The Telemedicine Reporter – International Edition – October 13, 2011

Verizon and Duke University envision apps from health IT partnership

Mobile health applications and consumer healthcare education are among the initial potential projects envisioned by Duke University (Durham, NC) and Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions (New York, NY), Continue reading

Psychopathic Killers: Computerized Text Analysis uncovers the Word Patterns of a Predator

As words can be the soul’s window, scientists are learning to peer through it: Computerized text analysis shows that psychopathic killers make identifiable word choices – beyond conscious control – when talking about their crimes.

This research could lead to new tools for diagnosis and treatment, and have implications law enforcement and social media.

The words of psychopathic murderers match their personalities, which reflect selfishness, detachment from their crimes and emotional flatness, says Jeff Hancock, Cornell professor of computing and information science, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia in the journal Legal and Criminological Psychology. Continue reading

Hardening of the Arteries Link Discovered

Research tells us that environmental toxins are probably not good for us. Unfortunately, this does not stop the widespread use of chemicals such as pesticides and PCBs. There is very little positive press about toxins used in the manufacturing and agricultural industries when it comes to human health. Now researchers are dealing toxins yet another blow: in the latest health news out of Uppsala University in Sweden, environmental toxins may be linked to atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries that often leads to cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in industrialized countries.

The Swedish researchers measured levels of environmental toxins in the blood of about 100 Swedes. These study participants were also assessed for hardening of the arteries.

The research team found a strong connection Continue reading

Why it’s better to Eat Whole Foods for Your Health

Natural supplements are a great way to complement a healthful diet. Never should they be considered an adequate replacement for whole foods. A new study drives this home with a look at several foods, including broccoli. It shows why it’s just a bad idea to skip the broccoli in favor of popping a pill.

Basically, a new study found that a key phytochemical in cruciferous vegetables is poorly absorbed and of far less value if taken as a supplement. Cruciferous refers to a very health family of veggies that includes many dark greens, broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

Understanding the issue of whole foods vs. natural supplements is not simple. But it does seem that you need Continue reading

Two Vitamins to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

It seems as if breast cancer is a tricky disease to treat and prevent. Researchers at Columbia University in New York have discovered that breast cancer patients taking antioxidants have an increased or decreased risk of recurrent cancer depending on which vitamin they use. This is important health news about your nutritional health.

The U.S. researchers set out to investigate the role of antioxidants in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from oxidative damage. Cancer drugs and radiation, on the other hand, actually work (to some degree) by creating oxidative damage. The researchers worried that high doses of certain antioxidants could lessen the effectiveness of some cancer treatments. And since most women seem to take Continue reading