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Doctors prescribe more antibiotics when expectations are high

17/02/2017

Experimental evidence confirms what surveys have long suggested: Physicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics when they believe there is a high expectation of it from their patients, even if they think the probability of bacterial infection is low and antibiotics would not be effective, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.
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Lifetime weight gain linked to esophageal and stomach cancers

17/02/2017

People who are overweight in their twenties and become obese later in life may be three times more likely to develop cancer of either the oesophagus (food pipe) or upper stomach, according to a study published in the "British Journal of Cancer".
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One fifth of Indonesian households exhibit double burden of malnutrition

16/02/2017

The coexistence of both undernutrition and overweight/obesity, a phenomenon called double burden of malnutrition, is a global public health challenge existing at all levels from the individual to the population, especially in low-to middle-income countries. Research on malnutrition in Indonesia found that about 20 percent of households exhibit double burden of malnutrition.
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Supporting a caring culture for hospital patients and staff through 'Being Human'

16/02/2017

Going into hospital, whether unexpectedly or planned, can be a very difficult time for patients and their families. Care and support from hospital staff can make a huge difference to their experiences, but when staff face increasing demands on their time, this is not always easy to deliver.
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Infection defense: call for support by the killer cells

15/02/2017

A few days after a viral infection, countless killer cells swarm out to track down and kill infected body cells. In this way, they are highly effective at preventing pathogens from being able to spread further. An international research team has now explained an important mechanism behind building this army. The work under the aegis of the University of Bonn is published in the journal Immunity.
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New study reveals the level of physical activity per European country

15/02/2017

Sweden, Finland and Denmark are the European countries that do more sport on a regular basis, according to a study published in the "Open Access Library Journal". According to the conclusions, people in Portugal, Italy, Spain and especially Greece, are listed below the European average regarding the indicators on population and sport.
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"Anti-aging" hormone could unlock new treatments for kidney and heart disease

14/02/2017

A new study by researchers at King's College London has found that patients with diabetes suffering from the early stages of kidney disease have a deficiency of the protective "anti-ageing" hormone, Klotho.
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Data mining tools for personalized cancer treatment

14/02/2017

In the laboratories of Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), drug testing is done ex vivo. That is, various leukemia drugs are tested with patient samples instead of the patients themselves. This enables the researchers to test different drug combinations efficiently and without burdening the patient.
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Chinese air pollution linked to respiratory and cardiovascular deaths

13/02/2017

In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
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Glucose or fructose: The impact of sugar on cardiovascular health

13/02/2017

The kind of consumed sugar – not only the taken quantity – can determine the risk of suffering from metabolic and vascular diseases, according to a study carried out on laboratory animals and led by Professor Marta Alegret, from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences and the Institute of Biomedicine of the University of Barcelona (IBUB).
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