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Health News Archive - June 18, 2012

FDA Issues Warning Over Contaminated Korean Shellfish

American regulators are urging supermarkets and other retailers to remove South Korean oysters, clams, mussels and scallops from store shelves due to concerns that they may have been infected with norovirus.

Freudian Theory Of Unconscious Conflict Linked To Anxiety Disorders

Researchers have reportedly discovered a link between Sigmund Freud's theory of unconscious conflict and conscious symptoms experienced by individuals suffering from phobias and other anxiety disorders.

Smoking quitlines have been heralded as an effective and inexpensive way to curb smoking addiction. Now, a new study reveals that they could potentially intervene in alcohol addiction as well.

NK/T-cell lymphoma is a very aggressive form of cancer, and currently has no effective treatment along with having a poor prognosis. This subtype of lymphoma is pretty rare in the United States, but is responsible for a large number of deaths in Asia, particularly China and Korea.

In 2008, 39 million people in the U.S. were 65 or older. How much longer will they live? A new study could help them tack on a few more years!

Hotel Rooms Swarming With Nasty Bacteria

Perhaps the next time you’re on vacation and plan to stay at a local hotel, you may want to stock up on hand sanitizer and a CDC-issue bio-hazard suit.

University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have collaborated with the School of Public Health and discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Research presented in the July 2012 issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's (IASLC) Journal of Thoracic Oncology, concluded that patients with limited large cell neuroendocrine tumors or with limited stage small-cell lung cancer who were treated with perioperative chemotherapy and surgery had better overall survival outcomes than patients treated with surgery alone.

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have identified commensal bacteria in the human intestine that produce a neurotransmitter that may play a role in preventing or treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease.

Scientists have found a master regulator gene needed for the development of M cells, a mysterious type of intestinal cell involved in initiating immune responses.

Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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