Prostate cancer: home urine test could ‘revolutionize diagnosis’

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — Prostate cancer is common, affecting nearly half of males over 50. However, it tends to develop slowly, and in many cases, health professionals do not consider it clinically significant. … Read More

Millennials’ deteriorating health means they could have shorter life expectancy than GenXers
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(Sarah Gantz/ The Philadelphia Inquirer) — The health of millennials is deteriorating more rapidly than older generations’ did, and that could have a devastating effect on the American economy, according to a new report by Moody’s Analytics and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

The report paints a dismal picture of how the 2009  …

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How deep sleep may help the brain clear Alzheimer’s toxins
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(Jon Hamilton/ MPR News) — The brain waves generated during deep sleep appear to trigger a cleaning system in the brain that protects it against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Electrical signals known as slow waves appear just before a pulse of fluid washes through the brain, presumably removing toxins associated  …

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Coffee drinkers have healthier gut microbiotas
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(Ana Sandoiu / Medical News Today) — More and more research is unpacking the health benefits of drinking coffee. Drinking just one cup may fight off unhealthy fat, ease inflammation associated with obesity, or even protect the brain into old age.

Furthermore, drinking at least three cups of coffee every day may keep arteries healthy   …

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Could a combination of psychedelics and meditation treat depression?
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(Lauren Sharkey /Medical News Today) — Mixing a specific type of meditation with a well-known hallucinogen may make for a new form of therapy that could aid those with depression, according to a new study.

People often still regard psychedelic psychotherapy as a controversial treatment. However, recent evidence suggests that hallucinogens  …

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Obesity is in the genes
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(Jeffrey M. Friedman/ Scientific American) — In a recent monologue, the comedian James Corden addressed his struggles with being overweight. Despite his best efforts, he said, he has never been able to control his weight confessing that he has “good days and bad months.”

The monologue was a response to an on-air editorial by Bill Maher,  …

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Long-awaited cystic fibrosis drug could turn deadly disease into a manageable condition
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(Carolyn Y. Johnson/ Washington Post) — A new cystic fibrosis therapy dramatically improved patients’ lung function and showed clear signs of targeting the genetic root of the disease, instead of just alleviating symptoms — a breakthrough so long-sought that many doctors and patients are moved to tears when talking about it.

The data,  …

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A new study on measles reveals a scary side effect: “immune-system amnesia”
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(Julia Belluz/ Vox) — As measles cases soar worldwide, scientists have discovered yet another danger of the disease: the measles virus can wipe out the immune system, making people more susceptible to other illnesses later. The research sheds new light on a virus that’s infected humans for centuries.

The phenomenon is called “immu  …

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When depression doesn’t respond to treatment
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(Eric Patterson/ NewLifeOutlook.com) You’ve taken the pills. You’ve sat through the individual therapy, the group therapy, and the family therapy. You’ve even taken yoga classes, but to this point, nothing has worked.

No matter what you do, it seems you can’t change your depression. Over the years, it is unchanged as depression weighs  …

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Quebec will slash hospital parking rates, ‘but we don’t know when’
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(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — Patient-rights groups in Montreal appear to have won a four-year battle to persuade the Quebec government to slash exorbitant hospital parking rates after Health Minister Danielle McCann confirmed on Monday that she will cap rates at $7 to $10 as early as next month.

But patient advocates urged the  …

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