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New Universal Cancer Test Takes Only Ten Minutes. The Secret Ingredient? Gold

December 05, 2018

A new approach to detect cancer could take just ten minutes, a mobile phone and may be substantially cheaper than currently available ‘liquid biopsy’ tests, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Queensland discovered a unique DNA structure, which appears to be present in all cancer cells they …

Celiac Disease May Be Treated with Cystic Fibrosis Drugs

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects 1 in 141 people in the United States.
The condition is triggered by the consumption of gluten — a protein that can be found in wheat, barley, and rye and in foods such as bread, pasta, and baked goods.
In a person with celiac …

Researchers Classify Alzheimer’s Patients in 6 Subgroups

Researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease have created an approach to classify patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a finding that may open the door for personalized treatments.
“Alzheimer’s, like breast cancer, is not one disease,” said lead author Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant professor in general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of …

New Obesity Procedure also Reduces Muscle Mass

November 28, 2018

A study about a new procedure for the treatment of obesity has raised some concerns. This is because, while the treatment leads to weight loss, the pounds a person sheds consist of skeletal muscle as well as fat. Also, body fat loss seems to be mainly of the subcutaneous — …

Vaginal Seeding: What Is It, And Should You Do It?

The human microbiome has become a recognized entity unto itself, thought to provide necessary genetic material from bacteria in our bodies to help fight infection and regulate bodily functions, particularly the immune system and gastrointestinal system. There has been increasing interest in creating a more robust microbiome for newborn infants. …

Lipid that Aids Normal Skin Turnover May Help Psoriasis

A lipid that helps keep skin cell turnover on track may help restore healthy turnover in psoriasis, investigators say.
Topical application of the lipid phosphatidylglycerol, or PG, on a mouse model of psoriasis reduced inflammation as well as characteristic, raised skin lesions, they report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
They had …

Suicide: Study Finds Four Genes that May Raise Risk

November 21, 2018

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 800,000 people die by suicide every year.
Among people aged 15–29, suicide is the second leading cause of death worldwide.
In the United States, almost 45,000 people die as a result of suicide every year, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death among …

UNH Researchers Create a More Effective Hydrogel for Healing Wounds

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have created an easy-to-make, low-cost injectable hydrogel that could help wounds heal faster, especially for patients with compromised health issues.
Wound healing can be complex and challenging, especially when a patient has other health obstacles that seriously impede the process. Often injectable hydrogels are …

Researchers Stop ‘Sneaky’ Cancer Cells in Their Tracks

A new study by University of Minnesota biomedical engineers shows how they stopped cancer cells from moving and spreading, even when the cells changed their movements. The discovery could have a major impact on millions of people undergoing therapies to prevent the spread of cancer within the body.
The research is …

‘Remarkable’ Decline in Fertility Rates

November 14, 2018

There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers.
Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.
The researchers said the findings were a …

Smoking, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Increase Women’s Risk of Heart Attack

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk of a heart attack more in women than in men, new research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford has found.
The study, of 472,000 participants aged 40-69, found that smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and having …

Doctors Post Blood-Soaked Photos After NRA Tells them to Pipe Down over Gun Restrictions

US doctors are sharing haunting pictures of the aftermath of gun violence on social media after the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) told medical experts to “stay in their lane” when it comes to firearms restrictions.
WARNING: Some readers my find this content disturbing.
Photos of blood-stained scrubs, graphic X-rays and …