Health News

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 20:30

According to a new study, alochol brand reference in popular music is strongly linked to binge drinking by teens and young adults.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:30

Data about DNA differences, gene expression, or methylation can each tell epidemiologists something about the link between genomics and disease. A new statistical model that can integrate all those sources provides a markedly improved analysis, according to two new papers.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:19

The next time you feel a sneeze coming on, raise your elbow to cover up that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you’re about to expel. That’s right: A novel study by MIT researchers shows that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 09:38

The impact of overweightness and obesity on mortality may have been substantially underestimated in studies that rely on measurement of body mass index (BMI) only at the time of the study. When lifetime highest BMI is used as the criterion, the mortality risk attributable to excess weight increases. These are the major findings of a study in the journal Population Health Metrics, which suggests that risk assessment using only current BMI could be confounded by factors such as recent weight loss due to illness. The study is from Andrew Stokes in the laboratory of Prof Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 20:27

The deadly epidemic caused by H1N1 flu virus affects humans globally. Yearly up to half a million deaths are reported around the world due to this viral infection. A new study reported by scientists in McGill University brings hope for a possible drug that has potential to treat influenza.

 

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 14:51

Researchers have discovered a way of reducing the fertility of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, potentially providing a new tactic to combat the disease. Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes are the main transmitters of malaria, which affects around 200 million people every year. The females mate only once during their lives. They store the sperm from this single mating in an organ called the spermatheca, from which they repeatedly take sperm over the course of their lifetime to fertilise the eggs that they lay.