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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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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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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Diet intervention may drastically improve depressive symptoms
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(Mental Daily) — In past research studies, diet intervention is recognized for its beneficiary effects on cognitive health. In a new study, however, conducted by researchers from Macquarie University in Australia, they found that consuming a healthy diet may improve depressive symptoms among young adults. The findings were published  …

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Red meat study caused a stir – here’s what wasn’t discussed
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(Richard Hoffman/ The Conversation) — Accurate, consistent dietary advice seems increasingly hard to find. For instance, a widely reported study recently claimed that people don’t need to reduce their consumption of red and processed meat for health reasons. The report sharply divided scientific opinion, with some experts praising  …

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16 foods that pack more sodium than you might think
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(Sara Shulman/ Prevention) — Deli meats, French fries, and canned soups are common sodium culprits that you probably already know to avoid, but sometimes food manufacturers add sodium to many restaurant dishes and other food products to boost their flavor.

That’s why it’s especially important to check the nutrition   …

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