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Scientists create new probe for imaging proteins involved in fibrogenesis

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
Organs respond to injuries with the formation of new fibrous tissue, which can result in scarring. This process called fibrogenesis can now be monitored noninvasively on a molecular level, as American scientists report in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

Skin-applied microneedle patch boosts immunization to seasonal flu vaccine recipients, study finds

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
A boosting skin vaccination with a biodegradable microneedle patch and protein constructed from sequences of influenza virus subtypes could improve the effectiveness of conventional influenza vaccines, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

The ins and outs of wearing contact lenses

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
Contact lenses are a lifesaver for many people, but there are risks with sticking pieces of plastic in your eyes. So here's some dos and don'ts.

Doctors advised to send patients to arts classes

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
Greater use of 'arts-on-prescription' programmes (file pic) could save the NHS money by improving patients' mental or physical health, which would lead to lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

Postcard from Capitol Hill: Lawmakers put women’s health care in its place

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
The atmosphere at a House Appropriations Committee lunch meeting on women's health midday Wednesday was predictably charged.

Study opens up new avenues to understanding complex experience of hearing voices

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
When people hear voices, it is whether those voices fit or are at odds with their life goals and values that governs whether they find them distressing.

Engineered macrophages invade and engulf tumor cells in mouse models

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
One reason cancer is so difficult to treat is that it avoids detection by the body. Agents of the immune system are constantly checking the surfaces of cells for chemical signals that say they belong, but cancer cells express the same chemical signals as healthy ones.

Worldwide report on tobacco control measures - progress over last 10 years

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
According to a latest report from the World Health Organization on the worldwide epidemic of tobacco addiction, the efforts to control tobacco use has increased notably over the last ten years.

Obamacare repeal would spell loss of health cover for 32 million Americans

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
If the Republics go ahead with the plan to repeal Obamacare, around 32 million Americans would lose their health cover according to a prediction from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday. CBO is a non-partisan office that works to analyse pending bills and legislations.

Genetic basis behind friendliness of dogs and humans uncovered in a new study

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
In a new study published in the journal Science Advances a connection was found between friendliness of dogs and a particular genetic makeup. Dogs differ from their closest cousins – wolves, in their friendliness towards humans and the gene that makes this possible has now been uncovered. This gene that allows for the hypersocial behaviour in dogs is also common in humans the study finds.

Fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare — and taxpayers — tens of billions last year

News Medical (Australia) - 20/07/2017
Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.

40 per cent of mental health units out of date or unsafe

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
Two in five mental health services inspected in the last three years have not met safety requirements, while wards are out-of-date and staffing levels are not being met, a new report says.

Exercising during pregnancy is safe for babies

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
Mothers-to-be who do gentle exercise such as aerobics, walking or using a bike machine, and eat a healthy diet are more likely to deliver their baby naturally, suggests new evidence.

Trump Demands That Senators Find a Way to Replace Obamacare

New York Times - 20/07/2017
A day after he seemed to give up his legislative push, President Trump summoned Republican senators to tell them not to leave Washington until they repeal and replace Obamacare.

McCain had aggressive brain tumor surgically removed

CNN (US) - 20/07/2017
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, according to doctors directly involved with his care.

F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment

New York Times - 20/07/2017
If accepted, which is likely, it will be the first gene therapy ever to reach the American market. “This is the beginning of something big,” a doctor said.

Why bar staff will not serve Afghanistan veteran

BBC Health News - 20/07/2017
Could a brain injury identity card help a former soldier who gets refused service in bars?

How the wrong food can give you a throbbing hangover

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
If you are eating the wrong diet, you could be waking up with a food hangover with symptoms the same as an alcohol hangover - an upset stomach, aching limbs and a sore head.

Robbie Williams discusses his sleep eating

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
Robbie has revealed he is suffering from Nocturnal Sleep-related Eating Disorder [NS-RED] – a condition which means he eats in the middle of the night, unaware he is doing so.

Healthy heart in 20s equals healthy brains in your 40s 

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
Scientists in Chicago tracked 518 people for 30 years, monitoring their brains and hearts. They found 20somethings who took care of their hearts had less brain shrinkage in their 40s.