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Breakthrough in cancer research could spawn new treatments Breakthrough in cancer research could spawn new treatments
A new breakthrough in cancer research could lead to a novel form of cancer treatment -- one that is highly specialized for each patient. Researchers discovered that even though cancer cells mutate wildly within a person's body, the cancer cells within each patient also have common mutations -- ones that could be isolated and fought off by certain immune cells. Think of it this way: A patient...
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Best tech to keep your workouts on track Best tech to keep your workouts on track
We’re well into the New Year and right on schedule our big resolution resolve is…gone. Abandoned. Dead. According to statistics, 36% of people who make resolutions give up before February and only 8% keep their resolutions for an entire year. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us—not for lack of willpower—it’s just that old habits are hard to break and new ones tough to make stick. Here are a ...
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Obesity linked to 'worse memory' Obesity linked to 'worse memory'
People who are obese have a worse memory than their thinner friends, a small study shows. Tests on 50 people showed being overweight was linked to worse "episodic memory" or the ability to remember past experiences. The study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology argues that a less vivid memory of recent meals may lead to overeating. However, other aspects of memory - such a...
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Low-cost portable device that can detect Ebola Low-cost portable device that can detect Ebola
London: Researchers have developed a low-cost and portable diagnostic device that can be used to detect Ebola infection and many other diseases. The device could be particularly useful to monitor endemic, epidemic and pandemic disease outbreaks in resource-limited developing countries that need portable diagnostic equipment that functions outside the hospital. "The platform will lead the dev...
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Zika virus: Pope hints at relaxation of contraception ban Zika virus: Pope hints at relaxation of contraception ban
Pope Francis has hinted that the use of contraception by women at risk of contracting the Zika virus may be permissible. The pontiff insisted that abortion remained a crime but said avoiding pregnancy was "not an absolute evil". His remarks came in response to a question about how best to tackle the Zika outbreak across Latin America. The virus has been linked to the microcephaly birth de...
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Thousands sign petition after mum shares image of girl's meningi Thousands sign petition after mum shares image of girl's meningi
A mother has shared an image of her daughter before her death from meningitis to back a campaign for vaccines to be given to all children. Faye Burdett, aged two, from Maidstone, Kent died on Valentine's Day after fighting the infection for 11 days. Her family said they were enduring "a pain you cannot describe" after the toddler contracted meningitis B. Their photographs of Faye, includi...
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Excitement at new cancer treatment Excitement at new cancer treatment
A therapy that retrains the body's immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission. White blood cells were taken from patients with leukaemia, modified in the lab and then put back. But the data has not been published or reviewed and two patients are said to have died from an extreme immune response. Exper...
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Eating a high-fiber diet as a teen may help prevent breast cance Eating a high-fiber diet as a teen may help prevent breast cance
Here's another reason to freak out over your teen or college-aged daughter's diet that seems to be based on ramen noodles and bubble tea: a new study finds that women who ate more fiber in their late teens and 20s had a much lower risk of breast cancer later. A 20-year study of more than 90,000 women showed those who ate the most fiber while young had a 16 percent lower risk of breast cancer th...
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San Diego Company Testing Possible Diabetes Cure San Diego Company Testing Possible Diabetes Cure
A San Diego biotech company believes it has found a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes. The La Jolla-based company, ViaCyte, in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson, is testing a stem cell treatment to cure those with the life-impacting hormonal disorder. ViaCyte is aiming to eliminate rigorous insulin treatment and glucose testing by engineering a type of stem cell that produces insulin and ot...
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Health Experts Left With More Questions About the Zika Virus Health Experts Left With More Questions About the Zika Virus
For decades, the Zika virus has seemed harmless. But with more birth defects in Brazil and the possibility of transmission through sexual contact, health experts are now trying to answer more questions about the illness. So far, only two men have been detected with the virus in their semen, NBC News reported. Because the infection doesn’t last long, the possibility of it being transmitted is on...
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