Category Archives: Health

Can (and should) a doctor tell my biological relative my genetic results without my consent?

A woman recently sued a London hospital for doctors not disclosing that her father had the genetic mutation that causes Huntington disease – a neurodegenerat

Loss of tight junction protein promotes development of precancerous cells

Tight junctions are multi-protein complexes that serve as barriers in epithelial tissues such as the skin or lining of the gut. Loss of a spe

Driving with dementia—New guidance for doctors

New guidance on when people living with dementia should stop driving has been published to support doctors and other health care professionals. ‘Drivin

Blood test could lead to cystic fibrosis treatment tailored to each patient

Researchers at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and colleagues, used a blood test and microarray

New research suggests how parents protect children from the long-term effects of stress

When young children experience violence or poverty, the effect can last well into adulthood. But new research from the Emory School of Medicine suggests that a s

Probiotics could help millions of patients suffering from bipolar disorder

About 3 million people in the US are diagnosed every year with bipolar disorder, a psychiatric condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood from depression

Ritalin drives greater connection between brain areas key to memory, attention

There’s a reason so many children are prescribed methylphenidate, better known by the trade name Ritalin: it helps kids quell attention and hyperactivity p

Inability to perform basic activities delays mental health patients’ discharge

Mental health patients who have difficulty performing daily living tasks are four times more likely to experience discharge delays than someone who can perform those tasks independ

Changing the legal drink-driving limit alone does not improve road traffic accident outcomes

Researchers say that changing the legal drink-driving limit without enhancing enforcement and sufficiently publicising the change does not reduce road traffic accidents. Reducing t

US Congress legalizes industrial hemp cultivation

The US Congress on Wednesday approved the legalization of large-scale hemp cultivation and its removal from a list of controlled substances. “This is t

Vaccine could help address the opioid epidemic

Synthetic psychoactive drugs have become a serious public health threat in recent years. This is particularly true of the fentanyls, a large family of synthetic

Researchers watch the knee degenerate and understand how osteoarthritis may begin

For hockey great Bobby Orr, a torn knee ligament ended his career at age 30. Orr had more than 17 knee operations, at one point having his meniscus removed—t

Age is the biggest risk for heart disease, but lifestyle and meds have impact

Of all the risk factors for heart disease, age is the strongest predictor of potential trouble. While no one can stop the march of time, making healthy lifestyle

New insight into stem cell behaviour highlights therapeutic target for cancer treatment

Research led by the University of Plymouth and Technische Universität Dresden has identified a new therapeutic target for cancer treatment and tissue regeneratio

Taking the virus out of a mosquito’s bite

They approach with the telltale sign—a high-pitched whine. It’s a warning that you are a mosquito’s next meal. But that mosquito might carry a vi

Study highlights potential benefits of continuous EEG monitoring for infant patients

A recent retrospective study evaluating continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) of children in intensive care units (ICUs) found a higher than anticipated numbe

Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills

Anticipation is often viewed as an emotional experience, an eager wait for something to happen. Inside the brain, the act of anticipating is an exercise in f

Your weight history may predict your heart failure risk

In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patie