Study reveals patterns of drug intoxication deaths, organ donors across the US

Drug intoxication deaths have risen dramatically over the past several decades. From 1999 to 2016, the number of deaths due to drug intoxication more than tripled. Over the same period, the number of hearts recovered for heart transplantation has dramatically increased, with the proportion of hearts from drug-intoxication-related donors now making up 17.6 percent of available organs. Transplantation and cardiology […]

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New report reveals stark north-south divide in painkiller prescribing in England

A new report has revealed that patients in the north of the country are being prescribed almost four times more opioids to relieve pain than those in the south. The research by the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy and the University of Manchester is the first national study to examine the regional variations in opioid prescribing and how this […]

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Study reveals how much fiber we should eat to prevent disease

Researchers and public health organizations have long hailed the benefits of eating fiber, but how much fiber should we consume, exactly? This question has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to commission a new study. The results appear in the journal The Lancet. The new research aimed to help develop new guidelines for dietary fiber consumption, as well as reveal […]

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Loss of two genes drives a deadly form of colorectal cancer, reveals a potential treatment

Colorectal cancers arise from earlier growths, called polyps, found on the inner surface of the colon. Scientists are now learning that polyps use two distinct molecular pathways as they progress to cancer, called the “conventional” and “alternative” pathways. The latter leads to an often treatment-resistant tumor, called serrated colorectal cancer; thus, distinguishing between these two cancer types holds implications for […]

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Study reveals gut microbes may help protect people having a bone marrow transplant

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) reported results from a new study that looks at the likelihood of complications for people undergoing bone marrow transplants (BMTs). The observational study found that people with lower gut microbiota diversity before having a transplant appear to be at higher risk for developing complications. These findings further support evidence that the connection […]

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Neuroimaging study reveals ‘hot spot’ for cue-reactivity in substance-dependent population

When patients with dependence on alcohol, cocaine or nicotine are shown drug cues, or images related to the substance, an area of their brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) shows increased activity, report investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in an article published online September 7, 2018 in Translational Psychiatry. “We asked the question: ‘Which […]

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From rye crackers and CHOCOLATE: 17 stress-relieving desk snacks

Beat stress at your desk with CHOCOLATE: Food author reveals her 17 anxiety-relieving snacks to eat at your desk Charlotte Watts, co-author of Good Mood Food, is a nutritionist in London She lists 17 foods that you can eat at your desk to relieve stress on Healthista  Dark chocolate and mango can fight afternoon sugar cravings healthily Stress relief from […]

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Ever wondered what’s in your faeces? Gastroenterologist reveals all

Ever wondered what’s in your faeces? Gastroenterologist reveals all (and he says vegetarians have the runniest stools) If you’ve ever thought your faeces is just a bunch of dead cells, think again  Dr Vincent Ho is an academic gastroenterologist at Western Sydney University Vegetarians have a higher water content in their stools, Dr Ho revealed  If you’ve ever thought your […]

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Novel technique can potentially improve success of ovarian cancer treatment, study reveals

Novel Technique Can Potentially Improve Success of Ovarian Cancer Treatment, Study Reveals Instead of destroying a tumour’s blood supply, a first-ever University of Guelph study has proven that opening up the vessels is potentially more effective when it comes to fighting ovarian cancer. This is because open vessels provide a clear pathway for treatment to attack the tumour. “There hasn’t […]

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Strictly legend Arlene Phillips reveals she has a hearing aid

Strictly legend Arlene Phillips bows to the inevitable at 75 and admits ‘It’s mad to let vanity stop you hearing…get a hearing aid’ Arlene Phillips, 75, noticed a problem with her hearing this year in Germany She was working on a new performance of Starlight Express at the time  The Strictly legend was then diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss  […]

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