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A high-tech anti-cancer drug may offer may eventually offer an effective treatment for serious baldness. Alopecia areata is the medical term for a mysterious autoimmune condition that leads to disfiguring hair loss not just on the scalp, but sometimes all... (Read More)
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New research shows that aspirin has additional anti-inflammatory activity that goes beyond what other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen can do. All NSAIDs, including aspirin, block an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase. This enzyme is critical for cells to churn out... (Read More)
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Reducing inflammation with aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs appears to lower the likelihood of certain breast cancers recurring. Researchers reviewed the medical records of more than 400 women who had been treated for estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. Most of... (Read More)
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A preliminary study suggests that exercise might benefit children's brain development. Previous studies have shown links between physical fitness and cognitive skills in young people. Moderate exercise even helps kids think better for several hours. The new study shows a... (Read More)
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Quaternary ammonium compounds found in common household disinfectants may negatively affect mouse reproduction. Scientists in two different laboratories made the observation independently, and then collaborated on tests to see whether the disinfectant chemicals might be responsible. Animals exposed to these... (Read More)
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The relationship between salt consumption and cardiovascular mortality just became more complicated and confusing. Articles about the relationship between sodium intake and death from cardiovascular causes published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week present contradictory conclusions. In... (Read More)
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Finland has long had the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world. In this condition, previously known as juvenile diabetes, the immune system attacks the pancreas, which becomes incapable of producing insulin. There have been hints that vitamin... (Read More)
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A meta-analysis of 16 studies including more than 800,000 participants has confirmed what your grandmother probably told you: you'd better eat your vegetables. The Harvard researchers found that people who ate just one serving of produce daily were 5 percent... (Read More)
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Postmenopausal women who exercise regularly are reducing their risk of developing breast cancer. A French study of nearly 60,000 women followed them for approximately 8 years. Women who walked, ran, swam or did other physical activity on a regular basis... (Read More)
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The hot compound in chili peppers, capsaicin, may help protect people from colorectal cancer. Nerve cells contain receptors called TRPV1 that detect heat and spicy foods. The resulting pain signals help protect mammals from dangerous exposures. In the lining of... (Read More)
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An aspirin a day may keep cancer at bay. That is the conclusion from a massive new analysis of 200 aspirin studies. Epidemiologists evaluated the benefits and harms of taking aspirin for at least 10 years at different ages. They... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D may put older people at substantial risk of developing dementia. Over 1,600 volunteers over the age of 65 had their blood levels of vitamin D determined at the start of the study. None had dementia... (Read More)
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The standard nutrition recommendation for people with diabetes has been to follow a low-fat diet. Now a group of physicians and nutrition researchers suggests in a critical review that restricting carbohydrates instead would make more sense. Based on evidence from... (Read More)
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Mindfulness meditation and deep breathing exercises don't sound like something that would appeal to veterans, but a new study suggests that these techniques can help people with diabetes control their blood sugar. A pilot study at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs... (Read More)
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Get ready for a bad allergy season. According to a pollen count from the Midwest this week, ragweed is already on the rise. This is at least a week earlier than usual. Hay fever is usually related to the amount... (Read More)
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High blood pressure is usually thought to be a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney problems. A new study including nearly 14,000 participants shows that when blood pressure rises in middle age, cognitive function can drop in later... (Read More)
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Research confirms that running could save your life. Most people think of runners as endurance athletes who cover mile after mile for hours on end. But even people who run slowly for just 5 or 10 minutes a day get... (Read More)
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Research conducted on five continents found that walking speed can help predict the development of dementia. In a study of almost 27,000 people over 60 years old, the scientists found that those with minor memory complaints and slow walking speed... (Read More)
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For decades women were told that hormone replacement therapy was good for them. Estrogen and progestin were supposed to ease symptoms of menopause, build strong bones and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Over 30 billion doses of... (Read More)
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Caffeine consumption may increase a woman's difficulties with hot flashes at menopause. A survey was conducted of 2,500 women going through menopause. Analysis of data from the 1,800 who met the study criteria found that those who consumed caffeine during... (Read More)
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Dietary strategies to help with blood pressure control have just expanded. Australian scientists analyzed nine randomized controlled trials and found that eating probiotic foods or products daily for at least two months lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure slightly.... (Read More)
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The Women's Health Initiative began more than two decades ago. The study recruited over 160,000 women over the age of 50 20 years ago and has followed them ever since. New data from the observational arm of this study has... (Read More)
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Fish oil has been controversial as a heart protection supplement. New research may prove equally controversial. Addiction researchers report that fish oil can reverse the ravages of alcohol addiction in brain cells. The investigators cultured brain tissue and exposed it... (Read More)
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When patients are discharged from a hospital they are frequently given new medications and instructions. A new study shows that many people, especially heart patients, make medication mistakes while they are recovering at home. When contacted by phone, more than... (Read More)
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How risky is it to eat lots of salt? A new study suggests that people with type 2 diabetes double their chance of cardiovascular disease if they consume high-salt diets. Because heart disease and strokes are major killers for people... (Read More)
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Asthma is usually treated with inhaled corticosteroidsto reduce airway inflammation and reactivity and help people breathe better. They are undeniably the first line treatment for this common and often dangerous condition. But two new reviews of randomized controlled trials show... (Read More)
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You may know that exercise is good for your heart, but did you know that sitting is actually bad for your cardiovascular health? Scientists from the University of Texas analyzed data from 2,223 Americans who answered questions for the National... (Read More)
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Many studies have previously shown that people with high circulating levels of vitamin D are less prone to a variety of cancers. Now, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials shows that cancer patients who take vitamin D supplements are less... (Read More)
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Television commercials warn men about the dangers of Low T. Reduced levels of testosterone are associated with symptoms such as fatigue, reduced sex drive and depression. But critics point out that as men age, testosterone levels naturally decline and warn... (Read More)
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Two new topical prescription drugs have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of nail fungus. Last month, the agency gave the green light to a drug called Jublia (efinaconazole). This month, the FDA approved Kerydin (tavaborole) which is... (Read More)