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Obesity sans other risk factors doesn’t increase mortality rate: study

Obesity sans other risk factors doesn’t increase mortality rate: study

A newly published study reveals that obesity in the absence of other metabolic risk factors does not, by itself, increase the individual's risk of death. The research comes out of York University's Faculty of Health, which found that obesity in the absence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and similar isn't associated with increased mortality. The findings are based on a study covering more than 54,000 adults who had either obesity by itself or obesity with other metabolic risk factors.

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Study finds high blood pressure associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds high blood pressure associated with Alzheimer’s disease

A newly published study has linked high blood pressure to brain diseases, including Alzheimer's. Researchers specifically point to blood pressure later in life, finding that patients with higher systolic blood pressure had a greater risk of brain lesions. The study followed 1288 older individuals until their death, at which point their brains were studied.

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This drug may stop Parkinson’s disease, human trials set for 2019

This drug may stop Parkinson’s disease, human trials set for 2019

A newly published study details an experimental drug that may be able to stop the progression of Parkinson's disease. The study, which was conducted by researchers with Johns Hopkins University, saw positive results in lab mice tested with the drugs and similar effects were seen with tests on cultures of human brain cells. Researchers indicate that human clinical trials of the drug may start as soon as next year.

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Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

A study out of the University of Illinois, Chicago, warns that kids and teens -- especially teens -- are using "alternative medicine" in growing numbers. The research was recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, which reports that despite warnings from officials that kids shouldn't use supplements, teens are increasingly using things like melatonin.

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OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

The FDA has approved a new artificial intelligence tool called OsteoDetect that helps doctors diagnose wrist fractures. The tool is a computer-aided detection and diagnosis software application that uses AI algorithms to help healthcare providers determine if a wrist fracture is present at a faster rate than traditional diagnostic technologies.

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Antifungal drug resistance is a ticking global time-bomb

Antifungal drug resistance is a ticking global time-bomb

There's a whole lot of fungus amongst us coming with resistance to the drugs with which we resist them. The rate at which pathogenic fungi are resisting commonly used antifungal agents is, as researchers suggest this week, "unprecedented." One of the causes for this situation is the massive use of drug elements like azoles, currently used for "not only human and animal health care and crop protection but also in antifouling coatings and timber preservation."

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Ebola found in large Congo city raises major outbreak fears

Ebola found in large Congo city raises major outbreak fears

Ebola, a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever, has appeared in a large city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stoking fears of an outbreak occurring in a densely populated region. The virus typically crops up in remote regions in Africa, but the World Health Organization reports that an ebola case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1.2 million.

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Common cold cured (or so it would seem)

Common cold cured (or so it would seem)

Researchers just published a paper describing a synthetic molecule that prevents the spread of the common cold. This lab-created molecule blocks the fatty-acid attachment required for proliferation of the cold. Roberto Solari and Edward Tate at Imperial College London, UK and a whole bunch of other researchers made this discovery a reality.

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After losing her ear, soldier grows a replacement – on her arm

After losing her ear, soldier grows a replacement – on her arm

A groundbreaking total ear reconstruction, which saw a new ear grown on a soldier's arm to replace one lost in an accident, has been successfully carried out by the US military. Described as the first time such a process has been carried out by the US Army, it involved cultivating a completely new ear from cartilage taken from the soldier's ribs.

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World’s first robot-assisted spinal surgery performed

World’s first robot-assisted spinal surgery performed

Surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have completed the world's first robot-assisted spinal surgery. The procedure was a long and arduous one to remove a tumor from the neck of a 27-year-old man through his mouth. The procedure took over 20 hours in the operating room over two days.

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Google Research combines AR and a Microscope for cancer detection

Google Research combines AR and a Microscope for cancer detection

Google has used its expertise in deep learning and augmented reality to create something that can make a real difference in the medical community. Google has created an augmented reality microscope (ARM) that aids in the detection of cancer. The microscope is a prototype right now and Google thinks that it can help accelerate adoption of deep learning tools for pathologists around the world.

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5 uses for a smartphone with no internet

5 uses for a smartphone with no internet

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro was revealed this past week as a smartphone with no internet access. Today we're having a peek at 5 reasons why you might want a smartphone that's not quite smart enough to get online. Why would someone want a device that looks like a smartphone, feels like a smartphone, but cannot access the internet or run mobile apps*?

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