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Thursday 05 March, 2015

Smartphone device can diagnose HIV in 15 minutes

Smartphone dongles performed a point-of-care HIV and syphilis test in Rwanda from finger prick whole blood in 15 minutes, operated by health care workers trained on a software app.
—Image courtesy of Samiksha Nayak for Columbia Engineering

A team of researchers from Columbia University has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory or dongle that can perform a test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes  More...

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By BioNews On Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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US approves new drug for binge eating disorder

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) in adults  More...

Chart 1: Chart detailing the higher exposure rates to second hand smoke of certain groups of nonsmoking Americans. Nonsmoking Americans ages 3-11 years 41% higher exposure rate, ages 12-19 years 34% higher exposure rate, age 20 years and older 21% higher exposure rate. Nonsmoking white Americans 22% higher exposure rate, black 47% higher exposure rate, Mexican American 24% higher exposure rate. Nonsmoking Americans below the poverty level 43% higher exposure rate, at the poverty level 21% higher exposure rate. Nonsmoking Americans who own their home 19% higher exposure rate, renters 37% higher exposure rate.

Chart 2: Graph detailing how exposure to secondhand smoke differs among children ages 3-11 by race and ethnicity. Graph shows that non-Hispanic black children have the highest exposure compared to non-Hispanic white children and Mexican-American children.

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By BioNews On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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Secondhand smoke exposure in the United States dropped by half

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers  More...

In vitro fertilization
By BioNews On Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Possible cause of IVF failure in some women identified

New research from The University of Manchester has demonstrated a previously unexplored biological process  More...

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By BioNews On Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Why humans are affected less by retroviral infections

Retroviruses have merged with our DNA, and researchers can use them to better understand evolution and how we can resist cancer.  More...

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By BioNews On Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Added fructose driving the rise in diabetics

Consumption of foods and beverages containing added sugars, particularly added fructose, is a major factor behind the dramatic rise in type 2 diabetes  More...

Therapeutic effects of adropin
By BioNews On Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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‘Feeding and fasting’ hormone can improve insulin action

A researcher has found that adropin, a hormone that regulates whether the body burns fat or sugar during feeding and fasting cycles, can improve insulin action in obese, diabetic mice.  More...

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By BioNews On Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Top Five Reasons You Need Fat in Your Diet

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Past President Roger Clemens, DrPh, CFS, explains why it’s important to incorporate fats in our diets  More...

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By BioNews On Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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App to offer real-time sun protection advice

If your job requires you to stay outdoors for long, having this app on your smartphone that provides personalised, real-time advice may improve your sun protection behaviour, says a study. The Solar Cell app provides More...

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By BioNews On Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Talk to nurse to ease pain, anxiety during surgery

Simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain  More...