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Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety

WT24 Desk A new study goes against the grain of previous research by suggesting that alcohol-induced brain damage does not stop when alcohol use ends. Instead, the harmful effects of alcohol may continue during abstinence. The findings have important implications for the process of recovery from alcohol dependence, according to MNT. Most of us are familiar with the immediate effects that alcohol ...

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Heart deaths declined after Obamacare went into effect

WT24 Desk Medicaid expansion under “Obamacare” may have quickly translated into fewer heart disease deaths among middle-aged Americans, a new study suggests, UPI reports. In 2014, many U.S. states began expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA — making more lower-income residents eligible for coverage. It’s known that those expanded programs reduced the ranks of the ...

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Exercise key to keeping thin after weight loss, study says

“These people rely on physical activity to maintain their weight rather than restricting calorie intake,” said researchers Danielle Ostendorf. WT24 Desk If you’ve lost a bunch of weight and want to keep those pounds from piling back on, you’ll need to make regular physical activity a part of your life, UPI reports. New research looking at people who lost 30 ...

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Health centres sans water may spur superbugs: United Nations

Worldwide, nearly 900 million people have no water at all at local health facilities or use water from unprotected wells or springs, state WHO and Unicef WT24 Desk A quarter of the world’s health facilities lack basic water services, impacting 2 billion people, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning that unhygienic conditions could fuel the global rise of deadly ...

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New treatment options extend survival for pancreatic cancer patients

WT24 Desk Advances in chemotherapy and cancer monitoring can dramatically extend the lives of almost one-third of pancreatic cancer patients with tumors previously considered inoperable, researchers report, according to UPI. It’s good news for patients with a particularly deadly form of cancer that’s been highlighted by the recent diagnosis of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebekwith stage 4 pancreatic cancer. About 35 percent ...

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Weight loss: How the ‘love hormone’ might help

WT24 Desk A new study has investigated oxytocin’s effects on the brain regions that help control eating behavior to explore the possibility of using this hormone as a treatment for obesity, according to MNT. Oxytocin is a hormone that plays an essential role in social interaction, trust, anxiety, sexual reproduction, childbirth, and mother-infant bonding. As such, people sometimes refer to it as ...

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Wearable device may take place of biopsy for blood colllection

“Nobody wants to have a biopsy. If we could get enough cancer cells from the blood, we could use them to learn about the tumor biology and direct care for the patients,” said researcher Daniel F. Hayes. WT24 Desk Researchers may have developed a new alternative to an old way of detecting cancer, according to UPI. A new device is ...

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Could reused cooking oil trigger breast cancer spread?

WT24 Desk A recent study in mice showed that reheated cooking oil might trigger cell changes that can promote late-stage breast cancer growth, MNT reports. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested “thermally abused frying oil,” which is cooking oil that has undergone reheating to high temperatures multiple times, in laboratory mice and found that it increased metastatic breast ...

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Flu cases still common, though season is past peak

WT24 Desk “This week activity decreased a little bit, but flu is going to be around for a while,” said Lynnette Brammer, from the domestic influenza surveillance team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UPI reports.. Making matters worse, the predominant strain is influenza A H3N2, the most serious type, and it’s putting older Americans in the ...

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