Kristin Dowling

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Estrogen-Only Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 09/13/2013 10:06 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>One type of hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women may decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, women from California who took estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy …

How bacteria in your gut affect your mental health

Scientists searching for the underlying causes of mental illness have discovered a surprising contributor — it appears the bacteria that live in your …

Bright eyes, clean brains: sleep might scrub away gray matter waste

A new theory on why we need shut-eye<p>It's long been known that sleep, much like eating or breathing, is a vital process for humans and animals. Insufficient shut-eye in people impairs cognition, curbs energy levels, and has been linked to a bevy of illnesses. But while scientists have explored …

Why Are Today's Teens More Susceptible To Genital Herpes?

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 10/17/2013 07:47 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Teens today may be more susceptible to one type of genital herpes infection once they become sexually active than teens in years past, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, adolescents ages 14 to 19 who had their blood …

Y chromosome traced back to ‘Adam’

<b>U. MICHIGAN / STANFORD (US) —</b> Y chromosomes from men all over the world reveal that our male most recent common ancestor likely lived in the same …

Evolution

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

The Wellcome Trust 2013 winning entry: where did syphilis come from?

Last month, Katherine Wright was awarded the Wellcome Trust science writing prize at a ceremony at the Observer's offices at Kings Place, London. Wright, who is studying for a DPhil in structural biology at Oxford University, was judged the winner of category A "for professional scientists of …

The human brain, its nervous projections, layers,... - Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils

<b>The human brain, its nervous projections, layers, and cortical blood vessels</b><p>Though we’re probably subconsciously aware of our brains on a day-to-day …

U.S. malaria cases hit 40-year high

Some 1,925 cases were reported in the country in 2011, the most seen in a single year since 1971<p>The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the number of malaria cases in the United States had hit a 40-year high.<p>Some 1,925 cases were reported in the country in 2011, the …

Premature births in the U.S. hit 15-year low, but still called high

The rate of premature births dropped slightly in the United States last year, but the country still has a ways to go before reaching the March of Dimes' goal of only 9.6% of babies born prematurely.<p>Preliminary figures for 2012 show that 11.5% of births in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and …

Pregnancy

DNA sequencing: how much do you want to know about your health future?

This past July, the New York Genome Center opened its shiny new doors in downtown Manhattan. The massive, sparkling multi-million dollar 21st-century lab is now open for business, sequencing the genomes of sick patients in New York.<p>By sequencing the gene structure, doctors hope to find treatments …

Where in the world are people most depressed?

For those who think of depression as a byproduct of the vapidity of western materialism, this latest study by researchers in Queensland might come as something of a shock. Depression simply isn't that picky. And when it comes to depressive disorders, parts of north Africa and the Middle East suffer …

Orgasm for dummies: Neuroscience explains why sex feels good

<b>(Jeff Thrower via Shutterstock)</b><p>New brain studies explain how pleasure really works — and the amazing science behind amazing pleasure<p>Anjan Chatterjee<p>November 9, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Reprinted from “The Aesthetic Brain”<p>Before I realized what was happening, the patient reached down between my legs and …

Children of rich parents suffering increased mental health problems

The unrealistic expectations being placed on children by wealthy parents is leading to mental health problems, according to the latest research<p>The children of rich parents are put under so much pressure to succeed they are at an increased risk of suffering of mental illness, a study has …

The Rise Of Overdose Deaths In Rural America

Rural U.S. counties have seen greater increases in fatal drug overdoses since 1999, a new study finds.<p>Over the past few decades, the rate of people dying by drug overdose in the U.S. has risen dramatically. Drug overdose has become one of the leading causes of injury deaths in America, mostly due …

The next global pandemic is somewhere out there. The challenge is to stop it

The threat from a modern global epidemic is real - especially in a connected world<p>Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at the centre of Cao Lanh city's market, a woman is doing a brisk trade in selling rats for food. Two cages …

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

Depression Linked With Shorter Telomeres, A Sign Of Cell Aging

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 11/12/2013 08:18 AM EST on LiveScience<p>People suffering from depression may be aging faster than other people, according to a new study from the Netherlands.<p>In the study of about 1,900 people who had major depressive disorders at some point during their …

Polio emergency declared in Middle East following outbreak in Syria

Middle East

Forget the headlines – schizophrenia is more common than you might think

Which illness frightens you most? Cancer? Stroke? Dementia? To judge from tabloid coverage, the condition we should really fear isn't physical at all. "Scared of mum's schizophrenic attacks", "Knife-wielding schizophrenic woman in court", "Schizo stranger killed dad", "Rachel murder: schizo …

Why We Have Pain, & How We Kill It

Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013 | Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance

This report, <i>Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013</i> gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the …

Cholera outbreak in Mexico sickens 180, WHO says

An outbreak of cholera brought to Haiti by U.N. soldiers after the 2010 earthquake has spread to Mexico, where 180 people have been sickened since September, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.<p>At least one person is dead in the outbreak, the first local transmission of the waterborne …

Environmental Health

Forget Prozac, Psychobiotics Are the Future of Psychiatry

For millennia, the human race has sought to combat psychological disorders through the intervention of natural – and eventually synthetic – chemicals. Originally, the sources for these psychoactive substances were the various fruits and flowers, including the Areca tree (betel nut), the poppy …

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

Taking a nap, we've seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street …

A renewed war on powerful pain meds threatens to hurt patients

Pharmacies say tougher policies are designed to prevent abuse, but critics say they go too far<p><i>A pile of oxycodone, a highly addictive, schedule II controlled pain medication. (Flickr /</i> <i>Be.Futureproof</i><i>)</i><p>Evan Blass is in pain, and it won't go away. Blass, 35, is the man behind @evleaks, a widely …

More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before

The number of children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>And families increasingly are opting for medications to treat kids. Two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — …

UCLA, University of Texas study reveals gender differences in sexual regret

Regret and casual sex may go hand in hand but for different reasons, depending on the sex of the participants.<p>According to new research by …

Million man snip: Men in Africa flock to get circumcised to protect against AIDS

Nearly two million men have volunteered to be circumcised using U.S. funding in 14 African countries to protect themselves against the AIDS virus, health officials said Wednesday.<p>It’s a small step forward in the fight against the deadly virus, which infects 35 million people globally and has killed …

Public Health

Air pollution and genetics combine to increase risk for autism

Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk for autism among people who carry a genetic disposition for the neurodevelopmental disorder, …