New research examines the link between weight-loss surgery and health outcomes in pregnancy. Obesity is a growing health issue worldwide.  In addition to commonly known outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, obesity is associated with an increased risk of low fertility, miscarriage, gestational diabetes, and restricted fetal growth. Bariatric surgery, also referred
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Proteus Digital Health CEO Andrew Thompson Qin Chen | CNBC Proteus Digital Health has spent two decades trying to develop “smart pills” that can be used to tell a smartphone app whether patients have taken their medications. The technology was so promising that, three years ago, investors valued the company at $1.5 billion. But Proteus
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Proof-of-concept vaccine prevents the initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer in mice. The immune system plays a critical role in the prevention of cancer by detecting and destroying early cancer cells or small tumours as they develop, before they can mature to cause harm. Immunotherapies are a growing type of cancer treatment aimed at boosting
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A recent study has investigated links between hair products and breast cancer. The findings have caused a stir, so in this article, we put the results into perspective. Share on PinterestA new study looks at hair dye and breast cancer risk. Overall, breast cancer affects around 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. Although breast
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Scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) developed a new antibacterial that acts against resistant bacteria. This is a promising step to treat several serious infections. One of the greatest challenges in medicine today is to treat infections caused by resistant bacteria.  Scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have been trying to develop a new
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An existential crisis may occur when a person frequently wonders whether or not life has any inherent meaning or purpose. A person may also question their own existence within a world that might seem meaningless. Experiencing an existential crisis is common, and it is normal and often healthy to question one’s life and goals. However,
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The New York State Department of Health shared photos of some of the products it found to contain vitamin E acetate, a key focus of the department’s investigation into potential causes of vaping-associated lung disease. Source: New York State Department of Health Dank Vapes was the most commonly used THC product among patients who developed
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Researchers found that microgravity environments may interfere with the epithelial barrier of the intestine for astronauts. The intestine is an important part of the digestive system, inhabited by a tremendous number of microorganisms. Intestinal epithelial cells greatly contribute to the maintenance of the symbiotic relationship between gut microbiota and the host by absorbing nutrients into
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For the first time, a study finds an association between living in cold, wet regions and increased cancer prevalence. The conclusions are surprising and likely to spark debate. Share on PinterestIs there really a link between rain and cancer rates? Long ago, scientists established that increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun increases
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New study suggests cannabis short term cannabis use can improve symptoms of depression The medicinal use of cannabis dates back thousands of years. In that time it has been used to treat everything from leprosy to tonsillitis. Modern medical cannabis use is more targeted, with the majority of licensed indications focusing on treating pain or
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Australian researchers analyzed symptom patterns and brain scans to try to predict concussion recovery in children following head injury. Concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head causing the brain to move rapidly within the skull. This can lead to chemical changes in the brain or even
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Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle. While melatonin is safe in the short term for most adults, many wonder whether they can give melatonin to babies and children who are having trouble sleeping. Although the body produces its own melatonin, taking melatonin supplements can help provide short-term treatment of insomnia
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Depression is a condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts, with symptoms persisting for at least 2 consecutive weeks. In 2017, around 7.1% of all adults in the United States experienced at least one episode of major depression. This makes it one of the most common mental health conditions in the
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Doctors commonly prescribe metformin to help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar levels. The drug increases insulin sensitivity through its effects on glucose metabolism. Share on PinterestMetformin may hold surprising benefits in the fight against age-related illness. However, although there is clear evidence of metformin’s effectiveness, scientists do not fully understand how
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Alcohol use disorder is a chronic relapsing disorder that currently lacks treatment options; recent research has investigated ketamine treatment for alcoholism. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic, relapsing disorder where alcohol use is continued despite the negative consequences. Effective treatment options for the disorder are lacking. Recently, the therapeutic use of ketamine, a schedule
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A new World Health Organization (WHO) study analyzed data from 146 countries to assess trends in global levels of physical activity in adolescence. Exercise and physical activity in adolescence have many important health benefits, promoting muscle, bone, heart and lung health, physical coordination, brain development, and helping to maintain a healthy weight. Physical activity is
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