Well: Ask Well: Do Foam Rollers Aid Workouts?

New York Times - Health : April 25, 2014
A reader asks: At the gym, instead of traditional stretching, I see tons of people rolling around on foam rollers. What does the research say about the benefits?

Why does breast cancer often spread to the lung? Experts explain

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
New research shows why breast cancer often spreads or metastasizes to the lung. The breast cancer stem cell (CSC) has been shown to be responsible for metastasis in animal models, particularly to the lung. And this new research found CSCs have a particular propensity for migrating towards and growing in the lung because of certain proteins found there.

Skin layer grown from human stem cells could replace animals in drug, cosmetics testing

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
The first lab-grown epidermis -- the outermost skin layer -- with a functional permeability barrier akin to real skin has been developed by scientists. The new epidermis, grown from human pluripotent stem cells, offers a cost-effective alternative lab model for testing drugs and cosmetics, and could also help to develop new therapies for rare and common skin disorders.

Large-scale identification, analysis of suppressive drug interactions

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Cell analysis finds drug interactions to be startlingly common: baker's yeast is giving scientists a better understanding of drug interactions, which are a major cause of illness and hospitalization worldwide. When two or more medications are taken at the same time, one can suppress or enhance the effectiveness of the other. Similarly, one drug may magnify the toxicity of another. There are severe practical limits on the practical scope of drug studies in humans. Limits come in part from ethics and in part from the staggering expense.

Blood cells reprogrammed into blood stem cells in mice

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Researchers have reprogrammed mature blood cells from mice into blood-forming hematopoietic stem cells, using a cocktail of eight genetic switches called transcription factors. The reprogrammed cells are able to self-renew like HSCs and can give rise to all of the cellular components of the blood like HSCs. The findings mark a significant step toward a major goal of regenerative medicine: the ability to produce HSCs suitable for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from other cell types.

New genetic brain disorder in humans discovered

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, has been reported by researchers. By performing DNA sequencing of more than 4,000 families affected by neurological problems, the two research teams independently discovered that a disease marked by reduced brain size and sensory and motor defects is caused by a mutation in a gene called CLP1, which is known to regulate tRNA metabolism in cells.

New type of protein action found to regulate development

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Researchers report they have figured out how the aptly named protein Botch blocks the signaling protein called Notch, which helps regulate development. In a report on the discovery, the scientists say they expect the work to lead to a better understanding of how a single protein, Notch, directs actions needed for the healthy development of organs as diverse as brains and kidneys.

Oxygen diminishes heart's ability to regenerate, researchers discover

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Scientific research previously discovered that the newborn animal heart can heal itself completely, whereas the adult heart lacks this ability. New research by the same team today has revealed why the heart loses its incredible regenerative capability in adulthood, and the answer is quite simple -- oxygen.

New point of attack on HIV for vaccine development

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
A new vulnerable site on the HIV virus has been found, which may lead researchers closer to developing a vaccine for the illness. "HIV has very few known sites of vulnerability, but in this work we've described a new one, and we expect it will be useful in developing a vaccine," said one researcher.

Human skin grown in laboratory

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
Skin grown in the laboratory could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, according to UK scientists.

Well: Why Chocolate Is Good for Us

New York Times - Health : April 24, 2014
Our digestive system has trouble with chocolate, which is why it may be good for us.

F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

New York Times - Health : April 24, 2014
The federal government is also proposing to include cigars and tobacco pipes under its regulatory control.

US seeks e-cigarette restrictions

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking minimum age restrictions and warnings on e-cigarettes because of uncertainties over their impact on health.

Most States To Rely On Federal Website For 2015 Enrollment

WebMD : April 24, 2014
Most States To Rely On Federal Website For 2015 Enrollment

Well: Are Med School Grads Prepared to Practice Medicine?

New York Times - Health : April 24, 2014
Each July at teaching hospitals across the country, freshly minted M.D.s take their place as interns at the bottom of the ladder. Are they ready to practice medicine?

Paying closer attention to attention

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
There may be an overreporting of attention problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), simply because parents and teachers are using a misplaced basis for comparison. They are testing and comparing children with FASD with children of the same physical or chronological age, rather than with children of the same mental age, which is often quite a lot younger.

Take the bat, leave the candy: The food environment of youth baseball

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
"Take me out to the ballgame" doesn’t exactly conjure up images of apple slices and kale chips. The more likely culprits include French fries, soda and the occasional box of Crackerjacks. Unfortunately for children who play youth baseball, eating unhealthy food during practices and games may be contributing to weight problems, according to researchers.

Super Arthgold by Nano Well-being Health: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredients

Safety Alerts : April 24, 2014
Risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, congestive heart failure, renal toxicity, and bleeding, ulceration, or perforation of the stomach or intestines.

Recognize Tobacco in its Many Forms

NIH Medline Plus : April 24, 2014
Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Smokeless Tobacco, Smoking

Should you use a VNA? What's a VNA?

Healthcare IT News : April 24, 2014
As the volume and variety of medical images increases, providers are looking for better ways to store and access them. Vendor neutral archives are fast finding favor -- but in many respects the jury is still out on just what a VNA is, and what it should offer. [See also: PACS Americana: The U.S. radiology IT market is saturated and stable, but change is on the way] read more

Leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths, and describes a number of misperceptions that have limited access to these potentially life-saving medications.

Bake your own droplet lens: Cheap, high-quality lenses made from droplets of transparent silicone

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Researchers have created a new type of lens that costs less than a penny to make, and can be used in a 3-D printed attachment that turns a Smartphone into a dermascope, a tool to diagnose skin diseases like melanoma. Normal dermascopes can cost $500 or more, but this version costs a mere $2 and is slated to be commercially available in just a few months.

New ultrasound device may add in detecting risk for heart attack, stroke

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
A new ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke has been developed by researchers. The prototype device has performed well in laboratory testing, but the researchers say they are continuing to optimize the technology. They hope to launch pre-clinical studies in the near future.

Palliation is rarely a topic in studies on advanced cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Randomized controlled trials only rarely consider end-of-life aspects and often fail to name superordinate patient-relevant treatment goals. Instead of quality of life, survival is in the foreground, research shows.

Boring cells could hold the key to heart disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
Fibroblasts, cells long thought to be boring and irrelevant, could offer an alternative to heart transplants for patients with heart disease. "Heart disease is still one of the major killers in our society and so far no effective therapeutic options are available. Our laboratory aims to understand how the various cell types present in a heart can improve the outcome of heart failure,' said the lead researcher.

Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity, reseearch says

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
A relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder has been found in very young children. The findings indicate that development of motor skills should be included in treatment plans for young children with autism. Most autism treatment plans for young children focus on social communication because the disability has such a significant effect in that area. Incorporating fine and gross motor skill development into early interventions could provide a similar boost, the researchers say.

Healthcare analytics enters new age

Healthcare IT News : April 24, 2014
The shift toward value-based care has sparked a demand for analytics like never before, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. The report, "Healthcare Analytics Perception 2014: Analytics for Value-Based Care-A New Paradigm," also points out that the demand has vendors rushing a wave of new products to market. read more

Virtual artificial heart implantation: Advances made by scientists

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 24, 2014
The first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart has been performed. The artificial heart was implanted into an undersized adolescent, and supported the boy for 11 days before he underwent a heart transplant. "3-D heart models and performance of virtual heart implantations are no longer the inventions of science fiction. They are happening and they are impacting medicine, medical education and quality of life right now," one expert says.

Life and death ideas

CNN Health : April 24, 2014
These 10 ideas are revolutionizing health care -- from the operating table to the kitchen table.

HHS leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic

National Institutes of Health : April 24, 2014
Commentary describes vital medications are being underutilized in addiction treatment.

FDA to Propose E-Cigarette Regulations

WebMD : April 24, 2014
Opponents of the increasingly popular devices worry about their impact on children

1 in 13 U.S. Schoolkids Takes Psych Meds: Report

WebMD : April 24, 2014
More than half of parents said the drugs are helpful

Vitamin D May Not Lower Seniors' Fall Risk

WebMD : April 24, 2014
Researchers conclude there isn't enough evidence to support supplement use

Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplants for Diarrhea: Study

WebMD : April 24, 2014
Researchers looked at recurring infections caused by C. difficile bacteria

Alternative to Pap Test Is Approved by F.D.A.

New York Times - Health : April 24, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new primary method for detecting cervical cancer developed by the pharmaceutical company Roche.

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