Health News Archive - June 05, 2012

Link Between Touch And Emotion Discovered

Sight. Sound. Touch. These are just a few of the senses that the body has. This theme of senses was the subject of a recent study by neuroscientists who reported a relationship between touch and emotion via the brain’s primary somatosensory cortex.

Medication Overdose Of Acetaminophen Causes Problems

An article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) stated that acetaminophen, a popular over-the-counter medicine, can lead to liver toxicity in children if they take an excessive amount of the medication.

Overall Memory Skills Not Improved By Soy Consumption

A new study has found that soy protein may not preserve overall thinking skills in middle-aged and older women who are over the age of 45.

Risks Identified for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery are just a few of the treatments cancer patients undergo. These treatments may be risky, especially for those who are diagnosed with cancer at a young age.

Infectious Diseases Determined Current Gene Makeup

Inactivation of 2 genes may have allowed escape from bacterial pathogens, researchers say.

Survivors of childhood cancers are at an increased risk of another battle with cancer later in life.

Physicians can reduce the number of heart failure deaths and unnecessary hospital admissions by using a new computer-based algorithm developed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) that calculates each patient's individual risk of death.

Half of adults over age 65 made at least one emergency department (ED) visit in the last month of life.

Researchers studying stroke patients have found a strong association between impairments in a network of the brain involved in emotional regulation and the severity of post-stroke depression.

It's estimated that almost 23% of women enter pregnancy as smokers and more than half continue to smoke during pregnancy, leading to excess healthcare costs at delivery and beyond.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.