Off-label medication orders on the rise for children, study finds

U.S. physicians are increasingly ordering medications for children for conditions that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a Rutgers study. The findings highlight the need for more education, research and policies addressing effective, safe pediatric drug prescribing. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data collected from 2006 to 2015 in the Centers for […]

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Study supports germline testing for all metastatic breast cancer patients

Genetic testing for all metastatic breast cancer patients may be an optimal strategy for identifying additional patients with increased risk as well as response to targeted therapies, according to research published in JAMA Oncology. In the study, 100 patients were tested regardless of whether they met the current National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. Among the 14 patients who did […]

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More colorectal cancer cases in younger people – researchers puzzle over the cause

The Western style of Life is responsible? Researchers puzzled by rising colorectal cancer rates in under 50-Year-olds in some countries. Colon cancer hits in a number of countries, increasingly, younger adults under the age of 50 years. This is the result of a study by the American cancer society, which was in the journal “Good”, to be published. The study […]

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Three teams fail to replicate results of 2016 HIV study that claimed ‘cure’ in monkeys

Three separate and independent teams of researchers have attempted to replicate the results of a team which, back in 2016, claimed to have cured monkeys of an HIV-like infection. All three have published their work and findings in the journal Science. Notably, the original paper was published in the same journal. After questions arose regarding the work done by the […]

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Study shows rate of extreme inbreeding in the U.K. and possible health impacts of it

A team of researchers has found a way to gauge the rate of extreme inbreeding (EI) in the U.K. and its possible health repercussions. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their study of data from the U.K. Biobank and what they found. The researchers began their study by noting that not a lot of […]

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Smartphones could transform patient care, finds study

Remote monitoring using smartphone apps could transform the medical care of patients with long-term health conditions, according to new research led by University of Manchester scientists. The study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis provides the strongest evidence yet that smartphone technology could make best use of doctors’ and patients’ time when the data are integrated into the NHS. The study […]

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Experts question controversial study on fluoride in pregnancy

Australian experts have urged caution following the release of a new study that suggests there may be a link between higher fluoride exposure during pregnancy and children’s IQ. The observational study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, followed 512 mother-child pairs across six Canadian cities with the aim of examining whether or not fluoride is a “potential neurotoxin”. Experts have questioned the […]

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Study links progenitor cells to age-related prostate growth

The prostates of older mice contain more luminal progenitor cells—cells capable of generating new prostate tissue—than the prostates of younger mice, UCLA researchers have discovered. The observation, published in Cell Reports, helps explain why, as people age, the prostate tends to grow, leading to an increased risk for prostate cancer and other conditions. “Understanding what’s causing the prostate to grow […]

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High cholesterol could TRIPLE old people’s dementia risk, study warns

High cholesterol could TRIPLE risk of dementia in the over-60s as doctors urge the elderly to cut down on cheese and butter to protect their brains Researchers in Indonesia said a history of high cholesterol was a ‘major risk’ Small study found people with high cholesterol had a 50/50 chance of dementia Cholesterol is raised by foods with a lot […]

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