Breast cancer screening saved over 27,000 lives in 2018
  

Breast cancer screening saved over 27,000 lives in 2018

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A new study estimates that breast cancer mortality rates have fallen by approximately half in the United States in 2018, thanks to screening and therapy.

New tool predicts kidney stone recurrence
  

New tool predicts kidney stone recurrence

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Despite the prevalence of kidney stones, it is still difficult to predict who will experience recurrence. A new tool promises to make prediction easier.

Blood-clotting protein contributes to Alzheimer’s
 

Blood-clotting protein contributes to Alzheimer’s

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Though experts typically name beta-amyloid plaques as the main culprits in Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds another factor: a leaked blood protein.

Stool transplants from ‘super donors’ could be a cure-all
  

Stool transplants from ‘super donors’ could be a cure-all

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New research suggests that fecal transplants from ‘super donors’ could cure a host of conditions, ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to Alzheimer’s.

What role does the immune system play in hypertension?
  

What role does the immune system play in hypertension?

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Researchers have found that a type of immune cell can help regulate blood pressure. They explain the mechanism and identify drugs that may affect it.

Multiple sclerosis: Small molecule could delay onset
  

Multiple sclerosis: Small molecule could delay onset

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Neuroprotective treatment with the small molecule Sephin1, significantly delayed loss of myelin and damage to cells in a mouse model of MS.

Acne: How common drug changes skin microbiome
  

Acne: How common drug changes skin microbiome

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Severe acne is often treated with isotretinoin, which can have serious side effects. New research sheds light on how the drug works and may be improved.

New breath test for cancer currently under trial
  

New breath test for cancer currently under trial

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Researchers from the United Kingdom are currently testing the accuracy of a newly developed breath test that could diagnose cancer in a noninvasive way.

Heart failure: Flu vaccine could save lives
  

Heart failure: Flu vaccine could save lives

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Researchers have determined the importance of flu vaccinations for people diagnosed with heart failure. The flu shot could extend some people’s lives.

Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish ‘soil cure’ tackles major superbugs
  

Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish ‘soil cure’ tackles major superbugs

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Newly identified bacteria in Irish soil long used in folk medicine stops growth of MRSA and three other superbugs behind antibiotic-resistant infections.

Moderate drinking tied to lower risk of hospitalization
 

Moderate drinking tied to lower risk of hospitalization

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A new study finds that moderate drinking has associations with a lower risk of hospitalization. The results also confirm the health risks of heavy drinking.

Prostate cancer: New, quicker test to assess metastasis risk
 

Prostate cancer: New, quicker test to assess metastasis risk

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A newly developed test can detect the risk of metastasis in people with prostate cancer at a quicker rate, lower cost, and using smaller tissue samples.

Combo of existing drugs fights bowel cancer and reduces side effects
 

Combo of existing drugs fights bowel cancer and reduces side effects

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By combining two common cancer drugs, researchers have found a more effective way to treat colorectal cancer and reduce unpleasant side effects.

 

Celiac disease may be treated with cystic fibrosis drugs

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New research investigates the molecular similarities between celiac disease and cystic fibrosis. The results suggest that a compound developed for

Strong link found between back pain and mortality
 

Strong link found between back pain and mortality

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Back pain can significantly reduce people’s quality of life. A recent study asks whether back pain might also reduce lifespan in older woman.

The top medical research of 2018
 

The top medical research of 2018

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As 2018 slowly but surely draws to a close, we give you an overview of some of the most read and thought-provoking medical research of this year.

Type 2 diabetes: How do migraines affect risk?
 

Type 2 diabetes: How do migraines affect risk?

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Women with current migraine have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with those with no history of migraine, according to a large observational study.

Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression
 

Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression

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A large review of existing studies confirms that Internet-based CBT apps are an effective way of treating mild, moderate, and severe depression.

New brain circuit that controls anxiety found
 

New brain circuit that controls anxiety found

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Using genetically modified mice, scientists have uncovered a brain circuit that regulates anxiety and could be a treatment target for related disorders.

Future of Alzheimer’s therapy: What is the best approach?
 

Future of Alzheimer’s therapy: What is the best approach?

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A new comprehensive review assesses current clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs and advises on the best therapeutic approach going forward.

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