Gambling, Booze Addictions Rife in Japan

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer Nearly five percent of Japanese adults are addicted to gambling, a rate of up to five times that of most other nations, claims a study. The study, released to local media on Wednesday, also showed rising adult addiction to the Internet and alcohol in a society long known for its tolerance of boozing and its love of technology. “If something new becomes available, addiction will only rise,” Susumu Higuchi, Japan’s leading expert on addiction who headed … http://dlvr.it/6gzwL6

Australian Grandfather Celebrates English Channel Swimming Record

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer A 70-year-old Australian has become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel, celebrating his feat by having a couple of beers “for medicinal purposes”. Cyril Baldock, from Bondi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, said the beers tasted better than the sea water he swallowed during the record-breaking swim from England to France on Wednesday, which made him “pretty crook”, or unwell. Baldock, aged 70 years and nine months, took 12 hours and 45 … http://dlvr.it/6gzwJr

Research Reveals Secret of Perfect Holidays

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer An ideal holiday lasts for 11 days and it also includes reading Game of Thrones and celebrity biographies on the beach, suggests a new research. A perfect holiday should start with a 41/2-hour flight and distance from airport to the resort should only be 10 miles, the Daily Star reported. Monarch Airlines spokeswoman asserted that a short to medium-haul flight gets one to sunnier climes, that gives a decent amount of time to relax without getting too … http://dlvr.it/6gzwHH

New Technique Identifies Previously Unknown Causes of Brain Malformation

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer Scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have developed a strategy for finding disease-causing mutations that lurk in only a small fraction of the body’s cells. Such mutations can cause significant problems, but cannot be detected with traditional methods of genetic testing, as well as newer, more costly genome sequencing technologies. The scientists report in the August 21, 2014, issue of the iNew England Journal of Medicine/i, that … http://dlvr.it/6gzwDN

Orb-Weaving Spiders Living in Urban Areas may Have an Increased Ability to Reproduce

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer A common orb-weaving spider may grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas. This is according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal emPLOS ONE/em by Elizabeth Lowe from the University of Sydney, Australia and colleagues. Urbanization may drastically alter the landscape, local climate, and consequently the organisms that inhabit it. Some will no longer have the resources they need to … http://dlvr.it/6gzw8W

Pittsburgh Analysis Questions Acute Hemodialysis Treatment Use

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer In an analysis led by experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a common approach to treating kidney failure by removing waste products from the blood did not improve survival chances for people who suddenly developed the condition. Their findings, published online in the journal iPLOS One/i, suggest acute hemodialysis, an aggressive method that is standardly used for people with sudden kidney failure, may not provide a definitive benefit … http://dlvr.it/6gzKk4

Obesity in Middle-Age Increases Dementia Risk

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer University of Oxford researchers have found that the risk of dementia in older people increases depending on how early they were obese in their middle age. The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 450,000 people who were admitted to hospital due to obesity between 1999 and 2011. The researchers found that people between 30 and 70 years of age were more likely to be diagnosed with dementia in their older age compared to those who were not obese, with … http://dlvr.it/6gzKjt

Mutations Affect Only a Few Cells in Patients With Brain Disorders

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer In a major breakthrough that sheds new light on the genetic causes behind some of the mysterious neurologic and psychiatric conditions, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered subtle somatic mutations that affect just a small percentage of cells in patients with brain disorders. The researchers made use of a technique called targeted high-coverage sequencing among 158 patients who were suffering from brain malformations due to unknown genetic causes. … http://dlvr.it/6gzKj1

Study Reveals White-Matter Deficit in Users of Codeine-Containing Cough Syrups

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in the chronic users. Researchers used diffusuion tensor imaging (DTI) (an MR imaging technique), coupled with fractional anisotropy, to investigate the white matter integrity of chronic CCS users. Deficits were found in multiple regions of the brain, including the inferior … http://dlvr.it/6gzKhF