Study shows a higher than expected risk for osteoporosis

(Becky Upham/ Everyday Health) — For most people younger than 70, bone health isn’t high on the list of concerns. But new research suggests that lack of awareness, even for people in their thirties, may have critical consequences. A study published May 28 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 28 percent […]

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AI may help radiologists reduce missed breast cancer cases

(Matt O’Connor / HealthImaging) — A combined deep and machine learning approach trained to read mammograms and electronic health records (EHRs) may be used to greatly reduce missed breast cancer cases, according to a June 18 study published in Radiology. The algorithm, trained on more than 9,000 mammograms and EHRs, predicted breast malignancy within one […]

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How frontotemporal dementia affects ‘moral emotions’

(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — Researchers reveal a marker and new testing tool of frontotemporal dementia that may help distinguish this condition from Alzheimer’s disease. Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a less common form of dementia than Alzheimer’s. Sometimes called Pick’s disease or frontal lobe dementia, this condition occurs when brain cells in the frontal […]

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Enzyme in blood of young mice slows aging in older ones

(Julia Evangelou Strait-Wustl/ Futurity) — Scientists have discovered a potential way to stave off the detrimental effects of aging, according to their research in mice. The study suggests that a protein that is abundant in the blood of young mice plays a vital role in keeping them healthy. With age, levels of this protein decline […]

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They told her she was too young to get breast cancer. They were wrong.

(Camille Laurin-Desjardins/ HuffPost.CA) — In the months after giving birth to her second child, Michelle Friesen had mastitis a few times. She figured the lump in her breast was a natural result of breastfeeding, and part of the painful tissue inflammation. Then, she received a diagnosis that seemed so unlikely: she had breast cancer at […]

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Disrupted gut microbiome promotes breast cancer spread in mice

(Victoria Forster/ Forbes) — The health of the gut microbiome has been linked with numerous diseases from depression to multiple sclerosis and even cancer and response to cancer drugs including immunotherapies. Earlier this year, an ambitious $25 million project was launched to determine the role of the microbiome in colorectal cancer, but perhaps more surprisingly, […]

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Even healthy tissues carry clusters of cells with mutations: study

(Ashley Yeager/ The Scientist) — Patches of healthy tissue can contain groups of cells with genetic mutations, researchers reported June 6 in Science. In the study, they analyzed 29 different tissue types taken from 488 people. The results showed that the majority of the healthy individuals had clumps of mutated cells in at least one […]

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This is what postnatal depression really feels like

(Rachel Leonard, Anne Grant and Mark Linden/The Conversation) — Motherhood can be a source of joy, but it can also pose difficulties and challenges – particularly, in the postnatal period. It is a time when some mothers’ emotional and physical endurance is pushed to the limit. About 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women […]

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Women less likely than men to receive CPR in public

(Gianluca Mezzofiore/ CNN) — CPR mannequins are getting breasts — with the goal of saving women’s lives. The so-called Womanikin is an attachment for flat-chested CPR dummies that aims to change the finding that women are 27% less likely than men to receive CPR if they suffer from a cardiac arrest in public. Researchers suspect […]

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What is hyperparathyroidism?

(WebMD) — Your body needs calcium from head to toe. But there are times when your body can have so much calcium that it’s not good for you. A condition called hyperparathyroidism can cause such a situation to happen, where your levels of calcium in your blood and tissues are too high. And it has […]

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