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[19 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report.
Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn’t yet have back and neck issues, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems, the study authors write in The Spine Journal.
“In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we’re seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for hours each day,” said study coauthor Dr. Todd Lanman, …

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Patching the heart with sheets of patients’ own cells might improve symptoms in some cases of severe heart failure, an early study suggests.
Japanese researchers harvested tissue from patients’ thigh muscles to grow sheets of cells that were then affixed to patients’ hearts during surgery.
The main point of the study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the procedure. But the research team also found that a year after the surgery, some patients had improvements in their exercise capacity and heart function.
The results must now be confirmed with more research …

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[14 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Diabetes can lead to blindness, but children and teens with diabetes may not receive recommended eye exams in the years following their diagnosis, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers found that just 65% of youth with type 1 diabetes and 42% of those with type 2 diabetes had vision-loss screening within six years of their diabetes diagnosis.
âMore youth now than ever are being diagnosed with diabetes. By 2050, the prevalence with type 1 will triple and the prevalence with type 2 will quadruple, with the greatest increase in minority populations,â said lead …

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[13 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Newer cancer drugs that enlist the body’s immune system are improving the odds of survival, but competition between them is not reining in prices that can now top $250,000 a year.
The drugs’ success for patients is the result of big bets in cancer therapy made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Merck & Co Inc and Roche Holding AG, among others in big pharma. The industry’s pipeline of cancer drugs expanded by 63% between 2005 and 2015, according to the QuintilesIMS Institute, and a good number are reaching the market.
The global market …

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[11 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk later in life of developing colon polyps, often a precursor of bowel cancer, researchers said Wednesday.
The findings, published in the journal Gut, boost evidence that the digestive tract’s complex network of bacteria may play a key role in cancer emergence.
Earlier research has linked antibiotic use to developing bowel cancer but the potential association with these abnormal growths had not been explored.
To find out more, Andrew Chan of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston combed through health records for 16,642 women who were 60 …

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[8 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.
Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23% in states after marijuana was permitted for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for opioid overdoses dropped 13% on average.
At the same time, fears that legalization of medical marijuana would lead to an uptick in cannabis-related hospitalizations proved unfounded, according to the report in Drug and …

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[6 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

What causes cancer? A new study suggests that cells make random mistakes while dividing, accounting for most of the mutations in tumors, rather than family history or environmental factors.
The report in the journal Science was authored by the same team that led a controversial study in January 2015 that said random DNA mutations, or in other words just “bad luck,” is often to blame for cancer.
This time, they expanded their mathematical model based on DNA sequencing and epidemiologic data to 69 countries worldwide.
“Two-thirds of the mutations that occur in cancers …

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[2 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

A new smartphone device can analyze a man’s sperm quality and let him know in a matter of minutes whether he suffers from infertility, U.S. researchers say.
Infertility affects more than 45 million couples worldwide. Over 40% of fertility problems are due to poor quality sperm.
The technology described in the journal Science Translational Medicine aims to make it easier and cheaper for men to test their sperm at home.
“We wanted to come up with a solution to make male infertility testing as simple and affordable as home pregnancy tests,” said co-author …

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[31 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

International researchers say they have found a way to assess a person’s genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a given age, a tool that could lead to better diagnosis and treatment.
The report in the journal PLOS Medicine was based on genetic data from more than 70,000 Alzheimer’s patients and elderly people without the disease participating in several major global studies on dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting some 47 million people worldwide, and has no cure and no effective treatments.
Most people with the disease begin …

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[29 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

Amputees with prosthetic limbs may soon have much a better sense of touch, temperature and texture, thanks to the energy-saving power of the sun, British researchers say.
While prosthetics are usually fully powered using batteries, a new prototype from University of Glasgow researchers opens up the possibility for so-called “solar-powered skin”, which would include better sense capabilities than current technology.
“If an entity is going out in a sunny day, then they won’t need any battery” to activate their senses, said Ravinder Dahiya, a research fellow at the university and a leader …