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Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered strong evidence that mice have a specific set of nerve cells that signal itch but not pain, a finding that may settle a decades-long debate about these sensations, and, if confirmed in humans, help in developing treatments for chronic itch, including itch caused by life-saving... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at All Good Read
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Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought. Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at All Good Read
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A new study led by North Carolina researchers has found that when it comes to weight- and fat loss, aerobic training is better than resistance training. The study is believed to the largest randomized trial to directly compare changes in body composition induced by comparable amounts of time spent doing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at All Good Read
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Smoking cessation even a year prior to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery does not fully normalize the changes smoking has made to the saphenous (leg) veins used for the surgery and may lead to later graft failure, according to a study published in the January 2013 issue of The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at All Good Read
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Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs. A study report on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at All Good Read
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Researchers at Rush University Medical Center, in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern University, have identified a molecular mechanism central to the development of osteoarthritis (OA) pain, a finding that could have major implications for future treatment of this often-debilitating condition. “Clinically, scientists have focused on trying to understand how cartilage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at All Good Read
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Losing weight and saving money are perenially the top New Year’s resolutions made by many Americans. But both require behavioral changes and a certain amount of discipline. “People need a motivation to lose weight and the new year is an opportunity to start fresh,” said Dr. Jessica Bartfield, internal medicine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at All Good Read
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Taking into consideration its size, an ancient relative of piranhas weighing about 20 pounds delivered a bite with a force more fierce than prehistoric whale-eating sharks, the four-ton ocean-dwelling Dunkleosteus terrelli and – even – Tyrannosaurus rex. Besides the force of the bite, Megapiranha paranensis appears to have had teeth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at All Good Read
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In the period just before they went extinct, the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene were living well off the fat of the land. That is the conclusion of the latest study of the microscopic wear patterns on the teeth of these great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at All Good Read
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A new way to use MRI scans may help determine whether dementia is Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, according to new research published in the December 26, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at All Good Read
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Losing weight is one of the most cited New Year’s resolutions each year. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least successful. Harris Health System clinical nutrition manager Shaynee Roper, LD, RD, offers some simple strategies for success in 2013. It starts, she says, by recognizing that losing weight is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at All Good Read
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Drinking to ring in the New Year may leave many suffering with the dreaded hangover. According to a 2009 study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at All Good Read
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“Obesity and extreme obesity in childhood, which are more prevalent among minority and low-income families, have been associated with other cardiovascular risk factors, increased health care costs, and premature death. Obesity and extreme obesity during early childhood are likely to continue into adulthood. Understanding trends in extreme obesity is important... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at All Good Read
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Nearly a third of children diagnosed with food allergies who participated in a recent study are bullied, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Almost eight percent of children in the U.S. are allergic to foods such as peanuts, tree-nuts, milk, eggs, and shellfish. Nearly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at All Good Read
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Children suspected of having appendicitis are more likely to receive CT scans, which involve radiation, if they are evaluated at a general hospital, a new study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown. Similar patients who went to St. Louis Children’s Hospital were more often evaluated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at All Good Read
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In research published online in the journal Nature Genetics, scientists have found three new and relatively rare genetic variants that influence insulin production, offering new clues about the genetic factors behind diabetes. “Studying genetic variants — even rare ones — helps us learn how genes affect health and disease,” said... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at All Good Read
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We know high-fat, high-sugar foods cause obesity and promote heart disease, but most people don't realize that sugar and fat also contribute to conditions like osteoporosis by weakening bones. If this trend continues, this overlooked 'silent robber' will begin to cripple large numbers of at-risk baby boomers, say researchers at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at All Good Read
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Growing new blood vessels in the lab is a tough challenge, but a Johns Hopkins engineering team has solved a major stumbling block: how to prod stem cells to become two different types of tissue that are needed to build tiny networks of veins and arteries. The team’s solution is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at All Good Read
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Malaria brings misery and death to millions in the developing world each year, and fighting it keeps medical researchers up at night because the mosquito-borne parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the deadliest form of the disease, has developed resistance to every drug thrown at it. Resistance has cut short the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at All Good Read
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Your primary care physician may be your first choice for assistance with most health-related issues, but according a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, primary care physicians agree they may not be the best health care professionals to give weight related counseling.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at All Good Read
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A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. The University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed the new therapeutic ultrasound approach say it could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery. Today's ultrasound technology enables far more than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at All Good Read
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A new device about the size of a business card could allow health care providers to test for insulin and other blood proteins, cholesterol, and even signs of viral or bacterial infection all at the same time—with one drop of blood. Preliminary tests of the V-chip, created by scientists at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at All Good Read
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Working with mice, Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered that a particular protein helps nerve cells extend themselves along the spinal cord during mammalian development. Their results shed light on the subset of muscular dystrophies that result from mutations in the gene that holds the code for the protein, called dystroglycan,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at All Good Read
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Men whacked punching bags for a University of Utah study that suggests human hands evolved not only for the manual dexterity needed to use tools, play a violin or paint a work of art, but so men could make fists and fight. Compared with apes, humans have shorter palms and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at All Good Read
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Paying it forward - a popular expression for extending generosity to others after someone has been generous to you - is a heartwarming concept, but it is less common than repaying greed with greed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “The idea of paying it forward... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at All Good Read