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What does your gut tell you about your life expectancy?

April 22, 2021

The trillions of microbes in our guts change over a lifetime – more for some than others. Bigger changes in the composition of our gut microbiomes later in life correlate with longer, healthier lives.

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What if you contracted lung cancer but never had smoked?

April 13, 2021

What if you contracted lung cancer but never had smoked? It happens in roughly 12 percent of U.S. lung cancer diagnoses: The patient had never smoked tobacco.

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What’s causing COVID brain fog?

March 25, 2021

COVID brain fog isn’t the general malaise we’re all feeling from a year of lockdown. It’s a catch-all term for neurological conditions seen in patients long after a COVID-19 diagnosis, including confusion, headaches, and loss of short-term memory. It’s also something of a mystery.

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Further potential for liquid biopsy and colorectal cancer

March 12, 2021

Researchers are working toward new liquid biopsies that could potentially help guide the treatment of certain patients with colorectal cancer.

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Study: Prostate drug appears to reduce Parkinson’s risk

March 4, 2021

Parkinson’s disease has no known cure and its cause is largely unknown. Still, there’s positive news: A new study indicates that men who take terazosin and similar medications for an enlarged prostate have a reduced likelihood of developing the neurogenerative disorder.

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Your sweetheart’s genes will affect your life, too

February 12, 2021

They say that biology is destiny. New research doubles down on that notion, suggesting that some of your traits may be affected by the genes … of your partner.  Well, happy Valentine’s Day!

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Researchers discover new genetic variants for prostate cancer, documenting racial disparities in the process

February 4, 2021

Inherited prostate cancer risk is higher in Black men than in white men, a new study confirms, strengthening the case for proportionate racial representation in medical research.

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Liquid biopsy is one important tool in the battle against cancer

January 28, 2021

Medicine has made big strides against cancer, but “critical gaps” remain in the tools we have, the research we conduct, and coordination between researchers and caregivers, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society.

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Study argues for broader genetic testing of cancer patients

January 14, 2021

Cancer patients would benefit from blanket genetic testing, but half of inherited cancer-related gene mutations may go undetected under current “strict clinical practice [testing] guidelines,” as noted in Mayo Clinic’s new research published in JAMA Oncology. Detecting inherited cancer-related gene mutations would result in modified treatment in many of the cases and could help families better address hereditary risk, researchers say.

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A new blood-based test could make TBI diagnosis quicker and cheaper

January 7, 2021

At last count, in 2014, there were nearly 3 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., according to the CDC. TBI diagnosis often involves a neurological exam covering thinking, motor function, sensory function, coordination and reflexes. A CT scan, usually in the emergency room, can uncover fractures, hemorrhage, blood clots, brain bruising and swelling.

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