Margaret Hull

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'Superbug' outbreak that killed two unlikely to spread beyond LA hospital

Expert cautions that antibiotic-resistant bacteria needs to come under control but says ordinary Americans do not need to worry<p>A “superbug” outbreak made national headlines this week, as up to 179 patients at the UCLA Ronald Reagan medical center in Los Angeles were potentially exposed to …

Why Is the Mystery of Blast Force Brain Injury So Tough to Solve?

Author of National Geographic's February cover story discusses the ravages of traumatic brain injury from battlefield blasts.<p>"Healing Our Soldiers," the cover story of the February issue of <i>National Geographic</i>, is a searching inquiry into blast-induced traumatic brain injury—the signature injury …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

Many Australians ignorant of anxiety disorders, says beyondblue, a mental health charity

Many people don't recognise the symptoms of anxiety, which can include hot and cold flushes, a racing heart, snowballing and negative thoughts and …

Government recovers over $41 million worth of false claims after 'rorting' of Job Services Australia scheme

The Federal Government has clawed back more than $41 million worth of false claims by private employment agencies in just the past three years.<p>The …

Do no harm

A few weeks ago I killed a patient. The patient wasn’t someone I’d met a few times on a ward round, them <i>in extremis</i>, their personal characteristics …

How vaccines change the way we think about disease

The news on the current measles outbreak contains plenty of reminders that measles causes brain damage, pneumonia, hearing loss and death. A few lone …

Britain's climate consensus puts politicians in a corner over carbon emissions

However the next three months pan out, we may have already seen the most important moment of the 2015 election campaign. Environmental think tank the …

Meat and soda industries prepare to fight new US dietary guidelines

Lobbyists for the US meat and soda industries are rallying the troops after a government committee on healthy eating has recommended that Americans consume less red meat and sugary drinks, and more fruit and vegetables. The 571-page report published by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee …

Nutrition Panel: Egg With Coffee Is A-OK, But Skip The Side Of Bacon

If you like a cup of coffee and an egg in the morning, you've got the green light.<p>A panel of top nutrition experts appointed by the federal government has weighed in with its long-awaited diet advice.<p>Their conclusions are that daily cup of joe (or two) may help protect against Type 2 diabetes and …

Diabetes

Don't Touch This: Combating Travel's Riskiest Germs Zones

We have a higher chance of getting sick while traveling than in daily life. That's because shared spaces and tight quarters are germ havens for colds, flus, and worse. So what's an aspiring healthy traveler to do? Know the danger zones, and act quickly to neutralize the threat. Oh, and think twice …

Remote Controls

Ebola: World Health Organisation approves 'breakthrough' 15-minute test

The World Health Organisation has approved a rapid test for Ebola, in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 …

Exposure to sun poses risk of skin cancer even in the dark, study finds

Cancer,Medical research,Skin cancer,Science,UK news,World news,Health,Life and style,The sun<p>Moving immediately into the shade does not stop sun damage as UV rays can continue damaging skin cells hours after exposure<p>Damage to skin cells continues for hours after spending time in the sun, according …

Scientists seeing 'dramatic improvements' in depression pill tests

"With depression medication usually they'll target one particular brain-chemical pathway such as say serotonin," he said.<p>"With what we know of …

Plum hailed in fight against obesity after bringing fat rats 'back to normal', as scientists seek superfood status

An antioxidant-rich plum accidentally bred by Queensland government scientists a decade ago is being hailed as a potential weapon in the fight …

Academics and law bodies warn attack on Gillian Triggs threatens democracy

Australia’s peak law bodies and academics have thrown their support behind the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, warning that attacks on her by the federal government are a threat to democracy.<p>Two letters praising Triggs’ integrity and the importance of the …

Human Rights

Research reveals pre-loading drinks, or consuming pre-drinks, saves no money, leads to more sexual, physical assaults

A groundbreaking new study into pre-loading drinks has found the practice does not save partygoers money and can lead to more sexual and physical …

Alcohol

Surviving cancer: four tales of beating the odds

"I don't think she would have ever made it out of the first hospital," she says. "[It's] just astronomical every year how much research does for all …

Fathers with mental illness deserve better than stigma

Where there is mental illness, there’s almost invariably social disapproval and discrimination. And a report released by the Australian Institute of …

Women aged 35 to 59 engaged in high-risk drinking at problem levels, study warns

More than 500,000 middle-aged Australian women are engaging in high-risk drinking and there is insufficient help available, researchers have …

A Pill That Mimics the Immune System

The human body doesn’t like outsiders. When a foreign pathogen or substance, say an unwanted virus, finds its way into our blood streams we produce …

Clot-removal device paired with drug shows benefits for stroke patients

In most patients suffering a potentially devastating stroke triggered by a blood clot, retrieval of the clot with a medical device along with the standard drug therapy restored blood flow to the brain and reduced rates of death and disability, four new clinical trials have demonstrated.<p>The latest …

Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

"We've known for a long time that smoking kills. We do think, though, that it's important to get an accurate estimate of just how many people are killed." - Eric Jacobs, epidemiologist, American Cancer Society<p>The U.S. surgeon general lists 21 deadly diseases that are caused by smoking. Now, a study …

Dentists warn overseas discount dental work will cost more in long run

Dentists are warning Australians against travelling overseas in an effort to save money, saying fixing shoddy work will end up costing more.<p>The …

Better Call Saul: is electromagnetic hypersensitivity a real health risk?

Better Call Saul, the long-awaited spin-off of Breaking Bad, has already thrown up some interesting questions: why is Saul chopping up cookie dough in a shopping mall? Will Mike Ehrmantraut ever let him out of the car park at the first time of asking? But perhaps most intriguing is the one raised …

Distributor of frozen berries linked to hepatitis A cases defends response

The company behind the imported frozen berries linked to five cases of hepatitis A has defended its response to the suspected contamination, but says …

Environmental Health

Arthritis drug may help treat asthma

"The reason why for us this is very exciting is because we saw this through from discovering the gene that is faulty, testing on mice and now being …

War’s hidden legacy: PTSD | DW | 12.02.2015

The death of his comrade - that’s the moment Johannes Clair says was the trigger for his life to be turned upside down, although he didn’t know it at …

The US is about to drop its decades-old warning against cholesterol

'Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.'<p>Every five years, the United States government updates a set of Dietary Guidelines intended to help its citizens make healthier food choices. These guidelines also help inform how companies package and market their products. …