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03/25/2015

Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest.

03/24/2015

Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for kids

The new study, published in Circulation, adds to the growing evidence demonstrating that parents smoking can have a long-term effect on their children’s cardiovascular health.

03/23/2015

Reimburse doctors for helping patients plan end of life care, experts say

Physician incentives are needed to improve end of life care in the U.S., health experts said Friday at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) forum.

03/23/2015

Worldwide Use Of Antibiotics In Livestock Is Fueling Risk Of Drug-Resistant Super Bugs Reuters Posted: 23/03/2015 05:31 IST Updated: 5 hours ago LIVESTOCK Share 19 Tweet 33 Comment 2 By Chris Arsenault ROME, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at such a startling rate that they are dramatically increasing the risk of creating drug-resistant “super bugs,” scientists warned on Monday. Antibiotic use in animals is expected to surge by two thirds globally between 2010 and 2030, while doubling in emerging giants like China, Brazil, India and Russia, according to a Princeton University study. It warned that the practice is pushing us closer to a time when common infections could become a death sentence because they will no longer respond to drugs. Consumption of meat, milk and eggs is growing fast in many developing and middle-income countries. Urbanization, increased wealth and changing diets mean industrial livestock producers are expanding rapidly. They are relying on antibiotics to keep disease at bay in the short-term, said co-author Tim Robinson, a scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). But the systematic use of low doses on livestock is creating “perfect conditions to grow resistant bacteria,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Bacteria like E. coli and salmonella are already becoming resistant to antibiotics, Robinson said, increasing fears that these diseases will endanger humans. Passed from animals to people through food contamination, direct contact or the broader environment, antibiotic resistant bacteria will make it harder for doctors to treat basic infections or other ailments, he said. The study by experts from Princeton, ILRI and the National Institutes of Health is the first to measure global antibiotic consumption by livestock. Asia is the main region of concern as this is where demand for livestock products is growing dramatically while regulations governing antibiotic use in animals are either non-existent or not publicly available, scientists say. China’s livestock industry alone could soon be consuming nearly one third of the world’s antibiotics. The five countries with the largest projected increases in antibiotics consumption are Myanmar (205 percent), Nigeria (163 percent), Peru (160 percent) and Vietnam (157 percent). Increasing food production for the estimated 805 million people who go to bed hungry every night will require a new approach that is less reliant on intensive, antiobiotic-fueled breeding, Robinson said. “Poor livestock producers aren’t responsible for this problem, it’s the big firms rushing to meet demand in the growing cities,” he added. But the poor will be worst affected if resistant bacteria transfer to humans more often, he said, because they will be the least able to afford the bigger and more frequent doses of drugs required to fight infections. (Reporting By Chris Arsenault, Editing by Emma Batha) Also on HuffPost: Close  Meat-Free Protein 1 of 10   Flickr: little blue hen Lentils Greek Yogurt Beans Tofu Tempeh Spinach Quinoa Peanuts Related Video Next Previous Next More: Reuters Super Bug Antibiotic Resistant Super Bug Antibiotics in Livestock Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture Suggest a correction Around the Web Stop the Spread of Superbugs – NIH News in Health, February 2014 Superbug: An Epidemic Begins – Harvard Magazine Antibiotic resistance – Wikipedia Skyrocketing use of antibiotics in animals fuels ‘super bug’ fears Chlorine in Water Treatment May Be Breeding Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Antibiotic Resistance In Pets Linked To Superbug Rise, Experts Blame Overuse …

Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at such a startling rate that they are dramatically increasing the risk of creating drug-resistant “super bugs,” scientists warned on Monday.

03/20/2015

Concussions may linger among professional baseball players

Professional baseball players may not be fully recovered when they return to play after a concussion, a new study suggests.

03/19/2015

Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn’t cut obesity, study says

A 2008 ban on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A. has failed to cut the obesity rate, a Rand study says

03/19/2015

Industry makes $7,000 for each tobacco death: health campaigners

The tobacco industry makes $7,000 for each of the more than 6 million people who die each year from smoking-related illness, the health campaign group World Lung Foundation (WLF) said.

03/18/2015

Build it (an easy way to join research studies) and the volunteers will come

Just nine days after the launch of Stanford Medicine’s MyHeart Counts iPhone app, 27,836 people have consented to participate in this research study on cardiovascular health.

03/17/2015

Half a million babies die each year in unhygienic hospitals

Over a third of hospitals and clinics in developing countries have nowhere for staff or patients to wash with soap, and almost 40 percent have no source of water, according to a WHO-backed international review published on Tuesday.

03/16/2015

NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.

03/13/2015

Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study

Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 or 25 years old would significantly reduce their use and tobacco-related illnesses in the United States, a study published Thursday found, suggesting that states and local authorities should consider passing such laws.

03/13/2015

Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040

A world virtually free of tobacco and its devastating health consequences could be a reality within 30 years if governments showed political will and took stronger action against cigarette companies, health experts said on Friday.

03/13/2015

Transgender people face discrimination in healthcare

Many transgender men face discrimination in U.S. healthcare settings, according to a new study.

03/12/2015

Solar plane aiming for first round-the-world flight lands in India

The first round-the-world solar-powered flight landed in India on Wednesday, the second leg of a 35,000 km (22,000 mile) journey seeking to demonstrate that flying long distances fueled by renewable energy is possible.

03/12/2015

FDA proposal to allow drug reps to circulate data draws protests

Consumer watchdog Public Citizen has called on U.S. health regulators to withdraw a proposal that would allow pharmaceutical companies to distribute medical literature suggesting a drug’s risk is less than stated on the label.

03/12/2015

U.S. regulators tighten requirements on reusable medical devices

U.S. health regulators on Thursday announced strict new recommendations for preventing the transmission of infections from reusable medical devices such at those that have spread “superbug” infections at several hospitals.

03/11/2015

Cockroaches have personalities, study finds

Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits.

03/11/2015

Online offers of personalized cancer medicine may not be trustworthy

Tumor tests, genetic risk analyses and other products or services sold online as personalized cancer medicine are often not backed by evidence, according to a new U.S. study.

03/10/2015

Electric ‘noise’ treats Parkinson’s symptoms

A wearable device that stimulates the sense of balance with electric “noise” could help Parkinson’s disease patients, according to Swedish scientists.

03/10/2015

Brazil passes femicide law to tackle rise in gender killings

Brazil, where a woman is killed every two hours, is imposing tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls, as part of a government bid to stem a rise in gender killings.

03/09/2015

Psychedelic Drugs doesn’t negatively affect people’s mental health

A new study reveals that getting high on psychedelic drugs like LSD or psychoactive mushrooms does not heighten the risk of developing mental health issues. This is based on the analysis of more than 135,000 individuals, where 19,000 of them confessed of the intake of psychedelic drugs.

03/09/2015

Seeing medical records might ease hospital patients’ confusion

Letting patients see their medical records while they’re in the hospital might ease worry and confusion without extra work for doctors and nurses, a small study suggests.

03/09/2015

Apple’s ResearchKit to give scientists ready access to study subjects

Apple Inc on Monday released ResearchKit, an open-source software tool designed to give scientists a new way to gather information on patients by using their iPhones.

03/05/2015

Engineering the Perfect Baby

Can we improve the human gene pool? The position of much of mainstream science has been that such meddling would be unsafe, irresponsible, and even impossible.

03/04/2015

Stanford student earns national recognition for research on medical communication

Stanford medical student Genna Braverman won “best poster” at a recent meeting for her work examining communication challenges medical students encountered.

03/03/2015

Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.

03/03/2015

Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law

Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move.

03/02/2015

Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis

Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

03/02/2015

Parents often want changes in kids’ shots schedule

Many parents ask doctors to spread out toddlers’ vaccines instead of following the recommended immunization schedule, according to a new study.

02/26/2015

Doctor Seeking To Perform Head Transplant Is Out Of His Mind

Scientifically what Canavero wants to do cannot yet be done. It may never be doable.