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Children 'slower than parents were'

Children 'slower than parents were' | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it

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Regression rather than progression

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Reading the pancreas through the eye: Researchers describe innovative way to study body glucose regulation

Reading the pancreas through the eye: Researchers describe innovative way to study body glucose regulation | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found an innovative way to study glucose regulation in the body: by transferring the vital insulin-producing cells from the pancreas to the eye, the latter can serve as a kind of window through...
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This is a highly innovative way to study glucose regulation in the body and we expect it to have a major impact on #diabetes research.


The researchers have shown that by transferring #insulin-producing cells from the #pancreas to the eye, the latter can serve as a “window” through which the health of the former can be monitored.

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Patient-doctor disconnect 'impacts weight loss interventions'

Patient-doctor disconnect 'impacts weight loss interventions' | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Physicians of patients who are overweight or obese experience a disconnect in communication regarding weight loss interventions, according to results from a new survey.
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Early stages of breast cancer could soon be diagnosed from blood samples

Early stages of breast cancer could soon be diagnosed from blood samples | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
What could someday be the first blood test for the early detection of breast cancer was shown in preliminary studies to successfully identify the presence of breast cancer cells from serum biomarkers, say the Houston Methodist Research Institute...
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Eyes cells help diagnose Alzheimer's

Eyes cells help diagnose Alzheimer's | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
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Further research will be necessary to determine whether changes in the retina found here (in mice) are also found in people with Alzheimer's. 


This research could provide a foundation for using a simple non-invasive technique for diagnosing or predicting Alzheimer's

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Study finds aerobic exercise improves memory, brain function and physical fitness

Study finds aerobic exercise improves memory, brain function and physical fitness | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online in the open-access journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that engaging in a physical exercise regimen helps healthy...
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It is important to note that Exercisers who improved their memory performance also showed greater increase in brain blood flow to the #hippocampus, the key brain region affected by #Alzheimer's disease. 

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Surprises in hunt for environmental links to breast cancer

Surprises in hunt for environmental links to breast cancer | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
A decade-long research effort to uncover the environmental causes of breast cancer by studying both lab animals and a group of healthy US girls has turned up some surprises, scientists say.
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This study has unearthed some interesting data pertaining to the age of puberty ( "By age eight, 40 percent of volunteers were already in puberty") and the role of environmental exposures on the onset of puberty and breast cancer.

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Tea benefits: weight loss, improved bone health and mood

Tea benefits: weight loss, improved bone health and mood | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Twelve recently published articles chronicle the health benefits of tea, boasting illness prevention, weight loss, lower cardiovascular and cancer risks, and better bone strength.
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"Modern research is providing the proof that there are real health benefits to gain from enjoying this ancient beverage."

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US moves to ban trans fats in foods

US moves to ban trans fats in foods | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
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In the process of being crippled by the rising cost of healthcare governments of the world are now beginning to take preventative action.

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Mediterranean diet linked to longer lifespan and better health

Mediterranean diet linked to longer lifespan and better health | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Middle-aged women who adhere to a Mediterranean diet may increase lifespan and avoid chronic illnesses, physical disabilities or cognitive impairment in old age, a study shows.
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This research shows that greater quality of diet at midlife is strongly associated with increased odds of good health and well-being among individuals surviving to older ages.

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Bill Gates: Internet connectivity doesn't mean much if you're dying of starvation

Bill Gates: Internet connectivity doesn't mean much if you're dying of starvation | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
“I certainly love the IT thing,” he told the Financial Times in a rare interview, published Friday. “But when we want to improve lives, you’ve got to deal with more basic things like child survival...
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This is Bill Gates at his best.

As someone who has and continues to play a major role in disease prevention he is asking and raising practical questions about what really is important to the well-being of mankind


Back in 2011 we raised similar questions about the “true” cost/benefit value of services such as facebook – See: 

http://clicktell.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/facebook-global-power-buster.html

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Poverty 'linked to cancer deaths'

Poverty 'linked to cancer deaths' | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Hundreds of women from the poorest backgrounds in England are dying needlessly of breast cancer, according to researchers.
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This latest data showes that in England poverty is linked to 450 breast #cancer deaths a year.

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Body's natural defence carries early warning system for recurring cancers

Body's natural defence carries early warning system for recurring cancers | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Scientists at the University of Leeds have found that the immune system's behaviour can act as an early warning alarm that detects cancer recurrence, and this could offer a chance for pre-emptive treatment.
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Study: spearmint and rosemary extracts improve memory

Study: spearmint and rosemary extracts improve memory | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
New research highlights how extracts of two herbs, spearmint and rosemary, improved memory and learning, as well as reduced oxidative stress, in mice with age-related decline.
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Copper intake makes tumors breathe

Copper intake makes tumors breathe | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Copper imbalances have been associated with a number of pathological conditions, including cancer.
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Although the researchers do not think that #copper causes #cancer, their research provides direct evidence that copper can enhance the proliferation of cancer cells. In their study reducing copper levels reduced tumor growth.

 

In a separate study, copper was also identified as culprit in #Alzheimer’s disease. See:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-08-copper-culprit-alzheimer-disease.html#nRlv

 

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8 Incredibly Effective Ways To Save Children From Preventable Deaths

8 Incredibly Effective Ways To Save Children From Preventable Deaths | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
From traveling medical clinics in 4x4-vehicles to cheap malaria drugs only one of these plans will win an inaugural $1 million prize from rock star...
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Jeremy Hunt: New hospital inspections will shine a light into 'dark recesses' of the NHS - Telegraph

Jeremy Hunt: New hospital inspections will shine a light into 'dark recesses' of the NHS - Telegraph | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Jeremy Hunt says that a new system of hospital inspections will "shine a light" on failure as he warns that previous NHS scandals show that "secrecy can be fatal" in the health service
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Caution: what is suggested as "dark recesses' of the NHS may well turn out to be a huge "black hole".

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Symptoms of Parkinson's disease linked to fungus

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease linked to fungus | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Scientists at Rutgers and Emory universities have discovered that a compound often emitted by mold may be linked to symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
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The hypothesis leading to the design of this study was formulated after the researcher discovered that the #headaches, #dizziness and #nausea she was suffering from was due to her breathing #mold spores at home - she was suffering from sick building syndrome.

 

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Autism linked to tummy troubles

Autism linked to tummy troubles | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Gastrointestinal symptoms and problem behaviors in children with autism are investigated in a new study, with suggests that treating GI upsets may improve behavior issues.
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Given that hyperactivity and repetitive behavior may be coping mechanisms for physical discomfort - This work raises the  possiblity that treatments that alleviate tummy troubles may lead to an improvement in problem behaviors.

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Autism symptoms seen in babies

Autism symptoms seen in babies | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Infants that will later be diagnosed with the disorder begin to avoid eye contact at two months of age.
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The findings raise hope for early interventions to tackle #autism.

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Study links intestinal bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis

Study links intestinal bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
Researchers have linked a species of intestinal bacteria known as Prevotella copri to the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, the first demonstration in humans that the chronic inflammatory joint disease may be mediated in part by specific intestinal...
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This is the first reported study in humans demonstrating that the chronic inflammatory joint disease may be mediated in part by specific intestinal bacteria.

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49-State Analysis: Obamacare To Increase Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 41%

49-State Analysis: Obamacare To Increase Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 41% | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive.
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Although many people will be protected from these increases by federal subsidies - the subsidies are ultimately paid for by taxpayers.

 

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Earlier onset of puberty in girls linked to obesity

Earlier onset of puberty in girls linked to obesity | Preventive Medicine | Scoop.it
New research in Pediatrics shows obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls, which is affecting white girls much sooner than previously reported.
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