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Total Smoking Ban may prove Effective

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

According to researchers of a new study, policies that ban private as well as public smoking may be effective in motivating smokers to quit the habit altogether. The results of this particular study suggest the importance of banning smoking both inside as well as outside home, according to its authors. The study was led by […]

Lymphoma Treatment Safe Even During Pregnancy

Monday, December 30th, 2013

A recent study suggests that lymphoma treatment may be safe for both mother and baby, even after the first trimester of pregnancy. Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer affecting the lymphatic system, is commonly treated with combination chemotherapy. The study indicates that this had little complications for mother and baby. The study was done by […]

Healthy Oils may be More Harmful than Good

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Certain vegetable oils, like safflower and corn oil, are marketed as healthy oils with various health benefits. The two aforementioned oils, for instance, are labeled as ‘good oils’ by the American Heart Association (AHA) because they lower cholesterol and contain low saturated fat levels. However, a recent study suggests that these two oils may not […]

Metal in Cell Phones and Modern Electronics Linked to Stroke Risk

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

A recent study shows that high exposure to tungsten may double the risk of stroke. Tungsten exposure is generally low among human beings, but the metal is now used in increasing concentration in computers and cell phones. The metal’s use in modern electronics has also resulted in it entering the environment and triggering higher health […]

Pre-Packed Foods Recalled Due to E. Coli Scare

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Recent concerns about dangerous trains of E. coli bacteria have triggered the recall of pre-packaged salads and wraps made by two Californian companies. The recalls apply to products with ham and chicken that has been linked to 26 illnesses, but the other products recalled were vegetarian and not tied to any illnesses. The Centers for […]

Lack of Evidence on Supplements’ Role in Cancer Prevention

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

The US population spends around $12 billion a year on mineral and vitamin supplements, and around 50 percent of the country’s population takes some form of dietary supplement.  A recent review, however, suggests that these supplements have fewer benefits than initially thought. It found insufficient evidence to support claims that supplements may prevent heart disease, […]

AHA Issues New Guidelines for Obesity and Weight Management

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

New guidelines have been introduced by the American Heart Association, and they recommend doctors to help their overweight and obese patients find a suitable weight loss plan. These guidelines were authored by medical professionals from the American College of Cardiology and AHA. They were based on the group’s analysis of previous related studies to see […]

Sufficient Vitamin D Crucial for Kidney Transplants

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

A recent study suggests that patients with lower levels of vitamin D had a greater risk of organ rejection after a kidney transplant.  The level of vitamin D was directly linked to the effectiveness of the kidneys in filtering waste out of the body after the surgery. The study was done by Yoshitsugu Obi, MD, […]

Outpatient Care Effective for Schizophrenia Patients

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A recent study found schizophrenia patients who received outpatient treatment in the early stages of their condition had better outcomes than those patients who required inpatient treatment. The study was done by Marjo Kiviniemi and colleagues from the Social and Mental Health Services, Oulu, Finland. The researchers said about the study results, “The mortality rates […]

Depression and Bipolar Mania Not Inherited Together

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

A US study suggests that depression and bipolar mania may be inherited independently in families. They often occur together in patients, which is why they were considered to be increasingly severe manifestations of a common genetic condition. However, the results of this study show that they may both represent different pathological pathways underlying bipolar disorder, […]

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