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4 behaviors that may cut the risk of cancer by 30 percent

Researchers have figured out that about 30 percent of new cancer diagnoses and half of all cancer deaths in the US could be avoided.<p>That's a lot. So what's the secret? The most obvious way is to never smoke or to quit, but the researchers found three other lifestyle factors that matter a lot, too: …

Inside the Secret World of Global Food Spies

A bowl of ice cream on a hot day in Shanghai gave American Mitchell Weinberg the worst bout of food poisoning he can recall. It also inspired the …

China

Kids need structure more than warmth from their parents, according to a top child psychologist

Children need both affection and structure in order to develop into secure, happy adults.<p>But if parents can only provide one, it should be structure, said Lisa Damour, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent girls, and the author of <i>Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions</i> …

Parenting

New screening method uses a single drop of blood to test for 13 types of cancer

A novel new testing method uses a single drop of blood to test for 13 types of cancer.<p>By testing for differences in the microRNA (miRNA) the test is able to accurately detect cancers of the breast, lung, stomach, colorectal tract, esophagus, liver, and pancreas, among others.<p>“MicroRNAs constitute a …

Adenocarcinoma: Types, diagnosis, and treatment

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that forms in the glands, the cells that secrete substances within or out of the body.<p>Outlook, treatment, and …

A Search for the Flavor of a Beloved Childhood Medicine

My quest to identify where amoxicillin’s taste came from—and why it inspires such nostalgia<p>Until about middle school, I got an annual ear infection, as well as a bout of strep throat about once every two years. For these ailments, I would inevitably be prescribed what was referred to in my home as …

Antibiotics

New Hope for Depression

Every week, when Ian Hanley sits down with his therapist, he goes through a list of depression treatments he’s been researching online. The …

Scientists just found another worrying link between sugar and depression

Lately, the science has really been stacking up evidence against consuming sugars in excess.<p>In addition to being linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, eating high levels of sugar has been associated with mental illnesses like depression. In a study published July 27 in …

Diabetes

Statins: What happens to patients who stop taking them after side effects?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jonathan McDonagh, a 57-year-old computer consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave up on statins years ago.<p>He was having trouble remembering people's names. His productivity at work was dropping. But he didn't think that a medicine for his heart health could be fogging up his brain.<p>"I …

Medical Research

Big Data Shows Big Promise in Medicine

Computers are already outperforming doctors in some ways (though their bedside manner leaves something to be desired).<p>In handling some kinds of life-or-death medical judgments, computers have already have surpassed the abilities of doctors. We’re looking at something like promise of self-driving …

Cancer

Blood test for Alzheimer's 'close to being developed', say scientists

The blood test could detect Alzheimer’s at a much earlier stage than is currently possible<p>Scientists say they are close to developing a blood test that can be used to detect Alzheimer’s at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.<p>This could then be used in clinical trials to develop drugs to …

Alzheimer's Disease

Immune system may play crucial role in mental health

Considering inflammation has helped neuroscientists cast a broader net when searching for causes of and possible treatments for mental illness, mood disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions.<p>Last time you had a bad cold, you likely had less energy than usual. You lay around and didn't have any …

Social interaction could boost chemotherapy's effectiveness

New research suggests that social interaction may have a positive effect on a person's chance of survival after being treated for cancer.<p><i>A new study</i> …

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

NHS to ban homeopathy and herbal medicine, as 'misuse of resources'

The NHS has announced a ban on homeopathy and herbal medicine as they say it is "misuse of scarce funds".<p>Officials today ruled that the treatments are among dozens of medicines which should not be funded by the health service.<p>In the last five years, the NHS has spent almost £600,000 on homeopathic …

Radiation Therapy

Texas Woman Creates Melanoma Photo Diary to Spread Awareness About Skin Cancer

A woman from Texas has turned to social media in order to spread awareness about skin cancer — and her story has resonated with a lot of people. Bethany Gambardella-Greenway, a 39-year-old mother of two, was diagnosed with desmoplastic melanoma — an aggressive form of skin cancer — in August 2016, …

Disease

Lung, Liver and Stomach Cancers Kill a Million Chinese a Year; Big Pharma Responds

Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are creating new drugs tailored to the needs of the world’s most-populous nation<p>SHANGHAI—Big Pharma is investing billions of dollars to tackle deadly diseases prevalent in China, developing new drugs to combat a lineup of top killers that differ from those in …

Biotechnology

Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists

Chemotherapy could allow cancer to spread, and trigger more aggressive tumours, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers in the US studied the impact of drugs on patients with breast cancer and found medication increases the chance of cancer cells migrating to other parts of the body, where they are almost …

Cancer

Thousands of cancer patients dying in needless agony, new data reveals

Thousands of cancer patients are dying in needless pain because of disjointed care for people who have returned home to be with loved ones, experts have warned.<p>New data reveals one in ten people who die of cancer have inadequate pain relief in their final 48 hours.<p>Charities have criticised the …

Cancer

What is data?

This is a class in data visualization. But before we leap into making charts and maps, we’ll consider the nature of data, and some basic principles …

Problems with the jargon “statistically significant” and “clinically significant”

Someone writes:After listening to your EconTalk episode a few weeks ago, I have a question about interpreting treatment effect magnitudes, effect …

Statistics

OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. This is due, in part, to the causes behind the disorder …

The Brain

Data visualisation isn't just for communication, it's also a research tool

At the heart of the scientific method lies the ability to make sense from data.<p>However, this is a challenge in the fast-moving field of …

Data Visualization

Archeologists declare B.C. Heiltsuk village among oldest in North America

The Heiltsuk First Nations village on B.C.’s mid-coast is now considered to be amongst North America’s oldest human settlements. According to the</i> …

Archaeology

Cindy Blackstock refuses funding from INAC saying it failed 'ethical screen' test on anniversary of historic ruling

<i>Kenneth Jackson</i> <i><br>APTN National News</i> <br>The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has refused funding from the federal government because it …

More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

The first problem with the airplane bathroom was its location.<p>It was March. Greg O'Brien and his wife, Mary Catherine, were flying back to Boston from Los Angeles, sitting in economy seats in the middle of the plane. "We're halfway, probably over Chicago," Greg remembers, "and Mary Catherine said, …

Dementia

Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

How can organizations leverage data as a strategic asset? Data comes at a high price. Businesses must pay for data collection and cleansing, hosting and maintenance, salaries of data engineers, data scientists and analysts, risk of breach and so on.<p>The line items add up. However, if done well, a …

Social Conditions of Indigenous People in Canada ~ Begin By Understanding Indigenous Communities Are Diverse and Uniquely Different – Journey Together St. Thomas-Elgin

There are a number of important indicators that are used to understand and identify the health and wellness of individuals and families. In Ontario, …