Researchers study ‘universal’ protective human antibodies

Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have been studying how the immune system succeeds in keeping pathogens in check. For the first time, the researchers have now discovered antibodies that are capable of disarming not only one specific bacterium, but a whole variety of microorganisms at once. The newly discovered antibodies recognize a

Preparing for the ‘silver tsunami’: Law professor suggests how to address nation’s looming health-care and economic crisis caused by surging baby-boom population

Skyrocketing drug prices and the looming insolvency of Social Security and Medicare are just two of many pressing issues caused by America’s surging baby-boom population, often referred to as the “Silver Tsunami.” What can be done about it? In a recent article published in The Elder Law Journal, Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor

How job strain may impair mental health

Mental health problems are more common than we might think. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that 16.2 million people in the United States have experienced major depression at least once in the past year. Depression is considered the leading cause of workplace absenteeism in the U.S., as well as the leading cause

Scientists uncover brain circuits behind putting up a fight or freezing in place: Study may provide clues to disorders including anxiety and phobias

In a study of mice, National Institutes of Health-funded researchers describe a new circuit involved in fine-tuning the brain’s decision either to hide or confront threats. The study, published in Nature, was partially funded by the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. “Being able to manipulate specific circuits can uncover surprising relationships

Australian stores limit baby formula as China demand hits stocks

One of Australia’s biggest supermarket chains said Wednesday some stores were moving baby formula behind counters and restricting sales as it emerged customers were clearing shelves and selling it online in China for more than double the price. Coles’ decision to take the milk product off aisles follows complaints from worried mothers over supplies and

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Getting nervous before giving a presentation at school or before a big game is normal – but if you’ve ever felt like you’re going to lose control, have a heart attack, or even “go crazy”, you might have had a panic attack. If you’re so afraid of having another panic attack that you stop participating

Adorable Italian baby names you’ll love

Italy is a magical place. Between the food, the language, and the culture, it’s a dream destination for many travelers. The country has a lot to offer, not the least of which is its gorgeous names. Maybe it’s the lyrical quality that they tend to have, or just the romance of the country lending itself

Shakespearean baby names that will melt your heart

“What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare famously wrote in his play Romeo and Juliet. A whole lot, it turns out — at least if you’re looking at the names Shakespeare used in his plays. Widely considered to be the greatest playwright in history, Shakespeare’s works are wildly celebrated even today, more than four centuries since

Hyoscyamine helps in A-fib with slow ventricular response

(HealthDay)—Hyoscyamine can prevent pacemaker placement in a patient with symptoms caused by a slow ventricular response during atrial fibrillation, according to a case study published online May 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Scott A. Helgeson, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and colleagues describe the case of a 98-year-old man with

The Full House folks just met Uncle Jesse's baby

Fullest house ever: John Stamos introduced his 1-month-old son, Billy, to former Full House costars (and dear friends) Lori Loughlin and Bob Saget. Stamos shared the sweet moment on Instagram this Thursday. In the photo, Stamos holds tiny Billy in his hands as Loughlin and Saget melt all over the baby like candle wax. The

Trial shows chemotherapy is helping kids live with pulmonary vein stenosis: Adding chemotherapy to a treatment regimen including catheterization and surgery can deter abnormal cellular growth

Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a rare disease in which abnormal cells build up inside the veins responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart. It restricts blood flow through these vessels, eventually sealing them off entirely if left untreated. Typically affecting young children, the most severe form of PVS progresses very

Researchers make key discovery about human cancer virus protein

University of Minnesota researchers in the dentistry school-based Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) have made a key discovery that could have important implications for developing a strategy to stop the spread of a highly infectious virus currently spreading among remote areas of central Australia. Called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), infection rates are

Expert consensus finds that higher protein intake benefits adult bone health

A new expert consensus endorsed by the European Society for Clinical and Economical Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has reviewed the benefits and safety of dietary protein for bone health, based on analyses of major research studies. The review, published in Osteoporosis International, found that a

Women need to know about the link between the pill and depression

The introduction of the contraceptive pill in the 1960s was a major milestone for female empowerment. It allowed women to separate sex from procreation, and to increase their participation in work outside the home. Now, more than 100 million women worldwide use the oral contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy or control their menstruation. But the