ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

Recap for Week Ending July 11, 2014: 

Could a Simple Blood Test Tell You if You Will Develop Alzheimer’s? Read article here

Could a Simple Blood Test Tell You if You Will Develop Alzheimer’s?

Progesterone-releasing IUD may carry higher risk for breast cancer in certain women Read article here

Two hours of sitting cancels out 20 minutes of exercise, study finds Read article here

Extreme obesity in adults as deadly as smoking, study says Read article here

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Combining patches, meds effective in quitting smoking Read article here

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Doctors Urge End of ‘Black Box’ Warning on Antidepressants Read article here

Psychiatric drugs cause nearly 90,000 ER visits annually Read article here

Hospitals Underusing Keyhole Surgery, Study Finds Read article here

 

Teens Are Spending a Ton of Time In Front of Screens, CDC Says Read article here

 

Forgotten vials of smallpox virus found Read article here

ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids’ personalities Read article here

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Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreens for kids Read article here

‘Bleak picture’ for mentally ill: 80% are jobless Read article here

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White House targets heroin, painkillers in 2014 drug control policy Read article here

Hot weather, climate change may raise risk of painful kidney stones Read article here

Don’t Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back Read article here

Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back

Why your medical condition may be named after a food Read article here

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Doctors should be more vocal in recommending flu shots during pregnancy, researchers say Read article here

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Lung Societies Warn About Unknowns of e-Cigarettes Read article here

Doctors have ‘ethical obligation’ to protect athletes from concussion Read article here

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Signs of Infection Seen in Child Believed to Have Been Cured of H.I.V. Read article here

Test vaccine for dengue fever seen as promising Read article here

Behind air-tight doors in a lab in a southern French city, scientists in protective coveralls wage war against a fingernail-sized danger. Lurking in net cages is their foe: the Asian tiger mosquito, capable of spreading dengue fever and other tropical diseases in temperate Europe. First spotted in Albania in 1979, the black-and-white striped invader has gained a foothold on Europe's Mediterranean rim and is advancing north and west, according to captors' reports. Colonies are established in 20 European countries, in moderate climes as far north as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. "The risk of disease is very low but it is growing," entomologist Jean-Baptiste Ferre told AFP at France's leading mosquito-control institute. "The more mosquitoes there are, the higher the risk." The Asian tiger mosquito -- Latin name Aedes albopictus -- can spread many kinds of viruses. They include dengue, which can result in a deadly haemorrhagic fever, as well as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and a painful disease of the joints called chikungunya. A. albopictus transmits the virus by taking blood from a sick person and handing on the pathogen the next time it takes a meal. The worry is that the insect will spread disease in Europe by biting infected people arriving from tropical countries where the viruses are endemic. In 2007, the tiger mosquito caused a home-grown outbreak in Italy of chikungunya, and in 2010, 10 locally-transmitted cases of dengue occurred in Croatia. That same year, two cases of each disease surfaced in southern France, prompting the alarm bells to ring loudly. From Montpellier, Ferre and his colleagues at the Entente Interdepartementale pour la Demoustication en Mediterranee (EID) monitor the spread with some 1,500 traps dotted around France, luring mosquitoes to lay their eggs. These provide insights into how A. albopictus is adapting to European life, with its varied habitats and cooler climate. Ferre points to maps that begin in 2004, when a tiny red dot represented the first settling of albopictus in France around Menton, near the Italian border. Year by year, the dot grows into red tentacles that probe north and west. The insect has a flight range of only about 200 metres (yards), so it hitch-hikes a ride in cars, trucks and traded goods. With climate change, "further expansion is probable," the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases warned this year. That assessment is supported by scientists at Britain's University of Liverpool who point to warming trends in the Balkans and northwestern Europe. Asian tiger mosquitoes are aggressive and robust, able to breed prolifically in their short, 10-day lives. Feeding during the day, they can bite several people in quick succession, and their offspring can hatch even after long periods without water. Worse, the insect is a stealthy urban dweller. It does not need large, open bodies of water to reproduce, for it can lay its eggs in small, water-holding receptacles such as flowerpots, toys and blocked gutters, and this makes it much harder to fight. Since May this year, surveillance in France has thrown up 267 suspected dengue and chikungunya cases among people who had arrived from abroad, said EID project coordinator Gregory Lambert. The institute sometimes launches pre-emptive strikes if this can prevent the mosquitoes from spreading disease locally. It orders out insecticide trucks that spray streets in a 200-metre (650-foot) radius around the area where a case is notified. The operations take place before dawn, while most people are still in bed. "The imperative is to kill the mosquitoes before they transmit the disease," said Lambert. The war is unrelenting. "It is impossible to kill them all," said Anna-Bella Failloux of France's Pasteur Institute, one of the world's top centres for infectious disease. "Even if there is no mosquito around you, you still have eggs somewhere, waiting for the next rain."

Vasectomy linked to aggressive prostate cancer Read article here

A Little Alcohol May Not Be Good for Your Heart After All Read article here

‘Significant link’ between psychological stress and stroke Read article here

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