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March 16, 2015

Finger Lengths May Indicate Risk of Schizophrenia in Males

Research suggests that the ratio of the lengths of the index finger and the ring finger in males may be predictive of a variety of disorders related to disturbed hormonal balance. When the index finger is shorter than the ring finger, this results in a small 2D:4D ratio, pointing to a high exposure to testosterone in the uterus.

March 16, 2015

For Some Kids, Easter Egg Hunts Can Lead to Skin Problems

Some children and adults are allergic to nickel and develop rashes when they come in contact with it. They also may react to foods—including peanuts, chocolate, oats, and processed American cheese—that contain a significant amount of nickel.

March 16, 2015

Inflammatory Markers Linked with an Increased Risk of Premature Death in Adults with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is characterized by a state of inflammation. A new Respirology study has identified certain inflammatory markers that can be used to predict which patients are at the highest risk of dying prematurely.

March 16, 2015

New Targets for Rabies Prevention and Treatment

Researchers have identified genes that may be involved in determining whether an individual is sensitive or resistant to rabies virus infection.

March 16, 2015

Sufficient Sleep Is Important for Healthy Sexual Desire

In a study of 171 women, those who obtained more sleep on a given night experienced greater sexual desire the next day. Reflecting sleep's impact on sexual desire, each additional hour of sleep increased the likelihood of sexual activity with a partner by 14%. Sleep was also important for genital arousal, such that women who slept longer on average experienced fewer problems with vaginal arousal than women who obtained less sleep.

March 16, 2015

World Trade Center Workers at Increased Risk of Developing Autoimmune Diseases

A new study has found a strong link between prolonged work at the World Trade Center (WTC) site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the development of various autoimmune diseases including arthritis and lupus.

12:00 AM EDT March 10, 2015

Hormone Replacement Therapy for postmenopausal women: Does it help or harm your heart?

New evidence published today in the Cochrane Library shows that hormone replacement therapy does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke.

12:00 AM EDT March 09, 2015

Breast Cancer Risk May Be Increased in Women Who Have First-Degree Relatives with a History of Prostate Cancer

Having a family history of prostate cancer among first-degree relatives may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

12:00 AM EST March 05, 2015

Antiseptic prevents deaths in newborns

A low-cost antiseptic used to cleanse the cord after birth could help reduce infant death rates in developing countries by 12%, a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library suggests.

12:00 AM EST March 04, 2015

New analysis of spider venom reveals seven promising compounds with the potential to relieve chronic pain

New research shows that seven compounds of the countless found in spider venom block a key step in the body’s ability to pass pain signals to the brain.

12:00 AM EST March 03, 2015

Am I normal? Review Analyzes Data on Flaccid and Erect Penis Lengths in Men

A new analysis provides insights on what's considered “normal” for penis length and circumference in men.

7:00 PM EST March 02, 2015

The More Friends You Drink with... the More You Drink

A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that alcohol consumption of individuals appears to increase with the number of friends in their drinking group.

March 02, 2015

Are Girls More Likely to Die in Pediatric Intensive Care Units?

In a study of 2,609 patients from a pediatric intensive care unit in a children’s hospital in Spain, investigators found that more boys than girls were admitted (57.5% vs. 42.5%) but death rates were higher in girls (4.9% vs. 3.3%).

12:00 AM EST March 02, 2015

Cesarean Section Rates in Portugal Decline by 10%

A new study reports a significant decline in the rate of cesarean section (C-section) births in Portugal. Findings published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, indicate a 10% reduction in overall C-section rates between 2009 and 2014, with a 14% reduction in state-hospitals during the same time period. Researchers believe this may be due to more information and training of healthcare staff, along with inclusion of C-section rates as part of the criteria for hospital funding.

March 02, 2015

How the Brain’s Involved in Wanting and Having Sex

A new review looks at how the brain impacts the sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person participates in sexually stimulating activities.

March 02, 2015

Study Highlights Benefits of Screening for Heart Disease in Men with Erectile Dysfunction

New research reveals that screening for cardiovascular disease in men presenting with erectile dysfunction may be a cost-effective intervention for preventing both cardiovascular disease and, over the longer term, erectile dysfunction.

March 02, 2015

Understanding Lung Disease in Aboriginal Australians

A new study has confirmed that Aboriginal Australians have low forced vital capacity—or the amount of air that can be forcibly exhaled from the lungs after taking the deepest breath possible. The finding may account for the increased overall impact of lung disease among Aboriginal people in Australia that has previously been attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, also known as emphysema).

12:00 AM EST February 26, 2015

New evidence helps health workers in the fight against Ebola

One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, the latest findings from a Cochrane review show new ways of hydrating patients in critical care environments across the world.

February 26, 2015

Online Health Information – Keep It Simple!

Australian health websites are too difficult for many people to read.

February 26, 2015

Vaccinate Against Measles

Future outbreaks of measles can only be prevented by vaccination.

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