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What's to know about fasting blood sugar?

Fasting blood sugar provides vital clues about how the body is managing blood sugar levels. Blood sugar tends to peak about an hour after eating, and …

Diabetes

Can diabetes be passed down in the genes?

Diabetes is a complex set of diseases with no single cause. Genetic factors make some people more vulnerable to diabetes, particularly with the right …

Diabetes

Here are 10 little-known morning habits of mentally tough people

You don’t need to act physically tough to appear mentally strong.<p>A strong mindset is one that’s disciplined, determined and consistent. It’s a …

Appendix may have important function, new research suggests

The human appendix, a narrow pouch that projects off the cecum in the digestive system, has a notorious reputation for its tendency to become …

What does it take for an AIDS virus to infect a person? Study identifies characteristics of HIV-1 strains that mediate sexual transmission

Study identifies characteristics of HIV-1 strains that mediate sexual transmission<p>Researchers examined the characteristics of HIV-1 strains that were …

5 Ways To Get Moving When You Want To Sit All Day

It is always easier to say, “I’ll work out tomorrow,” but research shows that as little as a one- or two-week break from regular exercise, combined …

Exercise

Mammograms tied to overdiagnosis of breast cancer

Widespread breast cancer screening may catch more small, slow-growing tumors that are unlikely to be fatal without curbing the diagnosis of advanced cancer cases, a Danish study suggests.<p>Diagnosis rates for early-stage tumors and pre-invasive malignancies known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) …

Why Blood Pressure Is Rising Worldwide

One U.S. adult out of every three has high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. But the number of people with …

5 ways sugar could kill you

How sweet it isn’t.<p>In his new book, “The Case Against Sugar” (Knopf, out now), health and science journalist Gary Taubes argues that our collective …

Diabetes

6 habits highly organized people have in common

By Nicole Anzia<p>Nicole Anzia<p>Email Bio Follow<p>People often lament that despite their best efforts, they just cannot seem to get, and stay, organized. Even though they’ve been working at it diligently and have tried many strategies, nothing seems to stick. So how do organized people stay organized? …

8 Things Healthy People Do Every Day

Small changes for all 365 days of the new year.<p><i>This story originally appeared on realsimple.com.</i><p>We all know that health is a lifelong work in …

13 Ways to Stay Happy All Year Long

Scientists Have Discovered A Brand New Organ In The Human Digestive System

Scientists in Ireland have classified a brand-new organ inside human body, one that has been hiding in plain sight in our digestive system, proving …

From the lab to the maternity ward: how genetics can beat birth defects

In many countries efforts to prevent disease and improve health are reducing rates of infant and childhood deaths. However, it has become apparent that these mask another significant health problem. Birth defects or congenital abnormalities refer to anything abnormal that is present, though not …

'Unproven treatment of spinal injuries can cause paralysis'

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The rampant unauthorised and unproven stem cell transplant for spinal cord injury can leave a person paralysed below the …

Stem Cells

A Pacemaker Powered By Heartbeats

We heart this idea<p>A pacemaker’s battery needs to be swapped out about every five to eight years, requiring surgery. Engineers are now working on a device that converts the mechanical energy of a beating heart into electrical energy and could last indefinitely. A prototype tested in farm animals has …

First Red Blood Cells Made From Adult Cells Ready For Human Transfusions

In the future, man-made cells could supplement or even replace donated blood.<p>One team of researchers has created red blood cells that are ready to go into human study volunteers. When the clinical trial testing the cells' safety starts, it will be the first time humans have ever received red blood …

University of Glasgow

New Test Could Diagnose Asthma With A Single Drop Of Blood

The test works by gauging the speed of white blood cells.<p>While some symptoms of asthma, like wheezing, are obvious, a diagnosis of asthma is not always clear cut, especially if they don't occur when patients are with their doctors, and involve trials of lung function and tests for allergies. But …

How To Boost Blood Supplies

Because we don't want to run out.<p>PROBLEM<p>The shelf life of donated blood is short, just 42 days, and during emergencies even a large supply can quickly run out. To prolong blood’s useful life, hospitals can freeze it, but they rarely do so because technicians need to add glycerol, which prevents ice …

Protein

FDA Warns Against Hysterectomy Technique That May Spread Cancer

A Boston couple behind a campaign to stop doctors from performing a controversial surgical procedure is applauding a new U.S. Food and Drug …

Is the internet harming medical research?

While the movie Dallas Buyers Club might not have been completely factually accurate, it raises an interesting question about medical research. The movie depicts experimental trials for Aids treatments in the USA in the 1980s, and how a group of patients involved in the trials came together to …

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

Is a treatment for Crohn’s disease on the horizon?

Scientists believe gut bacteria may offer the key to diagnosing the debilitating disorder<p>Beth Skwarecki<p>March 23, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>The identification of specific bacteria that are present—or not—in patients with the debilitating bowel …

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Their study, <i>Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults,</i> is published in today's online issue of <i>Nature Medicine,</i> …

Neuroscience

Blood-brain barrier repair after stroke may prevent chronic brain deficits

Following ischemic stroke, the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which prevents harmful substances such as inflammatory molecules from …

3D scan quickly shows if chemo kills liver cancer

New 3D scans of liver cancer quickly show if chemotherapy is working, precisely measuring living and dying tumor tissue, researchers report.<p>The …