Success of experimental Alzheimer’s drug hailed as ‘historic moment’
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(Hannah Devlin/ The Guardian) — An experimental drug has slowed the rate of decline in memory and thinking in people with early Alzheimer’s disease in what is being described as a “historic moment” for dementia treatment.

The cognition of Alzheimer’s patients given the drug, developed by Eisai and Biogen, declined by   …

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  …

Coffee drinkers, even those with a sweet tooth, live longer
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(Will Pass/ Web MD) — Coffee lovers, rejoice. Your morning ritual may lead to a longer life, and a spoonful of sugar could sweeten the deal, based on a recent study.

Among more than 170,000 people in the U.K., those who drank about two to four cups of coffee a day, with or without sugar, had a lower rate of death than those  …

Researchers say they’ve found the reason why infants die from SIDS
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(Michelle Butterfield/ Global News) — A new and groundbreaking study has pinpointed what researchers believe is the reason infants and babies die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Researchers from The Children’s Hospital in Westmead in Sydney, Australia, have found that a lowered level of a certain enzyme,   …

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  …

Could microplastics in human blood pose a health risk?
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(Katherine Lang/ Medical News Today) — Plastics are everywhere. Although, in theory, much of it can be recycled, a lot of it ends up in landfills, or worse, in watercourses and marine ecosystems.

Many people are too familiar with distressing images of turtles and dolphins trapped in plastic bags or fishing nets. But there  …

The end of inflammation? New approach could treat dozens of diseases.
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(Connie Chang/ National Geographic) — Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren Finney Harden had always had allergies. But after she moved to New York City for her first job in 2007, inflammation “just exploded” throughout her body.

“I had insane full-body rashes and strange gastro issues. I’d get massive burps that made  …

A third person has been cured of HIV, scientists report
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(Nicoletta Lanese/ Live Science) — A woman became the third person ever to be cured of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, after she received a stem-cell transplant that used cells from umbilical cord blood, scientists reported Tuesday (Feb. 15).

The two other people cured of HIV, Timothy Brown and Adam Castillejo,   …

In a first, scientists find the brain region linked to the clitoris
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(Rohitha Naraharisetty/ The Swaddle) — The joke goes that the clitoris, the body’s most sensitive erogenous organ, is hard to find in general. A familiar and sad refrain is cis-men are clueless about how to navigate bodies that aren’t similar to their own. But it turns out, science was lagging behind too, in a manner

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It’s official: Science says grannies are good for you
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(Phys Org) — Scientists say they have proven what many people fortunate enough to grow up with theirs have known all along: Grandmothers have strong nurturing instincts and are hard-wired to care deeply about their grandchildren.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Tuesday is  …

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