AI beats radiologists for accuracy in lung cancer screening

(Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN/ Medscape) — Lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is now recommended for certain populations, and while it has been shown to reduce mortality, there are persistent challenges with this technology, including inter-grader variability and high rates of false-positive and false-negative results. Artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to help […]

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Children who take naps become smarter, have less behavior problems

(Darwin Malicdem/ Medical Daily) — Parents, give your kids more time to nap. A new study offers new information on how taking naps could really improve the mood and performance of children. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine found that midday napping could promote greater happiness and self-control and […]

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‘She’s still living, in some sense’: McGill computer scientist’s app Opal wins award, days after her death

(CBC News) — When Laurie Hendren found out she had breast cancer in 2014, she wanted to learn everything she could about her condition, but she soon realized how hard it is for patients to access their own medical information. The McGill University computer science professor, who had dedicated her career to research and sharing […]

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Menopause and heart health: Why timing hormone therapy is key

(Lauren Sharkey/ Medical News Today) — Researchers already know that menopause affects the heart, but a new study suggests that changes start to take place in the years leading up to this phase. The study findings could change how doctors administer hormone replacement therapy. The older a person gets, the more likely they are to […]

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Drug prolongs life in younger women with advanced breast cancer, researchers report

(Denise Grady/ New York Times) — A drug that can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer has been shown for the first time to lengthen survival in women who developed the disease before or during menopause, researchers reported Saturday. In patients who took the drug along with a standard treatment, 70% were still alive […]

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How much should you exercise while pregnant?

(Brock Armstrong/ Scientific American) — The 2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy was recently published in the British Journal of Sports and Medicine—and it has some surprising recommendations for pregnant women. To get into the nitty-gritty of the new guidelines, I recently talked to one of the authors, Dr. Margie Davenport. Margie is […]

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Brain study may explain why depression is more common in women

(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — Researchers have scanned the brains of 115 participants and found that inflammation can lead to a loss of pleasure — called anhedonia — in women but not in men. Depression, the “leading cause of disability worldwide,” is far more prevalent in women than it is in men. Worldwide, over […]

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Biocell breast implants pulled from sale in Canada

(CBC News) — Biocell implants are the only macro-textured implants available in Canada, the agency said in a statement. They have been linked to breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that attacks the immune system. It is not a cancer of breast tissue. The suspension prohibits the sale or […]

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Can we spot lung cancer before it starts?

(Sara Rimer/ Futurity) — Genomic differences related to the immune system may play a key role in the early development of lung cancer, according to new research. The finding reveals potential for developing new therapeutics that could boost immune activity to prevent or halt progression of the disease, says senior author Avrum Spira, director of […]

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Study shows freezing office temperatures affect women’s productivity

(Susan Davis and Audrey Nguyen/ NPR) — Maybe you know colleagues who keep a sweater or a blanket at their desks to stay warm as the air conditioning tries to ice them out. Alternatively, maybe you have a co-worker who always comments on how warm the space is. Either way, it’s evident that the battle […]

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