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New research discovers independent brain networks control human walking

(Baltimore, MD) - In a study published in the August issue of Nature Neuroscience, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland found that there are separate adaptable networks controlling each leg and there are also separate networks controlling leg movements, e.g., forward or backward walking. These findings are contrary to the currently accepted theory that leg movement...

Tobacco and alcohol use independently increase risk of head and neck cancer

... At least 75 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by a combination of cigarette smoking and drinking alcohol, but researchers have not known the individual contributions of these risk factors because people who smoke are more likely to drink than the general...

States' spending may help keep childless seniors independent

... ... "Traditionally, long term care has been provided in nursing homes, but there is a movement to help older people live at home and in the community," said Naoko Muramatsu, associate professor of community health sciences at the...

TV viewing and physical inactivity independently associated with metabolic risk in children

... An ongoing study, the European Youth Heart Study is examining the nature, strength, and interactions between personal, environmental, and lifestyle influences on later risk of these diseases. As part of this study, European researchers questioned 1,921 children from three regions in Portugal, Estonia and Denmark on the hours o...

Focus on opticians shows chain store pricing policies can save independents

... Matt Olczak, of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia, examined in detail the situation in the...

Obesity independently impacts prostate cancer screening

), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study found that obese African-American and Caucasian men had lower levels of prostate surface antigen (PSA) and free PSA (fPSA) than men with normal body mass index (BMI), suggesting that an ob...

Robot wheelchair may give patients more independence

... ............... The HLPR chair draws on mobile robotic technology developed at NIST for defense and manufacturing...

Independent evaluation finds GAVI funding to poor countries can boost childhood vaccine coverage

... Their analysis appears in advance online i...

Is it time to give the NHS more independence?

... ... "Democratic control is essential," argues Stephen Thornton, Chief Executive of The Health Foundation. "Democratic checks and balances are the best way to ensure we continue to move the NHS in the right direction, not the creation of a barely account...

Independent experts needed to save UK's NHS from failure and privatization

... The NHS was on...

FDA should approve emergency contraceptive Plan B quickly to demonstrate its independence

Andrew von Eschenbach, acting US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, should move quickly to approve emergency contraceptive Plan B to show he has the independence needed to head the organisation, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet....von Eschenbach, former Director of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), is President George W Bush's choice to lead the FDA. The...

BMJ Editor calls for independence for the NHS

In this week's BMJ, Editor Fiona Godlee calls for independence for the NHS....... These are bad times for the NHS, she writes. The words "crisis" and "meltdown" are flying around and few people say these are exaggerations. Record spending has delivered record deficits and uncertain value for money. For the first time in anyone's memory, sizeable numbers of NHS staff are losing their jobs. How has...

The Lancet calls for independent scrutiny of the TGN1412 trial

Commercial confidentiality should not obstruct independent scrutiny of the drug trial that led to six men becoming seriously ill in Northwick Park Hospital in London, UK, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. ...... On March 13 six volunteers received TeGenero's TGN1412 drug and two a placebo in a phase 1, first-in-man trial, run by Parexel--a contract research organisation. Wit...

New technology likely to facilitate independence for older Americans

"Aware" home technology has the potential to enhance the safety and well-being of aging Americans, according to an article in the Fall 2005 issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report, a quarterly publication of the National Academy on an Aging Society.... ...Many older adults live alone, deal with chronic medical conditions, and experience age-related changes in movement control and cognitive abil...

NHS should have an independent regulator

The NHS should have an independent regulator like other public utilities in the UK, argues a senior doctor in this week's BMJ....... Many public utilities have independent regulators to see that commercial interests and unfair pricing do not disadvantage the public. ...... At present the UK does not have an independent regulator of healthcare reform, yet the consequences of ill judged reform of t...

NDEP strengthens campaign empowering older adults to manage their diabetes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint Federal program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced the newly updated "The Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands" awareness campaign for older adults with diabetes. The goal of the campaign is to help the 18.3 percent of ad...

Launch of NDEP campaign empowering older adults to manage their diabetes

... ...The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP),a joint effort of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch an updated public awareness campaign called "The Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands" to help the 18.3 percent of adults age 60 and over with diabetes to manage their disease. The event, featuring an address...

Independent panel to evaluate a chemical used in some plastics for hazards to human health

An independent panel of 11 scientists convened by the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), of the NIEHS and National Toxicology Program, will review recent scientific data and reach conclusions regarding whether or not exposure to DEHP (di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is a hazard to human development or reproduction. The 2.5 day meeting is open to members of the public...

New book on independent living through smart technologies available from Wiley

Assistive technologies like wheelchairs and hearing aids compensate for functional limitations in order to enhance independence, mobility, communication, and overall quality of life for individuals with disabilities. High-technology electronic devices like computers, smart phones, personal emergency response systems, personal digital assistants, and home monitoring devices have benefited older pe...

Independent voice rises to help consumers navigate health care

LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2005)-As health insurance systems become ever more complicated and as people with low incomes struggle to get health care, independent help agencies are increasingly filling the gap in resolving consumers' problems, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. ......Patients have had few places to turn-other than their ow...
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