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Anti-HIV Drugs May Help Prevent Spread of Virus

Tweet People who are HIV-positive can lower their risk for transmitting the virus to their partners by 90 percent by taking antiretroviral drugs, new research has found. Antiretroviral drug therapy helps reduce HIV levels in the infected person’s blood, which in turn makes the person less infectious to others. The drugs are commonly taken in the United States by people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the new research, published online ... Jump to full article >>

Older Moms More Apt to Have Autistic Child

Tweet Older moms are more likely to have a child with autism than women who give birth at a younger age, new research shows. Researchers from University of California, Davis, looked at records for the nearly 5 million births in California between 1990 and 1999, a decade in which autism incidence increased 600 percent statewide. A woman’s risk of having a child diagnosed with autism rose by 18 percent for each five-year increment in her age, acc ... Jump to full article >>

Blood Test May Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tweet A simple blood test may allow doctors to identify a debilitating form of arthritis years before any symptoms appear, which may help to stop the disease in its tracks, new research suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans, is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and swelling. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing long-term joint damage, but the w ... Jump to full article >>

Young Smokers May Be More Apt to Try Pot

Tweet Cigarette smoking, but not behavioral problems, independently and consistently predicted the use of marijuana by adolescents in a new study. The finding came from a study of more than 1,600 Dutch youngsters who were assessed at ages 10 to 12 and again at ages 12 to 15 and 15 to 18. The results showed that the association between what the researchers called externalizing behavior problems — conduct, attention deficit/hyperactivity and oppo ... Jump to full article >>

Electronic fags draw huff and puff

Tweet Electronic cigarettes have ignited international debate over their health effects, after New Zealand researchers ruled the battery-powered inventions were safe. The cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are at the centre of a legal battle in the United States, with the Food and Drug Administration attempting to ban them from being imported into the country over safety concerns. Greek researchers have also called for more studies, saying in the ... Jump to full article >>

Too Much TV Linked to Earlier Death

Tweet Watching too much television can make you feel a bit brain-dead. According to a new study, it might also take years off your life. The more time you spend watching TV, the greater your risk of dying at an earlier age—especially from heart disease, researchers found. The study followed 8,800 adults with no history of heart disease for more than six years. Compared to those who watched less than two hours of TV per day, people who watched f ... Jump to full article >>

How women in their 30s put having a baby before love.

Tweet Delaying parenthood could contribute to marital breakdown because women and men are more intent on finding a fertile partner than settling down for love, research suggests. In a growing trend dubbed the ‘breeder relationship’, women who wait until their 30s or 40s to start a family are then rushing into loveless partnerships for the sake of having an instant family. The mismatched couples, who often settle for second best in a p ... Jump to full article >>

Nymox Pharmaceuticals gets $15M financing deal

Tweet Drug developer Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp. said Thursday it has obtained a commitment for $15 million in equity financing from institutional investors. The money will be used for general corporate purposes. The financing also will help the company continue with research into new drugs including one called NX-1207, which may treat an enlarged prostate. The investors may get common stock at a 3 percent discount to the market price, the company ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarette pack health warnings ‘could encourage people to keep smoking’

Tweet Cigarette packets with serious health warnings could actually encourage people to continue smoking, research suggests. According to a study, smokers who are continunally confronted with warnings that cigarettes kill actually develop coping mechanisms to justify continuing their habit. Comparatively, if smokers are shown warnings suggesting the habit could make them unattractive, they are more likely to give up. Teenagers who took up the ha ... Jump to full article >>

Nicotine levels higher in children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home

Tweet New research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, supports the World Health Initiative’s efforts for a home smoking ban, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Specifically, hair nicotine concentrations were higher in children exposed to secondhand smoke at home, and the younger the children, the higher the concentration under the same ... Jump to full article >>