Feb 19, 2015

'Nanodrones' tested to clear arteries

Tiny nanoparticles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knockout punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by U.S. scientists on Wednesday. So far the anti-cholesterol treatment has been tried only in lab mice, while the nanoparticles ...

Feb 18, 2015

Alcohol-free drinks get health stamp

Two beerlike nonalcoholic beverages on Wednesday obtained government recognition as a foodstuff with known health benefits, the first such designation for this group of products, despite a warning by an advisory panel that it might lead to more minors consuming alcoholic drinks. The Consumer ...

Feb 12, 2015

Widest gene study shows complex scale of obesity

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem, researchers said on Wednesday. Investigators said they netted more than 100 previously-undiscovered gene variants that play a part in obesity’s complex processes. Some ...

Stents show promise for stroke patients

Feb 12, 2015

Stents show promise for stroke patients

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear blood clots in the brain, greatly lowering the risk that a patient will end up disabled. Patients treated with these ...

Feb 11, 2015

45,000 suicides each year linked to unemployment, study shows

Around 45,000 suicides each year are attributable to unemployment, according to a survey of 63 countries published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal on Wednesday. Health watchdogs should regard unemployment as a continuous suicide risk, and not only at times of economic crisis, its authors ...

Feb 6, 2015

Hospital pioneers Magneto-style stem cell surgery

In a world first, a team at Hiroshima University Hospital on Friday conducted regenerative knee surgery using a technique that employs magnets to concentrate iron-laced stem cells around damaged cartilage, it said. The endoscopic surgery is less arduous for the patient, said the team ...

Feb 6, 2015

'Encouraging' Ebola drug results seen in Guinea

For the first time since the West African Ebola outbreak began over a year ago, a clinical trial with a candidate treatment has yielded “encouraging” results, researchers announced Thursday. The trial, with 80 patients in Guinea, resulted in fewer deaths and faster recovery rates, ...

Feb 5, 2015

Cheap smartphone test for HIV, syphilis created

U.S. researchers have found a way to turn smartphones into devices to conduct quick and easy field tests for HIV and syphilis. Using an attachment that costs $34 to make — a far cry from the standard $18,000 for diagnostic tests — blood drops ...