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Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?

WT24 Desk Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, especially in Western countries, primarily thanks to their reusability. But are they as safe as other disposable menstrual products? And how many people globally actually know about them? A new review attempts to offer some answers., according to MNT. Menstrual cups have been around at least since 1932 when L. ...

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Ancient survival mechanism may contribute to obesity epidemic

WT24 Desk New research on mice suggests that a mechanism that likely evolved to prevent starvation could be contributing to obesity, according to MNT. The mechanism involves the protein receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). The new finding reveals that RAGE functions as a brake on the release of fat from fat cells. A study that features in the ...

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Could targeting this enzyme halt ovarian cancer?

WT24 Desk High-grade serous ovarian cancer is the most common form of ovarian cancer. In most people, the cancer develops resistance to chemotherapy and returns. Now, a new study raises hopes for a different kind of treatment, according to MNT. Working with cell cultures, researchers found that an enzyme they call isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) encourages the proliferation of high-grade ...

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New psychosis treatment targets genetic mutation instead of symptoms

WT24 Desk A novel treatment that targets the biological effects of a specific genetic mutation could help alleviate the symptoms of psychosis, a new study finds, MNT reports. Deborah L. Levy, Ph.D. — from the McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA — led the new study, the findings of which now appear in the journal Biological Psychiatry. It revealed that people who ...

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High blood pressure: Could gut bacteria play a role?

WT24 Desk In this Spotlight feature, we investigate whether the bacteria that live in our guts could influence our blood pressure. If so, could they guide future treatment?, according to MNT. Scientists are growing increasingly interested in the role of gut bacteria. Each week, journals publish many study papers that examine how these microscopic visitors might play a role in ...

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Exploring the neuroanatomy of a murderer

WT24 Desk By scanning the brains of hundreds of convicted murderers, a recent study has zeroed in on significant differences in the gray matter of homicide offenders, compared with that of people who have carried out other violent crimes, according to MNT. In 2016, there were an estimated 17,250murders in the United States. Homicide, of course, has a devastating impact on ...

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Hospital fires 23 workers

Excessive painkiller doses to patients, deaths in Ohio WT24 Desk The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers Thursday and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of ordering the drugs, ...

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Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

WT24 Desk The current methods of diagnosing autism in children use questionnaires and psychologist evaluations. However, these methods can be stressful for those at a young age. New research now suggests an easy, more stress-free test that simply tracks the gaze, MNT reports. “The current approaches to determining if someone has autism are not really child-friendly,” notes Mehrshad Sadria, who is currently ...

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Alzheimer’s: Cell mechanism removes defective protein

WT24 Desk The buildup of defective tau proteins is a prominent feature of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The faulty proteins form tangles that disrupt brain function and kill nerve cells, or neurons, according to MNT. Now, scientists have identified a molecule that plays a vital role in helping to prevent the buildup of toxic tau protein in the brain. ...

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What happens in the brain when we are bored?

WT24 Desk In people who are prone to boredom, this state can negatively affect their mental health. So, what happens in the brain when we get bored, and how can this help us find ways of dealing with boredom? A new study investigates, MNT reports. On average, adults in the United States experience 131 days of boredom per year — ...

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