Catnip: The'Why' Behind Cats' Favorite High
MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 -- Rolling around, meowing and generally acting blissed-out: cats love the plant known as catnip. Now, British scientists say they're closer to knowing how catnip works -- and their insights might end up helping felines'... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Biological Therapy and Cancer Risk in Patients With Psoriasis Biological Therapy and Cancer Risk in Patients With Psoriasis
Does long-term exposure to systemic immunomodulatory therapies increase the risk of cancer in patients with psoriasis?The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Saviours of dementia sufferers
TODAY the Sunday Express joins forces with Dementia UK to help fund a new team of nurse angels. Britain desperately needs more specialist nurses to care and support people living with dementia and their families. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him
A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok says he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Review of the literature on self-injurious thoughts and behaviours in gender-diverse children and young people in the United Kingdom - E Mann G, Taylor A, Wren B, de Graaf N.
International literature suggests that gender-diverse people are at increased risk of thoughts and acts of self-injury compared to their cisgender peers. The current review aimed to investigate the prevalence of self-injurious thoughts and behaviours (SITB... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods
Winners of chemistry prize say excessive concerns could limit scientific progressWinners of this year ’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday ’s presentation of the prize.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Chemistry GM Environment Science Source Type: news

Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show
An apparent rise in anxiety among British children has prompted concern from mental health experts, as two reports reveal an alarming surge in medication addiction and the number of young people seeking counseling for the disorder. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No-deal Brexit disruption at UK ports could last up to six months: minister
A no-deal Brexit could cause up to six months of disruption at some ports, a British minister warned on Friday, vowing to prioritise pharmaceuticals as the UK develops contingency plans less than four months before it is due to leave the EU. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

We are not all doomed. Not yet
This week ’s Upside digest looks at the ways to tackle climate change and rediscover our natural spacesAs the world ’s leaders converged on Katowice, Poland, for this year’s UN climate change conference, the mood was sombre. How could it be anything other, when in the opening keynoteone of the world ’s foremost naturalists said we were all pretty much doomed?Whilethe numbers do not make for happy reading, there are plenty of people trying to do something about them. Our reporterLeyland Cecco writes this week from the Canadian west, where the province of British Columbia has come up with an innovativ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ammar Kalia Tags: World news Environment Cancer research Medical research Rural affairs Greenhouse gas emissions Carbon tax Science Climate change Source Type: news

UK readying plans for medical supplies in no-deal Brexit
Britain is working on plans to use aeroplanes and fast-track trucks to ensure the continued supply of medicines if it leaves the European Union without a deal in March. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Former firefighter pushes for stronger carbon monoxide laws across Canada after multiple poisonings
A former firefighter who lost four family members to carbon monoxide poisoning is urging Canadians to be aware of the risks and take the necessary life-saving precautions this winter. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Despite concerns, opioids remain legitimate pain medications, says Health Canada
In an email, Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said opioids are legitimate medications that help alleviate pain, and a recall may not be needed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Can Supervised Heroin Programs Help Opioid Crisis?
To assess the effectiveness of heroin-assisted treatment, the researchers examined evidence from Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human-induced climate change makes heatwaves 30 times more likely
Human-induced climate change has made the United Kingdom's record-breaking 2018 summer heatwave around 30 times more likely than under normal conditions, the country's meteorological body has said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human-induced climate change makes heat waves 30 times more likely
Human-induced climate change has made the United Kingdom's record-breaking 2018 summer heatwave around 30 times more likely than under normal conditions, the country's meteorological body has said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate change makes heat waves 30 times more likely
Human-induced climate change has made the United Kingdom's record-breaking 2018 summer heatwave around 30 times more likely than under normal conditions, the country's meteorological body has said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What can a snowflake teach us about how cancer spreads in the body?
(University of Southern California) What can seashells, lightning and the coastline of Britain teach us about new drugs for cancer? The answer, according to a team of researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, may revolve around fractals, the infinitely complex patterns found in nature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 6, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Computers can 'spot the difference' between healthy brains and the brains of people with DID
(King's College London) Machine-learning and neuroimaging techniques have been used to accurately distinguish between individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and healthy individuals, on the basis of their brain structure, in new research part funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists working to understand the defensive properties of lavender oil, hoping to develop natural pesticides
(Natural News) A team of Canadian researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UCBO) campus are examining the potential of herbs in producing natural pesticides, specifically lavender oils. According to the experts, lavender is known for its strong aroma and its oil is touted for it healing or soothing properties. The scientists have pooled data from a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Colorectal Cancer Risk in Men
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), with the association significant for men only, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the British Journal of Cancer. Yanan... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Researchers develop "smart trousers" – pants with artificial muscles for people with mobility problems
(Natural News) In the future, pants could be made from artificial muscles that can help disabled people walk again. An article in The Guardian reported on the debut of such a pair of smart trousers, which was recently presented at a U.K. science fair. The smart pants were designed by British researchers who got the idea from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Too Much Sleep Linked To Greater Risk Of Disease & Death, Study Finds
(CNN) — The recommended amount of sleep for adults is six to eight hours a night. Sleeping more than those hours is associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular diseases, says a global study published Wednesday in the European Heart Journal. Looking at data from 21 countries, across seven regions, the research team found that people sleeping more than the recommended upper limit of eight hours increased their risk of major cardiovascular events, like stroke or heart failure, as well as death by up to 41%. But a possible reason for this could be that people have underlying conditions causing them to s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Sleep Source Type: news

U.S. FDA removes safety warning from Smith & Nephew's diabetic gel
British medical products maker Smith& Nephew said on Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the removal of a safety warning on its treatment for lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance
(Wiley) Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to specific opioids only. A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study found that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine -- two different opioids -- on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold of a blood alcohol concentration of 0.5 mg ml-1. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Extreme ethnic inequalities in the care system
(University of Huddersfield) 'White British' children are ten times more likely to be in care than 'Asian Indian' children. 'Black Caribbean' children are 20 times more likely (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UBC economist proposes solution to Vancouver's affordability crisis
(University of British Columbia) New research from UBC Sauder School of Business associate professor Thomas Davidoff could help combat Vancouver's housing affordability problem. In new research published in the Canadian Tax Journal, Davidoff outlines how a new model for calculating property tax could help renters. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Skeletons found in London archaeology dig reveal noxious environs
The discoveries were made at a 19th-century burial site at New Covent Garden marketNews reports and social media anxiety may make us feel that life is tough in Britain today but the extraordinary findings of a new archaeological excavation have provided a salutary reminder that, a couple of centuries ago, it was so much worse.Archaeologists who worked on an early 19th-century burial site at the New Covent Garden market in south-west London where about 100 bodies were found have said that they contain evidence of arduous working conditions, a noxious environment, endemic diseases, physical deformities, malnutrition and dead...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Dalya Alberge Tags: Archaeology London UK news Science Heritage Culture Source Type: news

I really am quite brilliant – at giving myself compliments and raising my self-esteem | Rhik Samadder
Violent aversion to self-praise is wired into British cultural DNA, yet the evidence points to the beneficial effects of patting our own backs once in a whileLook at you! Reading a newspaper site rather than staring, bovine, at pap snaps of Rihanna on a beach, or endless updates on the possible contents of a royal womb. You ’re smart, and discerning. Did you make your own lunch today? That is both thrifty and healthy behaviour. Got to work on time? You are a rockstar of time-management. But you don’t need me to tell you that.Experts are increasingly coming to believe that paying ourselves compliments can be as ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Rhik Samadder Tags: Life and style Psychology Science Source Type: news

Preferences in information processing and suicide: results from a young adult health survey in the United Kingdom - Cramer RJ, Rasmussen S, Webber WB, Sime VL, Haile C, McFadden C, McManus MC.
BACKGROUND:: Suicide prevention literature currently suffers from inconsistent measurement and incomplete theoretical development. AIMS:: Using a recommended suicide measurement approach for epidemiological studies (i.e. the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnair... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Does science have a bullying problem? - Else H.
In August, accusations of bullying roiled the Institute of Cancer Research in London, one of the leading science centres in the United Kingdom. A prominent cancer researcher there, geneticist Nazneen Rahman, resigned from the institute following an inve... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Critical review of the use and scientific basis of forensic gait analysis - van Mastrigt NM, Celie K, Mieremet AL, Ruifrok ACC, Geradts Z.
This review summarizes the scientific basis of forensic gait analysis and evaluates its use in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Denmark, following recent critique on the admission of gait evidence in Canada. A useful forensic feature is (1) measurable, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Rampant student vaping leads B.C. high school to lock up bathrooms
A North Vancouver high school is locking up almost all of its student bathrooms, blaming "a very serious issue" with vaping. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Making sure people seeking and refused asylum can access health care: what needs to change?
This research explores the experiences of people who are currently or have been in the asylum process in Britain, as well as engaging with health care professionals and analysing existing research. It finds that cost and fears about how they will be treated, or consequences for their immigration status, are preventing people who are seeking or have been refused asylum from using health services. It calls for greater separation of the immigration and health care systems. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ixekizumab for Moderate-to-Severe Genital Psoriasis Ixekizumab for Moderate-to-Severe Genital Psoriasis
Genital psoriasis is a challenging manifestation of psoriasis with significant negative impacts on sexual health and quality of life. Is ixekizumab effective for this difficult to treat condition?The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

New review highlights importance of good sleep routines for children
(University of British Columbia) University of British Columbia review of sleep research backs use of bedtime routines to promote healthy sleep for children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UK to unveil £1bn life sciences investment
Government keen to show Britain remains attractive despite Brexit (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - December 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UK Multimillionaire Jailed for Peddling Fake Cancer'Cure'UK Multimillionaire Jailed for Peddling Fake Cancer'Cure '
The founder of a British company that sold products containing a plasma-derived protein to thousands of vulnerable patients by claiming it could cure cancer, among other diseases, has been jailed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - November 30, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

UK may never recover £1.2bn invested in EU Galileo satellite system
British armed forces will not get access to Galileo, a rival to the US GPS system, after BrexitThe UK may never claw back £1.2bn of investment in Galileo, the EU’s satellite navigation system, as Theresa May officially pulled the plug on UK defence and security participation in the system after Brexit.Galileo, developed as a rival to the US GPS system, is due to be launched in 2020 with civilian and military variants. The UK ’s continued involvement, given the extent of British funding of the system, has been at the centre of some of thebitterest rows of the Brexit negotiations.Continue reading... (Source...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Elgot Political correspondent Tags: Brexit UK news European Union Politics GPS Technology Theresa May Space Science Satellites Source Type: news

British home care group saved by last-ditch sale
Allied Healthcare bought after regulator warns of possible bankruptcy (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zambia: No Zika Here - UK Envoy
[Times of Zambia] British envoy Fergus Cochrane-Dyet says the misinformation by some sections of the media in his country that there is an outbreak of Zika virus in Zambia is a threat to the country's tourism sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Windy weather carries Britain to renewable energy record
Windfarms supplied third of UK ’s electricity this week, with output hitting 14.9GW highStorm Diana brought travel chaos to road, rail and airports, but the clouds did have a silver lining: the strong winds helped set a renewable energy record.Windfarms supplied about a third of the UK ’s electricity between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, a time of peak energy demand. Output hit a high of 14.9GW, beating a previous record of 14.5GW.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Adam Vaughan Tags: Wind power Energy Environment Renewable energy UK news Source Type: news

Africa: British Lawmaker Comes Out As HIV Positive to Tackle Stigma
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Lloyd Russell-Moyle is only the second British lawmaker to reveal he is HIV positive (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fetal Kicks May Help Babies Understand Their Bodies
FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 -- When unborn babies kick in the womb, they may be developing awareness of their bodies, British researchers say. " Spontaneous movement and consequent feedback from the environment during the early developmental period are... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 30, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

The V-sign: now that ’s what I call a digital message | Terry Victor
You can ’t beat gestural slang, which is why the late Baroness Trumpington’s two-fingered salute spoke to our heartsGestural slang has given us the best in communication for at least 2,500 years. The Roman poet Martial and the historian Suetonius both noted the use of the impudent or infamous digit. Nowadays, that classic middle finger decorates territorial claims from playgrounds to motorways. Whether in good-humoured repudiation or less nuanced acts of aggression, the origins of this essentially European gesture are apparently phallic. That finger you may have just flipped in response to these words represent...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Terry Victor Tags: Language Baroness Trumpington UK news Science Winston Churchill Source Type: news

Routine dental care: does the evidence give us something to smile about?
In thisEvidently Cochrane blog, Sarah Chapman looks at the Cochrane evidence for aspects of routine dental care. Something to smile about? Or are there big gaps …?“Are you afraid to laugh?” Goodall’s Dental Institute, 1912.Wellcome Collection.My grandmother used to tell the tale of when she was a schoolgirl, back in about 1920, and a school event to which parents were invited. Nan and her friend enjoyed a carefree afternoon without their mothers there, having avoided inviting them – the friend because her mother had white hair, and Nan because her mother had just had all her teeth taken out. ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

British lawmaker reveals he is HIV-positive
A British lawmaker revealed in Parliament on Thursday that he is HIV-positive. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Snoring May Be Bigger Threat to Women Than Men
Evaluating nearly 4,500 British adults who underwent cardiac imaging, researchers also learned that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China Halts Work By Researchers Creating Gene-Edited Babies
HONG KONG — China’s government ordered a halt Thursday to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it’s still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations. Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping told state broadcaster CCTV that his ministry is strongly opposed to the efforts that reportedly produced twin girls born earlier this month. Xu called the team’s actions illegal and unacceptable and said an investigation had been ordere...
Source: TIME: Science - November 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized China Genetics onetime Source Type: news

Snoring May Be Bigger Health Threat to Women Than Men
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 -- The hearts of women who snore appear to become damaged more quickly than those of men who " saw lumber " at night, a new study suggests. Evaluating nearly 4,500 British adults who underwent cardiac imaging, researchers also... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Biocartis partners with AstraZeneca on lung cancer diagnostics
Belgian molecular diagnostics company Biocartis Group said on Thursday it had entered into an agreement with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to obtain faster lung cancer molecular diagnostic biomarker results in Europe. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news