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Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens' brains: study

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Researchers have found "different patterns" in brain scans among children who record heavy smart device and video game use, according to initial data from a major ongoing U.S. study. The first wave of information from the $300 million National Institute of Health (NIH) study is showing that those nine and… Read

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Showing people their own arteries might improve heart health

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People who see vivid pictures of their own arteries getting clogged up with debris may be more likely to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle than individuals who don't see these images, a recent experiment suggests. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to preventing cardiovascular disease can be patients' inability to follow… Read

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Learning about targeted-therapy options

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When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs. These resources helped us make a difficult decision regarding treatment, a… Read

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Researchers explore new way of killing malaria in the liver

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In the ongoing hunt for more effective weapons against malaria, international researchers say they are exploring a pathway that has until now been little studied -- killing parasites in the liver, before the illness emerges. "It's very difficult to work on the liver stage," said Elizabeth Winzeler, professor of pharmacology… Read

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Patients often withhold relevant information from doctors

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Patients commonly hold back information from doctors that could help in their healthcare, which could influence the care they receive or even harm them, researchers say. Doctors are familiar with this phenomenon, but it's time now to talk about why patients do this and how to spark better conversations, the… Read

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Fructose link to diabetes may be different for sodas than fruit

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Sodas sweetened with fructose may have a greater impact on risk factors for diabetes than whole fruits that are natural sources of fructose, a research review suggests. The link between fructose and diabetes has been unclear. Some research has suggested this relationship may be explained at least in part by… Read

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Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won't be wiped out

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The winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine say they expect substantial advances toward treating cancer in the next several decades, although it is unlikely the disease could be eradicated. James Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan made the assessments at a Thursday news conference… Read

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WHO says it is creating panel to study gene editing

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The World Health Organization says it is creating a panel to study the implications of gene editing after a Chinese scientist controversially claimed to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies. "It cannot just be done without clear guidelines," the head of the United Nations health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,… Read

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Are doctors and teachers confusing immaturity and attention deficit?

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The youngest children in a given class at school are more likely to be diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder than those older than them, according to an American study triggering renewed debate on overdiagnosing. The topic is a heated one in the United States, where five percent of children… Read

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'What we're eating is killing us' - global nutrition report

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Poor diets are among the top causes of ill health globally, accounting for nearly one in five deaths, according to a study published on Thursday that called on governments and businesses to do more to improve eating habits. Eating unhealthy food, or not having enough food - including children unable… Read

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