Danielle Passafiume

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New tests for cancer dispense with GPs

GPs could be bypassed by patients seeking hospital tests for cancer, as part of a five-year strategy by NHS England<p>Patients fear they may have cancer will be able to bypass their GP and self-refer for hospital tests under a radical new NHS plan that aims to save 8,000 lives a year.<p>The proposal is …

Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA

The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals.<p>This is basically the same story but instead of badly accented Scotsmen with katanas, we have diarrhoea-causing bacteria with syringes. And …

17 Space Pictures That Will Actually Make You Think

The universe might be big and wonderful and scary, but that doesn't mean we can't understand it.

Cancer Research Institute Suggests Cancer Cure Could Come

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey is the CEO and director of scientific affairs for the Cancer Research Institute, which focuses its research budget on promising cancer immunotherapy research.<p>In recent years, new drugs like Yervoy, Opdivo and Keytruda have some people talking about “curing” cancer–and it isn’t …

Running and Your Risk of Alzheimer's

A study published in the <i>Journal of Alzheimer's Disease</i> discussed different risk factors for dying from Alzheimer's disease. The researchers looked at …

Eight cancer drugs to be denied on NHS

Charities have expressed outrage as details emerged of plans to stop funding eight drugs which extend life for patients with breast, prostate and bowel cancer<p>Thousands of cancer patients will be denied NHS drugs following a decision to withdraw funding for at least eight life-extending …

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.<p>The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description …

Pregnancy

What Women Ages 35-44 Need to Know about Cervical Cancer

This is one case in which ignorance is definitely not bliss.<p>Even if you consider yourself an expert on your lady parts, you probably didn't know that more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the U.S. every year and about one-third of those women die from the disease. Scary, …

Has Antibiotic Resistance Been Solved? Not Yet.

A collaborative research team from universities, research institutes, and industry in Boston and Bonn, Germany, reported yesterday on their discovery of a new antibiotic that holds promise – cautious and restrained promise – for not only overcoming antibiotic drug resistance but being, itself, …

Microbiology

5 Health Care Megatrends That May Prove Costly In 2015

Part of the fun of ringing in the New Year is looking back on the achievements of the previous one. And in 2014, there were plenty of health care success stories to celebrate: major medical advances, new technologies and the Affordable Care Act’s unexpectedly good first year.<p>At the same time, many …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …