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Malaria parasites in 25% of donor blood in Africa

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:59:33 GMT

Almost one in four blood bank supplies in certain regions of Africa may have malaria parasites in them, a new study suggests.


Aging gracefully: Preventing falls

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:06:59 GMT

Falls, for older people, are serious. They can significantly impair mobility and independence. They may lead to hospitalization and subsequent placement in a long-term care facility or nursing home. And as you get older, recovery is slower.


How dad's health can impact the baby, too

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:30:54 GMT

The diet and lifestyle of both parents before conceiving a child can play a crucial role in the health of their baby, and a series of three new papers shed light on how.


Marijuana-derived drug for epilepsy gets FDA committee recommendation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:46:02 GMT

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of an epilepsy drug that would be the first plant-derived cannabidiol medicine for prescription use in the United States.


Treatment combo nearly doubles lung cancer survival time

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:35:20 GMT

Combining an immunotherapy drug with chemotherapy nearly doubled the survival time of some lung cancer patients compared to patients treated with chemotherapy alone, new research published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine showed.


Drug overdoses tied to 24-fold rise in organ transplants

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:12:49 GMT

As the opioid epidemic has skyrocketed in the United States, a rise in the number of drug overdose deaths has contributed to a rise in organ transplants, made possible by overdose-death donors, across the country.


Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish after 72 hours

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:48:52 GMT

Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span (maybe that's why they call it "dope"?). But new research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic users.


Flesh-eating ulcer spreading in Australia

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:19:50 GMT

Scientists in Australia have voiced concern about an apparent outbreak of Buruli ulcer, a flesh-eating disease that usually occurs in West and central Africa.


Gene therapy for blood disorder offers 'hope' in new study

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:57:07 GMT

An experimental gene therapy for blood disorders was shown to be safe and effective in helping beta thalassemia patients avoid blood transfusions in a new study. However, more research is needed, and if approved for use, it could come with high costs.


What the Starbucks incident tells us about implicit bias

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:23:59 GMT

Could implicit bias training prevent an incident like the one at a Philadelphia Starbucks in which two black men were arrested after asking to use the restroom?


A lot of people wore their oxygen masks wrong during the Southwest emergency landing

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:15:11 GMT

Should you ever find yourself flying in a crippled airliner with an open window at 30,000 feet, knowing how to operate your oxygen mask could be vital.


Participating in the #NationalSchoolWalkout? Robert DeNiro has your excuse lettter

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:18:44 GMT

The actor wrote a serious, moving letter providing "permission" to students to walk out in protest of gun violence


'Chore-play'? When couples share the dishes, they're happier

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:26 GMT

It's Friday night, you've just enjoyed a nice meal at home with your significant other, and they're giving you signs that they want to move things to the bedroom -- but one glance at the kitchen sink dampens any desire you might have felt. It's stacked full of dirty dishes. One of you will be stuck cleaning them sooner or later on.


16 states affected by E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:27:05 GMT

The number of people hospitalized due to a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce continues to grow, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.


New viruses, superbugs found in study of New York house mice

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:50:34 GMT

House mice don't carry door keys, but they can freely enter any residence in New York City, from low-rent studios to penthouse suites.


Study: Maternal death rate in Texas was inflated

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:51:48 GMT

Pregnancy-related deaths in Texas doubled in two years, a 2016 study showed. A new study refutes that data, blaming the discrepancy on human error.


Their DNA helps them dive deep on one breath, study says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:39:07 GMT

The free-diving Bajau people of Southeast Asia, or "sea nomads," can hold their breath for minutes at a time -- thanks to genetics and their unusually large spleens, a study suggests.


The new tech revolutionizing the global fight against ancient diseases

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:09:09 GMT

On the second floor of an infectious-disease research facility in this African capital, Dr. Joseph Kamgno, the country's leading expert on parasitic roundworms, stood at his desk staring down at the black hard-shelled case that had just arrived from a bioengineering lab at the University of California-Berkeley.


Months after Maria, Puerto Rican patients travel 12 hours for dialysis

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:23 GMT

Hurricane Maria totaled Vieques' hospital, which housed the island's only dialysis clinic. That set off an ongoing crisis for patients for whom the thrice-weekly round trip to a dialysis center on the main island takes at least 12 hours.


One concussion could increase risk of Parkinson's disease, study says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:17:37 GMT

A diagnosis of traumatic brain injury -- whether mild, moderate or severe -- is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease as well as a two years younger age at diagnosis, new research in veterans says.


Every man's nightmare: The serious case of the 'Broken Bananah'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:14:10 GMT

What may be every man's worst medical nightmare happened to 32-year-old Ross Asdourian.


Night owls have 10% higher mortality risk, study says

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:58:24 GMT

If the early bird catches the worm, what is the night owl more likely to catch? According to a new study, it's diabetes, psychological problems and an increased risk of dying.


He needed a kidney. A classmate from 50 years ago that he barely knew answered the call

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:26:41 GMT

Charlie Ball and Kenneth Walker went to school together more than 50 years ago and now live on opposite coasts. But despite the time and distance between them, the two are now sharing more than high school memories.


Skull surgery was performed on this Stone Age cow, study says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:30:37 GMT

Humans have been performing cranial surgery and drilling holes in other people's skulls for a long time. The oldest example of this procedure, called trepanation, dates to 7,300 B.C., according to findings from a site at the village of Vasilyevka in Azerbaijan. That means cranial surgery was happening as long ago as the Mesolithic period.


Man's second face transplant is a world first

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:13:34 GMT

A man in Paris with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis has become the world's first to successfully receive two facial transplants. He is now debuting his third face.


More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:08:32 GMT

More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.


Is sushi healthy?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:46:29 GMT

Whether you eat sushi from a Japanese restaurant or from a local supermarket, there's no arguing that it's become a mainstream meal -- and that's good news.


Barbara Bush had a passion for literacy. Here's how to honor her legacy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:35:31 GMT

One of Barbara Bush's enduring legacies is her commitment to books and reading.


Baboons break out of a research center

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:14:11 GMT

Four baboons, having clearly read too much dystopian fiction, escaped a biomedical research lab in San Antonio by climbing a 55-gallon barrel and jumping out of their enclosure.


Even one drink a day could be shortening your life expectancy

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:29:27 GMT

Drinking one alcoholic drink on a daily basis could shorten your life expectancy, a new study suggests.