Lawmakers are voting on a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, saying that's when a fetus feels pain. Doctors disagree.

The Senate is voting today on two anti-abortion laws that are at odds with medicine.  One seeks to ban abortion at 20 weeks and is based on the baseless theory that that's when a fetus can feel pain.  The other could land doctors in jail if they don't attempt to "preserve the life and health" of a fetus after an […]

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New study shows the effects of obesity mirror those of aging

Globally, an estimated 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are overweight or obese. According to the World Health Organization, more people are dying from being overweight than underweight. Researchers at Concordia are urging health authorities to rethink their approach to obesity. In their paper published in the journal Obesity Reviews, the researchers argue that obesity should be considered premature […]

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If you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake

Drinking patterns tend to change as we age. The older we get, the more likely we are to drink on a daily basis. But older adults often perceive that drinking is only a problem if a person appears drunk. Australia’s draft alcohol guidelines recommend healthy adults drink no more than ten standard drinks per week and no more than four […]

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Diabetes symptoms: What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes symptoms?

Diabetes is a lifelong battle, causing a spike in your blood sugar levels and a range of symptoms, from thirst to tiredness. The condition is worrying, but can be effectively managed if you catch it early. There are two main types of diabetes – but what is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes symptoms?  What is Type […]

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Medical school mistreatment tied to race, gender, and sexual orientation

Medical school students are being mistreated by fellow students, medical faculty, and supervising residents based on their race, gender, and sexual orientation, according to a new study led by Yale University researchers. The study, which examined 27,504 student surveys representing all 140 accredited medical schools in the United States., found that women, under-represented minority (URM), Asian, multiracial, and lesbian, gay, […]

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Women older than 75 may not reap death benefit from continued mammography screening

Healthy women over the age of 75 years might not benefit from continuing breast cancer screening. Researchers used data from the Medicare program to estimate the risk of breast cancer mortality under two strategies: continuing versus stopping screening in older women. They found a small mortality benefit for continuing to screen women between the ages of 70 to 74, but […]

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They Thought She Drank, But Her Body Actually ‘Auto-Brewed’

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2020 — Doctors thought they had a fairly common scenario in front of them: A patient with advanced liver disease who needed help for her alcohol abuse. Then they discovered her own bladder was making the alcohol. The doctors, at the University of Pittsburgh, say it’s a previously unrecognized variant of so-called auto-brewery syndrome. ABS, which has […]

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World must prepare for ‘potential pandemic’: WHO chief

The World Health Organization chief on Monday warned countries to prepare for a “potential pandemic” of new coronavirus, calling the sudden increase in cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea “deeply concerning”. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said, however, that a WHO joint mission to China that concluded on Monday found that the virus there “peaked” between January 23 and February […]

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Diabetes in mice cured rapidly using human stem cell strategy

Researchers have converted human stem cells into insulin-producing cells and demonstrated in mice infused with such cells that blood sugar levels can be controlled and diabetes functionally cured for nine months. The findings, from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, are published online Feb. 24 in the journal Nature Biotechnology. “These mice had very severe diabetes […]

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Heart attack symptoms: The warning sound when you sleep that could signal your risk

It’s normal for many to snore a little whilst sleeping. However, snoring which sounds more like gasping or choking could be a sign of sleep apnea. This is when a person stops breathing for brief moments several times a night while they are still sleeping. This puts extra strain on the heart, increasing the risk of a heart attack. READ […]

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