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Doctors prescribe more painkillers to women, study confirms

Doctors prescribe more painkillers to women, study confirms

Regardless of the pain type, age and social class, women are more likely to be prescribed analgaesia than men. Continue reading

Pain words stand out more for those experiencing it

Pain words stand out more for those experiencing it

Ache, agony, distress and pain draw more attention than non-pain related words when it comes to people who suffer from chronic pain, a York University research using state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology has found. “People suffering from chronic pain pay more frequent and longer attention to pain-related words than individuals who are pain-free,” says Samantha Fashler, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health and the lead author of the study Continue reading

Too many stroke patients miss window to regain crucial functions

Too many stroke patients miss window to regain crucial functions

Too many stroke patients in Canada are not getting the rehabilitation they need to return to a healthy, active life, according to a new study which will be presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver. Continue reading

Guernsey’s health board resigns

Guernsey’s health board resigns

unable to retrieve full-text contentGuernsey’s Health and Social Services Department board resigns following a review of midwifery supervision. Continue reading

New pathway linking the brain to high blood pressure identified

New pathway linking the brain to high blood pressure identified

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. The study, which also suggests new approaches for treating high blood pressure and heart failure, appears today in the journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) One . “This research gives us an entirely new way of understanding how the brain and the cardiovascular system work together,” said Dr. Continue reading

CDC team assisting Ebola response in Dallas, Texas; Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway

CDC team assisting Ebola response in Dallas, Texas; Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway

Ten experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — supported 24/7 by the CDC’s full Emergency Operations Center and Ebola experts in CDC’s Atlanta headquarters — have arrived in Texas and are working closely with Texas state and local health departments to investigate the first Ebola case in the United States. Nine members of the CDC team arrived last night and one arrived Oct. 1, 2014. Continue reading

Intervention helps decrease ‘mean girl’ behaviors, researchers find

Intervention helps decrease ‘mean girl’ behaviors, researchers find

Relational aggression, or “mean girl” bullying, is a popular subject in news and entertainment media. This nonphysical form of aggression generally used among adolescent girls includes gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion and rejection. As media coverage has illustrated, relational aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. Continue reading

Ambulance staff vote for strike

Ambulance staff vote for strike

unable to retrieve full-text contentAmbulance staff and other health workers in the GMB union have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Continue reading

High-speed drug screen developed

High-speed drug screen developed

MIT engineers have devised a way to rapidly test hundreds of different drug-delivery vehicles in living animals, making it easier to discover promising new ways to deliver a class of drugs called biologics, which includes antibodies, peptides, RNA, and DNA, to human patients. In a study appearing in the journal Integrative Biology , the researchers used this technology to identify materials that can efficiently deliver RNA to zebrafish and also to rodents. This type of high-speed screen could help overcome one of the major bottlenecks in developing disease treatments based on biologics: It is challenging to find safe and effective ways to deliver them Continue reading

How to predict who will suffer the most from stress

How to predict who will suffer the most from stress

More than 23 per cent of Canadians report being stressed or very stressed on most days. While chronic stress increases the risk of poor mental and physical health, not everyone is affected the same way. Some cope well, but for others — especially those most likely to sweat the small stuff — chronic stress can be harmful. Continue reading