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Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%
 

Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%

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A large study concludes that atrial fibrillation does, indeed, raise the risk of dementia even in people who did not have a stroke and that anticoagulants may reduce this risk. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. …

Coronary heart disease may speed up cognitive decline
 

Coronary heart disease may speed up cognitive decline

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It is natural for a person’s memory and thinking abilities, or cognitive function, to wane as they age even if they are in good health. However, the rate of cognitive decline can speed up if they experience heart attack or angina, according to new research. …

Garden snails may have secret weapons against aggressive bacteria
 

Garden snails may have secret weapons against aggressive bacteria

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Have you ever wondered how snails can spend their time crawling over dirt rife with potentially dangerous bacteria but manage to stay healthy? Two British scientists did, and this led them to discover new proteins that can fight harmful bacteria. Who would t…

AI can predict psychosis risk in everyday language
  

AI can predict psychosis risk in everyday language

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People’s language could reveal clues about their future risk of developing psychosis. Scientists concluded this after studying the subtle features of people’s everyday speech. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and Harvard University in Boston, …

Can scientists learn to bypass superbugs’ drug resistance?
 

Can scientists learn to bypass superbugs’ drug resistance?

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When bacteria become resistant to antibiotic treatments, this poses an important threat to health, as infections become very difficult and sometimes impossible to treat. But could a new strategy successfully identify the weak point of superbugs? Antibiotic r…

Mouse study finds enzyme that prolongs life
 

Mouse study finds enzyme that prolongs life

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New research in mice uncovers a previously unknown “pathway toward healthy aging.” A circulating protein from the blood of young mice led to health improvements and visible signs of rejuvenation when researchers gave it to aging mice. As well as hair loss, w…

Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective
  

Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective

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“Medical reversal” is a term that defines instances in which new and improved clinical trials show that current medical practices are ineffective or misguided. New research reveals that there are currently almost 400 medical reversals. Medical reversals occu…

How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis
 

How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis

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With the opioid crisis in the spotlight, scientists are searching for new ways to tackle pain. One group has turned its attention to a lethal toxin that occurs naturally in some marine creatures. The latest study in rats provides encouraging results. Opioids…

Viral Video Shows Illinois Man Shoving Elderly Couple to the Ground Before His Arrest: ‘You Don’t Belong Down Here!’
 

Viral Video Shows Illinois Man Shoving Elderly Couple to the Ground Before His Arrest: ‘You Don’t Belong Down Here!’

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Police in Peru, Illinois, arrested a man after a video went viral on Facebook showing him allegedly shoving two senior citizens to the ground in an apparent dispute over illegal dumping in a ravine at his property. Peru Police Department said in a release th…

Estrogen, vitamin D may protect metabolic health after menopause
 

Estrogen, vitamin D may protect metabolic health after menopause

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Following evidence that estrogen and vitamin D work together to promote bone health, new research from China now suggests that they could also help to stave off metabolic syndrome in postmenopausal women. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such …

Scorpion venom compounds can kill dangerous bacteria
 

Scorpion venom compounds can kill dangerous bacteria

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Researchers have managed to synthesize two scorpion venom compounds that are effective against some strains of highly infectious bacteria. The compounds are also unlikely to harm humans, the scientists reassure us. Thousands of animal species around the glob…

Higher risk of stroke can follow midlife type 2 diabetes
 

Higher risk of stroke can follow midlife type 2 diabetes

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New research on thousands of twins in Sweden has uncovered a significant link between type 2 diabetes in midlife and the risk of stroke and blocked brain arteries later in life. However, the link did not apply to brain bleeds, which can also cause strokes. S…

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