The biology of coffee, one of the world’s most popular drinks

(Thomas Merritt/ The Conversation) — You’re reading this with a cup of coffee in your hand, aren’t you? Coffee is the most popular drink in many parts of the world. Americans drink more coffee than soda, juice and tea — combined. How popular is coffee? When news first broke that Prince Harry and Meghan were […]

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Low-intensity, specific-frequency ultrasound selectively damages cancer cells

(Whitney J. Palmer/ DiagnosticImaging) — A new low-intensity ultrasound approach can destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Investigators from the California Institute of Technology and City of Hope Beckman Research Institute have developed a safer, more targeted approach to ultrasound-based cancer therapies. This approach targets a tumor cell’s unique physical and structural properties, […]

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Premature menopause increases health risks after 60

(Manorama.com) — Women who experience premature menopause are almost three times more likely to develop multiple, chronic medical problems in their 60s, says a new study. It is known already that premature menopause, occurring at the age of 40 or younger, is linked to a number of individual medical problems in later life, such as […]

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WHO warns that pipeline for new antibiotics is running dry

(Andrew Jacobs/ New York Times) — With the pipeline for new antibiotics slowing to a trickle and bankruptcies driving pharmaceutical companies from the field, the World Health Organization on Friday issued a fresh warning about the global threat of drug-resistant infections. Some 700,000 people die each year because medicines that once cured their conditions are […]

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Old drug, new tricks: existing medicines show promise in fighting cancer

(Jim Daley/ Scientific American) — Drugs originally developed to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to alcoholism may have applications in cancer treatment, according to a new study. Researchers tested thousands of existing medications, many of which have already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating diseases other than cancer, against hundreds […]

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Blood pressure patterns are different for women

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Blood pressure begins to increase at younger ages in women than in men, and it goes up at a faster rate, a new study reports. On average, women who develop heart disease are about 10 years older than men who develop it. But this report, published in JAMA cardiology, […]

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Women may experience long-term post-traumatic stress following miscarriage

(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — Women who experience an early pregnancy loss may struggle with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and severe depression. For many, a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy loss can impact their mental well-being for months to come, new research suggests. An early pregnancy loss “represents not only the loss of a much-desired child but […]

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Less sex could mean earlier menopause

(Robert Preidt/ WebMD) — For women, a humdrum sex life might also mean an earlier onset of menopause, a new study suggests. British researchers who tracked the sex lives and menopausal status of nearly 3,000 American women for a decade found that those who had less sex were more likely to begin menopause at an […]

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Many cancer survivors use alcohol to excess, study reports

(Shari Roan/ Everyday Health) — Almost 35 percent of cancer survivors say they exceed the recommendations for moderate drinking levels, and 21 percent say they have engaged in binge drinking. The statistics emerged from a new study published January 8, 2020, in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The large number of people […]

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Targeted ultrasound kills cancer cells while sparing healthy ones

(Chloe Kent/ MedicalDevice-Network) — Ultrasound waves of scaled intensity and frequency have shown promise in breaking apart different types of cancer cells without harming healthy blood cells. The waves are able to exploit the physical and structural properties of tumour cells, and could eventually offer a safer treatment option for cancer patients. The research, which […]

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