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Calcium supplements linked to longer lifespans in women

in medicine

Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a study whose lead author was Lisa Langsetmo, a Ph.D. Research Associate at McGill University, and whose senior author was Prof.

Insight into the dazzling impact of insulin in cells

in medicine

Australian scientists have charted the path of insulin action in cells in precise detail like never before. This provides a comprehensive blueprint for understanding what goes wrong in diabetes.

Nano-messenger opens way for new cancer treatment

in technology, environment, medicine

A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that exosomes, nanoparticles that transmit information between cells, constitute a potential new treatment strategy for several cancers. The study, which was conducted on mice, was published recently online in the scientific journal Cancer Research.

Apigenin makes cancer cells 'mortal', another reason to like Mediterranean diet

in medicine

Researchers have found that apegenin, a compound in the Mediterranean diet,  can re-program cancer cells to die.

New device may inject a variety of drugs without using needles

in medicine

Getting a shot at the doctor’s office may become less painful in the not-too-distant future.

What is Trisomy 18

in medicine, education

Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder caused by a chromosomel defect. This is not due to inherent defect in any chromosome, rather the affected individuals have an additional copy of chromosome 18. Trisomy 18 is also called Edwards syndrome, named after John H. Edwards, who first described the syndrome in 1960.

Left ventriculogram, an invasive heart test, overused?

in medicine

According to a new study an invasive heart test called left ventriculogram used to measure ejection fraction and which is used routinely to measure heart function is being overused, especially among patients who recently underwent similar, more effective tests. The overuse of left ventriculogram is described by the author as "shockingly high."

Autism in Children an Epidemic? 78% increase in prevalence of autism in children in 6 years

in medicine

More than 1 percent, or 1 in every 88 children, is diagnosed with autism today, including 1 in 54 boys, according a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is a 78% percent increase of autism in children in 6 years (2002-2008) and a staggering 10-fold (1000%) increase in reported prevalence over the last 40 years.