February 2011 - Page 2 of 5 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Flower power helps recovery during a hospital stay

Apparently many nurses feel that flower handling interferes with their work. And someone at Southend University Hospital in Essex, UK, agrees. The administration there has banned all flower arrangements, claiming the flowers posed a safety risk.

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The antibiotic resistance solution is "hiding" in plain sight

The medical world is panicked about the rise of superbugs like MRSA, and partly because, as one LSE researcher puts it, there are only a handful of new antibiotics in the drug development pipeline.

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Always double check drug labels when you pick up prescriptions

My friend Chris sent me a shocking news item about a pregnant woman who received another customer’s prescription–a cancer drug with a known side effect of potential pregnancy termination. She had the same last name and a similar first name as the person who should have received the prescription.

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Harnessing electricity to treat brain tumors without chemo

But what’s really amazing about this technique (yes, it’s real) is that it’s tentatively being accepted by mainstream oncologists as a feasible candidate for treating the most common form of brain tumor: glioblastoma.

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Another easy way to avoid cognitive decline

The hippocampus is the area of your brain where learning occurs and new memories are created. When hippocampus volume is large, your memory stays sharp. But when volume drops, cognition quality drops off too.

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There's only one safe way to grow new neurons in your brain

In the near future, there may be a drug from researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern. And Reuters reports: “They said it seems safe.”

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If you have a young son, you might need to protect him from his pediatrician

Merck has signed on some medical mainstream heavy hitters in the push to get a Gardasil vaccine into every young man in America.

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