DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Admit obesity’s an addiction or NHS is doomed

DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Unless we admit that obesity’s an addiction the NHS is doomed Within ten years, it’s estimated that one in four hospital beds could be taken up by patients with type 2 diabetes.  Just think about that: a quarter of everyone in hospital will suffer from the condition. Shockingly, some experts say this is a conservative […]

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CAR T cell therapy: On the cusp of ‘an immunotherapy revolution’?

A deeper understanding of the immune system’s role in controlling cancer has helped drive “an immunotherapy revolution,” offering hope for many patients with previously incurable cancers, including children, doctors have concluded in a new report. The assessment, from two Stanford University doctors, is part of their broader analysis on lessons learned from “the first leg of the CAR T cell […]

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Tanning addict, 50, claims an ‘APP diagnosed her with skin cancer’

Tanning addict, 50, who rented a sunbed for her spare room every winter claims an APP diagnosed her with skin cancer ‘after two doctors dismissed her unusual mole’ Susanna Hancock would lay under a sunbed twice a day for an hour at a time Downloaded app SkinVision in January, warned her mole was ‘high risk’ Diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, […]

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Scratching the surface of how your brain senses an itch

Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument. The sensation is also an essential part of the body’s protective defense system, alerting us to objects in our environment that could cause us to fall or injure ourselves. In addition, it is part of the detection system that has […]

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Scientists Discover a Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis

TSAKANE, South Africa — When Tsholofelo Msimango joined a clinical trial of new tuberculosis drugs, she was 20 years old and weighed just 57 pounds. Stricken with a deadly strain of tuberculosis, Ms. Msimango was terrified. She was to be transferred to Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital in Johannesburg. The nurses in the township here told her that it was far […]

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Ketamine isn’t an opioid and treats depression in a unique way

Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting it isn’t one, Johns Hopkins experts say. They believe this reputation may hamper patients from getting necessary treatment for the kinds of depression that don’t respond to typical antidepressants. In a new paper, the researchers clarify the mechanism behind ketamine’s mechanism of action in hopes […]

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An app to prevent pregnancy? Don’t count on it

Fertility awareness apps are being championed as a new approach to contraception. In reality, while the technology may be new, women have been predicting the fertile days in their menstrual cycles to prevent pregnancy for a very long time. But the growth of the “femtech” industry, alongside a seemingly growing wave of younger women looking to move away from hormonal […]

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Children with cancer wait an average of 6.5 years longer than adults to access new drugs

Cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a median of 6.5 years to go from the first clinical trial in adults to the first trial in children, according to a study at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The study was published in the May issue of the European Journal of Cancer. “Despite […]

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Proposal merges health units in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Durham

A proposed regional public health entity would see the consolidation of public health units in central Ontario, including in Peterborough. Peterborough Public Health (PPH) says its board of health members were informed last week of the proposed boundaries for the regional health unit, which would serve residents in Peterborough, Northumberland County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Prince Edward […]

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Can the Keto Diet Ease Your Worst PMS Symptoms? We Asked an Expert

It’s easy to see why the ketogenic diet continues to be so trendy. It can lead to weight loss, and followers get to eat the high-fat foods just about every other eating plan discourages. (A refresher: The keto diet restricts your daily intake of carbohydrates to about 5% and increases fats to about 75% of your daily calories, with the rest coming […]

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