide, its pathogenesis is not completely understood. Neospora infection stimulates host cell-mediated immune responses, which may be responsible for the placental damage leading to abortion. The aim of the current study was…
Source: Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Despite Neospora caninum being a major cause of bovine abortion worldwide, its pathogenesis is not completely understood. Neospora infection stimulates host cell-mediated immune responses, which may be responsible for the placental damage leading to abortion. The aim of the current study was…
Source: Phenotypic characterisation of the cellular immune infiltrate in placentas of cattle following experimental inoculation with Neospora caninum in late gestation

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies receives patent for Parkinson’s disease monitoring technology

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies announced today they have received allowance of claims from the U.S. Patent Office for an application covering their system and method of stimulating the brain during sleep to treat movement disorder symptoms. The claims cover a system and method including a…
Source: Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies receives patent for Parkinson’s disease monitoring technology

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies receives patent for Parkinson’s disease monitoring technology

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies announced today they have received allowance of claims from the U.S. Patent Office for an application covering their system and method of stimulating the brain during sleep to treat movement disorder symptoms. The claims cover a system and method including a…
Source: Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies receives patent for Parkinson’s disease monitoring technology

LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – In response to?enquiries from?the?media about the current land compensation system?for resumption of?private land?in the New Territories,?a?spokesman?for the Lands?Department made the following remarks today (July 22):In handling land compensation matters upon resumption…
Source: LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – In response to?enquiries from?the?media about the current land compensation system?for resumption of?private land?in the New Territories,?a?spokesman?for the Lands?Department made the following remarks today (July 22):In handling land compensation matters upon resumption…
Source: LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – In response to?enquiries from?the?media about the current land compensation system?for resumption of?private land?in the New Territories,?a?spokesman?for the Lands?Department made the following remarks today (July 22):In handling land compensation matters upon resumption…
Source: LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – In response to?enquiries from?the?media about the current land compensation system?for resumption of?private land?in the New Territories,?a?spokesman?for the Lands?Department made the following remarks today (July 22):In handling land compensation matters upon resumption…
Source: LandsD responds to media enquiries on compensation system for resumption of private land in New Territories

Study calls for more small and compassionate leadership teams to meet NHS challenges

The findings of a three-year study of the National Health Service supports the Francis Report in calling for more small and compassionate leadership teams of doctors, nurses and managers to meet the huge challenges the NHS faces.
A study of healthcare networks across the NHS found that…
Source: Study calls for more small and compassionate leadership teams to meet NHS challenges

Study calls for more small and compassionate leadership teams to meet NHS challenges

The findings of a three-year study of the National Health Service supports the Francis Report in calling for more small and compassionate leadership teams of doctors, nurses and managers to meet the huge challenges the NHS faces.
A study of healthcare networks across the NHS found that…
Source: Study calls for more small and compassionate leadership teams to meet NHS challenges

Socioeconomic disparities linked to use of eye care

(HealthDay)—People with age-related eye disease such as cataracts or glaucoma are less likely to see an eye care provider if they are in a low socioeconomic position, according to research published online July 18 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Source: Socioeconomic disparities linked to use of eye care

Study finds that TAML activators don’t interfere with development of zebrafish embryos

A family of molecules developed at Carnegie Mellon University to break down pollutants in water is one step closer to commercial use. Study results published online in the journal Green Chemistry show that the molecules, which are aimed at removing…
Source: Study finds that TAML activators don’t interfere with development of zebrafish embryos

Well: Omega-3s May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have many health benefits. But they may have risks as well, including an increased risk for prostate cancer.
In a nine-year prospective study, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle took annual blood samples from 834 men diagnosed with…
Well: Omega-3s May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk