New T-cell therapy could provide universal cancer treatment

(Victoria Rees/ Drug Target Review) — A novel type of killer T cell has been identified as a potential universal cancer therapy. The most widely used T-cell therapy, CAR T, is personalised to each patient but only targets a few types of cancers and has not been successful in solid tumours. The researchers, from Cardiff […]

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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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