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The heart’s own acetylcholine important in health and disease

Tissues and organs of our body are under the control of active chemical compounds. Hormons are released from  endocrine glands and reach the targets with blood.  Transmitters are released from the endings of nerve fibers. If the

Looking to lose weight in 2016? Step on the weighing scales

Using the latest connected-health technology, research from The University of Manchester indicates that the more often people engage with digital weighing scales, the more weight they lose. The more often people engage with digital weighing scales, the

Stressful childhoods lead to shorter adult height, but via different pathways for boys and girls

As children grow into adults, they face compromises between prolonging growth, and reaching milestones such as puberty and the start of reproduction. They respond to cues in their environment in order to choose the best compromise. In

A home-based portable instrument to monitor wellness and disease

In the past decade, a number of methods have been made available for health-conscious people designed with the purpose of monitoring wellness and disease information that may be obtained without visiting a conventional and centralized clinical laboratory. 

Is there a place for Tooth Mousse in the prevention and treatment of early tooth decay?

Despite significant improvements in oral health over the past forty years, tooth decay remains one of the most common health problems worldwide. The level of tooth decay found in low income and socially-disadvantaged areas remains a public

Research from animal learning studies may help the elderly to follow medical recommendations

Adherence to treatment is how clinicians refer to the degree to which patients follow medical recommendations, and it is fundamental to improving health and quality of life. Lack of adherence to treatment may have dramatic consequences not

What predicts clinician dropout of a state-sponsored training program on best practices for improving children’s mental health?

In the U.S. , 1 in 5 children currently have or will have a serious mental disorder. State mental health systems care for many of these youth and are increasingly looking for ways to both improve the

Medicare at 50: a long political struggle

Medicare came into being 50 years ago. In the context of the long history of struggles to obtain national health insurance in the USA, this was a momentous act. Organized efforts to attain national health insurance in

Evidence-based guidelines for better health: can their role be sustained?

This project matters because it recognizes a threat to the continued production or modifications (adaptation) of guidelines, which promote best health care practices; and, it offers a framework for solving this threat. Over-emphasis of unnecessarily stringent standards

Where leprosy still lives

Leprosy affected 214,000-300,000 people per year globally between 2005 and 2014. It remains as a public health problem, particularly in the poorest communities of developing countries, such as India, Brazil and Indonesia. Globally, these three countries accounted

Antibiotics: what patients don’t know

Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed and precious medicines we have. They cure infections if used correctly but overuse, underuse and usage errors pose risks to patients and the community. Risks include excess side effects, uncured

What’s in your water? Using DNA to keep drinking waters clean

Turn on a tap, and many of us will be greeted with safe and clean drinking water. This is something that people living in developed nations often take for granted, as contaminated drinking water is a significant

Relationship quality and sleep

The quality of social relationships and social support appears to be associated with physical health outcomes and sleep quality. Almost all previous research in this area focuses on positive aspects of relationships. In addition to supportive relationships,

Non-genetic health professionals’ perceptions of genetic testing for hereditary cancer

Over the last decade more genetic tests are being ordered by non-genetic health professionals, such as oncologists, gynecologists, and primary care providers. Numerous studies have shown that non-genetic health professionals have insufficient knowledge of genetics, express educational

Why do obese individuals choose to be active?

Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 are labelled obese and urged to lose weight. This often includes encouraging physical activity, but most individuals who lose weight regain the weight they lost. Without weight loss,

Are health-related posts on Twitter evidence based?

In recent times, health care professionals in the Middle Eastern countries are using Twitter®, a free social networking website, to tweet health related information. This includes creation of public awareness about health and diseases, communication with other

Measuring walking in daily life: the impact of commercial wearables

Wearables or body worn monitors (BWM) provide continuous and objective measures of community-based walking and can be useful in clinical or population-based studies to monitor adherence to a rehabilitation strategy or generic public health guidelines, e.g. walk

Time-saving and life-saving impact of a dedicated childbirth operating room in hospitals in Ghana

Despite global efforts to improve medical care in Sub-Saharan Africa, childbirth remains one of the most dangerous experiences that women and their babies can face. Delays in receiving appropriate emergency care during the crucial moments of childbirth

A vital sign for the mind

Movies, television shows and the daily news will oftentimes depict people in severe states of drinking or drug behaviors, illustrating the depravity of this problem. It is more dramatic to show victims of these addictions in advance

Trend acrylamide levels in fries type “chips” for the period 2004-2014

Acrylamide is a chemical contaminant naturally formed during thermal processing and cooking food as a consequence of the Maillard reaction, derived from the reaction between the free amino acid asparagine with reducing sugars or other carbonyl compounds.