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Medical News Today: Drinking coffee linked to decreased liver cirrhosis death risk

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis is the 11th cause of death in the US, killing nearly 32,000 people in 2010. But now, researchers are suggesting that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%.Published in the journal Hepatology, the study adds to growing evidence that coffee has real health benefits.

Medical News Today: Babies clearly respond to pleasant touch, say scientists

A new study provides evidence of what many moms and dads already know - that babies respond in a measurable way to soft and gentle caressing, or what scientists call "pleasant touch," and that this helps cement bonds between infants and parents to ensure their healthy development.

Medical News Today: Fertility drugs may not increase breast cancer risk, say researchers

Past research has associated the use of fertility drugs with an increased risk of breast cancer. But a new study from the National Cancer Institute indicates that this may not be the case.The research was recently published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention - a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Medical News Today: 'Thinking skills best in people who had better cardio fitness in youth'

The health benefits of regular cardiovascular fitness have been proven again and again by various studies. Now, a new study published in the journal Neurology suggests these benefits include better memory and thinking skills in middle age.The study, led by David Jacobs Jr., PhD, from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, defined middle age as being between the ages of 43 and 55.

Medical News Today: Could transplant drugs replace antiretrovirals in HIV treatment?

A new defense against human immunodeficiency virus may have appeared in the form of drugs ordinarily used to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, according to a new study.Currently, antiretroviral drugs are used to manage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These drugs prevent the virus from replicating and damage from occurring to the immune system.

Medical News Today: Autism: not just a childhood disorder

"My facial expressions and body language do not always match my mood. I may look terribly angry, but I am happy as can be. I am unable to read between the lines or communicate with hidden messages. Please try to take what I am saying at face value and do not try to read into it. I am not capable of that kind of phrasing.

Medical News Today: Vitamin D: 'no clear evidence of health benefits,' say researchers

The role of vitamin D on health is a cloudy subject. Although many studies have hailed the vitamin for its beneficial effects on medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders, heart disease and even cancer, other research has suggested otherwise. Now, two new studies published in the BMJ indicate there is no clear evidence that vitamin D is beneficial for certain health problems.

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