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Female doctors may have an edge, According to Study

Female doctors may have an edge, According to Study

In a study that is sure to rile male doctors, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Patients cared for by women were less likely to die or return to the hospital after discharge. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was the first to examine how gender differences ... Read More »

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy linked to autism, Says New Study

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy linked to autism, Says New Study

Study has found that a vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of autism traits in children. Lead researcher Professor John McGrath, from the University of Queensland, said this suggested vitamin D supplements could reduce the incidence of autism. “This study provides further evidence that low vitamin D is associated with neurodevelopmental disorders,” Professor McGrath said. ... Read More »

Flu Shot Not Necessary for Most People, Report

Flu Shot Not Necessary for Most People

Many health professionals recommend seasonal flu vaccines as a preventive measure. But are they safe? Are they necessary? Do they actually work? Or are they a shot in the dark? Here’s what you need to know about influenza vaccines to decide for yourself. Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Americans older than six months get ... Read More »

Research finds another health benefit to having sex

Research finds another health benefit to having sex

New research reveals new sex benefits for women who make love more frequently as they could have better memory than those who don’t. Sex and more and more of it are actually very good for the brain. The scientists from McGill University tested 78 heterosexual women, ages 18 to 29, on their ability to recall abstract words and faces. The ... Read More »

Even one cigarette a day is deadly, finds new research

Even one cigarette a day is deadly, finds new research

There’s bad news for people who think it’s safe to smoke a few cigarettes a day or even a week: They face a substantially higher risk of earlier death compared with people who don’t smoke, according to a new study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). When researchers looked at specific causes of death among study participants, a ... Read More »

Odontoma in a 255-Million-Year-Old Mammalian predecessor, Says New Research

Odontoma in a 255-Million-Year-Old Mammalian predecessor, Says New Research

The scientists discovered the compound odontoma tumor in the fossilized jaw of a gorgonopsian, a precursor to mammals that lived 255 million years ago. The fossil was unearthed in Tanzania in 2007. Judy Skog, program director at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences, said in a statement that, until now, the earliest known evidence of compound odontoma was ... Read More »

Fentanyl crisis: Overdose prevention sites coming to three B.C. cities

Fentanyl crisis: Overdose prevention sites coming to three B.C. cities

The Province is opening new overdose “prevention sites” to respond to the opioid crisis.. Health Minister Terry Lake announced this week that two new overdose prevention sites had been set up in Vancouver and were up and running as of Thursday, with another two each in Victoria and Surrey that will follow later this month. Additional sites throughout Vancouver’s Downtown ... Read More »

Ceasarian Procedure Alters Human Evolution, says new research

Ceasarian Procedure Alters Human Evolution, says new research

Humans are rapidly evolving to have more difficult births because of the growing use of caesarean sections over the past half-century, researchers say. Scientists estimate that between 3% and 6% of births worldwide are obstructed because the mother’s pelvis is too small for the head or shoulders. Although the caesarean section is thought to date from ancient times, it is ... Read More »

Magnet Study: Stimulating the brain can bring back forgotten short-term memories

Magnet Study: Stimulating the brain can bring back forgotten short-term memories

New evidence gathered from a recent study overturns a theory that in order for a short-term memory to be maintained, the neurons that represent that memory must be continuously active. Researchers led by psychiatrist Nathan Rose from the University of Wisconsin in the US unearthed fresh evidence about how information is stored in the brain’s “working memory” – the part ... Read More »