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N.I.H. to Investigate Outreach to Alcohol Companies
The announcement comes three days after The New York Times reported that scientists and officials with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the NIH, met with industry groups on several occasions in 2013 and 2014. Scientists suggested the proposed study might reflect favorably on moderate drinking, while institute officials pressed for funding, according to documents obtained by The Times.
Fall injuries in very elderly rising, outcomes may be slightly better
As the elderly population grows in the US, an increasing number of patients in their 90s are hospitalized with injuries after falling, but they may be faring slightly better than in the past, a small study suggests. Past research has found that about 30 percent of people over age 65 and half of patients 90 and over fall every year, the authors note. In the first 10 years of the study period, the most common injuries were to the arms and spine.
Guns tied to high suicide risk for teens with self-harm history
Nearly one-third of young people who die of suicide have nonfatal self-harm events in their final three months of life. Overall, about 29 percent of these homeless teens reported self-injury, 21 percent reported suicidal thoughts and 9 percent reported suicide attempts. This study also wasn't a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how homelessness might influence self-harm or suicide among teens. Stability and support might make self-harm and suicide less likely for these vulnerable teens, however.
Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days
A US federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure. The Mississippi law would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, with some exceptions. State law previously banned abortion at 20 weeks after conception, in line with limits in 17 other states.
Doctors endorse counseling of some kids, young adults to prevent skin cancer
Fair-skinned children and young adults should get counseling on how to avoid sunburns that can lead to skin cancer, according to new guidelines from US physicians. The overall benefit was greatest in children, teens and young adults who have a fair skin type because UV exposure during childhood and adolescence increases the risk of skin cancer later in life, Epling said by email. People with fair skin types may have ivory or pale skin, light hair and eye color, or sunburn easily.
Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug gets U.S. approval
US regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients. The approval was granted for use in patients with Stage III or IV classical Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, and is the first new treatment in over 40 years.
Children risk serious injuries on golf carts
Golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries, a new study confirms. Researchers found that children as young as nine years old were driving golf carts, often not wearing seat belts, and faced the risk of the cart overturning. During that period, they treated 40 children with golf-cart related injuries, 85 percent of whom were between ages 5 and 14. Improved education about golf cart safety may reduce the frequency and severity of golf cart-related injuries, Starnes said.
The 10 best blogs for fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia affects around 10 million people in the United States, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. Fibromyalgia blogs can also provide helpful information on the latest research and therapies, along with tips and strategies for how to live well with the condition. Posts include the anatomy of head pain in fibromyalgia, a quick fix for stress, and strategies to reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Sue lives in Illinois, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006, and is the creator of the fibromyalgia lifestyle blog FibroDaze.
U.S. high court skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers
The court has a 5-4 conservative majority, and several of the justices expressed concerns that the law was fashioned in order to specifically target the centers, which are staunchly opposed to abortion. The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, and the wider issue of abortion rights is not at issue in the case. California says some crisis pregnancy centers mislead women by presenting themselves as full-service reproductive healthcare facilities and the law helps ensure these clients are made aware of abortion services available elsewhere.
FDA seeks data on role of flavors in tobacco addiction
The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday asked for data, research and public comment on the role that flavors such as menthol play in tobacco addiction, the agency's latest move to curb nicotine addiction in the country. The health regulator said it would seek more information about the pros and cons of flavors in drawing youth towards tobacco and getting adult smokers to quit or transition to potentially less harmful products.
Causes and treatment of inner thigh pain
Experiencing pain in the inner thigh can have many causes, including a muscle strain, a hernia, and kidney stones. Depending on its cause, pain around the inner portion of the thigh may either be described as: a dull ache a sharp pain. Inner thigh pain may occur with other symptoms, such as: muscle stiffness limited range of motion inflammation clicking or grinding when moving. In most cases, inner thigh pain is temporary and can be treated with home remedies or over-the-counter pain medication.
Roche's Tecentriq notches third cancer cocktail trial win
Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq on Tuesday racked up a third trial win in combination with other cancer drugs, a boost for the Swiss drugmaker as it seeks to muscle in on space dominated by Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Roche is aiming to be the first to win regulators' blessing for an immunotherapy combination against this form of lung cancer, which accounts for 25-30 percent of lung cancer cases.
What Young Rats' Workouts Could Tell Us About the Human Heart
The human heart of song and story is a changeable, if not fickle, thing. Researchers in Australia took young, healthy male rats and kept some of them sedentary while making others run on treadmills. After the rats were put through a month of daily hourlong workouts at a moderate pace, the hearts of some of them were examined microscopically.
Essential oils may disrupt normal hormonal activity
New research suggests that the chemicals contained in essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil may disrupt the normal functioning of hormones, leading to a condition called male gynecomastia in prepubescent boys. The seemingly harmless lavender essential oil may pose health risks to young boys, suggests new research. Such oils are regularly used in personal hygiene and cosmetic products, as well as in laundry detergents and aromatherapy candles and devices.
'We're Losing the Fight': Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis
Though normally associated with the very poor, tuberculosis has begun to stalk a broader population of Venezuelans, including the middle class. Tuberculosis is the shadow of misery, said Dr Jos Flix Oletta, a former Venezuelan health minister. Doctors say tuberculosis infection rates in Venezuela are probably still well beneath the levels afflicting countries, mainly in sub-Saharan African and Asia, that have the worst tuberculosis epidemics. Experts say, with the disintegration of Venezuela's health system, there is little to prevent tuberculosis from spiraling out of control.
David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone
Dr Reich has not forgotten that these are human remains, not widgets on a conveyor belt. She picked up the Uzbek bone and lowered it into a box, which she covered with a clear plastic lid. She picked up the bone in her left hand; with her right hand, she switched on a sandblasting hose and pointed it at the bone. The bone that surrounds the inner ear turns out to be the best place in the body to search for ancient DNA.

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