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Survey finds nearly 60% of seniors using cell phones while driving

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:39:45 -0400

The distracted driving habits of young drivers have received a lot of media attention, with reports of Snapchatting, tweeting, texting and other dangerous behaviors. However, there has been a lack of data on whether seniors also engage in these behaviors behind the wheel.



Analysis finds high infection rates with contact lens than with LASIK to correct vision

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:09:52 -0400

Which causes fewer eye infections - contact lens wear or LASIK surgery? While traditionally contacts were thought to be safer than a surgical procedure, an analysis by ophthalmologists from the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center indicates otherwise.



Transgenic fruit flies can shed light on genetic mutations that underlie kidney disease in humans

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:02:53 -0400

An off-the-shelf dietary supplement available for pennies per dose demonstrated the ability to reverse cellular damage linked to specific genetic mutations in transgenic fruit flies, an experimental model of genetic mutation-induced renal cell injury that features striking similarities to humans, a Children's National Health System research team reports April 20 in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.



High-fat diet and obesity drive liver immune cells to promote metabolic syndrome

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:45:23 -0400

A high-fat diet and obesity turn "hero" virus-fighting liver immune cells "rogue", leading to insulin resistance, a condition that often results in type 2 diabetes, according to research published today in Science Immunology.



Researchers show how fish oil component helps in survival of injured retina, brain cells

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:39:01 -0400

A team of researchers led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown for the first time that NDP1, a signaling molecule made from DHA, can trigger the production of a protective protein against toxic free radicals and injury in the brain and retina.



Dry socket: Risk factors and ways to avoid uncomfortable complication after tooth extraction

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:11:54 -0400

Having wisdom teeth surgery can be a real pain, but if your healing regimen goes awry, you can find yourself in a world of hurt. An expert from the Texas A&M College of Dentistry explains this uncomfortable complication and how to avoid it.



Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding instigate bonding between mothers and newborns

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:57:41 -0400

When little Aiden Sandoval was born, lactation consultant Delia Peña was in the birthing suite ready to place him against his mother's bare chest.



Mice study yields important clues about protective role of Clostridia strains

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:47:11 -0400

Hundreds of thousands of babies worldwide die every year from infections that ravage their digestive systems – including those caused by Salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Millions more get sick.



New report suggests innovative approaches for better response to chemical inhalation disasters

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:40:42 -0400

Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an international panel of experts.



Systematic Review reveals safe levels of caffeine intake

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:28:15 -0400

A rigorous, new scientific Systematic Review paper on caffeine safety confirms the results of the widely-cited Health Canada literature review (2003), which concluded that adverse health effects were not associated with caffeine intake levels at ≤400 mg/day for adults (which is the equivalent of about 4 cups of coffee/day, and 90% of Americans typically consume less than this amount, ≤300 mg/day for pregnant women and ≤2.5 mg/kg-day for children and adolescents.