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Why Some Doctors Hesitate To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

In February, Medicare announced that it would pay for an annual lung cancer screening test for certain long-term smokers. Medicare recipients between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years are now eligible for the annual test, known as a spiral CT …

Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

Doctors are much more likely to level with patients who have cancer than patients who have Alzheimer's, according to a report released this week by the Alzheimer's Association.<p>The report found that just 45 percent of Medicare patients who'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's said they were informed of …

The professor who 'cured' his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills and 20 years on remains disease-free

Ben Williams' aggressive brain tumour was treated with conventional therapies - and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others?<p>ONE day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from …

Camel antibodies survive trek to tumor cells

Antibodies from camels and alpacas can bring anticancer viruses straight to tumor cells, while leaving other types of cells uninfected, report …

Immunotherapy

Toddlers pose a serious risk to smartphones and tablets | Dean Burnett

Another report has wrongly suggested that children’s brains are at risk from smartphones and tablets. There is, however, plenty of evidence for the opposite; smartphones and tablets are at risk from children<p>It’s been said repeatedly that tablets and smartphones are “bad” for children’s brains. This …

5 Things You Didn't Know About Eating Paleo

<i>Today: Chef Pete Evans, author of The Paleo Chef, demystifies the gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free Paleo diet.</i><p>Chances are you've already heard of the Paleo diet, which avoids all foods that were not available to Paleolithic humans, including most dairy products, refined sugars, grains, …

Paleo Diet

Do your buddies know how long you’ll live?

A new study shows that your personality in your 20s can predict your lifespan. In addition, your close friends can probably recognize the relevant …

Psychology

We are all sitting too much, and technology isn't helping

Even the smallest increase in activity may yield health benefits<p>A pair of new articles published in the BMJ this week highlight the debilitating effects of sedentary lifestyles and suggest a new public policy focus on getting the most inactive people moving. The average American is now sitting or …

Taking contraceptive pill for five years doubles risk of brain tumour, warn scientists

Female sex hormones used in the contraceptive pill may increase the risk of some cancer types, scientists think<p>Taking the pill for at least five years more than doubles the risk of developing a brain tumour, a study has shown.<p>Scientists say that hormonal contraception, particularly progestogen-only …

Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought

The genes that increase a person's risk of developing psychiatric illnesses work together in the body, geneticists say<p>Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought. Not only are they linked through shared genes, the genetic mutations associated with …

One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

The rate of recent discoveries about the human microbiome has been dizzying. And Rob Knight wants to crank up the pace.<p>One of the top scientists in a field that's discovering possible bacterial influences on everything from diabetes to depression, Knight was also co-founder of a massive citizen …

Drug companies to blame for antibiotic resistance, says pharmaceutical boss

Although doctors are usually criticised for over-prescribing antibiotics, Karl Rottier the president of Dutch-based DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals blames drug makers<p>Drug companies’ poor practices are to blame for the rise of antibiotic resistance which threatens to make even the smallest infections …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ