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Students go pink to fight breast cancer
DUBLIN — Students at Dublin Primary School have made it their mission to snuff out breast cancer. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the students have been purchasing pink items such as bracelets, T-shirts and caps to raise money for Relay for ...

Man with thought-controlled bionic leg
Zac Vawter, fitted with an experimental bionic leg, looks down from the ledge on the Willis Tower in Chicago, where he'll try to climb 103 flights using the new prosthesis. Photo: Brian Kersey, Associated Press / SF. Zac Vawter, fitted with an experimental bionic ...

The Brain Controls Our Ability To Stop Habits
Habits are controlled by our brains, and recently, a region has been identified by MIT researchers which provides insight into how the brain can shift between new habits and old ones. People act on habits automatically because the habits are deep inside our ...

Use your brains
Use your brains. The Hollywood Women for Obama Club wants me to vote with my “lady parts.” I prefer to vote with my brain. My brain knows that President Barack Obama did not tell the truth during the David Letterman Show last week when he declared ...

Multiple sclerosis: New drug 'most effective'
A new drug is the "most effective" treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, say UK researchers. During MS the body's immune system turns on its own nerves causing debilitating muscle problems. Researchers at the University of Cambridge say a ...

Biomarker Of Tamoxifen Resistance In Breast Cancer Identified
New research led by the University of Manchester in the UK has found a biomarker or molecular "flag" in women with breast cancer who do not repond, or who have become resistant, to treatment with the hormone drug tamoxifen. The researchers say their ...

Insight: Crunching the numbers to boost odds against cancer
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Software engineers are moving to the fore in the war on cancer, designing programmes that sift genetic sequencing data at lightning speed and minimal cost to identify patterns in tumors that could lead to the next medical ...

Raw: Evacuation at Bellevue Hospital in NYC
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 500 patients were being evacuated from Bellevue Hospital because of storm damage. The hospital has run on generators since the storm. Raw: Evacuation at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Click. recommend this article ...

FDA tries to curb shortages after new drug recall
BOSTON — Ameridose, a sister company of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 28 people, yesterday announced a voluntary recall of all of its products, a move to cooperate with regulators that could create shortages of ...

Why I Don't Want to Know My Genome Sequence
Famous folk have been writing about their genome sequences for a few years now. But when I received two such reports at once last week – about genetics researcher Ron Crystal, MD, and a hypothetical (I think) story about President Obama, I knew it was ...

Brain can shut off old habits?
The brain can shut our old habits when required, says a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A small region of the brain's prefrontal cortex, where most thought and planning occurs, is responsible for control of which habits are ...

Stereotactic Radiation May Help in Early Lung Cancer
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Antidepressant risks during pregnancy lead to tough treatment decisions
By Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff. Women taking antidepressants to manage chronic depression face a difficult decision when they become pregnant: Should they stay on the medications to keep from relapsing into depression, or should they stop taking the drugs ...

High-protein diet may help some people shed pounds
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dieters who eat meals and snacks high in protein might lose a bit more weight than those who get less protein and more carbohydrates - all other things being equal, a new analysis of past studies suggests. Researchers found ...

Breast Cancer 5K Walk brings survivors together in Ridgefield Park
Thousands of local breast cancer survivors and their loved ones, together with volunteers, businesses and community members, came together "in a noncompetitive, inspirational walk that raises awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and provide hope to ...

MS Patients Helped by Cancer Drug
A drug, which was initially developed to help with some cancer types, now appears to aid people with multiple sclerosis, says a new study. The drug, known as alemtuzumab, proved to be effective in patient trials for reducing MS relapses, an important feature ...

Redheads' increased melanoma risk may be in their genes, not sun exposure
Pity those poor redheads. The very gene that gives them their fiery auburn tresses -- and Lindsay-Lohan-like tempers if you buy into the stereotype -- also predisposes them to an increased melanoma risk that has little to do with getting sunburned, ...

Get your home tested for radon, Health Canada urges
TORONTO -- Health Canada is urging Canadians to test their homes for radon, a leading cause of lung cancer. After smoking, exposure to radon is the second leading cause of the often deadly disease. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the ...

Colorado boy dies after living 3 years without a brain because of birth defect
PUEBLO, Colo. – A Colorado boy who survived three years without a brain has died. Nickolas Coke, of Pueblo, surprised doctors after he was born with only a brain stem. Most babies with that condition are stillborn or die shortly after birth. According to ...

Mass. pharmacy board approves tougher rules for compounding pharmacies
By Kay Lazar, Globe Staff. The Patrick administration Thursday unveiled new emergency regulations to more tightly oversee compounding pharamacies like the Framingham facility linked to the national fungal meningitis outbreak. The new rules, approved by ...

Melanoma Risk May Be Genetic for Redheads
Genetic research is putting a new complexion on melanoma risk. It has long been known that people with red hair, fair skin, freckles, and an inability to tan are at the highest risk for melanoma. But a new mouse study published in the journal Nature suggests ...

Health Platforms: Obama Focuses on ACA
WASHINGTON -- Despite its passage a little more than a year into President Obama's first term, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) won't fully be in place until well into a potential second term. That's why the ACA has been such a central focus of the president's ...

Show Us Your Pink Pride in Falmouth
Don't forget to print out the image of the attached Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon to show your support! Post it in the window of your home or on a community bulletin board in town. context. Pdfs (1) ...

Massachusetts tightens rules for compounding pharmacies
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts adopted new regulations on Thursday that it said will allow it to keep a closer eye on compounding pharmacies, a class of drug supplier linked to the U.S. meningitis outbreak that has so far killed 29 people. The state ...

Health Canada urges testing homes for radon, 2nd leading cause of lung cancer
TORONTO - You can't see it and you can't smell it. But radon in your home, seeping up through the foundation, could be a serious risk to your health. But it's a risk that can be mitigated. And Health Canada wants homeowners to measure the radon in their ...

Genetic link to melanoma found in redheads, Nature study suggests
Sun exposure is not the only major risk factor for the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. There may also be a genetic component linked to people with red hair and fair skin, a major study in Nature magazine suggests. You don't need to tell that soccer writer ...

Ferrell's 'Stache for Movember?
Could Will Ferrell be growing a mustache for No Shave November/Movember? Nov. 1 marks the start of the annual movement in which men let their facial hair flourish to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Ferrell could be leading the charge, but it's also ...

NH hospital in hepatitis C case must give records
By By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press – 1 minute ago. CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge says a hospital tied to a hepatitis C outbreak must grant public health officials broad access to patient records. Exeter Hospital wanted to block access ...

Just an hour and half of exercise a week can keep dementia away - and ...
Just an hour and half of exercise a week can keep dementia away - and ...

Nine more cases of meningitis reported in outbreak
(Reuters) - Nine more cases of deadly fungal meningitis were reported from an outbreak tied to steroid medications shipped by a Massachusetts company, bringing the national total to 377 cases, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. No new deaths were ...

Exercise Prevents Dementia in Some Seniors
Physical activity was associated with less progression to cognitive impairment or vascular dementia among older patients who were living independently but who had white matter changes on MRI at baseline, a study found. Note that the study was not an ...

UK cost agency backs melanoma drugs after price cuts
LONDON (Reuters) - Two new drugs for skin cancer have been recommended for use on Britain's state-run health service after the rival manufacturers - Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb - agreed to cut their prices. The move underscores the growing pressure ...

Disaster planning failed to keep power on for 2 of NYC's busiest hospitals
NEW YORK -- There are few places in the U.S. where hospitals have put as much thought and money into disaster planning as New York. And yet two of the city's busiest, most important medical centers failed a fundamental test of readiness during ...

Staten Island soccer teams do their part for breast cancer
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Monsignor Farrell High School soccer team gave its coach Eddie Hynes a nice 48th birthday gift Oct. 20 when it defeated visiting St. Peter's 5-0. That, however, was just a secondary story to the fact that the two teams were playing ...

Sandy Strains Hospital Care
Starting even before the storm hit, hospitals have been taking on patients from a half-dozen facilities, including NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital and Coney Island Hospital. "There is no such thing as a private room at this moment," said Harris ...

Stem cell op may 'restore sperm'
Boys left infertile by childhood cancer treatment may one day be able to produce healthy sperm by using stored stem cells, monkey research suggests. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can kill tumours and the cells which make sperm. A study, published in the ...

Enduring the Storm for Homebound Patients
As two burners on his stove provided warmth on Thursday, Suzanne Gilleran, 47, carefully cut the gauze around Mr. Oberlin's leg. “How's your pain today?” she asked. “Did you take anything?” As parts of the city edged toward some semblance of normal on ...

The dangers of overindulging in caffeine
Last week, a young girl named Wendy Crossland died of a heart arrhythmia after drinking two large cans of Monster in 36 hours. Her family filed a suit against the makers of Monster Energy for not clearly labeling the product with the associated risks. Lawyers ...

Vertex, GSK partner for Phase 2 all-oral hepatitis C study
Vertex Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have signed a non-exclusive agreement for Phase 2 all-oral hepatitis C study of VX-135 and GSK2336805. The companies will jointly fund the study that is expected to begin in 2013. Phase 2 ...

Boy dies after three years without brain
A boy who survived three years without a brain has died. Nickolas Coke, of Colorado, was born with only a brain stem, a condition known as anencephaly. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says most babies born with anencephaly live only a ...

The Affordable Care Act: Are you affected? Are you ready?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a number of new obligations on employers. The sweeping obligations of the ACA — as refined by the guidance and regulations which have been, and will be, promulgated by the Internal ...

China to cut prison organ-harvesting programs
China plans to implement a new national donation system which will allow the government to phase out next year the practice of removing organs from executed prisoners to be used in transplant operations. China's health ministry said yesterday that a new ...

Closing Arguments II: Obama Health
Let's start with the proposition that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, ObamaCare) is far from perfect. So were the 1935 Social Security Act and 1965 Medicare and Medicaid Act. Given the chance, the ACA will be revisited repeatedly to be improved, fixed, ...

Scientists: Genes, not sun, behind redheads' increased melanoma risk
Redheads have long been known to be at a higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, because their fair and sometimes freckly skin provides less natural protection against UV radiation from the sun - or so doctors had thought. New research ...

Can Technology 'Cure' Healthcare's Future?
Aneesh Chopra, senior adviser of health-care technology strategy at the Advisory Board Co., envisions a scenario where once a doctor has all necessary patient data, she could begin to look at how to best engage the patient in newer ways to improve his ...

Wegmans recalls five products in three days
Wegmans has recalled five separate products in four days because of potential health risks. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the popular grocer, which opened a store in Columbia in June, recalled three gluten-free baking mixes because the products may have ...

Stem Cell Therapy Reversed Chemo-Linked Infertility in Male Monkeys
FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- It might be possible one day to restore male fertility after cancer chemotherapy, new research with monkeys suggests. Some cancer drugs are designed to destroy rapidly dividing cells, but can't tell the difference between ...

Eating Meat May Raise Breast Cancer Risk in Whites: Study
By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter. FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Investigators have found preliminary evidence that eating red meat and poultry seems to boost the risk of breast cancer in white women -- but not black women. "Most breast cancer ...

The nearer the bar, the greater the chances of risky drinking
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Does living near a bar encourage people to overindulge, or do heavy drinkers move to neighborhoods with easy access to alcohol? A new study suggests it may be the former for some people. Researchers in Finland found that ...

Why Aren't Energy Drinks Required to List Caffeine Levels?
Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, ...

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