Category Archives: Health

15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months

Researchers evaluated motor skills and cognitive development, visual and hearing function, and brain images of children who had been exposed to the Zika virus du

New mouse model may speed identification of promising muscular dystrophy therapies

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has created a new mouse model of a common form of muscular dystrophy with the potential of rapidly distingui

Higher risk of heart attack on Christmas Eve

The risk of heart attack peaks at around 10pm on Christmas Eve, particularly for older and sicker people, most likely due to heightened emotional stress, finds a

An integrated approach to finding new treatments for breast cancer

Unraveling the complexity of cancer biology can lead to the identification new molecules involved in breast cancer and prompt new avenues for drug developmen

High-dose antipsychotics place children at increased risk of unexpected death

Children and young adults without psychosis who are prescribed high-dose antipsychotic medications are at increased risk of unexpected death, despite the availab

New genetic study could lead to better treatment of severe asthma

The largest-ever genetic study of people with moderate-to-severe asthma has revealed new insights into the underlying causes of the disease which could help impr

Paternal grandfather’s high access to food may indicate higher mortality risk in grandsons

A paternal grandfather’s access to food during his childhood is associated with mortality risk, especially cancer mortality, in his grandson, shows a l

Lethal combination: Drug cocktail turns off the juice to cancer cells

A widely used diabetes medication combined with an antihypertensive drug specifically inhibits tumor growth—this was discovered by researchers from the Universit

Increased motor activity linked to improved mood

Increasing one’s level of physical activity may be an effective way to boost one’s mood, according to a new study from a team including scientists at

How bullying affects the brain

New research from King’s College London identifies a possible mechanism that shows how bullying may influence the structure of the adolescent brain, sugges

Gut hormone increases response to food

The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food are hard to resist. One factor in this hunger response is a horm

Combining three treatment strategies may significantly improve melanoma treatment

A study by a team led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence that combining three advanced treatment strategies for malignant mela

Length of eye blinks might act as conversational cue

Blinking may feel like an unconscious activity, but new research by Paul Hömke and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, suggests that hu

Stem cell researchers develop promising technique to generate new muscle cells in lab

To help patients with muscle disorders, scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have engineered a n

New data on disease prevention and the utilization of medical services by children and adolescents in Germany

Has tooth brushing frequency improved among children and adolescents? At what age is occupational therapy most commonly used? How many girls have been vaccinated against Human papi

New study shows premature babies’ developing brains benefit from caffeine therapy

For many, starting the day off with caffeine from a cup of coffee is a must. In neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs, premature babies bor

People who live in countryside are less likely to survive cancer

It is easy to romanticise about escaping to the country, with its clean air, green space, and idyllic views. But our latest research, a review of 39 studies

Researchers propose guidelines for the therapeutic use of melatonin

Sixty years after melatonin was isolated and with more than 23,000 published studies showing the many functions of this hormone secreted by t