Majority of herb users don't follow evidence-based indications, researchers find
Sales of herbal dietary supplements have skyrocketed by 100 percent in the United States during the last 10 years, but most people don’t consider evidence-based indications before using them, according to a University of Iowa study published in this month’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
New therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases
The focus of work in the Neurosciences Department’s Neurobiology Laboratory at the University of the Basque Country’s Faculty of Medicine and Odontology is the investigation of the molecular and cellular bases of neurodegenerative illnesses – those that affect the brain and the spinal cord. Some of these neurodegenerative illnesses are well known and affect a significant part of the population, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. more
Drinking farm milk reduces childhood asthma and allergies but raw consumption remains unsafe
Drinking farm milk can protect children against asthma and hayfever, according to a study of nearly 15,000 children published in the May issue of Clinical and Experimental Allergy. more
Use of Swedish 'snus' is linked to a doubled risk of pancreatic cancer
People who use Swedish moist snuff (snus) run twice the risk of developing cancer of the pancreas. This is the main result of a follow-up study conducted by Karolinska Institutet researchers amongst almost 300,000 male construction workers. The study is published today online in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. more
Study finds gap between practice, attitudes toward medical errors
When it comes to disclosing medical errors to patients, there is a gap between physicians' attitudes and their real-world experiences admitting such errors, according to a University of Iowa study.
HIV/STI risk behaviors in delinquent youth: A community health problem
Results of a recent study of 800 juvenile detainees aged 10–18 finds that young people involved in the juvenile justice system are at great risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and this risk increases dramatically as they age. Because the majority of incarcerated youth return to their communities, HIV/STI risk behaviors among this population represent a public health concern for both the individual and the community. more
First molecular examination of HIV in high-risk people along U.S.–Mexico border
The first report examining the subtypes of HIV infection among injecting drug abusers and female sex workers along the U.S.–Mexico border shows evidence of resistance to antiretroviral drugs in people who had not taken the medications, posing a potential public health threat. more
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