Quitting smoking is easier when couples try together

(Daniel Allar/ CardiovascularBusiness) — When couples attended smoking cessation programs together, their odds of quitting were nearly six times higher than for people who attempted to kick the habit alone, according to preliminary research presented April 12 at EuroPrevent 2019. The study enrolled 222 current smokers and their significant others—99 of whom were current smokers, […]

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Researchers in Israel create first 3D-printed heart

(Bryan Lynne/VOA News) — Israeli researchers say they have created the world’s first three-dimensional-printed heart using a patient’s own cells. The researchers, from Tel Aviv University, recently announced the experiment and showed off the new 3D-printed heart. Their findings were published in the journal Advanced Science. They described the experiment as “a major medical breakthrough.” […]

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More evidence HPV vaccine cuts cervical cancer rate

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Scotland is already seeing a payoff for vaccinating adolescent girls for human papillomavirus (HPV). Since the vaccine became routine about a decade ago, cervical cancer cases in young Scottish women have plummeted, a new study reports. HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Vaccination protects against HPV types […]

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23andMe testing for breast cancer gene may be highly unreliable, study finds

(SurvivorNet) — In a new study, researchers found that popular 23andMe’s genetic test for a dangerous mutation associated with breast cancer isn’t reliable. According to researchers, the test doesn’t catch the mutations for 90 percent of women. The study was presented at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics annual meeting, but it’s important […]

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How artificial intelligence helps in health care

(Lauren Paige Kennedy/ WebMD) — When many of us hear the term “artificial intelligence” (AI), we imagine robots doing our jobs, rendering people obsolete. And, since AI-driven computers are programmed to make decisions with little human intervention, some wonder if machines will soon make the difficult decisions we now entrust to our doctors. According to […]

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Many cancer patients take alternative meds but don’t tell their doctors

(Robert Preidt/ Health Day News) — One out of every three U.S. cancer patients uses alternative or complementary therapies, but many keep that info from their doctors, a new study finds. That’s a real concern, the study’s lead author said, especially when it comes to supplements and cancer radiation therapy. “You don’t know what’s in […]

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Dogs sniff out cancer 97 percent of time, study says

(Tauren Dyson/UPI) -— Researchers may have figured a way to use the keen sense of smell of dogs to detect deadly cancers, a new study says. Three beagles were able to correctly detect lung cancer nearly 97 percent of the time, according to a study presented this week at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting. “Although […]

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Noninvasive brain stimulation turns back clock on memory

(Jed Akst/ The Scientist) — Noninvasive stimulation of key brain regions could help people reverse the common age-related decline in working memory — our ability to remember names, numbers, and other tidbits of information — according to a study published in Nature Neuroscience April 8. The approach, known as transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), allowed […]

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A very old antibiotic shows promise in treating fatal form of breast cancer

(Reviewed by Alina Shrourou/ Medical Life Sciences News) — Of the three major subtypes of breast cancer, “triple negative” is the most lethal: half of all breast cancer deaths are attributed to it, whereas it accounts for only about 15% of incidences of breast cancer. And unlike other breast cancers, it is resistant to most […]

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Can this technique revolutionize reconstructive surgery?

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — A new, quick and easy technique for reshaping cartilage and other living tissue could change the way surgeons carry out certain reconstructive interventions, such as repairing septum deviations. The originators of the new technique described it at the Spring 2019 National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society […]

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