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Diets high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline in elderly individuals

Diets high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline in elderly individuals

A diet high in protein, particularly animal protein, may help elderly individuals maintain a higher level of physical, psychological, and social function according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Due to increasing life expectancies in many countries, increasing numbers of elderly people are living with functional decline, such as declines in cognitive ability and activities of daily living Continue reading

3D printing used for stem cells

3D printing used for stem cells

4 February 2013 Last updated at 20:05 ET A 3D printing technique that produces clusters of stem cells could speed up progress towards creating artificial organs, Edinburgh scientists have claimed. In the more immediate future it could be used to generate biopsy-like tissue samples for drug testing. The technique relies on an adjustable “microvalve” to build up layers of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Continue reading

Genetic patch ‘stops deafness’

Genetic patch ‘stops deafness’

4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:33 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A tiny “genetic patch” can be used to prevent a form of deafness which runs in families, according to animal tests. Patients with Usher syndrome have defective sections of their genetic code which cause problems with hearing, sight and balance. Continue reading

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:34 ET Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers. Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1 , suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease. Continue reading

Obesity in dads may be associated with offspring’s increased risk of disease

Obesity in dads may be associated with offspring’s increased risk of disease

Feb. 5, 2013 — A father’s obesity is one factor that may influence his children’s health and potentially raise their risk for diseases like cancer, according to new research from Duke Medicine. Continue reading

Unhappy childhood heart risk link

Unhappy childhood heart risk link

1 February 2013 Last updated at 21:26 ET Emotional behaviour in childhood may be linked with heart disease in middle age, especially in women, research suggests. A study found being prone to distress at the age of seven was associated with a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease in later life. Conversely children who were better at paying attention and staying focused had reduced heart risk when older. Continue reading

Automated breast density test identifies women at high cancer risk

Automated breast density test identifies women at high cancer risk

Feb. 1, 2013 — Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have developed a novel computer algorithm to easily quantify a major risk factor for breast cancer based on analysis of a screening mammogram Continue reading

Humanitarian aid workers in Uganda show signs of stress, depression, and burnout

Humanitarian aid workers in Uganda show signs of stress, depression, and burnout

Feb. 1, 2013 — The latest research points to the high risk for mental health problems among staff working in humanitarian organizations in northern Uganda, due in large part to their work environment Continue reading

Infection preventionists know safe care

Infection preventionists know safe care

Feb. 1, 2013 — There is general agreement among hospital infection preventionists (IPs) with respect to which practices have weak or strong evidence supporting their use to prevent healthcare-associated infection, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control , the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Furthermore, IPs with certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) are two to three times more likely to perceive the evidence behind certain infection prevention practices as strong, compared to their non-certified peers. Continue reading

New study sheds light on link between dairy intake and bone health

New study sheds light on link between dairy intake and bone health

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