Men with erectile dysfunction have 59% higher risk of heart disease: study
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(Ebony Bowden/ New York Post) — Fellas, here’s some news that’s hard to take.

Erectile dysfunction could be a sign that a heart attack is right around the corner, as males suffering from ED have a 59 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease and a 34 percent higher risk of stroke, a new study has found.

The research drew on studies of more  …

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Half the drugs in use damage gut bacteria, says new study
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(Dr. Liji Thomas/ Medicakl Life Science News) — A startling presentation at UEG Week 2019, in Barcelona, reveals that the gut microbiome is at high risk for damage each time we use a drug from one or more of 18 commonly used groups. The effects may range from changes in the relative proportions of different beneficial and potentially harmful  …

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We will find a breakthrough for Alzheimer’s disease
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(Maria C. Carrillo/ Time) —  I have spent my entire career interested in the mysteries of the brain: what it looks like, how it works and what happens when it doesn’t. Alzheimer’s disease has been the primary focus of my professional life, starting as a young researcher looking at brain scans, and leading up to now, as the head of the  …

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3 reasons you need a 3D mammogram
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(Cynthia Weiss/ Mayo Clinic) — For many women over 40, a yearly screening mammogram to check for breast cancer is a fact of life – along with the anxiety of waiting for the results. But what if you could get a test that offered better cancer detection, fewer false positives and more peace of mind?

Dr. Robert Maxwell, a Mayo Clinic radiologist,  …

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Antibiotic resistance has doubled in the last 20 years, new research finds
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(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — Across much of Europe, resistance to antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections associated with common stomach conditions has more than doubled in the last two decades, according to new research.

Preliminary findings presented at United European Gastroenterology Week Barcelona 2019 suggest  …

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Stressful pregnancy reduces chances of baby boys reaching term, study shows
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(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Moms-to-be who undergo physical or mental stress during their pregnancies are less likely to have a boy and may also have a higher risk of preterm birth, according to a study published Monday.

“The womb is an influential first home,” said lead author Catherine Monk, director of women’s mental  …

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Contaminated baby powders may be linked to rare form of cancer, study suggests
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(Morgan Brinlee/ Romper) — A new study published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests contaminated baby powders may be linked to a rare cancer. In a case study of 33 patients, researchers found strong evidence that exposure to asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, such as that’s often used in baby  …

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Is that statin doing you any good?
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(Robert Preidt/ WebMD) — Many people who take cholesterol-lowering statins may not benefit from them, researchers say.

Drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor) and fluvastatin (Lescol) provide little value to people without heart disease, new research shows. Yet these heart-healthy folks represent a sizable number of statin users.  …

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Many women aren’t told they have dense breasts. Here’s why it matters
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(Meghan Collie/ Global News) — Until a few weeks ago, Brenda, 52, only had two mammograms — once when she turned 40 and again when she turned 50. Both came back clear.

At a third mammogram in September, things seemed normal until she received a phone call two days later.

“I got a call back … requesting I have another mammogram and ultrasound  …

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Scientists design new oral capsule that may end the era of painful insulin jabs
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(The Economic Times) — Scientists have designed an oral capsule which can deliver insulin and other drugs – that usually have to be injected – to the lining of the small intestine and release them for uptake into the bloodstream.

Many drugs, especially those made of proteins, cannot be taken orally because they are broken  …

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