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'Smart genes' account for 20% of intelligence: study

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Scientists have announced the discovery of 52 genes linked to human intelligence, 40 of which have been identified as such for the first time. The findings also turned up a surprising connection between intelligence and autism that could one day help shed light on the condition's origins. Taken together, the… Read

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Study finds that speeding up sepsis care can save lives

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Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it's time they learn. Sepsis is the body's out-of-control reaction to an infection. By the time patients realize they're in trouble, their organs could be shutting down.… Read

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Eating tree nuts may cut risk that colon cancer will return

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Colon cancer survivors who ate at least two ounces (57 grams) of tree nuts a week - roughly 48 almonds or 36 cashews - were significantly less likely to have their cancer return or to die from their cancer than those who did not eat nuts, U.S. researchers say. The… Read

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Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

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Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumour cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer. The research will focus on glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, which has a five-year… Read

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Milestone in quest to make blood cells

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Scientists have unveiled two methods for coaxing stem cells into blood cells, a long-sought goal that could lead to new treatments for blood disease, including leukemia. In separate experiments reported in Nature -- one with mice, the other transplanting human stem cells into mouse bone marrow -- researchers demonstrated techniques… Read

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Which countries have the best healthcare?

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Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of healthcare quality in 195 countries, released Friday. Among nations with more than a million souls, top honours for 2015 went to Switzerland, followed by Sweden and Norway,… Read

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Nearly 32 million Americans engage in extreme binge-drinking: study

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Almost 32 million U.S. adults admit to extreme binge-drinking at least once in the past year, meaning they consumed eight to 10 alcoholic beverages -- or more -- in a single sitting, U.S. government scientists say. The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that instances of extreme… Read

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Walking linked to improved brain function

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A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of… Read

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Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

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Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study. The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run by… Read

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Risk of heart attack spikes after flu, pneumonia: study

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Coming down with the flu, bronchitis or pneumonia can dramatically raise the risk of a heart attack -- up to 17-fold -- in the days and weeks following the infection, researchers said Monday. The findings confirm earlier research that pointed to an apparent link between respiratory infection and cardiac crises,… Read

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