When To Stop Taking Antibiotics?

When To Stop Taking Antibiotics?

When To Stop Taking Antibiotics? Does stopping a course of antibiotics early lead to antibiotic resistance? There has been a lot of research into how long antibiotic courses should be, to determine the shortest possible length of course needed to completely kill all bacteria. If you are being treated for[…]

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The American Opioid Fallout

The American Opioid Fallout

The American Opioid Fallout. Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Opioids are substances that work on the nervous system in the body or specific receptors in the brain to[…]

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FDA To Support Leukemia Gene-Therapy Treatment

FDA To Support Leukemia Gene-Therapy Treatment

FDA To Support Leukemia Gene-Therapy Treatment. Novartis AG’s pioneering new cancer drug won enthusiastic support from a federal advisory panel, paving the way for approval of the first U.S. gene therapy. The panel unanimously recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve the drug, tisagenlecleucel, for patients ages 3 to[…]

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Gene-Editing Correct Defective Embryos

Gene-Editing Correct Defective Embryos

Gene-Editing Correct Defective Embryos. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is very common and can affect people of any age. It is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people, including young athletes. HCM occurs if heart muscle cells enlarge and cause the walls of the ventricles (usually the left ventricle) to thicken. The[…]

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Top Chefs’ Favourite Cheese

Top Chefs’ Favourite Cheese

Top Chefs’ Favourite Cheese. Cheese is a food derived from milk that is produced in a wide range of flavours, textures, and forms by coagulation of the milk protein casein. It comprises proteins and fat from milk, usually the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. During production, the milk is usually acidified, and adding the enzyme rennet causes coagulation. The solids are separated[…]

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How To Keep Your Seafood Safe

How To Keep Your Seafood Safe

How To Keep Your Seafood Safe. Whether it’s grilled salmon, peel-it-yourself shrimp, or a festive clambake, fish and shellfish are often the star of summer meals. But how do you make sure you’re serving up seafood that’s safe to eat and keeping the chance of foodborne illness to a minimum? Fish[…]

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How To Keep Your Liver Healthy

How To Keep Your Liver Healthy

How To Keep Your Liver Healthy. You are probably familiar with at least some of the factors that affect your heart—blood pressure and cholesterol, for example. But how much do you know about the state of your liver? It might sometimes be an afterthought, but your liver plays crucial roles—metabolizing fats, carbs,[…]

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Personalised Cancer Vaccines Human Trials

Personalised Cancer Vaccines Human Trials

Personalised Cancer Vaccines Human Trials. A cancer vaccine is one of the holy grails of modern medical research, but finding a way to stimulate the immune system to specifically target and kill cancer cells has proven to be a difficult task. Now two recent clinical trials that have produced encouraging results in patients[…]

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Keeping Dementia At Bay

Keeping Dementia At Bay

Keeping Dementia At Bay. What is cognitive reserve? It is your brain’s ability to improvise and find alternate ways of getting a job done. Just like a powerful car that enables you to engage another gear and suddenly accelerate to avoid an obstacle, your brain can change the way it[…]

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Apps Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases

Apps Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases

Apps Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases. Johns Hopkins researchers introduced EpiWatch, designed to use Apple Watch to collect patient data through the open source ResearchKit framework, also an Apple design. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, collects data from patients with epilepsy before, during and after their seizures. Over 2.5 million[…]

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How The Flu Changes Within The Human Body

How The Flu Changes Within The Human Body

How The Flu Changes Within The Human Body. An international team of scientists has determined the itinerary of the seasonal flu, paving the way for better monitoring and more effective vaccines. The researchers report in Science that they sussed out the bug’s travel plans by studying thousands of samples of the virus collected[…]

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What You Do Not Know About Generic Drugs

What You Do Not Know About Generic Drugs

What You Do Not Know About Generic Drugs. Generic drugs are important options that allow greater access to health care for all Americans. They are copies of brand-name drugs and are the same as those brand name drugs in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended[…]

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Predicting The Next Pandemic

Predicting The Next Pandemic

Predicting The Next Pandemic. A new study identifies several regions around the world with the highest number of unknown viruses likely to infect people, and which species are most likely to carry them. Researchers from New York-based environmental non-profit EcoHealth Alliance published a study on 21 June 2017 in the[…]

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Time Does Not Mend A Broken Heart

Time Does Not Mend A Broken Heart

Time Does Not Mend A Broken Heart. First described in 1990 in Japan, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber, usually as the result of severe emotional or physical stress, such as a sudden illness, the loss of a loved one, a serious[…]

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Which To Treat, Cancer Or Heart Problems?

Which To Treat, Cancer Or Heart Problems?

Which To Treat, Cancer Or Heart Problems? Pharmacological and cellular treatment of cancer is changing dramatically with benefits for patient outcome and comfort, but also with new toxicity profiles. The majority of adverse events can be classified as mild or moderate, but severe and life-threatening complications requiring ICU admission also[…]

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Simple Way To Boost Cancer Survival Rates

Simple Way To Boost Cancer Survival Rates

Simple Way To Boost Cancer Survival Rates. Convincing data exist that obesity is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer recurrence, and similar evidence on obesity and prognosis is also accumulating for other cancers. On the opposite end of the spectrum, those with aero-digestive tumours, such as head and neck, eosophagus,[…]

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Liver Damage From Supplements Is On The Rise

Liver Damage From Supplements Is On The Rise

Liver Damage From Supplements Is On The Rise. Many herbal remedies and other dietary supplements can harm the liver, according to a review based on reports to the National Institute of Health’s Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, published recently in the journal Hepatology. The proportion of all drug-related liver injuries that could[…]

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Personalised Medicine Is Here

Personalised Medicine Is Here

Personalised Medicine Is Here. This FDA approved series of tests may just be the beginning of personalised DNA-related medicine that will increasingly be available for the public, with an increasing range of diseases’ profiling in the years to come. 23andMe is a personalised DNA service providing information and tools for[…]

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Headphone Safety Tips

Headphone Safety Tips

Headphone Safety Tips. Almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in 2016, the highest annual total in more than two decades. The reasons aren’t entirely clear, but experts say that distraction caused by electronic devices could be a cause. Recent data suggest that pedestrians wearing headphones are at an increased[…]

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The Super Secretive Anti-Aging Research By Google

The Super Secretive Anti-Aging Research By Google

The Super Secretive Anti-Aging Research By Google. Calico (Calico Life Sciences LLC) is an Alphabet-funded research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. They are scientists from the fields of medicine, drug development, molecular biology, genetics, and computational[…]

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The Breakdown In Biomedical Research

The Breakdown In Biomedical Research

The Breakdown In Biomedical Research. The Wall Street Journal essay here clues us in on the scandal that has been ongoing in biomedical research over the decades. It lists the trail of mistakes, failures and incompetence in critical research on several fronts for chronic diseases. One area that had contributed[…]

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Probiotics And What They Do

Probiotics And What They Do

Probiotics And What They Do. This short article by BBC Goodfood is an introduction to the world of probiotics and prebiotics, and how they benefit our physiological system. Very simply, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for our health, especially our digestive system. Our bodies are full[…]

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The World’s Healthiest People

The World’s Healthiest People

The World’s Healthiest People. In a more detailed study published in the Lancet in October 2016, that assessed 33 health-related UN Sustainable Development Goal indicators in 188 countries across 25 years, where the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2015 was used as a benchmark, the health[…]

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Should I Take Vitamin D Every Day?

Should I Take Vitamin D Every Day?

Should I Take Vitamin D Every Day? Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, and are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and pain in the bone caused by a condition called osteomalacia[…]

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What Is My Real Age?

What Is My Real Age?

What Is My Real Age? In a two-part series by the BBC called How To Stay Young, presenters Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken travelled the world in search of the latest science that could help us all stay young & healthy for longer. In the first episode, The[…]

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How To Prevent And Treat Osteoporosis

How To Prevent And Treat Osteoporosis

How To Prevent And Treat Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means “porous bone,” and is often called a silent disease, because one is unable to feel bones weakening. Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in[…]

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How To Save A Life

How To Save A Life

How To Save A Life. This critical article is a ‘must read’ for all, if life is at all precious to us. Cardiac arrests normally happen out of the blue and can take place anywhere. The term “heart attack” is often mistakenly used to describe cardiac arrest. While a heart attack may[…]

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No Drugs For Back Pain

No Drugs For Back Pain

No Drugs For Back Pain. For those of us who struggle with back pain from time-to-time, this is a new guideline from the American College of Physicians. Alternative and psychological therapies are encouraged as the first line of treatment. Back pain encompasses a number of symptoms and diagnoses, and can[…]

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Acrylamide And The Cancer Risk?

Acrylamide And The Cancer Risk?

Acrylamide And The Cancer Risk? Acrylamide is a natural chemical that is formed when starchy foods such as bread and potatoes are cooked for long periods at a high temperature. When these foods are cooked (fried, baked, roasted, toasted or grilled) to above 120°C (250°F), they naturally form acrylamide. Acrylamide is produced[…]

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The Hi-Tech War On Science Fraud

The Hi-Tech War On Science Fraud

The Hi-Tech War On Science Fraud. This long read has a remarkably noble intent, yet highly controversial outworking; it also discusses some of the most publicised frauds in scientific research in history. Can a computer-generated human-crafted logarithmic programme fact-check satisfactorily scientific data, whether it is fake or manipulated results? Statcheck[…]

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Scientists Unmask Superbug-Shielding Protein

Scientists Unmask Superbug-Shielding Protein

Scientists Unmask Superbug-Shielding Protein. Scientists in the University of Western Australia have mapped the molecular structure of a superbug’s protein that shields it against antibiotics. This is perhaps the first step in finding a way to disable the bacteria’s defense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs[…]

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Sugar, The New Tobacco

Sugar, The New Tobacco

Sugar, The New Tobacco. Like the tobacco conglomerate, the food industry’s clout over government regulatory agencies is extraordinary, and this article from Reader’s Digest’s January 2017 issue, gives us a perspective that may not be all that surprising given the multibillion dollar sugar industry. Growing scientific evidence shows that consuming[…]

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How Doctors Measure Pain

How Doctors Measure Pain. The subjectivity of a pain descriptor is difficult to measure, simply due to the personal sense and vocabulary of the victim, quite apart from an individual’s level of tolerance for pain. Yet it is one of the most studied area in psychology in recent history, with[…]

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Getting Older, Sleeping Less.

Getting Older, Sleeping Less

Getting Older, Sleeping Less. It is a fallacy that as one gets older, one’s requirement for normal sleep diminishes. This article warns that if sleeplessness is protracted, it is usually an indication that physiologically, something is not quite in order. We all have sleepless nights once in a while, dependent[…]

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The Seven Ways You Are Totally Unique.

The Seven Ways You Are Totally Unique

The Seven Ways You Are Totally Unique. Thumb and fingerprints were indelible ways to identify an individual for decades gone by. Then, iris scans are now the preferred mode, as technology catches up. This article by the BBC explores our physiological individuality and distinctiveness that separates us from each other[…]

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