A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine showed that statins, which are common cholesterol-lowering drugs, were able to prime blood cancer cells to be more easily eliminated. Leukemia describes blood cancers that begin in the bone marrow, where blood cells are made, and result in the accumulation of many abnormal white blood cells.
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Security researchers say they’ve found flaws in the Medtronic pacemaker that leaves the life-saving device vulnerable to hackers and puts patients at risk. Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts say they’ve found vulnerabilities that compromise the pacemaker’s programmer, which can control the electrical impulses that are sent to the heart to regulate a patient’s heartbeat. There
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  A recent study investigated the association between disrupted circadian and sleep rhythms and increased susceptibility to mood disorders. Sleep rhythms and circadian rhythms are fundamentally important parts of health and a balanced lifestyle. Circadian rhythms refer to changes in the body’s behaviour and physiology that occur in a 24-hour period. There has been a
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Breastfeeding can be exhausting, particularly in the early days period when a baby may sleep irregularly and wake up numerous times each night. A morning cup of coffee might help a person manage sleep deprivation, but many people worry about the effects of caffeine on their babies. However, caffeine is safe in moderation for people
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New research now published in the journal mSphere examines the effects of poor dental hygiene on the respiratory health of elderly Japanese people. The recent results shed light on the importance of the tongue microbiota for our respiratory health. Good oral hygiene is particularly important for seniors’ respiratory health, suggests a new study. The new
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Published in BMJ Open, researchers recently examined the therapeutic potential of Nintendo’s Wii Fit in managing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a condition that impairs motor coordination and voluntary movements. Interventions currently at use to manage this condition only benefit children who do not have the ability to walk. As a result, the treatment is
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Taking aspirin and ibuprofen at the same time can cause side effects. The safety of mixing these drugs depends on the reasons why people are taking them. Aspirin and ibuprofen are both pain relievers from the same family of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Because they are from the same family of
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There is no single best way to prevent prostate cancer, but several natural methods can help. These include maintaining a healthful weight, exercising, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the type most common among American men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the
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Bits of DNA that were once considered useless actually contain instructions for making molecules that help cancer spread, say scientists. What scientists thought was ‘junk DNA’ actually helps cancer spread. The molecules in question are called enhancer RNAs (eRNAs), and a new study conducted by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) revealed that they
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Concussion is an injury to the brain caused by either a blow to the head or body. A child’s developing brain is more at risk than an adult’s, so parents and caregivers may want to know the signs of concussion in children. A survey published in 2017, looking at more than 13,000 adolescents in the
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  A recent experiment examined the effects of combining MDMA with psychotherapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an extremely common affliction among military personnel and first responders. Close to a quarter of all veterans and first responders are affected by this disorder throughout their lifetime. PTSD creates
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The 5:2 Diet, the 16:8 Diet, time-restricted eating—intermittent fasting diets are everywhere right now (and are being done by everyone; hi, Halle Berry and Jenna Jameson!). Now, there’s another version of intermittent fasting to keep on your radar: the ‘Eat Stop Eat’ diet. Intermittent fasting, in general, sounds both totally doable—and totally miserable. Basically, you’re instructed to go for long periods
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The causes of lung cancer can differ between males and females, as can life expectancies. Also, some types of lung cancer are more common in males. However, symptoms tend to be universal. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths among both
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Scientists have discovered a chemical compound that cuts off the “energy supply” to glioblastoma cells, making them self-destruct. Glioblastoma is a highly aggressive brain tumor. A newly discovered chemical may improve brain cancer survival. Glioblastoma is a deadly form of brain cancer. Glioblastoma tumors emerge from the sticky, supportive tissue of the brain, which gets
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People with anxiety-related issues can gain tremendous benefit from having a specially trained service dog. Service dogs are companion animals that help people who have physical or mental health conditions. A service dog for anxiety can provide a sense of calm, anticipate anxiety attacks, and even fetch medication for their owner. In this article, we
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A watermelon allergy is rare. However, if a person reacts to watermelon, there may be additional foods to avoid. If a person with an allergy does not eat watermelon often, they may not know what has caused their symptoms. It could be an allergy to a different food, or an unrelated illness. The symptoms of
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