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X Prize finalist could make 'Star Trek' tricorder a reality
The FDA has been advising the teams as they develop health gadgets — in case they apply for FDA approval to sell the devices. By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience. Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 03:21 PM. 0Facebook 0Twitter 0Pinterest 0Google+. 0. An artist's illustration ...

Polyp Removal Doesn't Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who've had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests. Many of these ...

Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize narrows to 10 finalists
Like the Tricorder used in Star Trek to monitor health and diagnose conditions wirelessly, the X Prize aims to find a device that does the same. All the research in this area is part of the reason affordable health tracking is appearing in gadgets like heart rate ...

Researchers Trying Different Approach to Prevent Falls among Elderly
To prevent falls in older adults, researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago are trying an entirely different approach. Their approach is based on initial results with a lab-built walkway that causes people to trip suddenly, as if they are stepping on a ...

Tomatoes can lower risk of prostate cancer
Are you a man who enjoys a salad or maybe a plate of pasta with marinara sauce? Then you might be reducing your likelihood of getting cancer. Men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes per week have an 18 percent lower risk of getting prostate cancer, ...

MERS virus has low human-to-human communication: Study
A new study has found that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus can cause mild case of MERS disease, but its overall rate of transmission is low. The researchers carried study on some Saudi Arabian patients in order to find out the transmission ...

Officials announce Ebola vaccine trial launch
U.S. health officials announced that the first human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine will start next week, and that trials of other vaccines will follow close on its heels. The vaccine trial will involve 20 healthy volunteers at the campus of the National ...

Clever Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy For More Food [UPDATE]
When Ai Hin the panda started showing signs of pregnancy earlier this year, the world got pretty darn excited. Giant pandas are endangered creatures, after all, and they also happen to be notorious for their reluctance to breed in captivity. Even the panda's ...

Rivers doctor dies of Ebola
THE enormity of the Ebola outbreak now pervades Port Harcourt following the death of a medical doctor, Ike Sam Enemuo, who allegedly contacted the virus from an Ebola patient he allegedly secretly treated. The reported death of Mr. Enemuo due to Ebola ...

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20000
Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General, speaks to the media during a press conference about the WHO briefing on the Ebola roadmap. It outlines all actions that need to be taken by affected countries and partners to bring an end to the largest and ...

Human trial of experimental Ebola vaccine to start next week
(CNN) -- A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin next week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly outbreak in West Africa. After an expedited review by the U.S. Food and Drug ...

Study questions colonoscopy surveillance guidelines
For patients who have had precancerous polyps removed, colonoscopy surveillance guidelines may differ depending on the type, according to Counsel & Heal. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers tracked 40,826 ...

Depression in cancer patients 'not treated effectively enough'
Depression in cancer patients \'not treated effectively enough\' Not enough is being done to treat cancer patients with depression, according to a new UK study. The research from the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh has revealed that around ...

NIH to launch Ebola vaccine trials in humans
The National Institutes of Health has announced the first clinical trial of a vaccine to protect healthy people from infection by the Ebola virus, which is responsible for an estimated 1,550 deaths throughout West Africa. NIH director Francis Collins on Thursday ...

Where Did Ebola Come From? Likely One Person, Gene Study Finds
The Ebola virus outbreak that's ravaging West Africa probably started with a single infected person, a new genetic analysis shows. This West African variant can be traced genetically to a single introduction, perhaps a person infected by a bat, researchers ...

Your Family's Germs May Move With You
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your family carries its own unique population of bacteria that accompany you when you move to a new home, a new study finds. Over the course of six weeks, seven families -- with a total of 18 people, three ...

Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people's memories, for up to a day. In a small study of healthy young adults, ...

U.S. Infant Vaccination Rates High, But Not All Babies Getting Shots On Time
ATLANTA, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. infant vaccination rates for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella increased or remained stable at high levels in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Immunization rates exceeded ...

Health officials: fatal heroin overdoses doubled in NYC between 2010 and 2013
Add comment. Health officials: fatal heroin overdoses doubled in NYC between 2010 and 2013. August 28, 2014 5:19 PM By KEVIN DEUTSCH [email protected] Travel deals. Heroin overdose deaths doubled over the past three years in New ...

Now, you can turn bad memories into good ones
WASHINGTON: At one end, there is the "memories are forever" school that finds it hard to forget things. At the other is the person who said "Not only is my short-term memory horrible but so is my shortterm memory". Between these two extremes is the ideal of ...

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water Supply
An amoeba known to feast on human brains has been discovered in the water supply that serves a community of about 12,500 in Louisiana, prompting state officials to take immediate action to flush the system. No illnesses or deaths have been linked to the ...

US Startups Get Go Ahead For Smartphone-Based Heart Tracking
San Francisco: For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. This week, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile ...

Adult film industry shuts down AGAIN after another porn performer tests positive ...
Adult film industry shuts down AGAIN after another porn performer tests positive ...

Vaccine for babies is highly available in most US state
1 According to a federal health official, American babies doesn't have to worry about serious illness especially if there is a vaccine that will protect them because all type of vaccines are available in the US and most states. At least 90% of American babies get ...

Rate of drug OD deaths in city has jumped by 41% in four years, Health Dept ...
Rate of drug OD deaths in city has jumped by 41% in four years, Health Dept ...

Ebola vaccine to be tested on patients enrolled by U.S. scientists
As Ebola spreads across West Africa, U.S. scientists will enroll patients as soon as next week in clinical safety trials of an experimental vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline Plc will conduct trials on healthy people in the United States to find out if immunity to the virus can ...

New Ebola numbers show disease has killed half of those it has infected
The latest numbers show that the Ebola virus has killed 1,552 out of 3,069 known patients, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The deadly disease "continues to accelerate," the organization said. It could eventually hit 20,000 cases — more than six ...

UPDATE 1-Takeda, Lilly lose bid to overturn $9 bln award for hiding cancer risk
... * Takeda hopes for retrial or reduced verdict. * No connection between Actos and bladder cancer-study. * Takeda shares muted, up 0.4 pct (Adds Takeda comment, Actos study result, share price, other details). Aug 28 (Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co ...

Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), Takeda Lose Bid to Overturn $9B Actos Award
Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) and Takeda Pharma lost a bid to overturn a $9 billion punitive damage award linked to the two companies hiding cancer risks associated with the Actos diabetes drug. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty of the Western District of ...

Study finds we travel with our own germs
At left, undated handout image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a clump of Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria (green). At right, undated handout image provided by the Agriculture Department showing the ...

US porn industry shuts down filming
The U.S. porn industry has been put on hold amid rumours another actor has tested positive for HIV. An immediate and indefinite moratorium has been placed on all filming after the positive test. Diane Duke, CEO of the industry's trade body The Free Speech ...

Most US Babies Get Their Vaccines: CDC
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of American babies are getting the vaccines they need to protect them from serious illnesses, federal health officials said Thursday. More than 90 percent of children are getting the vaccines ...

Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients?
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much salt in the diet may worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina suggests. "Many environmental factors affect MS, such as vitamin D, smoking and Epstein Barr virus ...

US colleges screen some students for Ebola
Aug 21, 2014: Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, poses in an exam room in Urbana, Ill. (AP). BUFFALO, N.Y. – College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to ...

On The Rise: Over 420 Heroin Overdoses In New York
The New York City health department reported that the number of deaths related to heroin overdose has risen significantly over the last decade. Heroin Overdoses Rising In New York. Photo: Flickr. This particular drug issue came to light when actor Philip ...

Multiple Vaccines in the Works Against Ebola
U.S. government scientists will start testing an experimental vaccine against Ebola in people next week, starting out with 20 healthy adults. The same vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, will be tested in the ...

Nunnelee returning to Miss. for stroke recovery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee said Friday that he's returning to Mississippi to continue recovering from a stroke while he runs for re-election. The 55-year-old from Tupelo had a stroke while undergoing brain surgery June 9 in ...

Electric stimulation could enhance memory: New Study
Using magnetic pulses to stimulate a specific part of the brain can help improve memory, says a new study published in Science. To conduct the research, senior author Joel Voss, assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University ...

NY faces alarming rise in fatal heroin overdoses
The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according to data released by the city's health department this week. Heroin overdoses ...

​Electrical brain stimulation may boost memory
Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people's memories, for up to a day. In a small study of healthy young adults, researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) ...

More Data to Be Kept from Doc Payments Database
Public Health & Policy. More Data to Be Kept from Doc Payments Database. Published: Aug 29, 2014. By Charles Ornstein , ProPublica. save. |. A. A. Post Test Complete · Take Posttest. A new problem has emerged with the federal government's Open ...

Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief
NEW YORK – Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say. “At the end of life, we should feel comfortable providing whatever necessary to control pain,” said Joel ...

Hand Tremor App Could Determine Which Patients Are 'Faking It' For Drugs ...
Hand Tremor App Could Determine Which Patients Are 'Faking It' For Drugs ...

Experimental Ebola drug cured 100% of monkeys tested
In what scientists are calling a "monumental achievement," an experimental medication called ZMapp — given on a compassionate basis to a handful of Ebola victims in the current outbreak — cured 100% of monkeys treated in a Canadian study, researchers ...

Smartphone app helps diagnose newborns with jaundice in minutes
A team of researchers from the University of Washington have developed a new smartphone app that will help diagnose jaundice in newborns. Jaundice is a very common condition among newborns and occurs when the infant's liver is not fully matured, ...

African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. Breastfeeding provides ...

Ebola Outbreak: Life Inside the Hot Zone
The worst-ever Ebola outbreak continues to spread in West Africa, where more than 3,000 people have contracted the virus –- a number projected to swell to 20,000 in the coming months. Full Coverage of the Ebola Outbreak. The numbers are staggering: ...

Misleading trans-fat labels are a real problem
If you are trying to eat healthy, you may be angered to learn that you are being deceived by food manufacturers. Hundreds of packaged foods contain trans fat, despite Nutrition Facts labels reading "0 g trans fat." This unfortunate misrepresentation was ...

Is That A Real Patient Or A Junkie? Now There's An App For That
A middle aged, male, investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and tremor. At business lunches and then at home every evening, he was drinking too much so, worried about his health, he decided to ...

California marijuana market poised to explode
Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed. "There was ...

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