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Medical News Today: Young adult brains show signs of Alzheimer's protein, study finds

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 02:00
For the first time, scientists show that amyloid protein - a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease - can start to accumulate in the brain when we are 20 years old.

Medical News Today: More than half of middle-aged adults at lifetime risk of CKD, study finds

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 00:00
More than 50% of adults currently aged 30-49 and 50-64 are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease at some point in their lives, according to new research.

Medical News Today: Kids who lack sympathy 'more likely to share if they respect peers' morals'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 23:00
A psychological experiment involving sharing chocolate with a hypothetical peer shows that kids who have low levels of sympathy may share out of moral respect.

Medical News Today: New treadmill performance test 'predicts long-term risk of death from all causes'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 23:00
Current exercise-based tests to predict risk of death involve EKGs and other variables. A new algorithm developed by Johns Hopkins cardiologists simply requires a treadmill.

Medical News Today: Beliefs about nicotine 'may override its effects on the brain'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 23:00
Participants who believed their cigarettes were nicotine-free when they actually contained the substance displayed different brain activity as a result, according to new research.

Medical News Today: Women 'nearly twice as likely to see regular cannabis use as risky'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 23:00
A study has examined the perceived risk of regular cannabis use according to the US population, finding that older women are most likely to view the drug as risky.

Medical News Today: Scientists discover part of brain that calculates the intentions of others

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 23:00
Scientists mapping monkeys' brains during tasks that require complex social anticipation believe their discovery could lead to treatments for autism and similar problems.

Medical News Today: Doctors perceived as more compassionate when giving patients more optimistic news

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 23:00
In a new study, patients with advanced cancer favored a doctor who delivered optimistic news over one who delivered negative news, perceiving them as having more compassion.

Medical News Today: Study reveals extent of impact on health from human trafficking

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:00
Survivors of human trafficking reveal the extent of their poor living and working conditions, accompanied with various associated health problems in a new study.

Medical News Today: The world's first human head transplant: could it happen in the next 2 years?

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:00
In 2013, MNT reported on Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero's bid to conduct the first ever human head transplant. Now, we report on an updated proposal for the procedure.

Medical News Today: Should America go vegan to ward off obesity and save the environment?

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:00
Separate reports from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee make the case for Americans to adopt a plant-based diet.

Medical News Today: Persistent insomnia linked to higher risk of death, study finds

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:00
A new study shows that people who experience persistent insomnia have a higher risk of inflammation and premature death than those who experience intermittent insomnia.

Medical News Today: Pancreatic cancer splits into four types, says genome study

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:00
A study of whole genomes and DNA variation in pancreatic tumors suggests there are four subtypes of the cancer depending on location, frequency and pattern of DNA rearrangement.

Medical News Today: Coffee intake linked to reduced risk of MS

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00
Compared with people who do not drink coffee, those who consume at least four cups a day may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to new research.

Medical News Today: Economic crisis 'may explain rise in suicide rates among middle-aged adults'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:00
A new study suggests the dramatic rise in suicide rates among middle-aged adults since 1999 could be explained by the economic recession of 2007-09.

Medical News Today: Researchers identify antibodies to fight Marburg virus

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:00
Two studies have revealed human antibodies that are able to bind to and disable the deadly Marburg virus, a relative of the Ebola virus.

Medical News Today: Older people and eating disorders: not 'just a teenager's problem'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:00
For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we take a look at how a sometimes overlooked group are affected by these debilitating diseases.

Medical News Today: Half a million C. diff infections and 15,000 deaths in 1 year

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:00
Clostridium difficile was the cause of more than 450,000 infections and 15,000 deaths in the US in 2011, according to a new study led by CDC researchers.

Medical News Today: ADHD 'doubles the risk of early death'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 06:00
The symptoms of ADHD itself increase the risk of a premature death, in addition to a raised risk of substance use, a large study shows. Relative risk of early death was doubled.

Medical News Today: Graphene shows anticancer potential

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:00
New research shows graphene oxide may have potential as a new type of anticancer agent by selectively targeting cancer stem cells and stopping their proliferation.