Lactation may be linked to aggressive cancer in Mexican women

During the four-year Ella Binational Breast Cancer Study, scientists assessed the association between reproductive factors and tumors subtypes in 1,041 Mexican and Mexican-American female cancer patients. The study looked at the occurrence of three tumor subtypes: luminal A, HER2 and triple negative. The luminal tumor starts in the inner cell lining of the mammary ducts […]

Depression Beater: Red Wine?

Put another check in the healthy column for boozing with extreme moderation: A new study published in the journal BMC Medicine found that drinking a glass of wine each day can protect you from depression. How moderate? Quite to extremely moderate, according to the study, with 2-7 small glasses of wine per week demonstrating the strongest […]

CNBC: Prepare Your Family for Obamacare Shock

Just imagine saying this to your boss: “Don’t offer me health insurance benefits.” Those apparently bizarre words might actually end up being uttered next year because of an odd quirk in Obamacare that could financially penalize a number of workers and their families. That quirk means that for some people, it will be more economical […]

WorldPoultry – Blood samples hint at silent H7N9 in poultry workers

A serology study in a Chinese province hit hardest by novel H7N9 influenza found evidence of asymptomatic or mild infections in poultry workers, further strengthening suspicions that poultry are the source of the outbreak. The study focused on members of the general public, poultry workers, and patients with lab-confirmed H7N9 infections in Zhejiang province, which […]

Surprise! Obamacare “Consumer Protections” Evaporate

In another setback for President Obama’s health care initiative, the administration has delayed until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care. The limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and co-payments, was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an individual and […]

Ratio for a good life exposed as nonsense

Nicholas Brown, who is completing a master’s degree in applied positive psychology at the University of East London in England, teamed up with two colleagues to demolish the math at the heart of a widely cited October 2005 American Psychologist paper that claimed to identify the precise ratio of positive to negative emotions that enables […]

It’s Here: First Human-to-Human H7N9 Case Reported

PARIS, France: Chinese scientists on Wednesday reported the first likely case of direct person-to-person transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed over 40 people since March. The development was “worrying” and should be closely watched, the team wrote in the British online journal bmj.com, but stressed that the virus, believed to jump […]