Medical News Today: What causes patches of dry skin?

Many common issues can cause patches of dry skin, including cold weather, allergies, and certain medical conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. In this article, we look at symptoms, treatments, and pictures of dry skin patches. Source: Medical News Today,

DNA study shows stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including staphylococcus

Stethoscopes carried by health care practitioners are loaded with diverse bacteria, including some that can cause healthcare-associated infections, according to a study. The research also reviewed the effectiveness of cleaning methods, finding a standardized approach to be superior for removing bacteria compared with various approaches employed by health care practitioners. Source: Science Daily,

How bullying affects the structure of the teen brain

The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological. Research now shows that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly victimized, and this could increase the chance that they suffer from mental illness. Source: Science Daily,

Clue to epidemics in 'bursty' social behavior

Researchers have developed a mathematical model that could cure the potential to underestimate how quickly diseases spread. The team discovered that current predictive models may miss the influence of a critical aspect of the social behavior of individuals called ‘burstiness.’ Source: Science Daily,

Intellectually active lifestyle confers protection against neurodegeneration in Huntington's patients

Researchers from the Cognition and Brain Plasticity research group of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Barcelona, in collaboration with several hospitals, have discovered that an intellectually active lifestyle confers protection against neurodegeneration in people with Huntington’s disease, delaying the onset of symptoms and loss of grey matter in the brain. Source: … pročitajte više

Medical News Today: Missed periods and ovarian cancer

Most causes of missed or irregular periods are not serious. However, less commonly, a missed period can be a sign of ovarian cancer. Early detection and treatment of this type of cancer can improve a person’s outlook. Learn more here. Source: Medical News Today,

Obamacare sign-ups down 550,000 as deadline nears sign-ups lag by more than a half-million with less than a week left in open enrollment. Last-minute shoppers and a surge of auto-enrollments should boost the finally tally, but enrollment is likely to fall short of the previous year. Source: Modern Healthcare,

Weight history at ages 20 and 40 could help predict patients' future risk of heart failure

In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patients about their weight history at ages 20 and 40 could provide real value to clinicians in their efforts to predict patients’ future risk of heart failure, heart attacks or strokes. Source: … pročitajte više

Gut hormone increases response to food

The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food are hard to resist. One factor in this hunger response is a hormone found in the stomach that makes us more vulnerable to tasty food smells, encouraging overeating and obesity. Source: Science Daily,

3D printing offers helping hand to patients with arthritis

3D printing can cut the cost of adaptive aids that help people with hand arthritis. Current products are quite expensive, and more so to create customized versions, but 3D printing drops the cost by an average of 94 percent for 20 different handheld devices. Source: Science Daily,

Extreme Dieting in Teens Often Intensifies in Adulthood

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 — Extreme dieting behaviors often begin in the teen years and worsen in adulthood, a new study finds. Unhealthy weight-control behaviors — such as purging and fasting — are associated with problems later in life,… Source:,

Certain Female Vets May Face Higher Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 — The toll of U.S. military service can be steep for female veterans, with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury each significantly raising the odds of later dementia, new research suggests. The study,… Source:,

Killing the liver-stage malaria parasite with baculovirus: a drug discovery approach

Currently, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively kill liver-stage malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, which can lay dormant for months or even years. Researchers have reported a new drug that could eliminate liver-stage malaria parasites completely. Using an insect virus, known as a baculovirus, the researchers investigated the ability of baculovirus to mediate innate immunity against … pročitajte više

Marketing: Putting a price on reputation

As Christmas shopping gets into full swing, new research reveals how reputation influences our purchasing decisions and the price we are willing to pay relative to other product features. Source: Science Daily,

Fighting obesity: Could it be as plain as dirt?

It costs the global economy an estimated US $2 trillion annually and has been dubbed a modern day health epidemic, but new research has unearthed a possible cure for obesity — and it is as plain as dirt! Source: Science Daily,