BDSM practitioners aren’t mentally ill: study

By Andrew M. Seaman

NEW YORK | Fri May 31, 2013 4:28pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some good news for people who enjoy restraints, riding crops and floggers in the bedroom: A new study says you probably don’t have a mental disorder.

The results “seem contradictory to what the general public and professionals believe,” said Andreas Wismeijer of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, who published the study along with Marcel van Assen.

Not all very short kids need screening tests: study

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK | Fri May 31, 2013 4:08pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Kids who are short for their age but otherwise healthy probably don’t need extensive blood tests to determine if a disease is stunting their growth, researchers said in a new study.

Of 235 short kids without symptoms who were referred for specialty testing, just three had a possible diagnosis picked up on those labs, and only one diagnosis – for celiac disease – was confirmed, researchers found.

Stroke: Leg wraps could be lifesaver

30 May 2013 Last updated at 19:01 ET

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

Leg wrapsThe wraps inflate to move blood through the legs

Cheap inflatable leg wraps may save the lives of patients after a stroke, according to research in Scotland.

The devices regularly squeeze the legs to keep blood flowing and prevent formation of fatal blood clots.

A trial with 2,876 patients, published in the Lancet, showed there were fewer clots with the wraps.

The Stroke Association said the results were “extremely encouraging” and had the potential to save thousands of lives.

Probiotics 'may prevent diarrhoea'

31 May 2013 Last updated at 04:16 ET

picture of tabletsAntibiotics use can lead to diarrhoea, but probiotics may hold the solution

People who are on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics at the same time, a review of evidence shows.

Scientists at the Cochrane Collaboration say taking the supplements could prevent diarrhoea – a common side-effect of many antibiotics.

They looked specifically at cases of diarrhoea caused by the potentially dangerous Clostridium difficile bug.

Experts say probiotics could be a “pre-emptive strike” to ensure a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.

Probiotics ‘may prevent diarrhoea’

31 May 2013 Last updated at 04:16 ET

picture of tabletsAntibiotics use can lead to diarrhoea, but probiotics may hold the solution

People who are on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics at the same time, a review of evidence shows.

Scientists at the Cochrane Collaboration say taking the supplements could prevent diarrhoea – a common side-effect of many antibiotics.

They looked specifically at cases of diarrhoea caused by the potentially dangerous Clostridium difficile bug.

Experts say probiotics could be a “pre-emptive strike” to ensure a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.

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By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: May 30, 2013

Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Action Points

  • Approximately 20% of adults in the U.S. sought care in the emergency department (ED) at least once in 2011, a CDC report found.
  • Although the percentage of Americans visiting the ED each year was stable, the total number of visits to emergency departments increased between 1995 and 2010, while at the same time the supply of EDs declined.

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Some common prescriptions linked to impotence

By Kerry Grens

NEW YORK | Thu May 30, 2013 4:12pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Tranquilizers known as benzodiazepines and certain older antidepressants are linked with a greater chance of having erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a new survey.

“Definitely it confirms the tricyclics (antidepressants)” are tied to ED, said Dr. Richard Balon, a psychiatry professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Contrary to some other studies, however, the research did not find any increased risk of ED among men taking blood-pressure medications.

Japanese drugmakers open 'libraries' in $100 million health project

LONDON | Thu May 30, 2013 3:13pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) – Five top Japanese drug companies are to open their “libraries” of experimental compounds to scrutiny by scientists hunting new treatments for malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases affecting the world’s poor.

The initiative, announced on Thursday, is the first project under a new $100 million partnership between the drugmakers, the Japanese government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research into neglected tropical diseases.

Japanese drugmakers open ‘libraries’ in $100 million health project

LONDON | Thu May 30, 2013 3:13pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) – Five top Japanese drug companies are to open their “libraries” of experimental compounds to scrutiny by scientists hunting new treatments for malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases affecting the world’s poor.

The initiative, announced on Thursday, is the first project under a new $100 million partnership between the drugmakers, the Japanese government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research into neglected tropical diseases.