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New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

A brain scan to tell if you're depressed – and what treatment is needed

We currently diagnose depression based on what individuals tell us about their feelings – or those of their loved ones. People with depression …

The Brain

Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Privately insured people with cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two recent studies.<p>In one study, researchers examined data from more than 13,600 adult patients who had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common type …

Cancer

Zika fear prompts travel warning for Miami, CDC’s first in U.S.

Fourteen people have been infected with the Zika virus in Florida, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to pregnant women to avoid traveling to the Wynwood neighborhood.<p>Sixteen people have been infected with the Zika virus in Florida, and the Centers for Disease …

Public Health

Zika epidemic has peaked and may run its course within 18 months, say experts

The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America is likely to run its course within the next 18 months, according to a study by researchers in the UK and US.<p>Zika is currently circulating in more than 35 countries in the Americas and is primarily spread by mosquitoes. It is believed to cause the birth …

Public Health

Scientists Zone In on Treatment for Chronic Migraines and Headaches

Those who get migraines know how painful and debilitating they can be. In extreme cases, they can take you out of commission for days. One in seven …

13 Motivational Quotes that Will Fuel Your Success | Inc.com

On the long, arduous road to success, quitting often looks like an attractive option.<p>Use these quotes, not only keep you going, but also as a source of practical advice to help you reach your goals:<p>1. "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, …

Motivation

Building An Antibiotic To Kill Bad Microbes While Sparing Good Ones

Antibiotics can save lives, but sometimes they can work <i>too</i> well.<p>Most antibiotics can't tell the difference between good and bad bacteria. That means the medicines kill helpful bacteria in your gut while they're obliterating the bacteria making you sick.<p>The helpful bacteria make up what's known as …

New Berkeley Lab study tallies environmental and public health benefits of solar power - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Berkeley, CA — Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to …

Human skin turned into beating heart cells in breakthrough that could lead to Salamander-style regeneration

Scientists have turned skin into brain and beating heart cells, using a technique similar to the astonishing powers of regeneration of animals like …

Regenerative Medicine

Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to …

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

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Zika Virus Can Cause Brain Defects In Babies, CDC Confirms

After months of hesitation, U.S. health officials now say that the Zika virus is indeed the cause of severe brain damage in the infants of some women who were infected with the virus during pregnancy.<p>A CDC review published online Wednesday in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> describes evidence of …

Mental illness mostly caused by life events not genetics, argue psychologists

Mental illness is largely caused by social crises such as unemployment or childhood abuse and too much money is spent researching genetic and biological factors, psychologists have warned.<p>Over the past decade funding bodies like the Medical Research Council(MRC) have spent hundreds of millions on …

The Zika virus could have a huge impact on birthrates all over the world

The Obama administration, however, has downplayed the Zika threat, saying Zika is not comparable to Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control similarly issued calm and soothing assurances.<p>Zika is not directly comparable to Ebola, which is far more lethal and requires direct contact to spread. But it …

Zika virus discovered in human saliva and urine for the first time

Brazilian scientists have warned pregnant women not to share cups or utensils after the virus was present in saliva and urine<p>Pregnant women in Brazil have been advised not to share cups or utensils after Zika virus was found in human saliva and urine for the first time.<p>Scientists at the Fiocruz …

Texas Zika case raises concerns that virus can be transmitted sexually

Patient in Texas infected by Zika virus after sexual contact with a partner who had travelled to Venezuela<p>A case of the Zika virus being transmitted between sexual partners reported on Tuesday in Texas has raised new concerns about the transmission of the disease, which is typically spread by …

Obama wants $1.1 billion to fight heroin and prescription opioid abuse

President Obama is requesting an addition $1.1 billion in funding to fight the growing heroin epidemic and the abuse of prescription opioids in the US. If approved, the funding would arrive over two years in addition to the $400 million already set aside for 2016.<p>The vast majority of the newly …

Zika virus: Activists petition Brazil's Supreme court to waive law banning abortions for infected women

A group of Brazilian lawyers, activists and scientists are petitioning the nation's Supreme Court to waive the law banning abortions for women who …

Brazil: 270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — New figures released Wednesday by Brazil's Health Ministry as part of a probe into the Zika virus have found fewer cases of a …

Zika virus: US scientists say vaccine '10 years away'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1222000/1222907_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524650887_6b26ead9217d0e4f0c168ffd9eed1397<p><b>American scientists studying the Zika virus have warned that it could be a decade before a vaccine is publicly available.</b><p>The virus is linked to …

Human breast milk protein could wipe out superbugs

Scientists hope the discovery will help tackle increasing antibiotic resistance<p>Scientists have developed an antibiotic from human breast milk that …

Resistance to a Last-Ditch Antibiotic: Invisible Spread

Well, that escalated quickly.<p>Last night, the journal <i>Lancet Infectious Diseases</i>, which carried the initial report of resistance to the last-ditch drug colistin, published five letters from researchers announcing they too have found the MCR gene in additional countries: France; the Netherlands; and …

Here’s how America's leading public health institute plans to tackle the country's painkiller problem

An estimated 2.1 million Americans suffers from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.<p>To combat that, the CDC has put together a draft of guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.<p>The guidelines are designed to help family doctors and general practitioners …

US primary care is falling behind the rest of the world

Nearly one in four primary care doctors - internists, family physicians, geriatric specialists and others - said their practices are not equipped to manage care for patients with multiple chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease and diabetes, according to the study by the philanthropic …

Nearly half of Americans with high cholesterol are not taking medication, study says

Nearly half of Americans whose cholesterol readings put them at higher risk of heart attack or stroke are not taking medication to drive down that risk, says a new study by the<p>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The new study makes clear that public health authorities bent on preventing<p>heart …