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Neuroscientists say daily ibuprofen can prevent Alzheimer's disease

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A Vancouver-based research team led by Canada's most cited neuroscientist, Dr. Patrick McGeer, has successfully carried out studies suggesting that, if started early enough, a daily regimen of the non-prescription NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) ibuprofen can prevent the onset of Alzh...
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MS drug hope for secondary-progressive stage

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Ads from Inoreader • Remove A large study suggests siponimod may effectively treat the advanced stage of the dis...
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The Guardian / Nicola Davis - New MS drug could slow symptoms of 'untreatable' form of disease

Better test for ovarian cancer would take Pap farther

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Scientists create images with groups of bacteria

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Researchers are able to shape the growth of bacterial communities by working with light and genetically engineered bacteria, creating intricate designs, from polka dots to stripes to circuits, overnight. The technique, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, can achieve...
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Global burden of low back pain—a consequence of negligence and misinformation

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Ads from Inoreader • Remove A series of groundbreaking papers from Australian and international researchers in T...

Better understanding amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by looking at how cells change

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It took eight long years of research, but now an international team led by neuroscientists at Université de Montréal has discovered a basic molecular mechanism that better helps understand how Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), works.

Birds that can open sugar packets hint at evolution of intelligence

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Wild birds that are cleverer than others at foraging for food have different levels of a neurotransmitter receptor that has links to intelligence in humans, according to a study. The findings could provide insight into the evolutionary mechanisms affecting cognitive traits in a range of animals....
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How about this disease-infested rat weather we're having?

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Animals It's a beautiful day for bacteria. Rats are more likely to pick up disease-causing bacteria like C. difficile during some kinds of weather than others.

Is vitamin D really a cure-all – and how should we get our fix?

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Addressing healthcare needs of women and mothers to ensure a healthy future

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Patients Like Hospital Care At Home, But Some Insurers Are Skeptical

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Some health systems are encouraging selected emergency room patients who are sick but stable and don't need intensive, round-the-clock care to opt for hospital-level care at home, instead.(Image credit: Trina Dalziel/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

Does A Larger Role For Midwives Mean Better Care?

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States that give midwives a greater role in patient care achieve better results on key measures of maternal and neonatal health, according to a new study.(Image credit: Trina Dalziel/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

Toddler Milks: Filling A Nutritional Need Or A Marketing Niche?

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When parents transition a baby from breast milk or formula to cow's milk, it can seem like a big jump. We talk with a researcher who looked at just what's in the array of toddler drinks on the market.(Image credit: Arian Melchor Manzanero Pool /Getty Images/EyeEm)

Cuba's Innovative Cancer Vaccine Is Finally Coming to America

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Last week, in a historic first, a box of water made it from Havana to Buffalo, New York. It was roundabout journey, since you can’t just FedEx a box from Cuba to the U.S. (The embargo, no commercial cargo flights, etc.) The box flew first to Toronto. Customs brokers then escorted it across the ...

Groundbreaking immune approach targets humans instead of bacteria

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Staphylococcal and streptococcal infections affect millions of individuals each year. They are a leading cause of sepsis and account for many cases of pneumonia and post-surgical infections. Despite the urgency of this situation, the antibiotic development pipeline is dwindling and multi-drug res...

Are ads for psych drugs good or bad for patients?

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Advertising prescription drugs to consumers is forbidden in most of the world, but since US guidelines were relaxed in 1997, such ads have become nearly ubiquitous in American media. “Is this enormous multibillion dollar industry of direct-to-consumer advertising of psychiatric medication affe...
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Foods gene-edited to withstand noxious herbicides are being labeled non-GMO

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(NaturalNews) The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it will not regulate the entire forthcoming generation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), allowing new genetically engineered (GE) foods to enter the food supply without any testing or permitting...

Big rise in hospital visits for kids with allergic reactions

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A hospital in Montreal saw the number of emergency department visits by children with a serious allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, double between 2011 and 2015. “With the rising rates of allergies among Canadian children, we were interested in determining if anaphylaxis rates are also in...

Cellular aging process unexpectedly enhances insulin secretion

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New research shows that a cellular program that causes aging can also bring unexpected benefits in the function of pancreatic beta cells and the production of insulin in mice and humans. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Medicine, in a paper entitled "p16Ink4a-induced senescence of ...
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Organic maple syrup a superfood? Sticky sweet liquid is packed with natural compounds known to prevent disease

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(NaturalNews) According to a new report by the University of Rhode Island, maple syrup may be considered a superfood – joining broccoli, blueberries and fish, among others.It is thought that the sticky liquid that is produced by boiling sap from the maple tree, is high in...

How the brain compensates for sensory loss and points to its early evolutionary roots

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The human brain has the remarkable capacity to respond to sensory loss by boosting the remaining functioning senses. Through a compensation mechanism in the brain, known as cross-modal plasticity, some senses are enhanced following the loss of other sensory input, such as the improvement of heari...