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When caring for a sick pet becomes burdensome

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
Caring for a chronically or terminally ill pet could be putting your own mental health at risk, a new paper suggests.

Surgeons lacked caution in vaginal mesh, doctor admits

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Jenny King, director of the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia, said those given the procedure had been 'seriously let down' by the complications caused by the brittle devices.

235 sickened by salmonella outbreaks linked to papayas

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
Salmonella outbreaks linked to Maradol papayas from Mexico have sickened 235 people in 26 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

New pill could convert 'bad fat' into 'good fat'

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Scientists in St Louis, US, have found a way to 'bad' or white fat into beige fat which has obesity-fighting powers. They have blocked a protein in white fat, causing the fat cells to heat up and burn calories.

What lungs look like after smoking one pack of cigarettes

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
A YouTube user shares his own test using jar and cotton balls to mimic the impact of smoking on the lungs. The 'lungs' (cotton balls) and the 'throat' (the tube) are left a gross brown colour.

How to remove a tick and prevent future bites

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public’s risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome —- a mysterious red meat allergy -— are among the most serious.

Nerf guns can pose serious eye risk, doctors warn

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
Just about everyone who's played with a projectile toy has gotten a version of the warning "You'll shoot your eye out!"

Antibiotics following C-section among obese women reduces risk of surgical infection

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Among obese women undergoing cesarean delivery, a postoperative 48-hour course of antibiotics significantly decreased the rate of surgical site infection within 30 days after delivery, according to a study.

Contribution of opioid-related deaths to the change in life expectancy in the US

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Between 2000 and 2015 in the US, life expectancy increased overall but drug-poisoning deaths, mostly related to opioids, contributed to reducing life expectancy, according to a study.

Key regulator of male fertility identifed

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
When it comes to male reproductive fertility, timing is everything. Now scientists are finding new details on how disruption of this timing may contribute to male infertility or congenital illness. Researchers are identifying the key molecular and genetic switch that activates production of healthy male sperm -- but only when the time is right.

Opioid-related deaths are shaving time off life expectancy

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
New data from the CDC reveal that opioid-related deaths shaved about two months off the US life expectancy rate from 2000 to 2015. And researchers warn the opioid epidemic could shorten it more.

NFL players who started from age 12 have impaired emotions

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
The report is the latest installment in Boston's ongoing investigation into football-linked brain injury, which is studying hundreds of former players' brains including Aaron Hernandez.

People with short and wide faces have the highest libidos

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Researchers from Nipissing University in Canada found that people with short and wide faces, such as footballer Wayne Rooney, have the highest sex drive.

Cell-based therapy success could be boosted by new antioxidant

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Cell therapies being developed to treat a range of conditions could be improved by a chemical compound that aids their survival, research suggests. Lab tests found that the human-made molecule -- a type of antioxidant -- helps to shield healthy cells from damage such as would be caused when they are transplanted into a patient during cell therapy.

Welsh woman left unable to walk or feel emotion after fall

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Zalehka Price-Davies, from Penarth, Wales, was on a break in Dublin when she tripped down café steps. The 29-year-old woke up in hospital unable to walk or talk.

New hosts for Chagas disease vectors identified

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Solitary weasel-like animals called tayra might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than 8 million people worldwide.

Playing American football before age 12 could have long-term health effects

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Playing American football before the age of 12 may have long-term consequences for players' mood and behavior, according to a study involving 214 professional and amateur football players.

Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age, new research reveals. The findings may provide clues for the design of strategies to prevent asthma from developing.

An interconnection between the nervous and immune system

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Researchers have shown that the increased incidence of infections seen in spinal cord injury patients is directly linked to a disruption of the normal central nervous system.

A piece of the puzzle: Eight autism-related mutations in one gene

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Researchers discover a large number of clustered mutations in a single gene, TRIO, that disrupt the development of the brain's connections and likely contribute to the development of autism-spectrum disorders. The scientists also find that a sister gene linked to schizophrenia, KALRN, is inactive in early brain development, but becomes active in adolescence.