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Grandparents may worsen some moms’ baby blues

Grandparents may worsen some moms’ baby blues

Does living with grandparents ease or worsen a mothers’ baby blues? The answer may depend on the mother’s marital status, a new study from Duke University suggests Continue reading

Public smoking bans linked with rapid fall in preterm births, child hospital visits for asthma

Public smoking bans linked with rapid fall in preterm births, child hospital visits for asthma

The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma, according to the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health, published in The Lancet. The analysis of 11 studies done in North America and Europe, involving more than 2.5 million births, and nearly 250 000 asthma exacerbations, showed that rates of both preterm births and hospital attendance for asthma were reduced by 10% within a year of smoke-free laws coming into effect. Continue reading

Untrained volunteers may do harm as well as good during disasters

Untrained volunteers may do harm as well as good during disasters

In the immediate aftermath of hurricanes, floods and other disasters, it’s not uncommon for people to turn out in large numbers to assist victims, clear debris and chip in on dozens of other tasks to get a community back on its feet. Their altruism is inspiring, but results of a study by a Johns Hopkins expert suggest these unsolicited or “spontaneous” volunteers may be putting themselves and others at risk for injury and, in rare cases, death as a result of their lack of training in safe and proper disaster response. Continue reading

Cardiac guidelines ‘not endorsed’

Cardiac guidelines ‘not endorsed’

5 February 2013 Last updated at 06:55 ET By Marie Louise Connolly BBC Northern Ireland health correspondent The guidelines used to assess children’s cardiac services in NI were not endorsed by local professional medical bodies, it has emerged. The assessment has led to the future of cardiac services at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children being placed under threat. Continue reading

Altering eye cells may one day restore vision

Altering eye cells may one day restore vision

Jan. 25, 2013 — Doctors may one day treat some forms of blindness by altering the genetic program of the light-sensing cells of the eye, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Continue reading

Specific protein essential for healthy eyes described

Specific protein essential for healthy eyes described

Jan. 6, 2013 — Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in collaboration with researchers at the Salk Institute in California, have found for the first time that a specific protein is essential not only for maintaining a healthy retina in the eye, but also may have implications for understanding and possibly treating other conditions in the immune, reproductive, vascular and nervous systems, as well as in various cancers Continue reading

Specific protein essential for healthy eyes described

Specific protein essential for healthy eyes described

Jan. 6, 2013 — Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in collaboration with researchers at the Salk Institute in California, have found for the first time that a specific protein is essential not only for maintaining a healthy retina in the eye, but also may have implications for understanding and possibly treating other conditions in the immune, reproductive, vascular and nervous systems, as well as in various cancers Continue reading

56% of female university students get drunk in record time, Spanish study suggests

56% of female university students get drunk in record time, Spanish study suggests

Dec. 28, 2012 — Researchers from the HealthyFit group at the University of Vigo have studied university students’ lifestyles; their analysis, which includes alcohol and illegal drug consumption habits, sport and food, concludes that most students indulge in unhealthy behaviour. One of the main results of the study points to the high consumption of alcohol Continue reading

NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy

NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy

ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2011) — A NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has successfully reduced the painful side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients. In a two-year clinical trial, cancer patients undergoing bone marrow or stem cell transplants were given a far red/near infrared Light Emitting Diode treatment called High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS, to treat oral mucositis — a common and extremely painful side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Continue reading

Researchers induce, relieve depression symptoms in mice with light

Researchers induce, relieve depression symptoms in mice with light

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