• Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

3-D printed pill samples gut microbiome to aid diagnosis and treatment

A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3-D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut—known as the microbiome—as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract (GI). The ability to profile bacterial species inhabiting the gut

Immune therapy takes a ‘BiTE’ out of brain cancer

Building on their research showing that an exciting new form of immunotherapy for cancer has activity in patients with glioblastoma, the most common and most deadly form of brain cancer, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have created a new method

Mouse, not just tick: New genome heralds change in Lyme disease fight

As Lyme disease increases, researchers have taken a significant step toward finding new ways to prevent its transmission. The experts, who include a pioneer in Lyme disease discovery, have sequenced the genome of the animal carrying the bacteria that causes

New studies suggest prenatal marijuana may be capable of causing FASD-like impairment

Whether alone or combined with alcohol, new studies included in Birth Defects Research suggest marijuana exposure may be capable of triggering morphological and behavioral impairments similar to those seen with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The groundbreaking insight is part

Government says England will be smokefree by 2030. But how will it get there?

Smoking causes nearly one in five cancer cases and more than one in four cancer deaths each year in the U.K. Decades of policy action have steadily cut the U.K.”s smoking rates to one of the lowest in Europe. But

How climate change could make your allergies worse

Sprouting daffodils, magnolias, and cherry blossoms serve as cues to put away puffy coats and say goodbye to winter. But for more than 50 million Americans (myself included), the beautiful flowers also signal something else: the arrival of spring allergy

Sexually objectifying women leads women to objectify themselves

How does a woman feel when a man wolf-whistles at her from across the street? Or when a male coworker gives her body a fleeting once-over before looking her in the eye? These examples may seem relatively innocent to some,

A path toward more effective drug safety labeling

Changes to drug safety labeling by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide patients and providers with the most up-to-date information about a product’s risk. However, too little is known about the impact of these changes and whether they have

Study highlights the benefits of a salt reduction strategy to US food industry

New research, published in the Milbank Quarterly, highlights the potential health and economic impact of the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed voluntary salt policy on workers in the US food industry. Excess salt consumption is associated

American medical students less likely to choose to become primary care doctors

Despite hospital systems and health officials calling out the need for more primary care doctors, graduates of U.S. medical schools are becoming less likely to choose to specialize in one of those fields. A record-high number of primary care positions

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Artificial sweeteners—aye or nay?

Dear Mayo Clinic: Are artificial sweeteners bad for your health? I want to cut down on sugar in my diet. I’ve found many products that are sugar-free, but they’re sweetened with things like Splenda, stevia and NutraSweet. Are these reasonable

Nonphysican practitioners filling post-ACA primary care gap

(HealthDay)—Primary care practices may be relying on advanced practitioners (APs) to accommodate new Medicaid beneficiaries following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Lena Leszinsky

With bitter foods, what you eat determines what you like to eat

Introducing plant-based foods to a diet is a common-sense approach to healthy eating, but many people don’t like the taste of vegetables, bitter greens, in particular. But give that broccoli a chance. Doing so won’t just change your mind; it

Spice up your cooking with licorice-scented herbs

(HealthDay)—Love the idea of using more exotic fresh herbs in your cooking, but not sure where to begin? Thai basil and tarragon are two to try. Thai basil and tarragon are richly flavored, leafy green herbs—both have the aroma of

Consuming 60 grams of nuts a day improves sexual function

Researchers from the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona/Spain) and the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV) have found that consuming 60 grams of nuts a day improves sexual function. They have conducted the first nutritional

AHA news: Exercise caution outdoors in the summer heat

The higher the red line creeps up the thermometer gauge, the more red flags for outdoor exercise. Summer temperatures shouldn’t stop you from jogging, hiking or playing sports outside—but they should alert you to the danger of heat illnesses brought

Researchers show kids widely exposed to smoking in movies

More than half of the top-grossing movies in Ontario in the past 16 years featured smoking, according to University of Toronto researchers with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit—and most of these films were rated as acceptable for youth. Since 2002,

Too much caffeine during pregnancy may damage baby’s liver

Having too much caffeine during pregnancy may impair baby’s liver development and increase the risk of liver disease in adulthood, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology. Pregnant rats given caffeine had offspring with lower birth weights,

Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions in Arkansas minutes before they were set to take effect Wednesday, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close. U.S. District Judge Kristine

Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disasters

An intervention called Caregivers Journey of Hope can help social service workers—especially those with the least experience in the field—to mitigate the stress and trauma they may experience when they’re helping community members recover from disasters, a new study found.

America’s packaged food supply is ultra-processed

Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ultra-processed and generally unhealthy. Since

‘Browning’ white fat cells opens new avenue to obesity prevention

Scientists are getting closer to understanding how to turn the body’s energy-storing white fat cells into energy-burning beige fat cells, opening up hopes that fat deposits could one day be deliberately manipulated to prevent obesity and related health conditions. Professor

Psychological support ‘not available’ to one in three cancer patients who need it

People with cancer have trouble accessing appropriate psychological support, a new global report published today by the All.Can international cancer initiative reveals. Patient insights on cancer care: opportunities for improving efficiency reveals findings from the international All.Can patient survey, in

Most women use vaginal ring for HIV prevention in open-label study

In an open-label study of women in southern and eastern Africa, a vaginal ring that is inserted once a month and slowly releases an antiviral drug was estimated to reduce the risk of HIV by 39%, according to statistical modeling.