Warnings on individual cigarettes could reduce smoking

Health warnings printed on individual cigarettes could play a key role in reducing smoking, according to new research from the University of Stirling. Experts from Stirling’s Institute of Social Marketing examined smokers’ perceptions of the warning ‘Smoking kills’ on individual cigarettes—as opposed to the message only appearing on packs. The Continue Reading

Modified drug combination may reduce risk of recurrence for some breast cancer patients

Oncologists at VCU Massey Cancer Center were invited to co-author an editorial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology providing expert commentary on findings from a large study conducted by German investigators that a modified drug combination may lead to a decreased chance of disease recurrence for women with high Continue Reading

Do single people suffer more? The mere presence of a partner may reduce pain

Researchers at the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT, Hall, Austria) and the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) have confirmed the analgesic effects of social support—even without verbal or physical contact. The short communication, titled “Dispositional empathy is associated with experimental pain reduction Continue Reading

Rapamycin may reduce accumulation of a toxic β-thalassemia protein

Rapamycin, a drug widely used to protect organ transplant patients, eased symptoms of β-thalassemia in mice and showed promise for treatment of humans with the inherited disorder, researchers reported. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators led the study, which appears online today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers showed Continue Reading

Study: ‘Conversation-based’ activities reduce mental illness stigma among college students

College students who participate in fun, peer-directed activities that openly and honestly address mental illness are significantly less likely to stigmatize people with these conditions, according to a new study led by researchers at Indiana University. The work, published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Continue Reading

How hangovers reduce brain function

Hangovers reduce brain function and memory, according to new research from Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) in Melbourne. The research was conducted in the central entertainment district of Brisbane and involved breathalyzing and interviewing participants at the end of a night out. The following morning, more than 100 participants who Continue Reading

NHS ‘health checks’ reduce cardiovascular disease risk, new study finds

Attending a health check as part of the England National Health Services “Health Check” programme is associated with increased risk management interventions and decreased risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the six years following the check, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Samah Alageel Continue Reading