Archive | November 2014

How your breast size affects your mental health

Girls with uneven breasts have more mental health problems than girls with ‘normal breasts’, in the first study to focus on mental wellbeing
Also found to have issues functioning socially and with attitudes to food
Impact is equally damaging for girls with mild differences in breast …
Source:How your breast size affects your mental health

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‘Trojan horse’ parasites disguise themselves to attack immune systems

Parasites use a ‘trojan horse’ tactic to get past a victims’ immune system
They secreted tiny sealed ‘packages’ of genetic material into cells 
This suppresses the victims’ immune response to an infection
Packages, known as vesicles, mimic those produced …
Source:‘Trojan horse’ parasites disguise themselves to attack immune systems

New test could ‘revolutionalise’ diagnosis of prostate cancer

New technique being trialled uses multi parametric (MP) MRI scans 
These could give accurate and detailed images to identify prostate cancer
Could also ascertain the cancer’s size, location and aggressiveness
Currently men undergo test to see if a higher level of protein PSA is f…
Source:New test could ‘revolutionalise’ diagnosis of prostate cancer

Britain kicks the habit: Fewer than 1 in 5 people are still smokers and more than half have never even tried it

Just 19% of people in Great Britain smoke, down from 46% in 2014 
Unemployed people, least qualified and low earners more likely to smoke
Married people and older people are all less likely to be cigarette smokers

By
Matt Chorley, Political Editor for MailOnline

Published:
12:16 EST, 25 …
Source:Britain kicks the habit: Fewer than 1 in 5 people are still smokers and more than half have never even tried it

Taking Stock Of America’s Toxic Sites And The Millions Living Near Them

A recent National Geographic article looks at toxic waste sites in the U.S. and the more than 49 million Americans who live near them. NPR’s Eric Westervelt talks with writer Paul Voosen about his piece.

Source:Taking Stock Of America’s Toxic Sites And The Millions Living Near Them

New bird flu case in Netherlands

Dutch authorities reported a new outbreak of bird flu Sunday at a poultry farm, but could not say if it was the worrying new strain detected elsewhere in the country.
“Avian influenza has been detected on a poultry farm at Zoeterwoude, where some 28,000 birds are affected,” the…
Source:New bird flu case in Netherlands

One in four organ transplants from ‘high risk’ donors

“If they don’t get it in perspective they may worry or end up turning
down an organ.”

NHS Blood and Transplant confirmed that last year 25 per cent of organs came
from donors with a history of drug abuse, tumours, or those over the age of
70.

Guidelines state that…
Source:One in four organ transplants from ‘high risk’ donors