Scientists Claim That Ancient Antarctica was as Warm as Today’s California Coast

Scientists have claimed that parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, using a new way to measure past temperatures. And polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat. The findings underscore the potential for increased warmth at Earth's poles and the associated risk of melting polar ice and rising sea levels, the researchers said. Led by scientists at Yale, the study focused on Antarctica ...
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Babies Born to Older Parents at Accelerated Risk of Developing Autism

A new study suggests that older parents are likelier to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents. The study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the risk associated with parental age varies between mothers' and fathers' ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability ...
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NICE Rejects Breast Cancer Drug, Says Not Effective for Its Price

Under its draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is planning to block a new cancer drug which can increase a breast cancer patient's life span by six months. Nice said the draft is under public review at present. So at the moment, patients can use the drug by applying to their local NHS and to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). According to Nice, drug Kadcyla, manufactured by Roche, can cost over 90,000 per patient and is not ...
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Glaucoma Drug Added to Weight Loss Plan Helps Women With Blinding Disorder Linked to Obesity

An inexpensive glaucoma drug, when added to a weight loss plan, can improve vision for women with a disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) reveals a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. IIH, also called pseudotumor cerebri, predominantly affects overweight women of reproductive age. An estimated 100,000 Americans have it, and the number is rising with the obesity epidemic. The most common symptoms are headaches and visual problems, ...
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Researchers Identify New Anti-depressant Mechanisms, Therapeutic Approaches to Beat Depression

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are making breakthroughs that could benefit people suffering from depression. A team of physician-scientists at UT Southwestern has identified a major mechanism by which ghrelin (a hormone with natural anti-depressant properties) works inside the brain. Simultaneously, the researchers identified a potentially powerful new treatment for depression in the form of a neuroprotective drug known as P7C3. The study, ...
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Nearly One-third of Canadian Adults Have Experienced Child Abuse and Related Mental Disorders

A recent article that links child abuse and mental disorder reveals almost one-third of adults in Canada have experienced child abuse - physical abuse, sexual abuse or exposure to intimate partner (parents, step-parents or guardians) violence in their home. The article published in iCMAJ/i (iCanadian Medical Association Journal/i) has linked child abuse to mental disorders and suicidal ideation (thoughts) or suicide attempts. "From a public health standpoint, ...
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Ecological Research to be Helped by UV-Radiation Data

The effects of temperature and precipitation on the global distribution of plant and animal species are being studied by many research projects. However, an important component of climate research, the UV-B radiation, is often neglected. The landscape ecologists from UFZ in collaboration with their colleagues from the Universities in Olomouc (Czechia), Halle and Luneburg have processed UV-B data from the U.S. NASA space agency in such a way that they can be used ...
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Testosterone Exposure in Womb Linked to Male Health

Low exposure to testosterone in the womb is linked to men's susceptibility to serious health conditions as suggested by new research. A study has revealed how men's testosterone levels may be determined before they are born. Understanding why some men have less of the hormone than others is important because testosterone is crucial for life-long health. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers ...
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Mandated Coverage of Birth Control in Health Plans Supported by More Than Two Thirds of Americans

Mandated coverage of birth control medications in health plans has been supported by nearly 7 in 10 Americans in terms of survey conducted by researchers Women, blacks, Hispanics, parents with children under the age of 18 at home, and adults with private or public insurance were significantly more likely than other adults to support universal coverage of birth control medications, according to the findings that appear in the iJournal of the American Medical Association/i ...
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In Order to Reduce Opioid Abuse Deaths, Insurers Use Prescription Monitoring Data

With a view to reduce the overdoses, deaths and health care costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs, the medical insurers use prescription monitoring data "At a time when the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids has reached epidemic levels, it's important that third party payers be able to use states' prescription monitoring data to make sure these drugs are prescribed appropriately," said Peter Kreiner, principal investigator of ...
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