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Taking the 'Strep' Out of Strep Throat

ACSH - 2 hours 29 min ago

You have most likely had the test. When the super dry tongue depressor presses your tongue down so that the Q tip can reach the back of your throat - so far in the back so that you gag a little. 

The Q tip will either reveal the presence of Streptococus pyogenes, the main cause of strep throat, or not. Sometimes, in about 5% of cases, the cause is another type of strep (Streptococcus C or G.) 

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So Now You Are Celebrating Surviving The End Of The World - But Expect After Effects For A Few Weeks

Science 2.0 - 7 hours 14 min ago

For the last three weeks we've had constant PM's and comments on Doomsday Debunked as a result of a viral hoax that pranked probably hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Perhaps you are one of them, and got scared of an alien invasion?

It’s on the basis of some tweets by anonymous people that sketched a bizarre story that for some reason got many hooked, partly because it made no sense and they kept puzzling over this bizarre stupid story, even knowing it was silly, still they couldn’t help but nag away at it and getting more and more scared because it didin’t make sense.

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Enduring cold temperatures alters fat cell epigenetics

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
A new study in fat cells has revealed a molecular mechanism that controls how lifestyle choices and the external environment affect gene expression. This mechanism includes potential targets for next-generation drug discovery efforts to treat metabolic diseases including diabetes and obesity.
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Researchers at LSTM take a novel approach to snakebite treatment

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
Researchers at LSTM's Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit are looking at treatment for snakebite in a completely different way and have shown that it is possible to treat the bite from one snake with antivenom produced from a completely different species that causes the same pathology in humans.
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Men younger than 50: The more you smoke, the more you stroke

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
The more cigarettes men younger than 50 smoked, the more likely they were to have a stroke. Researchers say, while smoking cessation is the goal, just reducing the number of cigarettes younger men smoke could help reduce their stroke risk.
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Exercise after a heart attack -- it could save your life

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
Becoming more physically active after a heart attack reduces the risk of death, according to research presented today at EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress. The study, which followed more than 22,000 patients, found that those who became more physically active after a heart attack halved the risk of death within four years.
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New research findings suggest that most vulnerable patients across Africa are at risk of receiving sub-optimal malaria treatment

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
A large proportion of malaria patients in endemic countries in Africa are likely to receive doses of malaria medicine that are too low to offer effective treatment, according to new research presented at the MIM Conference taking place in Dakar this week. Researchers found that an estimated 21.3 million people -- or 24 percent of all confirmed malaria cases--were at risk of being prescribed inadequate doses of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs), the frontline treatment against Plasmodium falciparum malaria.
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Hurricane Harvey: Dutch-Texan research shows most fatalities occurred outside flood zones

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
Scientists found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, hit Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, causing unprecedented flooding and killing dozens. Researchers at Delft University of Technology and Rice University published their results today in the European Geosciences Union journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.
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Low total testosterone in men widespread, linked to chronic disease

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
New research finds that more men have suboptimal testosterone levels than previously known, and it may be putting these men at risk.
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How environmental pollutants and genetics work together in rheumatoid arthritis

Eurekalert - 9 hours 29 min ago
New research documents how chemicals and a certain gene activate an enzyme to increase the risk and severity of RA and bone destruction.
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Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar: The Psychology of Pure Hate

ACSH - Apr 18 2018 - 22:04

Randa Jarrar, an English professor at Fresno State, is rightfully in hot water. In a Twitter tirade, she called the recently deceased Barbara Bush an "amazing racist" and said she was "happy the witch is dead." For good measure, she wished death upon the rest of the Bush Family.

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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Species Never Knew It Was Extinct

Science 2.0 - Apr 18 2018 - 15:04
Though we read a lot of claims about impending extinction, the biological reality is that we don't know anything about 99.9999999 percent of species that have ever lived. And then there are species only newly discovered that are immediately declared endangered because an academic only recently named them in a print journal.

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Nuts May Not be as Amazing as Previously Thought

ACSH - Apr 18 2018 - 13:04

Nuts have increasingly been viewed over the years as very beneficial, delivering a range of health benefits by the handful.

However, according to the findings of a new study, that reputation may be fairly misleading because a nut-eater has to be inclined towards a healthy lifestyle in order to enjoy their benefits.  

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No - Wounded Soldiers Should NOT Be Given Acupuncture

ACSH - Apr 18 2018 - 10:04

Is using acupuncture to treat pain in soldiers, even in combat, a good idea? No, it's not, for reasons that I will explain below. But first, in case you're in the mood for some propaganda that is worthy of Pravda then take a look at an article in Health.mil, which recommends that acupuncture should be used to "help" injured soldiers, even during combat. 

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Moving The Goal Posts On Bees: Now Their Microbiome Is At Risk

Science 2.0 - Apr 18 2018 - 08:04
The mix of bacteria (microbiome) of bee bread, the long-term food supply stored within a hive for young bees, is now at risk, according to a new estimate.

The scholars are blaming modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests. Human changes to the landscape, such as large areas of monoculture grassland for livestock grazing, and coniferous forests for timber production, is affecting the diversity of the ‘microbiome’ associated with honeybees’ long-term food supply, the authors claim. 

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Practices with poor prescribing performance more likely to prescribe homeopathy

Eurekalert - Apr 18 2018 - 00:04
New research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine finds that general practices in England with the worst prescribing quality scores are 2.1 times more likely to prescribe homeopathy than practices with the best prescribing quality scores.
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Global burden of multiple serious illnesses must be urgently addressed: AMS report

Eurekalert - Apr 18 2018 - 00:04
Increasing numbers of people worldwide are suffering lifelong disability and dying prematurely due to the ineffective treatment of people with multiple health conditions, a new report suggests. The report from the Academy of Medical Sciences, published today, points to an alarming lack of information about multimorbidity, a scenario where a patient suffers several diseases simultaneously.
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How mental health diagnosis should be more collaborative

Eurekalert - Apr 18 2018 - 00:04
New research published in The Lancet Psychiatry finds that mental health diagnosis should be more collaborative.The study found evidence that service users can feel isolated, confused and distressed when a diagnosis is not discussed with them, is discovered via health records, in a letter or inadvertently mentioned in a care meeting.Instead, doctors should work alongside service users to approach diagnosis in a way that is sensitive to individual needs and preferences, so that they explain difficulties, give hope, empower and guide recovery.
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Experts weigh risks of epilepsy drug in pregnancy, as EU considers safety recommendations

Eurekalert - Apr 18 2018 - 00:04
As the European Commission considers whether to introduce a partial ban on use of the epilepsy drug valproate in pregnancy over risks to unborn babies, researchers in The BMJ discuss the arguments and the implications for patients and healthcare professionals.
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Artificial pancreas is a safe and effective treatment for type 1 diabetes

Eurekalert - Apr 18 2018 - 00:04
Use of an artificial pancreas is associated with better control of blood sugar levels for people with type 1 diabetes compared with standard treatment, finds a review of the available evidence published by The BMJ today.
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