Study shows menstrual blood can be used as a non-invasive way to detect endometriosis
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(Megan Holohan/ Today) — In her 20s, Christie Reuter experienced cramping and heavy periods that worsened over time.

“I was in so much pain that I knew something was wrong,” the 37-year-old from West Islip, New York, told TODAY. “It’s hard to go about daily life just in pain, knowing like it’s more than just a week of   …

Walk this number of steps each day to cut your risk of dementia
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(Sandee LaMott/ CNN News) — Want to reduce your risk for dementia? Slap on a step counter and start tallying your steps – you’ll need between 3,800 and 9,800 each day to reduce your risk of mental decline, according to a new study.

People between the ages of 40 and 79 who took 9,826 steps per day were 50% less likely to develop dementia  …

There’s a link between gut bacteria and fibromyalgia severity
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(McGill University/ Futurity) — Researchers have found that alterations in gut bacteria and blood bile acids of women with fibromyalgia are associated with the severity of their symptoms.

Their new study also points to a biological signature that could facilitate diagnosis.

Affecting up to 4% of the population and mostly  …

Vitamin D supplements don’t prevent bone fractures in healthy adults, study finds
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(Kaitlin Sullivan/ NBC News) — Vitamin D supplements are widely recommended to prevent bone fractures in older adults — but a clinical trial, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that they may not do much after all.

In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine (then called the Institute  …

Allegations of fabricated research undermine key Alzheimer’s theory
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(Allegations that part of a key 2006 study of Alzheimer’s disease may have been fabricated have rocked the research community, calling into question the validity of the study’s influential results.

Science magazine said Thursday that it uncovered evidence that  …

Vitamin D may reduce ovarian cancer’s ability to spread to other organs
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(Allana Akhtar/ Insider) — Vitamin D helped cells outside major organs ward off ovarian cancer cells in a Japanese university lab.

Researchers at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan found vitamin D counteracted a process ovarian cancer cells use to spread into different organs.

Dr. William  …

High optimism linked with longer life and living past 90 in women
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(Harvard University School of Public Health) — Higher levels of optimism were associated with longer lifespan and living beyond age 90 in women across racial and ethnic groups in a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“Although optimism itself may be affected by social structural  …

Breast cancer drug trial results in ‘unheard-of’ survival
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(Gina Kolata/ New York Times) — The patients had metastatic breast cancer that had been progressing despite rounds of harsh chemotherapy. But a treatment with a drug that targeted cancer cells with laserlike precision was stunningly successful, slowing tumor growth and extending life to an extent rarely seen with advanced  …

Small cancer drug trial sees tumors disappear in 100 percent of patients
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(Kim Bellware/ The Washington Post) — A small drug trial is having a seismic impact in the world of oncology: After six months of an experimental treatment, tumors vanished in all 14 patients diagnosed with early stage rectal cancer who completed the study by the time it was published.

Researchers in the field of colorectal

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Best exercise time may differ for men and women, study suggests
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(Philippa Roxby/ BBC News) — Exercise is good for you whenever you do it, but the time of day to achieve the best result may be different for women and men, according to a US study.

It found women burned more body fat during morning exercise, whereas evenings counted more for men.

Much of what is known on this topic is based on studies

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