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Breast cancer ‘switch’ found to turn off aggressive growth and spread

Breast cancer ‘switch’ found to turn off aggressive growth and spread

A new study details a potential breakthrough in breast cancer research and it involves what scientists refer to as a genetic 'switch.' The research comes from Tulane University where researchers discovered the gene behind the most aggressive form of breast cancer, as well as a way to 'turn off' this gene to put the brakes on cancer growth and spread.

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Ketamine treatment for major depression: Study finds serotonin is key

Ketamine treatment for major depression: Study finds serotonin is key

There's a growing interest in using the anesthetic drug ketamine as a treatment for major depression that doesn't respond to therapy and other pharmaceutical drugs. In past studies, ketamine has been found to improve depression symptoms in a large percentage of participants, sometimes after a single treatment. Questions have remained over how the drug helps this condition and a new study may have the answer.

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Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine enters Phase 2 with human testing

Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine enters Phase 2 with human testing

On Friday, Moderna announced that its mRNA vaccine targeting the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 has been given to the initial round of humans participating in its Phase 2 trial. The announcement comes only two weeks after Moderna detailed the results from its Phase 1 testing, which involved dosing people ages 18 to 55. If all goes as planned, the Phase 3 trial will start in July.

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NASA reveals 8 US companies that will make its COVID-19 ventilator

NASA reveals 8 US companies that will make its COVID-19 ventilator

Weeks ago, NASA revealed that it was working on a special ventilator designed specifically for COVID-19 patients. The prototype was created by NASA engineers in a little over a month and soon after was granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Now, only a couple of weeks later, the space agency is back with an update: it has selected eight US companies to make the ventilators.

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FDA warns popular diabetes drug has cancer risk, seeks multiple recalls

FDA warns popular diabetes drug has cancer risk, seeks multiple recalls

In a statement this week, the Food and Drug Administration warned that its laboratory has discovered impurities in some batches of popular diabetes drug metformin that may be a cancer risk. The discovery involves "several lots" of the extended-release (ER) version of metformin, prompting the agency to seek voluntary drug recalls from five different companies.

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Researchers create the first 3D map of heart neurons

Researchers create the first 3D map of heart neurons

The research team from Thomas Jefferson University has completed the first 3D map of neurons in the human heart. The group says that the information reveals foundational insight into the role of neurons and heart attacks and other cardiac conditions. The team says that while the brain is the primary controller of the heart, the heart has its own "little brain," called the intra-cardiac nervous system (ICN). The ICN supports heart health and can protect cardiac muscle during a heart attack, but it's not clear exactly how it accomplishes these roles.

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Study warns it only takes a few months of vaping to ruin your mouth

Study warns it only takes a few months of vaping to ruin your mouth

A new study warns that it only takes a few months of vaping to pave the way for oral diseases and potentially even cancer. This effect was found in vapers who were otherwise young and healthy regardless of whether they vaped liquids with or without nicotine. Changes in bacteria in a vaper's mouth were found to have occurred within months of use, allowing harmful microbes to get a foothold.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 ECG has been cleared for use in South Korea

Galaxy Watch Active 2 ECG has been cleared for use in South Korea

Smartwatches may have finally found their place in the modern world. In addition to telling the time, distracting you with notifications, and allowing some control over your phone and your house, smartwatches are quickly becoming mini diagnostic devices. They not only keep track of your movement and activity, wearables like the Apple Watch now also keep track of the health of your heart. Following that lead, Samsung has also started rolling out more advanced health monitoring features like ECG. Unfortunately, you can only get that feature in exactly one place in the world right now.

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Popular thyroid drug recalled because it’s ‘super potent’ says FDA

Popular thyroid drug recalled because it’s ‘super potent’ says FDA

The FDA has alerted consumers about a recent recall from Acella Pharmaceuticals, which has recalled its popular natural thyroid product after discovering that it is too potent, putting patients at risk of getting too much thyroid hormone. Though hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, too much thyroid hormone can be deadly, causing high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and more.

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Purdue researchers create a smartphone app to help assess anemia

Purdue researchers create a smartphone app to help assess anemia

One of the methods that doctors use to diagnose the condition known as anemia is by looking at the person's eyelid and judging its redness, which indicates the number of red blood cells. The challenge for doctors is that the simple test isn't precise enough to give a diagnosis without drawing a blood sample from the patient. Researchers at Purdue University have developed software that could enable medical staff to take a picture of the inner eyelid of the patient using a smartphone and receive a near-accurate count of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells.

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Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

Google Action Blocks was launched as an Android app in May of 2020, but it's the latest round of iPhones and iOS 13 that stands the most to gain. With the latest version of iOS and most iPhones released in the last couple of years, Apple's smartphone ecosystem's become a bit of a new-user nightmare. Based on my experience as resident "looks like he'd be good with computers" tech supporter for several iPhone users Baby Boomer age or older, Google Action Blocks looks like a dream come true.

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Moderna details positive Phase 1 experimental COVID-19 vaccine results

Moderna details positive Phase 1 experimental COVID-19 vaccine results

American biotech company Moderna has announced positive interim clinical data related to its mRNA-1273 vaccine candidate targeting the novel coronavirus. The positive results come from the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Phase 1 clinical trial. The test involved a total of eight volunteers who received two doses of the experimental vaccine, which will be heading into larger tests going forward.

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