Category: Disease and Conditions

Autism breakthrough

Public Release: 17-Dec-2015   For first time, neurotransmitter in the brain linked with autistic behavior Harvard University In a discovery that could offer valuable new insights into understanding, diagnosing and even treating autism, Harvard scientists for the first time have linked a specific neurotransmitter in the brain with […]

Virus in cattle linked to human breast cancer

Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 University of California – Berkeley BERKELEY — A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers establishes for the first time a link between infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. In the study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE […]

Ants self-medicate

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015 University of Helsinki We humans have been using self-medication to cure the illnesses since the dawn of our species. There is some evidence that also other animals can exhibit this type of behavior, but the evidence has been hard to come by. Scientists from the […]

Prostate cancer is 5 different diseases

Public Release: 29-Jul-2015 Cancer Research UK Cancer Research UK scientists have for the first time identified that there are five distinct types of prostate cancer and found a way to distinguish between them, according to a landmark study* published today in EBioMedicine. The findings could have important implications […]

Infections can affect your IQ by over 9 points

Public Release: 21-May-2015 New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale; the study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation between infection levels and impaired cognition Aarhus University New research shows that infections can […]

Study questions quality of US health data

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015 Johns Hopkins Medicine A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers concludes that most U.S. clinical registries that collect data on patient outcomes are substandard and lack critical features necessary to render the information they collect useful for patients, physicians and policy makers. Findings of the […]

Viruses: You’ve heard the bad — here’s the good

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015 American Society for Microbiology “The word, virus, connotes morbidity and mortality, but that bad reputation is not universally deserved,” said Marilyn Roossinck, PhD, Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. “Viruses, like bacteria, can be important […]

Humans with genetically long telomeres have an increased risk of dying from cancer – which is the exact opposite of what the researchers expected

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 Danish discovery may change cancer treatment University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital have made a discovery that may change the principles for treating certain types of cancer. The discovery relates […]

Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030

Public Release: 26-Mar-2015 Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as use in livestock expected to increase Princeton University Caption Princeton University-led research found that antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans. Pigs outpace chickens and […]

Mothers Hepatitis B infection may give infants a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life.

Public Release: 25-Mar-2015 HBV exposure matures infants’ immune systems Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore IMAGE: This is the hepatitis B virus surface antigen in cord blood cells from HBV positive mothers. Credit: Michelle Hong / Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis […]

A vaccination that is expected to prevent the spread of the disease can instead foster the spread of the disease

Paradox of Vaccination: Is Vaccination Really Effective against Avian Flu Epidemics? Shingo Iwami, Takafumi Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takeuchi Published: March 18, 2009 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004915 Abstract Background Although vaccination can be a useful tool for control of avian influenza epidemics, it might engender emergence of a vaccine-resistant strain. Field and […]

Swine flu in India has mutated

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015 Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, MA — Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new MIT study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more […]