Imaging markers developed to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia

Around four in a thousand people worldwide suffer from schizophrenia, according to scientific estimates. The disease affects people from all walks of life, including Vincent van Gogh, the painter Agnes Martin, mathematician John Nash and Eduard Einstein, a son of the great physicist. The disease affects men and women equally. Despite its prevalence, however, schizophrenia has remained a mystery. Diagnosis […]

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Women’s wellness: Sexual health after cancer treatment

Following a cancer diagnosis, patients often ask many questions about their treatment and possible side effects. One area that is often overlooked is sexual health, which experts say is important to talk about to ensure quality of life. Dr. Jacqueline Thielen, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician, says it’s normal for patients to experience changes during and after cancer […]

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New insight into immune cell behavior offers opportunities for cancer treatment

An international group of scientists has discovered that certain cells of our immune system—the so-called T cells—communicate with each other and work together as a team. To fight an infection they stimulate each other’s growth, but at the same time, they inhibit each other when there is a surplus of T cells. That insight offers new opportunities for the treatment […]

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Heart valve invented in Minnesota allows new kind of heart treatment

Inaugurating a potential blockbuster medical device category, a wire-and-mesh medical device invented in Roseville, Minn., has become the first catheter-delivered implant to get European approval to replace the heart’s mitral valve without open-chest surgery. European approval of Abbott Laboratories’ Tendyne Transcather Mitral Valve is “a very important first step” toward gaining U.S. approval, which would open a device category potentially […]

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Cancer symptoms: The change in your voice that could signal the deadly disease

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. There are more than 200 different types of cancer so symptoms will vary depending on where the cancer begins and where it has spread to. READ MORE Cervical cancer symptoms: The […]

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For low back pain in older adults, treatment doesn’t match guidelines

Opioids are prescribed to nearly one-third of older adults with “new and persistent” low back pain—in most cases without trying guideline-recommended pain medications or physical therapy, according to the new research by Dan Pham Ly, MD, MPP, of Harvard University. He comments, “This study raises concerns about excessive use of low-value and potentially harmful treatments for the common problem of […]

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Study finds meth use interferes with opioid treatment

When Dr. Judith Tsui moved from Boston to Seattle five years ago, she immediately recognized something she didn’t see much back East: People seeking treatment for opioid use disorder were also using methamphetamine. That alarmed Tsui, a University of Washington Medicine clinician and researcher specializing in addiction treatment. Her patients who were using meth would often drop out of opioid […]

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Research suggests expanding amblyopia treatment approaches

When University of California, Irvine neurobiologist Carey Y.L. Huh, Ph.D., set her sights on discovering more about amblyopia, she brought personal insight to her quest. As a child, Huh was diagnosed with the condition, which is often called “lazy eye.” Huh is a researcher in the lab of UCI associate professor of neurobiology & behavior Sunil Gandhi. She and her […]

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