Immune cells in skin kill MRSA bacteria before they enter the body

A type of immune cell called neutrophils could be responsible for controlling bacterial numbers of an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on human skin before the bacteria get a chance to invade, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in Cell Reports. The results could provide an explanation for why this superbug is only carried transiently by […]

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You're Wired to Support Your Favorite Sports Team—Even When They Suck

SAY YOU have a team. Could be a football team or a basketball team or a baseball team, but it’s your team, and it’s been your team for as long as you can remember. For me, those teams have always been the Knicks and the Jets—for the guy pictured above, it’s all about the Mets—and for fans of this New […]

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How seniors perceive oral health may make all the difference whether they will seek treatment, according to study

How do senior citizens perceive the importance of their oral health? The answer to that question might make all the difference whether they’ll decide to seek treatment. New research at the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University looks to change the strategy in identifying seniors’ perception. The idea is to find a correlation between seniors who value […]

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Experts can tell what type of dementia a patient has by how they WALK

Scientists claim they can tell what type of dementia a patient has by the way they WALK Researchers found that people with Lewy body dementia walk differently  They change their walking steps more – varying step time and length  Scientists at the University of Newcastle analysed the walk of 110 people  Scientists can tell what type of dementia a patient has […]

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What Are Hot Flashes—And Why Do They Happen During Menopause?

Hot flashes are practically synonymous with menopause—but, despite most people being aware of their existence, many don't know what, exactly, hot flashes are. While not every women experiences hot flashes during menopause, those that have (and do) are well aware that the experience is pretty miserable. “I've had several patients describe being in meetings and needing to excuse themselves because […]

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These three women had a second chance at life. This what they did with it

If you had the chance to live your life all over again, what would you do differently? Would you continue with the status quo? Or take the bull by the horns and flip things around until your new life was virtually unrecognisable from the old? Dr Elizabeth Seeley-Wait, clinical psychologist at Northern Sydney Psychology Clinic, says it’s a question that […]

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HIV in Kenya: High risk groups aren’t getting the attention they need

Efforts to manage the HIV epidemic in much of sub-Saharan Africa need to specifically target sections of the population that are most vulnerable to HIV infection. Two such key populations include men who have sex with men and transgender women. But in many countries on the continent same sex relationships—and transgender identities—are criminalised. Kenya is one such country where the […]

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Men sent to cookery lessons by GPs so they can look after sick wives

Men are being sent to cookery lessons by their GPs so they can look after their sick wives Norman Johnson, 79, from Surrey, attends the Man With A Pan cookery course   His wife’ multiple sclerosis has left her in a wheelchair and barely able to move Mr Johnson is one of many encouraged by a doctor to attend the cookery […]

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Doping soldiers so they fight better—is it ethical?

The military is constantly using technology to build better ships, warplanes, guns and armor. Shouldn’t it also use drugs to build better soldiers? Soldiers have long taken drugs to help them fight. Amphetamines like Dexedrine were distributed widely to American, German, British and other forces during World War II and to U.S. service members in Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq and […]

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Do essential oils have any healing benefits, or are they just a fad?

Using the essential oils of plants and flowers to improve one's health or mood has been practised since ancient Egyptian times. But aromatherapy, as we now call it, is currently having a boom. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are buying and using these botanic compounds in a bid to improve health and wellbeing. Vara Maranda, who has practised and taught […]

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