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    New Method Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

    New Method Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
    Australian biomedical scientists report they have identified a new way to treat prostate cancer. Researchers at the Monash University in Melbourne used a drug compound to selectively activate the prostate's beta estrogen receptor cells. Study co-author Gail Risbridger says this has the effect of targeting for cell death a small but important population of cells in the prostate cancer tumor that ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Marijuana Use by Seniors Goes Up as Boomers Age

    Marijuana Use by Seniors Goes Up as Boomers Age
    MIAMI - In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana. Long a fixture among young people, use ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Why Autistic People Often Avoid Hugs From Loved Ones

    Why Autistic People Often Avoid Hugs From Loved Ones
    Doctors believe they may have discovered why many people with autism don't like to be touched or hugged even by their parents. They studied individuals with Fragile X Syndrome, a well-known genetic cause of autism. It is also the most common known cause of inherited learning disabilities. The scientists found Fragile X results in delayed development of the sensory cortex, the ...
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    MS Pills Show Promise and Risk, Studies Say

    MS Pills Show Promise and Risk, Studies Say
    ATLANTA – Tests of the first two oral drugs developed for treating multiple sclerosis show that both cut the frequency of relapses and may slow progression of the disease, but with side effects that could pose a tough decision for patients. Two experts not involved in the studies said the drugs appear effective but with potentially dangerous side effects. It's too ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Engineer Saves Own Life by Making Surgical Heart-Repair Kit

    Engineer Saves Own Life by Making Surgical Heart-Repair Kit
    A patient who saved his own life with a pioneering home-made heart repair kit has collaborated with surgeons to market the design and benefit 19 other patients. Engineer Tal Golesworthy, suffered from Marfan syndrome, a genetic, life-threatening heart defect that left his main artery in danger of splitting. But faced with gruelling surgery and a lifetime on anticoagulant drugs, he designed ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Hospital Performs Its First Ablation Procedures

    Hospital Performs Its First Ablation Procedures
    Jan. 4--If your heart rate is faster than it should be and initial treatment doesn't help, you might be a candidate for ablation, an emerging technology that can isolate the faulty cells with a heat process and destroy the tissue. "It's one of the miracles" of modern medicine, said Dr. Richard Gray, medical director for the Tyler Heart Institute at Community ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    EDITORIAL: Study Cell Phone Risk

    EDITORIAL: Study Cell Phone Risk
    Dec. 28--A Maine lawmaker is proposing that cell phones include a label suggesting a link between their use and brain cancer. Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, argues that enough studies have suggested the link, and so a better-safe-than-sorry approach is warranted. No other state has enacted such legislation, though San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants that city to require a similar warning. ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Virtual Medical ID System to Replace Alert Bracelets?

    Virtual Medical ID System to Replace Alert Bracelets?
    WASHINGTON - Emergency health alerts for the Facebook generation? The nation's ambulance crews are pushing a virtual medical ID system to rapidly learn a patient's health history during a crisis - and which can immediately text-message loved ones that the person is headed for a hospital. The Web-based registry, invisibleBracelet.org, started in Oklahoma and got a boost this fall when the ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Smoking Still Kills 5 Million Every Year

    Smoking Still Kills 5 Million Every Year
    LONDON (AP) — Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don't take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new report on tobacco use and control, the U.N. agency said nearly 95% of the global population is unprotected by laws banning smoking. WHO said secondhand ...
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    Beer Ingredient Eyed in Prostate Cancer Prevention

    Beer Ingredient Eyed in Prostate Cancer Prevention
    An ingredient of beer may someday help ward off prostate cancer, new animal experiments suggest. The compound in question, xanthohumol, is found in hops — the bitter flavoring agent in beer — and is known to block the male hormone testosterone, which plays a role in the development of prostate cancer. FORUM: The Cancer-Obesity Link "We hope that one day we ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Studies Find Fighting Global Warming Reduces Diseases

    Studies Find Fighting Global Warming Reduces Diseases
    WASHINGTON - Cutting global warming pollution would not only make the planet healthier, it would make people healthier too, newly released studies say. Slashing carbon dioxide emissions could save millions of lives, mostly by reducing preventable deaths from heart and lung diseases, the studies show. They were published in a special issue of The Lancet British medical journal, released Wednesday. The ...
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    FDA Investigating More Dangerous Brain Scans

    FDA Investigating More Dangerous Brain Scans
    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators are investigating reports of dangerous radiation levels at two more California hospitals, following earlier unsafe medical scans at a Los Angeles facility. The Food and Drug Administration is probing the use of CT scans at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. The brain scans are used to diagnose strokes. ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Dr. Cures Baby's Brain Condition with Superglue

    Dr. Cures Baby's Brain Condition with Superglue
    Toddler Dafi Evans owes his life to nothing more than a blob of glue. Using a revolutionary technique hours after his birth, doctors used Histoacryl - similar to superglue - to plug a leak in his brain that would otherwise have killed him in a few days. He was suffering from Vein of Galen malformation, in which missing capillaries between arteries ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Man Says Through Aide Leaving Coma Like Rebirth

    Man Says Through Aide Leaving Coma Like Rebirth
    BRUSSELS (AP) — With a caretaker holding his hand, a Belgian man who was diagnosed as comatose for 23 years typed out a message Tuesday that he felt reborn after decades of loneliness and frustration. A leading bioethicist, however, expressed skepticism that the man was truly communicating on his own. Car-crash victim Rom Houben was diagnosed as being in a vegetative ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Fertility Drugs Increase Thyroid Cancer Risk

    Fertility Drugs Increase Thyroid Cancer Risk
    Women who take the most common fertility drugs, progesterone and clomiphene, are at a greater risk to develop thyroid cancer than those who don't, according to a study by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society. The 36-year study, which tracked thousands of women, discovered that women who took fertility drugs developed thyroid cancer at an increased rate over those ...
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    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug

    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Federal health advisers said Monday an experimental kidney cancer drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC can benefit patients by slowing the disease, despite some risk of liver damage. The Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug panel voted unanimously in favor of Glaxo's pazopanib pills for advanced kidney cancer, a rare but deadly form of the disease. Glaxo studies showed higher ...
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    Alzheimer's Disease Drug Gets Tryout

    Alzheimer's Disease Drug Gets Tryout
    Sep. 30--HAVERHILL -- Doctors hope a new drug that's getting a trial in Haverhill will offer relief to those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The drug -- Bapineuzemab -- might have the power to stop the deterioration of brain function that is associated with Alzheimer's disease, said Dr. Michael McCartney, an internal medicine specialist who practices in Newburyport and is working ...
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    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection

    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection
    A University of Chicago molecular genetics professor studying the origins of harmful bacteria died last weekend after contracting an infection linked to the plague, officials said Saturday. University hospital officials said there "does not appear to be a threat to the public" following the death of Malcolm J. Casadaban, 60, at the campus' Bernard Mitchell Hospital on Sept. 13. None of ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Robot Baby Delivers Lessons

    Robot Baby Delivers Lessons
    One of Torrance Memorial Medical Center's most recent arrivals weighs a little more than 7 pounds, measures 21 inches long, and cries, whimpers and wails with the best of them. But this baby - named Simantha - is packed with wires and a computer, and cost $35,000 to deliver. The bouncing baby robot is the latest addition to the facility's Clinical ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Chocolate Linked to Stronger Heart

    Chocolate Linked to Stronger Heart
    Chocolate eaters in a study of heart attack survivors had lower blood pressure and were less likely to die of heart disease, scientists in Sweden said. Of the 1,169 patients studied, those who ate chocolate two or more times a week cut their risk of dying from heart disease nearly threefold compared to those who didn't eat chocolate at all, said ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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