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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

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Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta,… Read

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Diet and gut bacteria linked with blood clots

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Consuming too much choline, a nutrient sold in over-the-counter dietary supplements, can boost the risk for blood clots, researchers warn. That’s because bacteria in the intestines interact with choline to produce a compound that encourages platelets to clump together and form clots. Choline is found in a variety of foods… Read

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Medication, money and maps: How to fight a debilitating eye disease

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In some of the world's remotest corners, health workers armed with smartphones, digital maps and medication are making steady progress in eliminating trachoma, the world's leading infectious cause of blindness, a leading expert said. Better living conditions have wiped out trachoma in many countries but some 200 million people are… Read

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On your bike: Cycling to work has large health benefits

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People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists say. In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, the researchers found that cycling to work… Read

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Alphabet's Verily to embark on health-mapping study

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Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily has announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for insights into staying healthy. Verily Life Sciences partnered with Duke University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine for the Project Baseline study intended to collect broad health… Read

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Cases of hepatitis B and C hit 325 million: WHO

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An estimated 325 million people are living with hepatitis B or C and few are aware of their condition, with death tolls from the viruses rising, the U.N. said Friday. The World Health Organization's latest hepatitis report identifies the condition as a grave public health threat that needs an "urgent… Read

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Studies question autism link to antidepressants in pregnancy

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Two scientific studies published this week suggest the risk of children developing autism after their mothers used antidepressants while pregnant may be lower than previously believed. One of the studies in the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association included 1.5 million infants in Sweden from 1996 to… Read

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WHO hails major gains against once 'neglected' diseases

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The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed "unprecedented progress" in the fight against 18 neglected tropical diseases -- including dengue fever and sleeping sickness -- which kill 170,000 people and disable millions each year. The U.N.'s health agency, pharmaceutical companies and civil society groups led by the Bill and Melinda… Read

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Wearable sweat sensor could help diagnose disease

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An ultra-sensitive, wearable sweat sensor may improve diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other conditions, researchers say. Unlike previous sweat sensors, the new model requires only a trace of moisture to do its job and doesn't require patients to sit still for 30 minutes while it collects sweat.… Read

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More evidence ties insulin resistance to cognitive decline

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Having reduced sensitivity to insulin may lead to more rapid decline in memory and other mental skills in old age even among people who don’t have diabetes, a recent study suggests. So-called insulin resistance, the body’s failure to respond normally to the hormone insulin, is a hallmark of diabetes. Diabetes… Read