New combination blood test for pancreatic cancer may catch disease earlier

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 17, 2019) — A new approach to pancreatic cancer screening may help doctors detect the disease in people at high risk before it reaches more advanced and difficult-to treat stages. A team led by Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists has developed a new, simple blood test that, when combined with…

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Discovery of enhanced bone growth could lead to new treatments for osteoporosis

IMAGE: Blocking signals from a small number of neurons in the brain produces bone growth in female mice. view more  Credit: Holly Ingraham/UC San Francisco UCLA and UC San Francisco life scientists have discovered a dramatic pattern of bone growth in female mice — research that could potentially lead to stronger bone density in women and…

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Automated text messages improve outcomes after joint replacement surgery

January 17, 2019 — An automated text messaging system increases patient engagement with home-based exercise and promotes faster recovery after total knee or hip replacement surgery, reports a study in the January 16, 2019 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters…

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Bioethicists call for oversight of consumer ‘neurotechnologies’ with unproven benefits

PHILADELPHIA -The marketing of direct-to-consumer «neurotechnologies» can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or «read» one’s emotional state. However, many of these increasingly popular products aren’t fully supported by science and have little to no regulatory oversight, which poses potential health risks to the public. In a…

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BU: US youth suicides more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership

(Boston)—A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated with a 26.9 percent increase in the youth suicide rate. Published in the American Journal…

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Financial stress linked to heart disease risk among African Americans

Boston, MA — Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and African Americans are disproportionately affected. Prior studies have investigated how limited access to material resources due to financial hardship may influence health, but the association between that stress caused by financial hardship and coronary heart disease in African…

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Higher suicide rates evident among youth certain groups of Medicaid enrollees

IMAGE: While the overall suicide rate did not significantly differ between the groups, compared with the non-Medicaid group, the suicide rate in the Medicaid group was significantly higher among youth aged… view more  Credit: American Journal of Preventive Medicine Ann Arbor, January 17, 2019 — According to a new study published in the American Journal of…

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Another piece of Ebola virus puzzle identified

IMAGE: Ebola virus (red) replicates much faster in human macrophages depleted of RBBP6 protein (right panel). view more  Credit: Texas Biomed A team of researchers have discovered the interaction between an Ebola virus protein and a protein in human cells that may be an important key to unlocking the pathway of replication of the killer disease…

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