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Researchers investigate whether atypical eating habits could be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by two core symptoms namely difficulty with social interaction and communication, as well as repetitive and obsessive behaviors. People with ASD have difficulty forming relationships and often respond inappropriately during conversations. They engage in repetitive
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Researchers study if children experience a change in neurocognitive function due to head impacts from playing tackle football. Contact sports being played by children are still a concern among medical professionals and parents. Experiencing head impacts can lead to short- and/or long-term neurocognitive effects. In a study published by the Journal of Neurotrauma, children who
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Researchers aim to develop a simple urine test for diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome, with potential use to monitor response to IBS treatment. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the digestive tract, characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Diagnosis of this syndrome is complicated and requires invasive procedures like colonoscopy
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Researchers investigate whether there is an association between androgen depletion therapy and dementia. Prostate cancer is androgen sensitive, meaning this cancer grows in response to the presence of androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Androgen deprivation therapy (the removal of circulating androgens) is one of the main approaches to treating
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Researchers develop an antisense oligonucleotide ointment that may be useful as a topical treatment for skin cancer Skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for one-third of all cancers worldwide. UV exposure puts us at risk for skin cancers by inactivating cell apoptosis. Cell apoptosis is regulated cell death that allows the body to
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A recent research study assesses non-invasive methods for screening and detecting endometrial cancer in women. Due to its positioning in the human body, the detection of endometrial cancer in women traditionally requires invasive procedures. However, advancements in biotechnology have unveiled non-invasive methods to screen the endometrium for early detection of endometrial cancer. Early detection is
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New research investigates whether different types of infections can trigger a stroke. A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen. The most common type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke, which occurs as a result of narrowed or blocked arteries. Other subtypes of strokes include intracerebral hemorrhage, which are caused
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Recently researchers established the link between relaxation methods and perception of health messages. Many people feel stressed right before a doctor appointment. Sometimes the pressure from the stress makes them inattentive and can induce negative emotions including anxiety, fear, or shame. As a result, patients concentrate on one or two pieces of health messages delivered
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Choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) support infant brain and eye development according to a new review paper on maternal and infant nutrition. National survey data indicate that the majority of adult Americans fail to get the recommended amounts of choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in their diet. Choline and DHA are essential nutrients that cannot
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A recent study examined the effects of statins on the risk of developing primary open-angle glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition where there is increased pressure in the eye, which affects the optic nerve, potentially leading to blindness. A recent study carried out at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, investigated the effects of
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A recent study found that using a remote-controlled drug delivery implant can help with chronic disease management. Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and other ailments that require a lifelong treatment option.  Researchers examined the benefits of implanting a drug delivery device that can regulate and provide chronic
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Researchers uncover an easy-to-measure and reliable predictor of survival and unplanned hospitalizations amongst patients suffering from blood cancer. This quick and easy measure is gait speed (the speed with patients walk). Gait speed has been recommended as “a practical assessment of functional and physical performance in older patients with cancer.” A second measure that is
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A recent study reveals the avoidable causes of sleep-related baby suffocation. The biggest nightmare of every mother or father is the possibility of an unexpected death of their baby. In the USA alone, baby suffocation is the primary cause of death of infants under one year of age, 82% of which occur while they are
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A recent study investigated whether dietary intake of cholesterol or egg consumption was linked to an increased risk of stroke. High cholesterol is a well-known risk factor for several heart complications, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. There has been plenty of research dedicated to understanding how different cholesterol, dietary habits, and food
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Researchers developed a new assessment tool to diagnose dementia that evaluates moral emotions. There are many different types of dementia. Frontotemporal dementia is a type of dementia that is caused by degenerative changes in the frontal regions of the brain, which is often associated with social cognitive impairments. Frontotemporal dementia patients have problems with emotional
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A new study at Boston highlights the three most effective interventions to prevent 94 million cardiovascular-related deaths within 25 years. Non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, are a major epidemic of the modern world. Promoting public awareness and prevention strategies is essential. As part of this process, scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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A new study examined the risk of mortality with long-term use of heartburn medicine, finding PPIs associated with increased mortality. Heartburn medications are some of the most commonly used drugs in North America, both with or without a prescription. However, their widespread and unnecessary usage may have serious long-term health effects. Medications for heartburn and
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Researchers from the University of South Florida, U.S analyzed the risk of concussion in children who played sports. Sports-related injuries are a common occurrence Among the different sports injuries, concussion (temporary unconsciousness due to head trauma) is a serious health issue. Concussion in children can have long-term health consequences in brain development.  However, very little
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