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See what a child will look like using automated age-progression software

See what a child will look like using automated age-progression software

It’s a guessing game parents like to ponder: What will my child look like when she grows up? Continue reading

Eating fruits, vegetables linked to healthier arteries later in life

Eating fruits, vegetables linked to healthier arteries later in life

Women who ate a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults were much less likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries 20 years later compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these foods, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session. Continue reading

Pollution linked to low birth weight

Pollution linked to low birth weight

5 February 2013 Last updated at 20:46 ET Pregnant women who live in areas with significant air pollution risk having babies of low birth weight, the largest study to date suggests. The study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at more than three million births in nine nations. Continue reading

Hospital patient loads often at unsafe levels, physician survey says

Hospital patient loads often at unsafe levels, physician survey says

Jan. 28, 2013 — Nationwide, more than one-quarter of hospital-based general practitioners who take over for patients’ primary care doctors to manage inpatient care say their average patient load exceeds safe levels multiple times per month, according to a new Johns Hopkins study. Continue reading

Monday mornings are A&E ‘rush hour’

Monday mornings are A&E ‘rush hour’

23 January 2013 Last updated at 05:16 ET The busiest time in accident and emergency departments in England is Monday morning, hospital data shows. There are 4,000 cases every hour between 10am and noon on Monday – twice the average. Late morning was the busiest time of day throughout the week but Monday came out on top, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre 1 show. Continue reading

‘Significant’ rise in UK suicides

‘Significant’ rise in UK suicides

22 January 2013 Last updated at 06:05 ET The number of people taking their own life in the UK rose “significantly” in 2011, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown. Continue reading

Hospital observation units could save the health care system $3.1 billion

Hospital observation units could save the health care system $3.1 billion

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2012) — New research suggests that maximizing the potential of observation units in hospitals could result in significant cost savings for the both the hospital and the healthcare system. Continue reading

Healthy living into old age can add up to six years to your life: Keeping physically active shows strongest association with survival

Healthy living into old age can add up to six years to your life: Keeping physically active shows strongest association with survival

ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2012) — Living a healthy lifestyle into old age can add five years to women’s lives and six years to men’s, finds a study from Sweden published on the British Medical Journal website Continue reading

New approach for treating genetic muscle wasting disease shows promise in mice

New approach for treating genetic muscle wasting disease shows promise in mice

ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2012) — Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) have discovered that a drug called fasudil can extend the average lifespan of mice with Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) from 30.5 days to more than 300 days. The study is published March 6 in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine, by Dr. Continue reading

If you’re afraid of spiders, they seem bigger: Phobia’s effect on perception of feared object allows fear to persist

If you’re afraid of spiders, they seem bigger: Phobia’s effect on perception of feared object allows fear to persist

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2012) — The more afraid a person is of a spider, the bigger that individual perceives the spider to be, new research suggests. In the context of a fear of spiders, this warped perception doesn’t necessarily interfere with daily living Continue reading