Lung cancer remains the single greatest threats to the health of smokers, according to the American Cancer Society. In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths, or 443,000 early deaths, each year.
Medical emergencies happen 1 in every 604 flights, according to a 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And about 75 percent of the time, a doctor, nurse or paramedic on board must deal with the passenger in distress.
Ukrainian riot police withdraw after overnight move on demonstrators
KIEV (Reuters) - Scores of Ukrainian riot police withdrew on Wednesday morning from a protest camp after moving against demonstrators overnight in the authorities' biggest attempt yet to reclaim streets after weeks of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich.
Thai 'red shirts' prepare rally to back PM against protesters
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The red-shirted supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Wednesday they could take to the streets to protect the government from protesters who have forced her to call a snap election, setting the scene for a possible confrontation.
Mandela's body lying in state, thousands queue to say goodbye
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued on Wednesday to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela, whose body was lying in state in Pretoria in the building where the anti-apartheid hero was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa's first black president.
Suicide bomber attacks German troops near airport in Afghan capital
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of German troops near the international airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, a military official said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Iran says to set date for IAEA visit to uranium mine
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran will set a date for a U.N. nuclear inspection of a uranium mine, an Iranian envoy said before talks on Wednesday between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Italian PM Letta seeks parliament's backing for reforms
ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he promised a package of reforms he said would lift Italy's stagnant economy back to growth after two years of recession.
Studies uncover new insights into pathophysiology of sickle cell disease and thalassemia, may help improve standard of care
New research presented during the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans uncovers several important insights into the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease and thalassemia that may soon translate into the development of better, more targeted treatments for hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide.Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited, chronic disorder affecting nearly 100,000 Americans.
FoundationOne™ Heme enables identification of genomic alterations not identified by conventional methods across hematologic malignancies
Foundation Medicine has announced new data demonstrating that its fully informative genomic profile for hematologic cancers, FoundationOne™ Heme, can be performed in routine clinical cancer specimens to identify all classes of genomic alterations, including gene fusions, across hundreds of genes related to oncogenesis in patients with hematologic malignancies. These data were presented today in an oral presentation titled Identification Of Actionable Genomic Alterations In Hematologic Malignancies By a Clinical Next Generation Sequencing-Based Assay (abstract number 230) by Ross L.
New findings mean more flexibility in the delivery of timely health care
A new mathematical finding by an international research team provides the health care system with a more balanced approach to how patients are selected for treatment, which will consequently decrease wait times. Led by Western University's David Stanford, the tri-national team includes Peter Taylor from the University of Melbourne and Ilze Ziedins from the University of Auckland.
Muscle cell therapy to treat some degenerative diseases, including Muscular Dystrophy, could be a more realistic clinical possibility, now that scientists have found a way to isolate muscle cells from embryonic tissue. PhD Student Bianca Borchin and Associate Professor Tiziano Barberi from the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University have developed a method to generate skeletal muscle cells, paving the way for future applications in regenerative medicine.
New IMI project to revolutionise clinical trials for Alzheimer's drugs
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching a major new project that will pioneer a novel, more flexible approach to clinical trials of drugs designed to prevent Alzheimer's disease. The €53 million project, which will see several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies working closely together, will aim to speed up drug development and patient access to the latest treatments. The announcement comes as the UK hosts a G8 summit dedicated to dementia in London on 11 December.There is an urgent need for new treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
Prion protein can trigger spongiform encephalopathy and neurodegeneration
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy or prion disease is triggered by the conversion from cellular prion protein to pathogenic prion protein. Notably, C-transmembrane form of prion protein and cytosolic prion protein can result in neurodegenerative diseases in cases of error location,aggregation tendency, failure of signal peptides, body stress or incomplete removal of topologic prion protein.
As drug-resistant infections become an increasingly serious threat worldwide, new research show the problem may be spreading right under our feet.
A new study in the journal Science shows that disease-causing germs and harmless bacteria in the soil are exchanging genes that make them resistant to antibiotics ? a finding that may have implications for the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock.
Antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria ? the kind that make people sick ? ...
Study Reveals Alarming Levels of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Alarming levels of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis have been found around the world. A new study says the findings signal an urgent need for improved testing and the development of better drugs to fight the deadly lung infection.
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tested samples from more than 1,200 TB patients from eight countries who were classified as having multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. The infection was resistant to one or both ...
American Pediatrics Group Cites Benefits Of Male Circumcision
Circumcision for baby boys was a common practice in the United States but, in the past several years, many parents and health insurance companies have decided against it claiming it was not be medically necessary. Now, a group of American pediatricians says the health benefits of male circumcision outweigh its risks.
In many African countries, adult men are getting circumcised to stop the spread of HIV. That's because research shows that male circumcision can protect both men and their ...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there has been a 40 percent increase in the number of West Nile virus cases in the United States since last week. The virus was first reported in the U.S. in 1999.
According to the CDC, this is the worst West Nile virus outbreak ever in the United States, with 1,590 cases reported so far in 2012. Sixty-six deaths have been reported so far.
Except for Alaska and Hawaii, every state has found evidence of the virus in mosquitoes, ...
Researchers are not waiting for the next new disease to emerge. They?re studying our near and distant primate relatives to try to prevent future epidemics.
HIV/AIDS is a well-known zoonotic disease, an illness transmitted from animals to humans. The disease ? linked to African primates - has killed tens of millions and more than 30 million people are now living with the disease.
Dr. Natalie Cooper said there may be many more diseases ready to jump from animals to humans. The Trinity College ...
Kenyan Officials: Alcohol Abuse Is National Catastrophe
NAIROBI, Kenya ? The World Health Organization says about 2.5 million people die annually, and many more succumb to illness and injury, as a result of harmful alcohol use. The WHO also says that alcohol increasingly is affecting younger generations and drinkers in developing countries. Kenya is one such country that is experiencing these negative repercussions from alcohol abuse.
In a 2011 report, the Kenyan National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Authority, or NACADA, says alcohol and drug ...