Using AI to detect heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the U.S., one in every four deaths is a result of heart disease, which includes a range of conditions from arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms, to defects, as well as blood vessel diseases, more commonly known […]

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Under-fives should be priority for snail fever

Infants in some of the world’s poorest regions are vulnerable to a common worm parasite infection and their treatment should become a priority, according to a study. Regular testing and treatment of pre-school children for snail fever – known as schistosomiasis or bilharzia – would reduce the spread of the disease, while promoting childhood health and development, experts have found. […]

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Study characterizes proteins resulting from RAS gene mutations, found in more than 20 percent of all human cancers

When a RAS gene operates normally, it acts as an on/off switch for cell signaling to control cell proliferation. But when the gene mutates, the switch jams into the “on” position, allowing cells to proliferate uncontrollably. This unstoppable cascade inevitably leads to cancer. “The mutation in the gene is very common in pancreatic and colon cancer,” said Neil Kelleher, the […]

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Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication

Researchers report that listening to music significantly enhances the effect of anti-hypertensive drugs. According to a study conducted by researchers on of São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil and international collaborators, music intensifies the beneficial effects of medication a short time after it is taken to control high blood pressure. The results of the study were published in Scientific […]

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New paper suggests that tumor cells may develop resistance to potential Ras inhibitors

Researchers have long sought a treatment aimed specifically at the Ras family of genes, the most common oncogenes and those that initiate many of the most lethal tumours. However, the results of a hypothetical treatment may be far less positive than speculated, according to a manuscript published in Genes & Development by the Genomic Instability Group at the Spanish National […]

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Study is first to examine relationship between absolute and relative time estimates

If you’ve ever noticed yourself thinking about the timing of a plan in two opposing ways—something that feels longer off than your actual time calculation—you’re on to something. New research shows our different ways of estimating time don’t necessarily move in lock-step. Relative time estimates refer to how distant or close a future event feels, such as “soon” or “far […]

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One-hour plasma glucose useful predictor of diabetic retinopathy

(HealthDay)—One- and two-hour plasma glucose concentrations (1h-PG and 2h-PG, respectively) are similarly effective at predicting diabetic retinopathy (DR), according to a study published online April 5 in Diabetes Care. Ethan Paddock, from the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix, and colleagues assessed the ability of 1h-PG and 2h-PG, derived from a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), to predict DR […]

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