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Doctors Use Big Data to Improve Cancer Treatments

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is looking to further personalize and improve cancer care by tapping into data from millions of patients …

Robot hot among surgeons but FDA taking a new look - Vitals

By LINDSEY TANNER , Associated Press<p>The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgical procedures nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier.<p>But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over …

Supreme Court gene patent decision could affect every patient - Vitals

The legal question at the heart of the US Supreme Court’s debate over the patenting of human genes has practical ramifications that could ripple into the lives of every American -- not just women at risk for rare breast cancer.<p>BRCA 2 (breast cancer) gene on chromosome 13.<p>What the high court decides …

What's the point of running?

People run for different reasons. Health, appearance, social opportunities, the temporary postponement of death, are all fairly standard ones. What …

Which City Has the Worst Air Pollution in the World?

I wake up and suck a bowl of charred asbestos through a dirty bong.<p>Well, that’s what it feels like most winter mornings when I open the door of the …

Pollution

Raising Healthy Boys Means Letting Them Run A Little Wild

<i>Written by Julie Gillis for The Good Men Project</i><p>My boys were outside on an unseasonably warm January day. Both had on their Spartan warrior outfits and both were wielding shields and swords (mostly made from stray branches or old broom handles). I watched them as they battled it out, swinging at …

Brain Exercises: Get Your Mind in Shape

Sorry, sudoku. The best way to stay quick-witted might be to hit the gym<p>When it comes to self-improvement, I've always prioritized my brain over my body. Why waste an hour scurrying on a treadmill like a gerbil with a bunch of sweaty strangers when I could spend it curled up with a good book? Not …

New Study: Short Bouts of Exercise Boost Self-Control

If you manage to make it to the gym every morning instead of sleeping in, you already have a good deal of self-control. But if you aren’t quite <i>that</i> …

Exercise

Herbal medicine to be regulated, says Andrew Lansley

Herbal and Chinese medicine practitioners will be allowed to continue trading under Government plans to side-step a European ban on unlicensed treatments.<p>The EU directive, due to take full effect in April, makes it illegal for practitioners to supply unlicensed herbal medicines.<p>But Andrew Lansley, …

United Kingdom

Cancer risk higher among people who eat more processed meat, study finds

People who eat a lot of processed meat such as ham, bacon, sausages and burgers run a greater risk of premature death and developing conditions such …

US doctors cure child born with HIV

Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.<p>The infant, …

Are You Taking the Right Nutritional Supplements?

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Wellness

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BPA Could Affect Brain Development By Impacting Gene Regulation, Study Finds

In yet another study drawing a connection between bisphenol A and potential negative health effects, researchers at Duke University have linked environmental exposure to the plastics chemical with disruption of a gene necessary for proper functioning of nerve cells.<p>"Our study found that BPA may …

Keep yourself healthy. Way better than asking a doctor like me to do it for you

The NHS was in the spotlight again last week after a report in the <i>Lancet</i> revealed that Britain has very high levels of premature deaths compared with …

Emergency medicine: What is it exactly today?

2K Shares<p>I’m not old enough, in emergency medicine years, to identify with the struggle of those calling for the end of the term “ER.” The argument …

The Merchants of Medicine (What does your doctor say to you?)

I had the pleasure the other day of speaking with one of the readers of The Decadent Diabetic. The reader had some questions on bread choices. After …

How bad is steak for you?

Fancy a juicy steak? It is good for you, reports the Daily Mail, because the saturated fat in a cut of beef is actually healthy for the heart. The …

Intellectual property and development: beware the 'genome divide'

Jane Parry wrote on this network in January about how genomics could help developing countries deal with disease. Her article provides a timely …

The Total-Body Medicine Ball Workout That Carves Your Core

Balls to the Wall!<p>1 of 10<p>This killer medicine ball workout mixes cardio and resistance moves to help you build strength and blast fat—all while …

Medicine Ball Exercises

New Warnings About Grapefruit

Grapefruit is one of nature’s healthier foods—but not if you take any one of a growing number of drugs that interact with it, says David Bailey, …

InterAct

How drones could build real-world networks to transform delivery of food, medicine, mail, and more

The rise of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) has been at the forefront of the news over the last months, with issues emerging that range from the …

Medical Marijuana Is Far From Medicine

Protecting children and vulnerable adults from the destruction substance abuse can cause should not be a partisan issue. In fact, saving a generation from the scourge of addictive drugs is going to require effective government policy, private sector ingenuity, and leaders of both major …

The future of diagnostics: consumer-driven medicine

<i>This sponsored post is produced by VLAB.</i><p>What if the first step diagnosing your health was done by you, in your home, at your convenience? What if you could leverage new technology to see your fertility cycles, determine whether you have the flu or just a cold, monitor a chronic condition, or update …