Bill Gates’s newest mission: Curing Alzheimer’s
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( Dr. Sanjay Gupta/ CNN) — It’s one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer’s. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that.

“I believe there is a solution,” he told me without hesitation.

“Any  …

Sleep apnea may boost Alzheimer’s risk
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(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay) — If your sleep is continually disrupted by a condition called sleep apnea, you might face a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s down the road.

So claims a new study that has linked sleep apnea with an increase in the development of amyloid plaque in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.  …

Common form of breast cancer may return even 20 years later, study finds
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Hormone-positive breast cancers can “smolder,” says oncologist

(Judy Silverman and Maggie Fox/ NBC News)— Breast cancer can “smolder” and return even 20 years later unless patients keep taking drugs to suppress it, researchers reported Wednesday.

They were looking for evidence that at least some breast cancer survivors   …

Drug costs rising fast in Canadian health-care spending, report finds
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2017 total health care costs rise to about $6,600 per person in Canada

(Nicole Ireland/CBC News) — Hospitals still account for the biggest portion of heath-care spending in Canada but drugs are the fastest-growing expense, according to new data released Tuesday.

Total health spending is expected to reach $242 billion in Canada in 2017,  …

Stop using antibiotics in healthy farm animals, WHO warns
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Antibiotics in food contributing to rise of drug-resistant infections in humans, UN agency says

(Thomson Reuters/CBC News) — The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug  …

Quebec urges people to get flu shots as annual vaccination campaign kicks off
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Getting flu shot especially important for young children, pregnant women and anyone over 60, expert says

(CBC News) — It’s that time of year again.

Quebec’s flu vaccine campaign kicked off last Wednesday, and provincial health authorities are stressing just how important getting the flu shot is to prevent getting sick,  …

UBC study finds certain type of protein in body can contribute to Alzheimer’s
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(Roshini Nair/ CBC News) — Researchers believed the proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease were largely produced by brain tissue but new research from the University of British Columbia shows proteins produced elsewhere in the body may also contribute to the development of the degenerative disease.

Alzheimer’s,  …

Women have higher mortality risk than men in the first year after heart attack: study
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(Life Sciences Medical News) — Heart attacks pose a greater threat to women than to men. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has determined that in the first year after a heart attack women are subject to a significantly higher mortality risk than men with similar case histories. The scientists are urging doctors   …

Menopause may trigger Alzheimer’s disease
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( Ana Sandoiu/ MedicalNewsToday) — A new study highlights the metabolic changes that occur in the brains of menopausal and perimenopausal women, suggesting that a loss of estrogen could make these women vulnerable to developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was carried out by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine   …

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