Body fat distribution linked to higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer

In the first prospective study of directly measured body fat distribution and prostate cancer risk, investigators found that higher levels of abdominal and thigh fat are associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may lead to a better understanding of the relationship between […]

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Study finds higher risk of stroke-linked plaque in men, possible test for women

Men are more likely than women to develop unstable plaques in their neck arteries, a dangerous condition that can lead to strokes, according to new research that also identified a helpful warning sign for rupture-prone plaques in women. The preliminary study, presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions, sought to identify sex-specific markers of plaque instability […]

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Higher weight increases risk of psoriasis

Studies have linked psoriasis and higher weight, but the causal relationship between the two has been unclear. What triggers what? Or could other underlying reasons explain the connection? “Higher BMI may contribute to increased inflammation of the skin, which can exacerbate psoriasis, but it could also be that psoriasis leads to a person being less physically active and thus gaining […]

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Higher out-of-pocket costs threaten universal health coverage in ‘missing middle’ nations

One in six countries is expected to have substantially high out-of-pocket spending as a proportion of total health expenditures by 2050, according to a new scientific study. As low-income countries increase their GDP, they often face the “missing middle” problem: As they receive less development assistance, they are not able to fill the resulting gap due to slower growth in […]

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IVF kids ‘have slightly higher cancer risk from parents’ infertility’

Children born via IVF have slightly higher cancer risk, study finds – but it’s linked to parents’ fertility issues not the technology Researchers at the University of Minnesota studied 276,000 children conceived by IVF, and 2.2 million conceived naturally, for a decade Cancer rates were 17 percent higher in kids conceived with IVF But the risk was small, the tumors […]

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US youth suicides more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated with a 26.9 percent increase in the youth suicide rate. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study […]

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Woman is only able to hear female voices due to a rare condition

Woman is unable to hear the voices of MEN – including her own boyfriend – and can only pick up the higher frequency tones of other females The woman, from China, went to sleep with nausea and ringing in her ears The next day she went straight to hospital with sudden hearing loss  A specialist said stress had given her […]

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Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 — Despite numerous difficulties, early figures show that sign-ups for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act are higher than expected. As of last Saturday’s deadline for open enrollment, 8.5 million people in 39 states had enrolled. Another dozen states, including California and New York, still have to provide their numbers, according to the […]

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Higher average potency cannabis may increase risk for first disorder symptom

Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states and Washington, D.C., but regulations regarding potency do not exist. The results of a new study, led by an Iowa State University researcher, may prompt states to reconsider. Higher average potency cannabis at first use increases the risk for the first symptom of cannabis use disorder within a year of use, according to […]

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Hoosier firefighters face higher risk of dying from cancer than non-firefighters

Hoosier firefighters face a significantly higher risk of dying from cancer than non-firefighters in Indiana, according to a study that shows death from malignant cancers was the leading cause of death for Indiana firefighters between 1985 and 2013. Of 2,818 Indiana firefighters who died between 1985 and 2013, 30.4 percent died from malignant cancers. The study found the firefighters experienced […]

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