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Antidepressants beneficial in physically ill patients

Antidepressants are effective against depression in patients suffering from physical illnesses, according to a new systematic review by researchers.

Anti-obesity drugs unlikely to provide lasting benefit

Scientists argue that anti-obesity drugs fail to provide lasting benefits for health and well-being because they only tackle the biological consequences of obesity.

Staples lead to higher risk of infection

Using metal staples to close wounds after orthopaedic (joint) surgery can lead to a greater risk of infection than using traditional nylon sutures, concludes a study.

Household transmission of H1N1 Influenza

Simple, common sense behaviours, including having a discussion at home about how to prevent influenza, can help limit the spread of H1N1 in a household, according to a study.

Novel medical home program

A study looking at the benefits of utilising the medical home concept in a resident-education outpatient clinic at a specialised children's hospital, researchers found that participation in the program at significantly reduced families' use...

Detecting circulating tumour cells

One of the most dangerous characteristics of cancer is its ability to metastasize. For this reason, oncologists have a major need for better tests to detect cells that break away from primary tumours.

Age, gender affects radiation treatment risks

Doctors have a clearer picture than ever before of how much radiation reaches sensitive tissues during routine X-rays and similar imaging, thanks to sophisticated models of the human body being developed.

Brain abnormalities in children exposed to meth

A new report shows that the effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure - or worse, a combination of methamphetamine and alcohol - may be even more damaging.

Psychopaths' wired for rewards

Recent research suggests the brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost. It uncovers the role of the...

Treatment reduces disability in premature babies

A pioneering technique, a world first in Bristol, has been shown to reduce disability in premature babies with serious brain haemorrhage by washing the brain to remove toxic fluid.

Donating kidney does not appear harmful

An analysis of outcomes for live kidney donors in the U.S. over a 15 year period finds they have similar long-term survival rates compared to healthy individuals who were not kidney donors, according to a study.

Life is shorter for men

At age 55, men can expect another 15 years of sexual activity, but women that age should expect less than 11 years, according to a study.

What you eat after exercise matters

Many of the health benefits of aerobic exercise are due to the most recent exercise session, and the nature of these benefits can be greatly affected by the food we eat afterwards.

Flu vaccine helps protect wider community

Results of a clinical trial show that immunising children against seasonal influenza can significantly protect unvaccinated community members against influenza as well.

Cancer mortality on the decline

A new study finds progress in reducing cancer death rates is evident whether measured against baseline rates in 1970 or in 1990.

Sound-mapping software

Innovative sound-mapping software based on human hearing has been developed to help architects design out unwanted noise. The new software generates audibility maps of proposed room designs.

Countering negative effects of weight regain

Researchers have found that exercising during weight regain can maintain improvements in metabolic health and disease risk.

Learning helps keep brain healthy

Neurobiologists are providing the first visual evidence that learning promotes brain health - and, therefore, that mental stimulation could limit the debilitating effects of ageing on memory and the mind.

Stress hormone, depression trigger obesity

Depression raises stress hormone levels in adolescent boys and girls but may lead to obesity only in girls, according to researchers.

Weight and cognition decline linked

The adverse affects of being overweight are not limited to physical function but also extend to neurological function, according to research.

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