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Cancer in one twin implies much higher risk for sibling

A new study has found that cancer in one twin increases the risk for this disease in sibling. The study published in JAMA said that twins with any form of cancer usually developed other forms of cancer, later on showing that...


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FDA tightens clinical requirements for transvaginal devices

In an apparent effort to tighten clinical requirements for transvaginal devices, the US Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced that steps had been taken by the federal agency to strengthen the data requirements...


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Western diet's reliance on sugar ups risk of breast cancer

A new study has found that high levels of sugar typical of Western diets increase the risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis to the lungs. The study conducted on mice by the researchers at the University of...


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Ultrasound could help diagnose breast cancer, study says

A new study has found that ultrasonography prove helpful in diagnosing cancer in women with dense breasts. For the study, the data from 2,809 women from across the U.S., Canada and Argentina were analyzed by the researchers...


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After overdose of painkiller, patients continue to get drugs

A new study has found that over 90% of chronic pain patients who are admitted to hospital for an overdose of opioid painkillers continue to receive prescriptions for the drugs afterwards. For the study, the researchers...


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Boston's Chipotle restaurant that sickened 136 people reopens

The Cleveland Circle Chipotle Mexican Grill that grabbed headlines few days for sickening 136 Boston College students with norovirus reopened over the holiday weekend. The restaurant was shut down at the order of Boston...


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Government panel recommends statin use for adults over 40

In a significant development, a task force constituted by the US government on health Tuesday recommended that adults between the ages of 40 and 75 who are at risk for heart attack or stroke should take statins...


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FDA lifts lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men

In a landmark decision, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday lifted its lifetime ban on accepting blood donations from gay men. "The FDA is changing its recommendation that men who have sex with men (MSM)...


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Former US President Jimmy Carter's grandson dies at 28

Jeremy, the 28-year-old grandson of former US President Jimmy Carter has died. The news about Jeremy's death was announced by Carter at a church gathering on Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...


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Mers vaccine 'a step closer'

Researchers have inched a step closer to develop an effective vaccine to provide protection against the Mers, a report in the journal Science suggests. A team of researchers from Europe has genetically modified a...


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Martin Shkreli, infamous for jacking up drug price, arrested

Martin Shkreli, an entrepreneur who became the new face of corporate greed after increasing the price of a lifesaving drug fifty fold, was on Thursday arrested by the FBI on unrelated fraud charges. Shkreli, a 32-year-old...


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Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to higher risk of autism for baby

A new study has suggested that the consumption of antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of autism in children. The study done by researchers from University of Montreal was published on Monday in JAMA...


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Stress in old age may cause Alzheimer

A team of researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System has found that high stress could lead to Alzheimer's disease in old age. Richard Lipton, senior author and Einstein and...


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7 half-pound mutts are world's first test-tube puppies

In a major breakthrough, seven half-pound mutts have become first test-tube puppies in world. "We each took a puppy and rubbed it with a little towel and when it started to squiggle and cry, we knew we had success," said...


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Now, a Ibuprofen patch to deliver pain relief through skin for 12 hours

Researchers have created an ibuprofen patch which is capable of delivering the popular pain relief drug directly to the location it is needed - for around 12 hours. The researchers claim that the by using the patch...


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Two hospitalized, around 200 fall sick in Seattle norovirus outbreak

Nearly 200 people who went to a catered party at an office building in downtown Seattle have fallen ill with norovirus, a public health official said. Dr Meagan Kay, a medical epidemiologist for the public health...


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New drug more effective for chronic leukemia patients

The results of a phase three clinical trial have shown that older people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, have a better alternative to toxic chemotherapy. According to researchers, a newer, targeted drug, ibrutinib...


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FDA approves first generic version of leukemia pill

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the first generic version of one of the first very effective cancer drugs, Gleevec, which is quite expensive at about $10,000 a month.


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False-positive mammogram and breast cancer risk

A new study has found that a false-positive result on a mammogram is more worrisome than thought as the women who get such a result may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer later. But there is a need to put...


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Senators slam Gilead over Sovaldi's high price

Two senators - one Republican, one Democrat - on Tuesday said in a report that Gilead Sciences had priced its groundbreaking hepatitis C medicines to earn maximum profit and "broad, affordable access was not a key...


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Scientists discuss boundaries, ethics of human DNA rewriting

The procedure of DNA rewriting is soon going to become a reality as a new technology is set to open new frontiers for genetic engineering. Hundreds of researchers, ethicists and experts from different parts of the world...


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16 fall sick due to synthetic marijuana in San Diego

At least 16 people fell sick in downtown San Diego due to synthetic marijuana drug called "spice". Police have launched a probe to find out from where the drug originated. The synthetic drug is illegal in...


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Researchers hunting a cure for Alzheimer's but facing hurdles

Researchers from different parts of the world are trying their best to find a cure for Alzheimer's and they describe it as an "exciting time" for research with promising trials now underway - including an experimental...


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High-potency marijuana linked with neural damage

A team of researchers at Kings College London has scanned the brains of drug users and found smokers of high-potency pot had smaller amounts of white brain matter inside their corpus callosum, a neural pathway which...


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Progesterone unlikely to cut risk of repeated miscarriage

A new study has found that progesterone supplements do not increase the chances of maintaining the pregnancy in these women. The researchers said the study did not find any difference in birth rates between...


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New studies explain how breastfeeding benefits mothers too

Two new studies have provided more evidence to show that breast-feeding is both good for the baby and for the mother. The new studies focused on diabetes and cancer and found that women who breast-feed cut their risk of...


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Planned Parenthood sues Texas for blocking Medicaid funding

The state of Texas was sued by Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients on Monday for blocking officials from cutting off Medicaid funds. The complainants said the actions taken by the state were political and...


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Parasitic worm could increase female fertility

A new study has found that a parasitic worm infection may increase female fertility. For the study, the researchers studied the Tsimane women of Bolivia, famous for their high fertility rates. On average, the Tsimane women...


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Working vocal cords grown in lab using human cells

In a major breakthrough, scientists have succeeded in growing vocal cords in lab which can produce realistic sounds. The work may prove an important step in providing better treatments to patients who lose their voices...


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Number of prostate cancer cases drops

A new study by America Cancer Society has shown that the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US has dropped significantly in recent years, adding that the number of men screened for the disease has also...


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