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Medical News Today: 'Worm spitting' offers insights for heart research

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:00
The discovery of a nerve cell that controls spitting behavior in worms could increase our understanding of how our brain and nervous system regulates organs like the heart.

Medical News Today: Salt, sweet, sour... now fat is one of our basic tastes

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 23:00
In a new study, participants grouped cups of taste solution to identify 'fat' taste as a distinct new taste alongside the traditional basic tastes of salt, sweet and so on.

Medical News Today: DNA 'ambulance' discovery may shed light on origins of cancer

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have discovered how severely damaged DNA is transported to sites within cells for repair. They also note that repair is often inaccurate and could lead to cancer.

Medical News Today: Awareness of fertility preservation options among younger cancer patients may be low

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 23:00
Many cancer treatments can affect a patient's fertility. Though fertility preservation options are available, awareness of them may be low, according to new research.

Medical News Today: Avoiding effects of ICU decisions for relatives could lead to PTSD

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 23:00
A new study suggests that the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms experienced by people making decisions for relatives in ICU may depend on their coping strategy.

Medical News Today: Aromatase inhibitors 'more effective than tamoxifen' for reducing breast cancer deaths

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 23:00
A study finds a class of hormonal drugs - aromatase inhibitors - are more effective than tamoxifen for reducing mortality among women with ER-positive breast cancer.

Medical News Today: 'HIV-style campaign' to cut cancer drug prices

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 23:00
A large group of America's leading cancer specialists have joined forces in support of action against drug prices, drawing up an action plan to curb costs.

Medical News Today: Rising autism prevalence 'driven by changes in classification'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 23:00
Between 2000 and 2010, rates of autism have tripled. However, a new study suggests that this rise is largely due to changes in intellectual disability categorization in the US.

Medical News Today: Chemotherapy for near-death cancer patients 'does not improve quality of life'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
A study assessing the impact of chemotherapy for cancer patients who are near death finds the treatment does not improve their quality of life.

Medical News Today: European drugs regulators approve world's first malaria vaccine

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
The European Medicines Agency recommend the use of the world's first malaria vaccine among children aged 6 weeks to 17 months in Africa - where the disease is most prevalent.

Medical News Today: Physical exercise could improve symptoms of Alzheimer's, dementia

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:00
Studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggest that physical exercise could both protect the brain and alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Medical News Today: Cataracts may be treatable with eye drops instead of surgery

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:00
Researchers have successfully treated cataracts in dogs using eye drops that contain a natural steroid that dissolves the protein clumps that cause the lens to go misty.

Medical News Today: TB may be treatable with common glaucoma medication

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:00
Scientists have discovered a compound commonly found in many prescription glaucoma drugs switches off the tuberculosis bacterium's ability to evade the immune system.

Medical News Today: Study sheds light on why the elderly are most vulnerable to West Nile Virus

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:00
Elderly people are most vulnerable to West Nile Virus. A new study suggests this may be down to impairments in the early immune response to the virus among older individuals.

Medical News Today: Study links 'successful aging' with greater risk of harmful drinking

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:00
Over-50's who are healthy, active, wealthy and sociable may be at greater risk of harmful drinking, finds a new study published in BMJ Open.

Medical News Today: Treating stomach ulcer bacteria could reduce stomach cancer risk

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:00
Researchers have found that treatment for a common gut bacteria could have a small benefit in preventing the development of gastric cancer.

Medical News Today: Bullying, 'rather than misogyny,' explains online abuse of female gamers

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Women receive three times as much abuse as men when playing online games. A new study suggests the psychology behind this is rooted in the need to men's desire for social status.

Medical News Today: Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2015: the highlights

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
As the 2015 Alzheimer's Association International Conference draws to a close, we look at some of the studies leading us closer to prevention and treatment strategies for dementia.

Medical News Today: New study looks at sexual risk-taking for women on vacation

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:00
A study investigating women's perceptions and motivations toward sexual risk-taking on vacation suggests that the US may be lagging behind when it comes to sexual health education.

Medical News Today: CPR from bystanders can save lives

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:00
A new study suggests people's chances of surviving cardiac arrest are higher when ordinary bystanders promptly intervene and start CPR before emergency services arrive.