Health News

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 20:29

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have completed the first comprehensive survey of e-cigarettes for sale online and the results, they believe, underscore the complexity in regulating the rapidly growing market for the electronic nicotine delivery devices.

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 20:23

A new study has found that use of a wearable ‘bionic’ pancreas improved mean blood glucose levels and reduced frequency of hypoglycemia compared to using fingerstick tests and insulin delivery via a pump. The NIH-funded study from researchers in Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University appears in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 20:00

Scientists from the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have conducted a first-of-its-kind study that characterizes the cellular diversity within glioblastoma tumors from patients. The study, which looked at the expression of thousands of genes in individual cells from patient tumors, revealed that the cellular makeup of each tumor is more heterogeneous than previously suspected. The findings, which appear online in Science Express, will help guide future investigations into potential treatments for this devastating disease.

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 19:31

A team of European scientists has now extended a previous biophysical model to investigate elongated growth within biological tissues by describing the evolution over time of the shape of a fruit fly’s wing. They found the aspect ratio of the typical biological shapes may exhibit a maximum at finite time and then decrease. For sufficiently large tissues, the shape is expected to approach that of a disk or sphere. These findings have been reported by Carles Blanch-Mercader from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues, in a paper published in EPJ E. They provide a more general classification than previously available of the different types of morphologies a tissue can be expected to attain, depending on its initial size and its physical properties.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 20:54

A new study suggests that canola oil should be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes.Those on canola bread diet saw both a reduction in blood glucose levels and significant reduction in LDL cholesterol

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 00:24

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that persons with lower blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die prematurely as people with higher blood levels of vitamin D. The finding, published in the June 12 issue of American Journal of Public Health, was based on a systematic review of 32 previous studies that included analyses of vitamin D, blood levels and human mortality rates.  The specific variant of vitamin D assessed was 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the primary form found in blood.