Could the common cold ‘revolutionize’ bladder cancer treatment?

(Lauren Sharkey/ Medical News Today) — Current treatment for some forms of cancer does not work as well as researchers had initially hoped. But a new virus-based treatment has shown promising results. Using viruses to treat cancer has long been of interest to medical researchers. One type of virus in particular — oncolytic viruses — […]

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Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish

(Sigal Samuel / Vox) — We humans like to think we’re special creatures. We have rich emotional landscapes that are far more complex than those of, say, fish. Right? A recent study shows that fish are more emotionally complex than we give them credit for. Scientists at the University of Burgundy in France studied one […]

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Cancer detection rate higher in breast MRI than mammography alone: study

(Staff/ Express Healthcare) — The addition of breast MRI to mammography in screening breast cancer survivors for new cancers results in higher cancer detection rates, but also more biopsies that are benign, according to a large study published in the journal Radiology. Annual screening with surveillance mammography is recommended for the millions of breast cancer […]

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Does poor sleep in your 50s warn of Alzheimer’s?

(Robert Sanders/ Futurity) — People who report worsening sleep quality as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study. The new finding highlights the importance of sleep at every age to […]

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Are our brains addicted to information?

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — According to new research, human brains really are hungry for information, and this hunger can devolve into unhealthful snacking-like behaviors now that we have unfettered access to random information. Humans are naturally curious beings. We constantly seek to learn, explore, and understand. However, curiosity may not always be a […]

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You are what you eat – why the future of nutrition is personal

(Tim Spector/ The Conversation) — Humans are complicated, and there are many things that influence our health. There are things we can’t change, like our age or genetic makeup, and the things we can, such as our choice of food and drink. There are also the trillions of bacteria that live in our guts – […]

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Iodine Rx for thyroid raises cancer risk: study

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Patients who receive radioactive iodine treatment for an overactive thyroid have an increased long-term risk of cancer death, new research finds. The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, but “we identified a clear dose-response relationship between this widely used treatment and long-term risk of death from solid cancer, including breast cancer, in the […]

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HPV infection drives increased rate of vocal cord cancer in youths

(Shari Roan/ Everyday Health) — The rates of vocal cord cancer, also known as glottic carcinoma, could be rising in teens and young adults, a trend that appears to be linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, according to research published February 7 in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Vocal cord cancer is classified […]

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Giving up booze may significantly boost mental health, especially for women

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been ongoing for years. Now, a new study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a […]

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Why plants don’t die from cancer

(Stuart Thompson/ The Conversation) — Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye by the hugely popular TV show of the same name, caused thousands of cancers, turned a once populous area into a ghost city, and resulted in the setting up of an exclusion […]

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