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First of a two-part series exploring the scourge of tuberculosis and what researchers are doing about it.

Tuberculosis has been around long enough to earn many labels. Back in 18th and 19th century Europe it was characterised as ‘a romantic disease,’ given its high prevalence among artists and writers, but recent research has shown that the earliest trace of TB can be found in human remains from nearly 9 000 years ago. Yet, despite its long history and largely successful efforts at wiping the disease out in most Western countries, tuberculosis is still very much a problem in the developing world, writes Shraddha Chakradhar, HarvardMedical School.   Read More...




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They've joined forces to fight a disease - and win... for themselves, for other patients too.

When sisters Melanie McWilliam and Lyndsay Winter were diagnosed with aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer within a year of each other, they knew they would need to fight with their all. Although they both knew that their risk of developing breast cancer was increased due to both their mother and their great-aunt having had the disease, it still came as a shock.   Read More...




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Most of the genes long thought to be linked to intelligence, simply are not.

This is what a new study has concluded. ‘We are not saying the people who did earlier research in this area were foolish,’ said Christopher Chabris, a psychological scientist at Union College in New York , who co-led the study. ‘They were using the best technology and information they had available,’ he says in this report courtesy of the Association for Psychological Science and World Science staff. Nor do Chabris and his colleagues deny that intelligence is hereditary and genetic....   Read More...




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Research might be a new inroad into emotional disorders and disorders like tinnitus and migraine.

Nails screeching on a blackboard. A knife scraping against a bottle. These sounds are singularly annoying to many - but why? Heightened activity between the brain’s emotional and auditory parts is to blame, new research says in this article courtesy of Newcastle University and World Science staff.    Read More...




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Ground-breaking research finds bedsores are an important risk factor associated with mortality.

A new clinical study spearheaded by the dean of UCLA's School of Nursing has found a direct correlation between pressure ulcers - commonly known as bedsores - and patient mortality and increased hospitalisation, writes UCLA's Laura Perry. The research is believed to be the first of its kind to use data directly from medical records to assess the impact of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers on Medicare patients at national and state levels.   Read More...




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A minty-fresh approach to testing those toothbrushes and toothpastes.

There are various types of toothpaste available on the market. They come as pastes and gels, there are some that guard against tooth decay or protect teeth from acid attack, others that are designed for sensitive teeth. But which toothpastes clean well? Which preserve the tooth enamel? A new evaluation method sheds light on the subject.   Read More...




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FAS transcends all boundaries including race and class.

“15 October is National FAS Day and is an opportunity to once again highlight the incidence of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in South Africa and the need for urgent, effective educational programmes to combat the problem.   Read More...




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The Eastern Cape is in need of help to stem this condition – are you big enough to help?

Epilepsy has reached epidemic proportions in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa due to the prevalence of neurocysticercosis (NCC), or tapeworm infection (the number one cause of epilepsy in adults worldwide. Statistics 2004 shows 35,000 people in the Province with epilepsy due to NCC). Appeals to Authorities have not resulted in any solutions and the Health Sector is unable to intervene.   Read More...




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Good results achieved in study involving 154 drug-using homeless youths in Santa Monica, California.

A new study led by researchers from the UCLA School of Nursing has found that nursing intervention can significantly decrease substance abuse among homeless youth. Published in the current issue of the American Journal on Addictions, the research also revealed that ‘art messaging’ can have a positive effect on drug and alcohol abuse and other risky behaviours among this population, writes UCLA's Laura Perry.   Read More...




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Become a donor; save a life.

With National Bandana Day - Friday 12 October 2012 – just around the corner, every South African is encouraged to support those suffering from leukaemia and buy a Sunflower Fund Bandana for only R20. The colourful bandana’s with the word Hope written on them are available from all Pick n Pay stores nationwide as well as Round Table Southern Africa, including Namibia.   Read More...




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Thinking of travelling this summer? Know your facts about malaria.

World Malaria Day is observed around the world each April 25 to raise awareness about the impact of this serious, sometimes deadly disease. However, malaria remains an all-year risk when travelling in areas in which the disease can be found.   Read More...




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Giving children the responsibility of looking after pets is a good idea, but perhaps stick to dogs and cats?

Tortoises are colourful and cute and are often kept as pets. However, many people do not know that tortoises and other reptiles like snakes and lizards can carry harmful germs that can make people very sick. For this reason, tortoises and other reptiles might not be the best pets for your family, particularly if there are young children, 5 years old and younger or people with weakened immune systems in your home.   Read More...




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Pricking a finger everyday is just part of everyday life for many diabetes patients, but now...

A non-invasive measurement approach could release them from the constant pain of pinpricks. The linchpin is a biosensor engineered by Fraunhofer researchers: A tiny chip combines measurement and digital analysis – and can be radioed to a mobile device.   Read More...




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Patients participate in their own care via Apple iPad: New value-based program launched at UCLA

Hershel D. Sinay, 74, has grappled with ulcerative colitis for years, a debilitating inflammatory condition of the digestive tract that has made it difficult for him to socialise, travel and even get out of bed. However, he is doing much better now, due in part to a new program at the UCLA Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases that is using an Apple iPad to help monitor his care 24/7, writes Rachel Champeau, UCLA.
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New research may show why a commonly used chemical could lead to child obesity.

Young people heavily exposed to a very common industrial chemical known as BPA may have 2.6 times the odds of becoming obese as those with low exposure, new research suggests. The study is based on what researchers called a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 US children aged six through 19. Scientists measured urinary levels of the chemical, whose full name is bisphenol A and is commonly found in food packaging, reports JAMA and Archives Journals and World Science staff.   Read More...




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Need for volunteer child psychologists in emergency foster care homes critical.

"The need for volunteer child psychologists and occupational therapists is urgent and on-going," says Eleanor Bester, co-ordinator at Heaven's Nest, an emergency children's foster home situated in Ottery, Cape Town. Heaven's Nest provides a place of safety for children under the age of eight who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or that are affected by HIV & AIDS.   Read More...




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'Are you sure? Would you like to call a friend? No...? So that is your final position?

Using nothing more than a trick adapted from stage magic, scientists say they have induced volunteers to reverse their stated opinions on moral topics without noticing the inconsistency. The findings, published on 19 September in the research journal PLoS One, expose surprising flexibility in human moral attitudes and could have implications for survey-taking, the investigators say - and survey-taking is sometimes a function of an NGO or other organisation here in SA.   Read More...




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Empathy counts when it comes to doctor-patient relationships.

Patients of doctors who are more empathic have better outcomes and fewer complications, at least where diabetes is concerned, according to a large new study. This article courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University and World Science staff.   Read More...




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An opportunity to take a fresh look at HIV prevention for all.

South Africa should invest in the female condom if it intends stepping up the fight against HIV/AIDS. The availability of the female condom could empower women to have a say in protecting themselves against the epidemic, writes *Tian Johnson in this article is republished courtesy of SANGONeT.org - http://www.ngopulse.org.   Read More...




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Brainpower... separating humans from other animals.

Researchers have found what they think is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals, in this article  courtesy of the University of Colorado Denver and World Science staff. The human brain, with its unequalled cognitive capacity, has evolved rapidly and dramatically.   Read More...



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