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Past sexual assault triples risk of future assault for college women

Past sexual assault triples risk of future assault for college women

Disturbing news for women on college campuses: a new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) indicates that female college students who are victims of sexual assault are at a much higher risk of becoming victims again. In fact, researchers found that college women who experienced severe sexual victimization were three times more likely than their peers to experience severe sexual victimization the following year Continue reading

Poor health habits linked to financial insecurity

Poor health habits linked to financial insecurity

Financial hardship, or feeling that one can’t make ends meet, may be more predictive of health risk behaviors than actual income levels for people with low-incomes, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Health Promotion . It’s well known that “the poorer you are, the less healthy you’re likely to be,” said lead author Amy Harley, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor of community and behavioral health promotion at the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Continue reading

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns. Continue reading

Study of noninvasive retinal imaging device presented at Alzheimer’s conference

Study of noninvasive retinal imaging device presented at Alzheimer’s conference

A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. The researchers will present their findings July 15 in an oral presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Continue reading

Neighborhoods with healthy food options less likely to have overweight kids

Neighborhoods with healthy food options less likely to have overweight kids

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion . Children who had access to at least one healthy food outlet within 800 meters (about half a mile) of their home had a 38 percent decreased risk of being overweight or obese compared to those who did not Continue reading

Expectant moms turn to internet for pregnancy advice more than they would like

Expectant moms turn to internet for pregnancy advice more than they would like

Pregnant women are using the Internet to seek answers to their medical questions more often than they would like, say Penn State researchers. “We found that first-time moms were upset that their first prenatal visit did not occur until eight weeks into pregnancy,” said Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, Penn State College of Medicine Continue reading

Surgical treatment for metastatic melanoma of the liver increases overall survival

Surgical treatment for metastatic melanoma of the liver increases overall survival

Surgical resection markedly improves survival among metastatic melanoma patients whose disease is isolated to a few areas in the liver, according to new study findings published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . These results mark a departure for melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, that is most often considered fatal once it has spread to the liver and then, not amenable to surgical treatment. In the past, surgical treatment for liver metastases was not considered an option for most patients, as the disease typically spreads to other organs. Continue reading

Ankle replacement becomes more common to relieve severe arthritis pain

Ankle replacement becomes more common to relieve severe arthritis pain

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. Continue reading

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

There’s good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia–difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. New research from St. Michael’s Hospital has found that insomnia does not put them at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Continue reading

Blocking brain’s ‘internal marijuana’ may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficits, study shows

Blocking brain’s ‘internal marijuana’ may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficits, study shows

A new study led by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine has implicated the blocking of endocannabinoids — signaling substances that are the brain’s internal versions of the psychoactive chemicals in marijuana and hashish — in the early pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. A substance called A-beta — strongly suspected to play a key role in Alzheimer’s because it’s the chief constituent of the hallmark clumps dotting the brains of people with Alzheimer’s — may, in the disease’s earliest stages, impair learning and memory by blocking the natural, beneficial action of endocannabinoids in the brain, the study demonstrates. Continue reading