With hospitalization losing favor, judges order outpatient mental health treatment

When mental illness hijacks Margaret Rodgers’ mind, she acts out. Rodgers, 35, lives with depression and bipolar disorder. When left unchecked, the conditions drive the Alabama woman to excessive spending, crying and mania. Last autumn, Rodgers felt her mind unraveling. Living in Birmingham, she was uninsured, unable to afford treatment and in the throes of a divorce. Although Rodgers traveled […]

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Drug combination makes cancer disappear in mice with neuroblastoma

Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma—one of the most common childhood cancers—have found that a combination of two drugs made tumours disappear in mice, making it more effective than any other drugs tested in these animals. Professor Murray Norris, deputy director of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research, Sydney, Australia, told the 30th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets […]

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Decrease in specific gene ‘silencing’ molecules linked with pediatric brain tumors

Experimenting with lab-grown brain cancer cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have added to evidence that a shortage of specific tiny molecules that silence certain genes is linked to the development and growth of pediatric brain tumors known as low-grade gliomas. A report of the findings was published this fall 2018 in Scientific Reports, and supports the idea of increasing levels […]

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Small populations of normal cells affect immunity in patients with XLP1

Human SH2D1A mutations resulting in X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome type 1 (XLP1) are associated with a unique susceptibility to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which may lead to fatal infectious mononucleosis (FIM). Many studies have attempted to elucidate an appropriate treatment for XLP1 that does not involve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT); clinical evidence supporting such treatments has been minimal, until now. […]

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Study shows immunotherapy drug helps patients with metastatic melanoma

When melanoma turns metastatic, it spreads to the brain in more than 40% of patients. A study by Yale Cancer Center researchers published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) shows a checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy drug has meaningful benefit for these patients. The study is one of the first clinical trials aimed at treating the brain metastases with this […]

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What One Airline Is Doing to Accommodate Passengers With Nut Allergies

With all of the rules and regulations currently in place, air travel can be frustrating. If you are one of the 15 million Americans with a food allergy, it can be extra stressful. The good news is that one airline is hoping to make the process a little easier. American Airlines will soon allow early boarding for passengers with peanut […]

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Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development—now a study links the two

The emergence of autism in children has not only been linked to genes encoding synaptic proteins—among others—but also environmental insults such as zinc deficiency. Although it is unclear whether zinc deficiency contributes to autism, scientists have now defined in detail a possible mechanistic link. Their research shows how zinc shapes the connections or ‘synapses’ between brain cells that form during […]

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12 Health Perks That Come With Your Costco Membership

Walking into a Costco can be overwhelming. There are high shelves fully stocked with jumbo-size packages of your favorite products, not to mention their famous food court if you need some fuel for your shopping trip (that is if the free samples don’t suffice). But there’s a lot more to your Costco membership than meets the eye. Specifically, there are […]

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Men with prostate cancer willing to accept lower survival odds to avoid side effects

Men who have been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer say they would trade some improvement in their odds of survival for improvements in side effects and quality of life, according to research presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in men but in many cases it is a […]

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'KUWTK' Teases Khloé Kardashian's Labor Amid More Drama With Tristan Thompson

Khloé Kardashian is reliving some of the hardest and happiest moments of her life, as Keeping Up with the Kardashians dives into the cheating scandal that rocked her relationship with Tristan Thompson and her delivery of daughter True in an upcoming episode.  In a recently released preview, Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner scrambled to get to get to Cleveland […]

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