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Have a happy, healthy holiday
Today's publication is our last medical newsletter for 2011, but we will be back in your inbox from Monday, 9 January 2012.
Until then, to all our subscribers, clients, contributors, business partners and visitors to our sites, may you all have a restful, peaceful, safe and enjoyable festive season!The Bizcommunity.com Team
Today's top stories
Here they are, Bizcommunity.com Medical
's 2011 lists of most popular articles and those that drew the most comment. So, do you agree with the numbers - or do you have your
favourites (and not-so-favourites)? Read more >>
WASHINGTON, USA: Women of childbearing age can reduce their risk of heart problems by regularly eating fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, said a Danish study out on Monday, 5 December. Read more >>
The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) announced the appointment of Dr Dumisani Bomela as the organisation's new CEO on Monday, 5 December. Read more >>
Normally used to spot where people live, satellite images of nighttime lights can help keep tabs on the diseases festering among them, too, according to new research. Read more >>
Researchers at Yale University have developed a novel nanoparticle with promising applications in gene therapy, a type of medical treatment that addresses the root causes of diseases now typically treated for symptoms. Read more >>
[Karen N. Peart]
Children who experience the stress of separation at birth from biological parents and are brought up in orphanages undergo biological consequences such as changes in their genome functioning, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. Read more >>
Adolescents who were abused and neglected have less grey matter in some areas of the brain than young people who have not been maltreated, a new Yale School of Medicine study shows. Read more >>
Eight in 10 South Africans admit to being 'stressed out' by the holidays, according to a just-released national year-end survey by a leading pharmaceutical company. Read more >>
A vaccine that slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia has been developed by researchers at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI). Read more >>
Breast cancer therapy has become highly personalized over the last decade, with treatment decisions now routinely based on the presence or absence of certain biomarkers in biopsied tumour samples. A new study led by Dr Mark Clemons and Dr Eitan Amir takes this a step further, by showing that breast cancer metastases often express different biomarkers than primary breast tumours, and knowledge of this difference can open up new and more effective treatment options for some women. Read more >>
Cancer Research UK-funded scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) have revealed a technique to kill chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) cells that have stopped responding to a targeted drug, according to research published in Cancer Cell on Thursday, 8 December. Read more >>
Yale Cancer Center researchers have shown that a tiny genetic variation predicts chances of survival and response to treatment for patients with ovarian cancer. Read more >>
WASHINGTON, USA: US baby boomers are fueling a wave of joint replacement surgeries, hoping to use new artificial knees and hips to stay active as they get older. Read more >>
WASHINGTON, USA: Babies born as early as 23 weeks showed better survival rates and less brain damage if their mothers were given steroids in the days preceding their birth, a US study said on Tuesday. Read more >>
People who eat fatty food and drink sugary soft drinks could be taxed for their unhealthy habits. Read more >>
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has participated in the development of standards relating to the requirements and test methods for male and female condoms. This has been done in an effort to ensure that local manufacturers produce safer and better quality condoms, which will ultimately contribute to reducing the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus. Read more >>
The Western Cape provincial government intends to broadcast CCTV footage of people dying or maimed in car crashes to raise road safety awareness during the festive season. The campaign, "Crash Witness", was launched by MEC for transport Robin Carlisle earlier this week. Read more >>
More Government news...
Make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit to deal with any minor injuries that could befall your family this holiday season. Read more >>
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