Risk of suicide attempt by children doubles if parent uses opioids

The suicide rate among young people in the U.S. has risen dramatically in the past 15 years. Over the same time period, opioid use and abuse in adults also has increased considerably. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh reported on a connection between these two epidemics in a study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. […]

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Girl's attempt at 'faking chickenpox' to miss test backfires after she uses permanent marker

Girl’s attempt at ‘faking chickenpox’ to miss test backfires after she uses permanent marker A 6-year-old’s attempt at faking sick to miss school has left her ‘red-in-the-face’ after the marker she used to cover herself in phony chickenpox turned out to be permanent. A 6-year-old’s attempt at faking sick to miss school has left her “red-in-the-face” after the marker she […]

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Novel app uses AI to guide, support cancer patients

Artificial Intelligence is helping to guide and support some 50 breast cancer patients in rural Georgia through a novel mobile application that gives them personalized recommendations on everything from side effects to insurance. The app, called MyPath, adapts to each stage in a patient’s cancer journey. So the information available on the app—which runs on a tablet computer—regularly changes based […]

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Tiny skin patch uses your sweat to measure health without a needle

Tiny skin patch the size of a dollar coin uses your sweat to measure health risks without a needle Blood tests are the standard test for most conditions   Sweat contains many chemicals that are important measures for conditions like cystic fibrosis, diabetes and kidney failure  Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a tiny wearable that acts like a lab on […]

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Is borax safe? Uses and risks

Borax can be harmful and may cause many serious side effects. In this article, we look at the safety and risks of borax. What is borax? Borax is the common name for the chemical sodium tetraborate. It is a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax consists of soft white crystals that dissolve in water. Many people know borax as a […]

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Team uses gene editing to personalize clinical care for family with cardiomyopathy

A little over a year ago, a 65-year-old woman with severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—a condition in which the heart’s muscle becomes abnormally thick, potentially causing dangerous irregular heartbeats—had her genes sequenced before her first visit to the Penn Center for Inherited Cardiac Disease. In the sequence, the patient’s care team identified a variant in a gene called TNNT2, which is associated […]

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Psoriasis oral medication: Types, uses, and side effects

An estimated 25 percent of all people with psoriasis have moderate or severe psoriasis. Many of these people require oral medication or phototherapy. This article gives an overview of the different types of oral medication, their uses, and their possible side effects. Types Oral medications for psoriasis are a type of systemic medication. This means that instead of just responding […]

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