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How Artificial Sweeteners May Mess With Your Brain

July 19, 2016

Artificial sweeteners have been the subject of a lot of scientific debate in recent years, partly owing to the fact that they don’t seem to help much with weight loss at all. In fact, they may actually contribute to weight gain: A study a couple of years ago suggested that …

Diabetes Rates Much Higher Than Thought

July 14, 2016

The diabetes epidemic is seriously underestimated both globally and in Australia, thanks to inaccurate and inadequate testing, researchers say.
In fact, the real rate of people with diabetes worldwide could be 100 million people higher than official estimates from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), at 520 million instead of 400 million, …

Over 40s ‘Have More Babies’ Than Under 20s

Women over 40 are having more babies than the under 20s for the first time in nearly 70 years, official figures for England and Wales show.
The Office for National Statistics data showed there were 697,852 live births in 2015.
There were 15.2 births per 1,000 women aged over 40, compared with …

Immunotherapy Benefits Relapsed Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

For many patients with advanced blood cancers, a stem-cell transplant can drive the disease into remission. However, about one-third of these patients experience a relapse and face a very poor prognosis.
But a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a new treatment approach, …

Telehealth Poised to Revolutionize Health Care

Telehealth is growing rapidly and has the potential to transform the delivery of health care for millions of persons. That is the conclusion of a review article appearing today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The piece, co-authored by Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A., with the University of Rochester Medical Center …

Transparent Skull Implant Set to Ease Laser Brain Surgery

The day when surgeons can stop having to repeatedly cut open the skull to deliver life-saving laser therapy to the brain moves closer with the development of a new material for making transparent skull implants.
Researchers at the University of California – Riverside (UCR) report their progress with the new implant …

Drugs for Your Gut Microbiome are on the Horizon

July 06, 2016

Those drugs in your cabinet? They’re designed to treat only half of you. The other half — the trillions of microbes throughout your body — haven’t historically interested drug makers.
But as scientists learn more about the microbiome’s role in conditions ranging from allergies to anxiety to cancer, they’re increasingly interested …

To Manage Chronic Pain, Use the Whole Toolkit, Not Just Opioids

Opioid addiction, abuse, and overdose are at the forefront of our national dialogue. But by casting opioids as the villain, this important conversation is missing an essential element: how best to treat the chronic pain that afflicts 100 million Americans, including many of our wounded warriors. Chronic pain is a …

Apple Urges Organ Donation via New iPhone Software

Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company makes.

CEO Tim Cook says he hopes the new software, set for limited release …

CDC Confirms Zika Causes Severe Birth Defects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday the time has come to drop the squishy language previously used to describe the Zika virus. It isn’t just suspected of causing birth defects; it does cause birth defects.
Senior scientists involved in the agency’s Zika response argue in an article rushed to …

Possible Substitute for Antibiotics to Treat Dangerous Infections

Infections continue to threaten human health. With remarkable genetic flexibility, pathogenic organisms outsmart available therapies. Fortunately, microbial versatility is matched by the host immune system, which evolves in dialogue with the microbes. Therapies that enhance the beneficial effects of the immune response represent a promising, but under-explored, therapeutic alternative to …

Higher Dementia Risk Linked to More Use of Common Drugs

A large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Many older people take these medications, which include nonprescription diphenhydramine (Benadryl). JAMA Internal Medicinepublished the report, called “Cumulative Use of …