iPad Baby Seat: Bad Parenting or Sign of the Times?
The Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price is just that. It features, in addition to the iPad holder, bat-at toys on the removable bar and a mirror that reflects the baby's image when the iPad is removed. But it's that iPad holder feature that's got moms up in arms.
Protesters fell Lenin statue, tell Ukraine's president 'you're next'
KIEV (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine's capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.
Friend and foe, world leaders coming together for Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 70 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity's great peacemakers, officials said on Monday.
Thai PM calls snap election, protesters want power now
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament on Monday and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders pressed ahead with mass demonstrations in Bangkok seeking to install an unelected body to run the country.
Syrian army retakes road needed to ship out chemical weapons
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have taken control of a highway connecting Damascus to the coast that is needed to extract hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals for destruction, a monitoring group said on Monday.
Car bomb near Iraqi cafe used by Sunni militia kills 11
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded near a cafe in northeastern Iraq on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 23, police said, as the country grapples with its deadliest violence in at least five years.
After Newtown, focus of U.S. gun control battle shifts to states
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mental performance preserved throughout two years after catheter-based implantation of an aortic valve prosthesisAortic valve stenosis is the most frequent heart valve defect of older people in Europe - the cause is usually increasing calcification of this important valve. In patients at high and excessive risk, conventional cardiac surgery is often no therapeutic option. For these patients, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains the only opportunity.
Cardiac patients benefit from home-based high intensity training
Rapid rehabilitation is a must after a heart attack or other cardiovascular event. Different forms of exercise as a part of rehabilitation have been examined by researchers, including high-intensity interval training (85-95 % of maximum heart rate), which has proved to be both a good and efficient form of rehabilitation.However, most of the studies that document these findings have been conducted in exercise laboratories, where patients and the intensity of their exercise are carefully monitored. But can we expect the same benefits when patients are told to exercise at home?
Added benefit of saxagliptin as monotherapy is not proven
No data on patients with metformin intolerance or contraindicationThe drug saxagliptin (trade name: Onglyza) has been approved also as monotherapy in Germany since July 2013 for certain adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is an option when drug treatment is needed, but the drug metformin is not tolerated or cannot be used.
Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease. Pharmaceutical drugs are known for their potential side effects, and an important aspect of personalized medicine is to tailor therapies to individuals to reduce the chances of adverse events. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have updated an extensive toxicology database so that it can be used to track information about therapeutic drugs and their unintentional toxic effects."Environmental science actually shares a common goal with drug makers: to improve the prediction of chemical toxicity," says Dr.
Random fluctuations in brain cell activity may determine toss-up decisions
Life presents us with choices all the time: salad or pizza for lunch? Tea or coffee afterward? How we make these everyday decisions has been a topic of great interest to economists, who have devised theories about how we assign values to our options and use those values to make decisions.An emerging field of study known as neuroeconomics is combining the economists' insights with scientific study of the brain to learn more about decision-making processes and how they can go awry.
Finding that single microRNA powers motor activity has implications for treating severe treatment-refractory epilepsy
New research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai shows that microRNA-128 is one of the strongest regulators of nerve cell excitability and motor activity, and that it does so by adjusting an entire neuronal signaling pathway. Published online in the journal Science, the preclinical study suggests that developing new drugs for treatment-refractory epilepsy that target the microRNA signaling pathway might prove beneficial for patients with severe epilepsy, including the epilepsy of infancy.
One of the world's oldest vaccines now has a new use. Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, or BCG, is an 80-year-old vaccine designed to tread tuberculosis. Bit it has now been found effective in treating long-term type 1 diabetes, which is on the rise worldwide.
BCG has long been administered to children in developing countries to guard against tuberculosis.
But in a recent clinical trial, researchers at Harvard Medical School found the vaccine was also able to increase insulin ...
Zardari's Daughter: Pakistan Working Hard to Combat Polio
The fight to eradicate polio in Pakistan has a high-profile advocate - the daughter of the country's president.
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where the disease is still prevalent. The other two nations are Afghanistan and Nigeria.
As the country's goodwill ambassador for polio eradication, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari is vowing to help Pakistan become polio-free. She is the daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari and recently told VOA's Urdu Service that the ...
HOUSTON ? A study unveiled this week in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates the safety and benefits of a small heart pump first developed in Germany and called The "Berlin Heart." There were 17 institutions in North America and Europe involved in the study, which was led by doctors in Houston, at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children's Hospital. A number of young lives were saved during the test period that began in 2007.
Sixteen-year-old Marco ...
As the U.S. population ages, there's a growing need for health care workers. A program in Warrenton, Virginia, gives teens interested in medicine a taste of the available careers in the field.
?If I see you contaminate the field, I have to tell you,? Wendy Greenwood reminds a group of teens who are dressed in green surgery scrubs.
They look like young medical students, but they haven?t even finished secondary school. Nevertheless, they are learning skills professionals use every day at ...
While Olympians Peak, Lack of Activity Remains a Leading Global Cause of Death
Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Seeking to raise awareness about the problem, the British journal, The Lancet, is highlighting the problem during the Olympic Games, when attention is focused on athletes at the top of their game.
Lack of exercise also contributes to up to 10 percent of deaths worldwide from diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and colon and breast cancer, according to the special issue of the Lancet.
The impact of physical ...
HANOI ? The United States and Vietnam?s defense ministry have launched the first cleanup operation to rid a former air base of a toxic dioxin left from the Vietnam war. Although many people have welcomed the move, some say it is too little, too late to help generations of people suffering birth defects and diseases linked to the chemical.
The project, which started Thursday, aims to clean up soil and sediment contaminated with dangerous levels of toxin dioxin at a former U.S. Army air base in ...