Researchers investigated the impact of high-dose radiation on the host immune system during cancer treatments. Over four-fifths of lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancer. This type of lung cancer mainly occurs in current or former smokers. The treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer are mainly based on the stage of cancer. Radiation therapy
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Researchers aim to develop a simple urine test for diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome, with potential use to monitor response to IBS treatment. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the digestive tract, characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Diagnosis of this syndrome is complicated and requires invasive procedures like colonoscopy
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Researchers investigate whether there is an association between androgen depletion therapy and dementia. Prostate cancer is androgen sensitive, meaning this cancer grows in response to the presence of androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Androgen deprivation therapy (the removal of circulating androgens) is one of the main approaches to treating
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Osteoporosis is a bone condition that results in weak and porous bones, typically affecting post-menopausal women. Risk factors for osteoporosis include gender, age, family history, bone structure, and hormonal risk factors. Lifestyle factors also play a role in the risk of developing osteoporosis; a highly sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and low calcium diet
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Researchers at Oregon State University have improved techniques that use magnetic nanoparticles to kill cancer cells with heat. The improved magnetic nanoparticles – particles that measure close to one-billionth of a meter- created by these researchers generate heat in the cancer cells when activated using an alternating magnetic field. This form of cancer treatment is
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Researchers investigate whether migraines during pregnancy are associated with health concerns in mother and child. Migraines are more than a simple headache. Although migraines appear similar to headaches symptomatically with mild to serve head pain. They can last anywhere from 4 -72 hours and are actually classified as a neurological disorder that involves diverse parts
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Updated guidelines for the detection of high blood pressure can lead to improved diagnoses of pregnancy-related high blood pressure, study finds. High blood pressure during pregnancy is associated with many risks for both the mother and the baby. High blood pressure, both chronic and pregnancy-associated (gestational), is linked to approximately 14% of maternal deaths worldwide.
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A recent research study assesses non-invasive methods for screening and detecting endometrial cancer in women. Due to its positioning in the human body, the detection of endometrial cancer in women traditionally requires invasive procedures. However, advancements in biotechnology have unveiled non-invasive methods to screen the endometrium for early detection of endometrial cancer. Early detection is
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New research on mouse neural stem cells investigates the effects of nicotine on the brain with short and long-term use of e-cigarettes. Cigarettes, which contain the highly addictive drug nicotine, are harmful and have been shown to cause oral, throat, and respiratory system cancers.  Electronic cigarettes, or vapes, are currently marketed to cigarette smokers as
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Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that might be able to accurately predict cancer outcomes in patients. Cancer is a group of complex diseases, characterized by the abnormal growth of cells. One of the major challenges of caring for cancer patients is the inability to accurately predict long-term health outcomes. Specifically, it is difficult for
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New technologies have the potential to transform healthcare. From making it easier to monitor the heart to improving mental health, new advances may help us live longer, healthier lives. We often hear about new medicines, and how they could help treat various diseases. But there are many other technological advances that could help improve our
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Recently researchers established the link between relaxation methods and perception of health messages. Many people feel stressed right before a doctor appointment. Sometimes the pressure from the stress makes them inattentive and can induce negative emotions including anxiety, fear, or shame. As a result, patients concentrate on one or two pieces of health messages delivered
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Researchers investigated whether goat milk formula provided any of the same anti-infection protections as breast milk. Breastfeeding is considered the best form of nutrition for infants. However, breastfeeding is not always an option for every mother. In those cases, infant formula is usually the best replacement for breastfeeding. Most infant formula is made from cow’s
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A recent study reveals key components that reduce inflammation and insulin resistance in cocoa shells. Chocolate contains chemicals known as phenols, which have many potential health benefits. Cocoa shells are a by-product of chocolate production and are considered a waste product. A recent study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research examined the components of
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Researchers recently identified a group of mood neurons in the brain that may play a key role in emotional development in adolescence. The amygdala is an almond-shaped brain structure that is made up of a set of nerve cells (neurons) responsible for emotional processing and emotional response learning. The amygdala is unique because it continues
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