Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut
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(Heidi Ledford/ Nature) — In the chaos of the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, oncologist and geneticist Ami Bhatt was intrigued by widespread reports of vomiting and diarrhoea in people infected with SARS-CoV-2.

“At that time, this was thought to be a respiratory virus,” she says. Bhatt and her colleagues, curious  …

Poor sleep may hinder weight loss, study shows
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(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — According to data that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases have cited, in the United States, more than one in three adults are overweight.

The same is true for obesity — more than one in three U.S. adults live with this condition, which  …

Hang in there, parents: Brain science shows teen annoyance part of normal development
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(Michelle Ward/ Toronto Star) — As many mothers of young children are celebrated with homemade cards and sticky kisses for Mother’s Day, moms of teens may be wondering why their kids just seem irritated by their presence.

“My daughter is the best eye roller in the world. I think most things I do annoy her,” says Katherine Henderson,  …

Magnets made by soil bacteria offer hope for breast and prostate cancer
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(Robin McKie/ The Guardian) — Scientists are developing magnetically guided microscopic projectiles that can be injected into patients’ blood to attack breast, prostate and other tumours.

The project – led by researchers at Sheffield University – builds on progress in two key medical fields. The first involves viruses  …

A single genetic mutation made humans more susceptible to cancer
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(Alice Klein/ New Scientist) — A tiny change in our DNA that occurred after we evolved away from other primates has made us more prone to getting cancer, new research suggests.

Cancer is relatively rare in other primates. For example, autopsies of 971 non-human primates that died at Philadelphia Zoo in Pennsylvania between  …

Exercise is good for joints with wear-and-tear arthritis
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(Michelle Roberts/ BBC News) — It may hurt to begin with, but can then ease pain and help individuals with osteoarthritis stay supple, healthy and slim, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Scans aren’t needed to diagnose it and strong painkillers are not recommended.

There is no evidence

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Global melanoma rate to increase by 50% by 2040, researchers predict
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(Donna Lu/ The Guardian) — New cases of melanoma are set to increase by 50% globally by 2040, with a 68% increase in deaths, according to new research.

An international team of researchers have analysed the global burden of melanoma, which accounts for approximately one in five skin cancers. Data from the International   …

The importance of making your wishes known regarding organ donation
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(Marie Defay/ Turned News) — Annie Gendron, from Val-d’Or, is extremely grateful to the person who allowed her to have a liver transplant in the fall of 2020, after a three-year wait.

“I had a really yellow complexion, yellow eyes, I felt like a curiosity so I didn’t go out of the house much. Now I can go out, I can eat whatever  …

‘Good’ cholesterol may decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
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(Jessica Norris/ Medical News Today) — Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating condition that primarily affects older adults. People who have it can become forgetful and become unable to carry out tasks of daily living. Currently, the disorder has no cure. Researchers are still trying to understand how the disease develops,  …

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