Health News

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 06:12

The majority of studies on heritability of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have suggested that heritability is up to 80-90%. However, a new study on Swedish children suggests that the role of environmental factors has been underestimated and that they may be of equal importance to genetic factors. The study from researchers based in the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, King's College London, and Mount Sinai in the USA, is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 18:01

A new international study led by Imperial College London has estimated how achieving globally-agreed targets for six important health risks between 2010 and 2025 will reduce deaths caused by the big-four chronic diseases: cancers, diabetes, lung disease and cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke).


Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:22

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital recently implanted the tiny device in a Columbus woman as part of a global clinical trial to test its safety and effectiveness.  Unlike conventional pacemakers, which require a chest incision and electrical leads that run through a vein to the heart, this device is wireless and is threaded through a catheter, then attached directly to the heart muscle.


Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:13

Here’s another reason to drop that doughnut and hit the treadmill: A new study suggests aerobic fitness affects long-term memory. Michigan State University researchers tested 75 college students during a two-day period and found those who were less fit had a harder time retaining information.


Friday, May 2, 2014 - 08:37

The majority opinion of advisory groups to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that remaining stocks of live variola, the virus that causes smallpox, should be discontinued. The issue is on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), which is the governing body of WHO.


Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 13:35

Researchers have identified a section of the anthrax toxin Lethal Factor that could help produce a more effective vaccine. Anthrax is a potentially lethal disease caused by a bacterium called Bacillus anthracis. The bacteria produce spores that when inhaled, ingested or absorbed into the skin release toxins. When anthrax affects the lungs or intestines it can cause death within a few days whilst infection of the skin (cutaneous anthrax) is less dangerous.