Gut bacteria work in teams, new study finds—here’s why that’s important for your health

Our digestive tract hosts trillions of microbes, mainly bacteria, that help us digest food, make vitamins, strengthen the immune system, protect against germs, and produce molecules that affect many aspects of our health. Studying the microbial composition of the gut used to be extremely complicated. To identify them, they had Continue Reading

Virtual reality may help foster learning and collaboration across health professions

A virtual world may be a feasible learning platform for bringing together students from different healthcare professions and enhancing their understanding of collaborative patient care and knowledge of other health professions, according to a pilot study led by researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and published online in the Continue Reading

Consumer watchdog agency probes Juul and 5 more vaping firms

Federal consumer watchdogs have ordered Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes, the government’s latest move targeting the industry. The announcement Thursday from the Federal Trade Commission comes amid a nationwide crackdown on e-cigarettes as politicians and health authorities try to reverse Continue Reading

Should you keep eating red meat? Controversial study says well-known health risks are just bad science

Should you stop eating red meat for health reasons? That’s the question rocking the nutrition and scientific community after guidelines published in a peer-reviewed journal said people should continue eating red meat, running counter to what many scientific and health organizations have said for years. The paper’s authors say the Continue Reading

Smartphone-operated one-lead ECG detects A-fib, flutter

(HealthDay)—A smartphone-operated one-lead electrocardiography (1L-ECG) device with an integral algorithm can diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL), according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Jelle C.L. Himmelreich, M.D., from the University of Amsterdam, and colleagues recruited consecutive patients who underwent Continue Reading

Care at high-volume facility may cut mortality in multiple myeloma

(HealthDay)—Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) may receive a survival benefit from being treated at high-volume facilities, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Ashley T. Freeman, M.D., from BC Cancer-Victoria in Canada, and colleagues identified a cohort of 1,029 Continue Reading

Cooling cardiac arrest patients may mean better long-term brain function

(HealthDay)鈥擫owering the body temperature in patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest helps a broader group of people than previously believed, a new French study finds. For cardiac arrest patients with what’s called a “nonshockable” rhythm, cooling the body almost doubles the odds they’ll have good brain function if they survive, researchers Continue Reading

Study: Biomarker in urine may offer noninvasive detection of prostate cancer

A research study published in the journal Neoplasia and led by principal investigator Nallasivam Palanisamy, Ph.D., associate scientist in the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System, has identified a novel prostate cancer gene fusion involving the KLK4 protein coding gene and KLKP1 pseudogene. This unique biomarker can be Continue Reading