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DNA blood test is accurate for detecting Down syndrome
2 Apr 2015 at 12:19am
A blood test for pregnant mothers that detects an unborn child's DNA is better than standard tests at detecting Down syndrome, and returns fewer false positives, US researchers said Wednesday. The cell-free DNA blood test, which finds small amounts of floating DNA from the fetus in the mother's blood sample, can be given to a woman when she is between 10 and 14 weeks pregnant. Researchers studied nearly 16,000 women, and found that the cell-free DNA blood test correctly identified all 38 fetuses with Down syndrome in the group, said the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Prosecutors seek congressional probe of supplement industry
1 Apr 2015 at 11:05pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? A group of 14 attorneys general has asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.
Texas bill would bar gun ownership status in medical record
1 Apr 2015 at 10:45pm
DALLAS (AP) ? Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would keep a person's gun ownership status from being listed in their medical records, a move health providers worry would be an unnecessary government intrusion that harms their consultations with patients.
Packed with health benefits, coffee gains ground with experts
1 Apr 2015 at 8:57pm
Long viewed as a controversial dark substance, coffee is gaining ground among medical experts who say it can protect against heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes, even if it is decaffeinated. Multiple studies published worldwide in recent years have concluded that coffee can be good for the health. "We looked at all the science," said Miriam Nelson, a professor in the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and a member of the committee that wrote the guidelines. "We have found no negative, adverse effects on health when you drink up to three to five cups a day," she told AFP.
Questions persist about sexual effects of baldness drug
1 Apr 2015 at 5:29pm
A review of 34 clinical trials on a popular drug to treat hair loss in men found that none of the studies adequately reported on sexual side effects, researchers said. The findings raise serious questions about whether the drug -- known as finasteride and marketed as Propecia and Proscar, among other names -- is safe, said the report by scientists at Northwestern University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology on Wednesday. The drug, approved in 1992, works by interfering with testosterone, and the pharmaceutical giant Merck lists decreased sex drive, impotence and problems with ejaculation among its common side effects.
Children's Health for Corporate Profits- A Fair Compromise?
1 Apr 2015 at 4:55pm
A "chemical safety" bill is rapidly moving through the U.S. Senate. Writing in Bloomberg, Paul Barrett decries the "hyperbole" of those of us who are calling for stronger health and environmental protections than the industry-backed bill delivers. Barrett notes that many agree that our current chemical law is broken, but who could have believed...
Last Cuban Ebola medics leave S.Leone, new clampdown for Easter
1 Apr 2015 at 4:35pm
The last remaining Cuban medics sent to Sierra Leone in October last year to help in the fight against Ebola left the country on Wednesday, as the number of infections there is falling. The 66 remaining Cuban medics who answered a call from the World Health Organization to come to Sierra Leone as Ebola raged six months ago left on Wednesday, saying they believed the country was well on the way to defeating the virus. The head of the Cuban delegation, Doctor Jorge Delgado Butillo, told AFP by telephone his staff had "helped to save the life of a great number of people infected with Ebola". Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said during the three-day nationwide clampdown, 263 sick people were evacuated from their homes of which 10 were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.
Ebola vaccine tests show it could 'neutralise' virus: Geneva hospital
1 Apr 2015 at 2:57pm
An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in Europe and Africa sparks the production of the antibodies needed to neutralise the deadly virus, a Geneva hospital said Wednesday. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, and the World Health Organization last year endorsed rushing potential ones through trials in a bid to stem the epidemic still simmering in west Africa. Initial clinical trials of the VSV-ZEBOV candidate vaccine, manufactured by the Public Health Agency of Canada and developed by Merck, show that it "triggers the production of antibodies capable of neutralising the Ebola virus," the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) said in a statement.
Too much iced tea caused Arkansas man's kidney problems
1 Apr 2015 at 2:26pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause ? his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.
The Importance of Community
1 Apr 2015 at 2:25pm
Throughout high school, college and after college, many of us are on a mission to have the highest number of friends possible. For some reason, we think it's quantity over quality. We're certain that we'll be cooler, happier and more popular based on a higher number - especially when social media comes into play. 'How many Facebook friends do...
10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown
1 Apr 2015 at 12:20pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.
10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep
1 Apr 2015 at 11:32am
By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media editorParents know firsthand the impact a poor night's sleep has on kids. Lack of sleep can contribute to crankiness, problems with attention and learning, behavioral issues and even health problems such as obesity. Though the reasons for poor sleep vary, many parents worry that media and technology...
"New wave" of GMOs: pink pineapples, purple tomatoes
1 Apr 2015 at 11:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? With recent government approval of potatoes that don't bruise and apples that don't brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves.
LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated
1 Apr 2015 at 9:11am
I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever. After a careful analysis of the latest federal LGBTQ surveillance data, I'm extremely pleased to announce that the unthinkable has indeed occurred: LGBTQ health disparities have been...
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
1 Apr 2015 at 9:09am
We all know that this winter has been pretty rough with the seemingly endless blizzards, ice storms and sub-zero weather. But March marks the beginning of spring -- the season of change. Mother Nature runs her course, thawing life out of the winter cold and breathing new life into spring. People seem to reflect that same change this time of...