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Half of U.S. Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits, Study Finds Half of U.S. Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits, Study Finds
As many as 40 percent of cancer cases, and half of cancer deaths, come down to things people could easily change, researchers said Thursday. While Americans often worry about whether chemicals, pollution or other factors out of their control cause cancer, the new analysis shows otherwise: People are firmly in charge of much of their own risk of cancer. The team at Harvard Medical School ca...
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Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time' Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time'
Everyone has their own personal range of bacteria living on their skin that stays largely unchanged over time, a US study suggests. It found sites of oily skin, such as backs and ears, had the most stable microbial fingerprints. But even exposed dry sites such as palms were relatively stable. Feet were among the areas that changed most in their microbial make-up, perhaps due to factors su...
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Study Finds US Health Care Costs All Over the Map Study Finds US Health Care Costs All Over the Map
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute finds prices for the same procedures vary even within the same state. Some differences make sense: Prices in Alaska are high because medical costs there are 2.6 times the national average. B...
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Fear over eating disorder care in Japan Fear over eating disorder care in Japan
Most people suffering with eating disorders in Japan are not receiving any medical or psychological support, according to doctors. The Japan Society for Eating Disorders claims the health system is failing hundreds of thousands of sufferers. It also says the pressure on girls, in particular, to be thin has "gone too far". The government says it's trying to set up more services and has tri...
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Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved
A complete picture of the areas that the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes has finally been revealed by scientists. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, discovered the fifth and final critical target at which the immune system errantly takes aim. The team at the University of Lincoln say the findings could help develop new ways to prevent and treat the disease. Diabe...
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Zika virus 'scarier than thought' says US Zika virus 'scarier than thought' says US
The Zika virus is "scarier" than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials have admitted. A wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus, said Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the mosquitoes that carry the virus could travel to more US states than previously thought, she said. The ...
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Huge leap to mass produced platelets Huge leap to mass produced platelets
Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets - the part of the blood that forms clots. The NHS and University of Cambridge team have discovered how to grow the body's platelet factories in the laboratory. It could provide a new source of platelets to stop heavy bleeding, for example after a car crash. But the researchers need to make the process more efficient ...
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Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands
Scientists in Japan have successfully transplanted mice with lab-grown skin that has more of the organ's working parts in place than ever before. Starting with stem cells made from a mouse's gums, they managed to craft skin with multiple layers - as well as hair follicles and sweat glands. When implanted into a "nude mouse" with a suppressed immune system, it integrated well and sprouted hai...
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WHO downgrades Ebola health risk WHO downgrades Ebola health risk
Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary health event" and the risk of the virus spreading is low, the World Health Organization says. It means the disease is not thought to be a significant public health threat to countries outside of those affected in West Africa. A small cluster of cases are still occurring in Guinea, but Sierra Leone and Liberia have not had any in months. But experts say...
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'Cold turkey' best way to quit smoking, study shows 'Cold turkey' best way to quit smoking, study shows
People who want to quit smoking are more likely to succeed if they go "cold turkey" by stopping abruptly, a study in Annals of Internal Medicine shows. Volunteers who used this approach were 25% more likely to remain abstinent half a year from the date that they give up than smokers who tried to gradually wean themselves off instead. The NHS says that picking a convenient date to quit is imp...
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