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Study shows there is no ‘safe’ level of smoking

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:27:54 +0000

Even if you just smoke “a little bit,” it could have a significant negative impact on your health, according to a new JAMA Internal Medicine study that showed even averaging less than one cigarette per day could more than double a person’s risk of premature death. According to NBC News and Youth Health magazine, Dr. […]

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Researchers find link between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s disease

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:49:19 +0000

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered a link between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s disease that could bring them one step closer to finding the cause of the nervous system disorder and potentially opening a new avenue for treatment. The study, published Thursday in the journal Cell, found that intestinal microbes, or […]

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High school kids create $2 dose of Martin Shkreli’s $750 drug Daraprim

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:54:34 +0000

A life-saving drug at the center of a 2015 price-gouging controversy when one pharmaceutical CEO increased its price by 5,000% has been recreated by a group of Australian students in the chemistry lab at their school for just $20 per pill, according to CNN and BBC News reports. Daraprim (also known as Pyrimethamine) is a […]

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‘Magic mushrooms’ help cancer patients deal with anxiety and depression

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:13:23 +0000

A naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms may effectively treat anxiety and depression systems in patients dealing with serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses, two separate clinical trials have reportedly confirmed. According to Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, one of the trials was conducted at New York University Langone Medical […]

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Platypus venom could be used as a diabetes treatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:32:07 +0000

Researchers in Australia have uncovered that two of its most notable creatures, the platypus and echidna underwent incredible evolutionary transformations in their insulin regulation. The discovery could potentially give rise to a new treatment for diabetes. The team found that a hormone produced in the digestive system of the platypus, regulating blood sugar levels, is also […]

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FDA approves trials to treat PTSD with ecstasy

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:16:16 +0000

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of MDMA in large-scale clinical studies, according to The New York Times. The approval comes after small studies showed proof the drug, also known as the party drug ecstasy, might be effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a small not-for-profit […]

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Scientists discover a gene that could help cure alcoholism forever

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:40 +0000

An international team of researchers said they have identified a gene responsible for the desire to drink alcohol, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal. The study identified a variation in the β-Klotho gene as connected to the regulation of social alcohol use. The less-common variant […]

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Dutch researchers create most detailed human embryo scans ever

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:30:07 +0000

Researchers from the Netherlands have compiled 3D digital models of the first eight weeks of a human embryo’s development – a project which took them roughly 45,000 hours to produce and which was detailed in a study published online late last week in the journal Science. According to the Guardian and the Daily Mail, the […]

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US dementia rates on the decline, new study suggests

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:39:37 +0000

The percentage of older Americans that have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia has dropped by almost one-fourth, from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% as of 2012, according to a new study published online Monday by the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. That’s a drastic reversal from previous research, which claimed that aging […]

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UK medical expert: ‘Five vegetables per day is too expensive’

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:39:24 +0000

A leading medical expert in the UK has declared that the government should put an end to advice on eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, because it acts as a demoralizing barrier for those who are unable to afford fresh produce. “It’s expensive to have five-a-day,” said Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of […]

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