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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

Healthy knowledge management and social networking

Healthy knowledge management and social networking

Social network analysis could improve knowledge sharing in the healthcare sector, according to research results published in the International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise . Elizabeth Cudney, Steven Corns and Suzanna Long in the department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, Missouri, USA, explain how knowledge management systems (KMS) can be critical in capturing, retaining and communicating project results and staff knowledge Continue reading

A family meal a day may keep obesity away

A family meal a day may keep obesity away

Increasing rates of adolescent obesity and the likelihood that obesity will carry forward into adulthood, have led to various preventive initiatives. It has been suggested that family meals, which tend to include fruits, vegetables, calcium, and whole grains, could be protective against obesity. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied whether frequent family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood Continue reading

Genetic test reveals risk of atrial fibrillation, stroke

Genetic test reveals risk of atrial fibrillation, stroke

Many of those who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which dramatically raises the risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test. This is shown by new research from Lund University in Sweden. The number of people affected by atrial fibrillation is rising rapidly, partly as a result of the ageing population. Continue reading

New materials for better, stronger and cheaper dental implants

New materials for better, stronger and cheaper dental implants

Experts from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), in the east coast of Mexico, develop new generation dental implants from mixtures of polymers with ceramic and a light consistency. So far the experts at this university have optimized the performance of those dental tools as they simulated the repetitive force of mastication and considered this factor to ensure that the impact of stress is absorbed by the piece and not by the bone structure Continue reading

Toxicity test technology hits the market

Toxicity test technology hits the market

Technology developed by the University of Leicester to test drugs and cosmetics for the damage they do to our DNA has been launched commercially today (Friday 3 October). The University has teamed up with Cleaver Scientific Ltd., a specialist UK-based manufacturer, for the development and commercialization of high throughput systems for performing the Comet Assay. 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

Ebola genome browser now online to aid researchers’ response to crisis

Ebola genome browser now online to aid researchers’ response to crisis

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute late Tuesday (Sept. 30) released a new Ebola genome browser to assist global efforts to develop a vaccine and antiserum to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus. The team led by University of California, Santa Cruz researcher Jim Kent worked around the clock for the past week, communicating with international partners to gather and present the most current data. Continue reading

The larger your friends the larger your appetite, study shows

The larger your friends the larger your appetite, study shows

Have you ever ordered more food at a restaurant than you intended? There are elements of dining rooms that actually prime you to eat more food Continue reading

Link between depression, abnormal brain response to visceral pain in patients with IBS

Link between depression, abnormal brain response to visceral pain in patients with IBS

High rates of anxiety and depression amongst patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have led many researchers to believe there could be a causal relationship between psychological factors and IBS symptoms. Now, scientists in Germany have found clear evidence that patients with IBS process pain signals from the gut abnormally, and that disturbed brain responses to pain are particularly pronounced in patients with more depression symptoms. Continue reading