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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A new study on mice published by German researchers investigates the question: are miscarriages genetic? Miscarriages occur in up to one of five pregnancies and can be devastating for the woman who experiences the miscarriage and her partner. The cause of miscarriage is not well understood but is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Canadian researchers utilized the lab-on-a-chip microfluidic technology to develop a new biosensor for real-time detection of pathogenic bacteria. Bacteria are all around us—in the air, on objects, and both inside and on the surfaces of the human body. They are so small that hundred thousands of them could
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Concerns are being raised about the clinical efficacy of off-label prescribing. McGill University researchers investigated whether off-label prescribing of a prescription drug is supported by rigorous research. Pharmaceutical companies developing a new prescription drug are motivated to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Patients at risk of an abnormal heart rhythm after heart surgery were injected with botulinum toxin, and researchers assessed the effects over three years. Up to 50% of patients can have an abnormal heart rhythm following heart surgery. In atrial fibrillation, a cause ofabnormal heart rhythm, the electrical
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers recently analyzed cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use in teens by examining when they start substance use and which substances they try first. Teenagers often experiment with substances for the first time. While this gateway hypothesis is still being studied, the traditional sequence of trying substances starts with
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers examined whether Vitamin B12 is suitable for treating the pain symptoms in those with postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful complication that occurs after a normally latent virus that resides in neural cells (specifically the sensory ganglia) is reactivated. This virus is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study examined the relationship between endometriosis and infertility to determine effective fertility treatments. Compared to the past, women are now bearing children later and later in life. However, conception is predominantly affected by a woman’s age. After age 30, fertility rates start to decrease, and after
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers have discovered a previously unknown molecular target within estrogen receptors, opening new avenues for the development of breast cancer drugs. Current medications for breast cancer work by blocking receptors for the female sex hormone estrogen. Disruption of this pathway can slow down the progression of breast cancer.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] At the recent ESMO 2018 Congress, French researchers presented two studies investigating exercise and cancer treatment recovery. Cancer treatments are fatiguing, and recovering patients may feel they lack energy for exercise or sport. However, recent research suggests that it is important to keep physically active during cancer treatment
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers compared complications in patients following appendicitis surgery or antibiotic treatment for acute appendicitis. Many people think of acute appendicitis as meaning one thing – an emergency surgery where the appendix is removed before it bursts. In recent years, however, that association has been challenged. In uncomplicated cases
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers studied 1.5 million people to investigate the relationship between Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Increasing evidence from clinical trials and epidemiological studies suggests there is a link between Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The occurrence of the two diseases together is the most common cause of dementia in elderly
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers studied whether dapagliflozin for diabetes treatment could also have beneficial effects on heart disease outcomes. Diabetes affects more than 415 million adults worldwide and continues to increase in prevalence. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of other negative outcomes from cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] To help address the opioid crisis, surgeons in Canada decreased prescription opioids following surgery and monitored patients’ resulting levels of comfort. The opioid crisis is undeniable in almost all cities throughout North America. Multiple research studies have pointed the finger at prescription opioids, which is ironic to the
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In light of the escalating opioid crisis in North America, a recent study investigated whether equipping drug users with fentanyl test strips could decrease the risk of a drug overdose. Since the year 2000, the rate of opioid overdose fatalities has more than doubled in the United States.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine explores the restorative effects of oligonucleotides in a neurological genetic disease. Huntington’s disease is a hereditary genetic disease that results in the degeneration of the brain. Huntington’s is incurable and associated with a range of complex symptoms such as involuntary
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in JAMA examines the appropriateness of administering thyroid hormone therapy to patients with subclinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism describes the beginning stages of a condition when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. This condition mostly affects older individuals and women, and is associated with
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study determined the effect of reducing nicotine content gradually or immediately on the biomarkers of smoke exposure. Earlier in 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration proposed a reduction of nicotine levels in various products. They aimed to elongate the time between an individual starting to
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