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Youth suicide attempts often involve over-the-counter painkillers

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Young people who attempt suicide by poisoning often use antidepressants or over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers examined U.S. Poison Center data from 2000-2018 on 1.68 million suspected cases of suicide by self-poisoning among people ages 10 to 25. Overall, one… Read

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Eating nuts might help limit weight gain

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Despite their high calorie counts, daily doses of nuts might help people keep off excess weight, especially when nuts are substituted for less healthy foods, a recent study suggests. Researchers followed 126,190 healthy middle-aged adults for 20 to 24 years. At the start, participants were typically at a healthy weight… Read

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People don't recognize heart attacks when symptoms come on slowly

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When heart attack symptoms start gradually and don't follow exertion, patients are much slower to get to an emergency room and risk missing a critical window for preserving heart function, researchers say. Among 474 U.S. patients who arrived in emergency departments with dangerous reductions in blood flow to the heart,… Read

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Fruit fly trial unlocks clues for 'polypill' to beat aging

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Scientists who gave fruit flies a triple drug combination treatment and found that it extended their lives by almost 50% say their work offers clues on how to fight aging in people. The researchers said their aim is not to find the secret of eternal life, but to figure out… Read

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New frontier in health fraud: Genetic tests of the elderly

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The genetic-screening sales reps turn out at health fairs, houses of religion, parks and elder enclaves, offering seniors a chance to learn if they or their loved ones are at risk of developing cancer. All they need, the reps say, is a free cheek swab. In truth, U.S. federal investigators… Read

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Pancreatic cancer discovery reveals how the aggressive cancer fuels its growth

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A new discovery about pancreatic cancer sheds light on how the cancer fuels its growth and may help explain how promising cancer drugs work – and for whom they will fail. The finding one day could help doctors determine which treatments will be most effective for patients, so that they get the… Read

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French researchers build massive new scanner to tackle brain disease

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French researchers are developing what they say is the most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner in the world which will use a supermagnet the weight of a blue whale and should allow earlier diagnosis of diseases such as Parkinson's. "We can potentially detect the disease in its earlier stages… Read

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Extra protein boosts muscle with resistance-training, but only slightly

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Extra protein from food or supplements does lead to increases in strength and muscle, but not as much as some might hope, researchers write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Presented as an infographic, the results are based on a review of data from 49 randomized controlled trials in… Read

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Glasses-type device emits violet light to prevent myopia

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Jins Holdings Inc aims to apply for the approval of the "glasses-type medical device for prevention of the progress of near-sightedness" in cooperation of Tsubota Laboratory Inc (a venture firm spun off from Keio University). The glasses-type medical device emits "violet light," which is believed to have an effect of… Read

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New system visualizes function of spinal nerves

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Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ricoh Co Ltd have co-developed a system that visualizes the function of spinal nerves and succeeded in measuring the neuromagnetic fields of the lumbar region, etc. The Spinal Magnetic Field Meter can be used for detecting areas where… Read

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