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Almanac calls for warmer weather in 2008 (AP)

AP - The Old Farmer's Almanac says it used time-honored, complex calculations to predict that 2008 will be the warmest year in a century, along with a bit of folklore — years that end in "8" have weird...

Global Survey Reveals Significant Gap In Meeting World's Mental Health Care Needs

Mental disorders rank among the top 10 illnesses causing disability, according to the Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors published in 2006. Yet, the world's mental health care needs are largely going unmet, especially in less developed nations but also in high-income countries, according to results from a new survey of 17 countries conducted as part of the World Health Organization's World...

Hardy Rice: Less Water, More Food

Scientists have produced a new type of rice that grows better and uses water more efficiently than other rice crops. Rice is a water guzzler when compared to other crops. It typically uses up to three times more water than other food crops such as maize or wheat and consumes around 30 percent of the fresh water used for crops worldwide. In conditions where water is scarce, it is important to have...

Mutations In The Insulin Gene Can Cause Neonatal Diabetes

Insulin gene mutations can cause permanent neonatal diabetes, a rare form of diabetes that affects very young children. This is the first time that an insulin mutation has been connected to severe early onset diabetes. The researchers describe 10 mutations. These alter the way insulin folds. Misfolded insulin may interfere with cellular processes in ways that kill cells that produce insulin. The...

Experts: Spiders spin giant web in Texas (AP)

AP - A variety of spider species built on one another's work to create a sprawling web that blanketed hundreds of yards of trees and shrubs at a North Texas park, according to entomologists who studied the unusual formation.

Drug-free Treatments Offer Hope For Older People In Pain

Mind-body therapies, which focus on the interactions between the mind, body and behavior, and the ways in which emotional, mental, social and behavioral factors can affect health, may be of particular benefit to elderly chronic pain sufferers. A new study provides a structured review of eight mind-body interventions for older people, including progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, hypnosis,...

New Lung Cancer Guidelines Oppose Certain Vitamins, Suggest Acupuncture

New evidenced-based guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians provides 260 of the most comprehensive recommendations related to lung cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, staging and medical and surgical treatments. The guidelines cite there is little evidence to show lung cancer screening impacts mortality in patients, including those who are considered at high risk for the...


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Mold Linked To Asthma

A new study has found that removing indoor mold improves the symptoms of people with asthma. Asthma UK figures show the prevalence of asthma in Wales is among the highest in the world, with 260,000 people receiving treatment for their asthma with the rate of hospital admissions for adults 12 percent more than anywhere else in the UK.

Mouse Model For Schizophrenia Has Genetic On-off Switch

The researchers developed the transgenic mouse by inserting the gene for mutant Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC-1) into a normal mouse, along with a promoter that enables the gene to be switched on or off. Mutant DISC-1 was previously identified in a Scottish family with a strong history of schizophrenia and related mental disorders.

Screening Family Members Could Prevent 4 In 10 Premature Heart Attacks

Screening and treating middle-aged adults with a family history of coronary heart disease (CHD) could prevent more than 4 in 10 premature heart attacks, according to a recent article. Family history, the researchers say, can identify a large proportion of people at high overall risk of developing CHD. They point to one study which found that the 14% of families with a positive family history...