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Google could help diagnose difficult medical cases
Internet search engine Google could help physicians facing problems in diagnosing difficult cases, says a new study.
Nov 12, 2006, 18:02
Overseas Doctors hit by new British HSMP immigration rules
In a further tightening of immigration rules, Britain announced the latest of several changes this year that have affected highly skilled migrants from India and other non-European Union countries.
Nov 8, 2006, 20:03
Mental health problems threaten the knowledge economy
In a knowledge economy, people work increasingly with their heads instead of their hands. This makes mental health a crucial component of economic growth. However, the knowledge economy leads to high levels of stress and mental health problems. By damaging its ‘mental capital’ the knowledge economy undermines the basis for its own success. These are some of the conclusions of the report ‘Mental Capital’ by Rifka Weehuizen, researcher at UNU-MERIT - a joint research and training centre of United Nations University, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Nov 4, 2006, 20:54
Indians among worst affected by TB in Britain
Tuberculosis (TB) showed an alarming rise in Britain last year with ethnic South Asians, especially Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi, accounting for most cases.
Nov 4, 2006, 19:31
Bihar to get eight new private medical colleges
Eight new private medical colleges are set to open in Bihar as two US and six Indian firms have submitted proposals to invest in the health sector.
Nov 4, 2006, 19:26
Future of sexual and reproductive health at tipping point according to global study
The first-ever global study of sexual and reproductive health - to be published in the medical journal The Lancet starting this week - shows a picture of declining financial support, increased political interference and an overall reluctance to tackle threats to sexual and reproductive health.
Nov 1, 2006, 16:10
Profiles of serial killers have limitations
Dennis Rader, the notorious BTK murderer who eluded capture for more than 30 years until his arrest in 2005, did not fit precisely into the FBI's method for profiling serial killers on the basis of crime scenes. And Aileen Wuornos, the Florida prostitute executed in 2002 for slaying seven men over a two-year period in the early 1990s, didn't fit at all because the database of convicted serial killers used by the FBI in developing their profiling method did not include women.
Oct 29, 2006, 21:28
Concerns over abortion law in the US state of South Dakota
In this week’s BMJ, a senior doctor raises serious concerns over abortion law in the US state of South Dakota. Earlier this year, South Dakota passed a bill which bans virtually all abortions in the state except for circumstances in which the procedure is necessary to “prevent the death of the mother.” Under this new legislation, doctors face prosecution for the termination of any pregnancy in which maternal death is not clearly averted by its performance.
Oct 29, 2006, 21:26
European Alcohol Strategy Threatened by Industry Tactics
A European strategy to tackle the health impact of alcohol may be the victim of a carefully planned attack by representatives of the alcohol industry, using tactics associated with tobacco manufacturers, warns public health expert, Professor Martin McKee, in this week’s BMJ.
Oct 29, 2006, 21:24
Raine Study: Breastfeeding boosts mental health
A new study has found that babies that are breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood. The findings are based on data from the ground-breaking Raine Study at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, that has tracked the growth and development of more than 2500 West Australian children over the past 16 years. Researcher Dr Wendy Oddy said there was growing evidence that bioactive factors in breast milk played an important role in the rapid early brain development that occurs in the first year of life.
Oct 28, 2006, 05:41
Severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in medical-school admissions at University of Michigan
Three studies released today by the Center for Equal Opportunity document evidence of severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate, law, and medical school admissions at the University of Michigan.
Oct 17, 2006, 20:21
Small But Substantial Proportion Of Surgical Residents Interested In Part-Time Training
Medical students expressed increased interest in a career in surgery if part-time training options were available, and some residents, fellows and practicing surgeons would be interested in flexible training options as well, according to the results of a web-based survey published in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Oct 17, 2006, 14:23
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Opens the National Center for X-ray Tomography (NCXT)
The National Center for X-ray Tomography (NCXT) has officially been dedicated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Located at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), this new center features a first-of-its-kind x-ray microscope that will enable scientists to perform “CAT scans” on biological cells, just one of many unprecedented capabilities for cell and molecular biology studies.
Oct 13, 2006, 22:54
States That Easily Grant Immunization Exemptions Have Higher Incidence Of Whooping Cough
States that have personal belief exemptions for school immunization requirements, and exemptions that are easily obtained, have higher rates of new cases of pertussis (whooping cough) than states in which obtaining immunization exemptions is more difficult, according to a study in the October 11 issue of JAMA.
Oct 11, 2006, 05:14
The need for "exercise prescriptions."
For many older adults, a visit to the doctor is not complete without the bestowal of at least one prescription. What if, in addition to prescribing medications as necessary, physicians also prescribed exercise?
Oct 6, 2006, 21:05
Robot wheelchair may give patients more independence
Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are developing a robotic system that may offer wheelchair-dependent people independent, powered mobility and the ability, depending on patient status, to move to and from beds, chairs and toilets without assistance.
Oct 1, 2006, 23:16
Study calls for 39 percent more family physicians in USA
With an aging population and an increasing prevalence of chronic disease, now more than ever the United States is in dire need of family physicians. A study released this week on the U.S. physician workforce calls for a significant increase in the number of family physicians to meet the escalating health care needs of the American people. The study was conducted by consultants from the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Utah Medical Education Council.
Oct 1, 2006, 23:04
Sleep-related breathing disorder can increase risk of depression
Individuals who have sleep-related breathing disorder appear significantly more likely to develop depression, with odds of depression increasing as breathing disorders becomes more severe.
Sep 18, 2006, 18:34
Mandarin oranges decrease liver cancer risk,atherosclerosis
Scientists worldwide are discovering new and unexpected benefits from a wide variety of foods that go beyond their basic nutritional value. These so-called 'functional foods' contain natural or modified compounds that have been shown to help fight some of the most challenging health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
Sep 11, 2006, 16:26
The future of plastic surgery
From new data on psychological and physical benefits, to futurists, economists and plastic surgeons sharing their vision of the future of plastic surgery, the hottest topics, technologies, and advances will be presented at Plastic Surgery 2006. The meeting, held Oct. 6-11 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, will be attended by more than 6,000 doctors, medical personnel and exhibitors in the field of plastic surgery.
Sep 7, 2006, 00:59
Parents drink, Suffer the Children
According to 'Suffer the Children', a new report published today (Monday 4 September) by the Priory, there are currently over 3.6 million adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs) in the UK who bear the emotional, behavioural and cognitive scars that are a direct result of being raised by alcoholic parents.
Sep 5, 2006, 03:14
University of Pittsburgh to host Global Health Conference
An estimated one billion people worldwide lack access to basic health care, and about 11 million children under the age of 5 die each year from malnutrition and preventable diseases. Many effective interventions for alleviating such human suffering are currently available, but their delivery is often hampered by environmental, economic and social barriers, including war, poverty, discrimination, persecution and illiteracy to name just a few.
Sep 1, 2006, 17:43
EMCare now available via Dialog and Datastar
Elsevier Bibliographic Databases announced today that EMCare, The Database for Healthcare Professionals, is available via the Dialog and DataStar platforms.
Sep 1, 2006, 17:25
IOF to launch 'Bone Appétit' campaign on October 20
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) will launch its biggest campaign to date on World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) 2006, celebrated worldwide on October 20.
Sep 1, 2006, 17:18
Mental health units should not be exempt from smoking ban
Exempting mental health units from the ban on smoking in public places would worsen health inequalities for people with mental health problems, warn doctors in this week's BMJ. Smoking is the largest single cause of preventable illness and premature death in the United Kingdom, with 106,000 people dying of smoking related diseases in 2002, and more than 10,000 dying each year as a result of passive smoking. The Health Act 2006 will make all enclosed public and work places in England and Wales smoke-free environments, but may exclude some mental health settings.
Aug 25, 2006, 19:43
Fewer Girls Under China's One Child Policy
Since the start of the one child family policy in China, the total birth rate and preferred family size have decreased, and a gross imbalance in the sex ratio has emerged, finds a study in this week’s BMJ.
Aug 19, 2006, 21:59
Online video games found to promote sociability
Hang in there, parents. There is some hopeful news on the video-gaming front. Researchers have found that some of the large and hugely popular online video games – although condemned by many as time-gobbling, people-isolating monsters – actually have socially redeeming qualities.
Aug 19, 2006, 21:39
Community model effective in allotting anti-AIDS medication
When there are millions of patients clamoring for anti-AIDS drugs and precious little to go around, who decides which patients go to the front of the line? The answer, says Stanford AIDS researcher Dennis Israelski, MD, is relatively simple: the affected community.
Aug 17, 2006, 15:57
FDA safety alerts for automated external defibrillators occur frequently
The FDA frequently issues safety advisories for automated external defibrillators (portable electronic device used to restore regular heart beat in patients with cardiac arrest) and accessories, although the number of actual device malfunctions appears to be relatively small, according to a study in the August 9 issue of JAMA.
Aug 9, 2006, 17:34
Conjoined American twins separated
Four-year-old American twin girls joined at mid-torso were separated, their family reported a little more than 12 hours into the ongoing surgery that stretched into Tuesday morning.
Aug 9, 2006, 12:46