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Deadly spider venom can help heart attack survivors recover: ‘This could be life-changing’

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Jul 23, 2021 … BRISBANE, Australia — Fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is one of the most common phobias. According to a new study, however, our eight-legged friends may turn out to be life savers. Researchers from the University of Queensland report that venom from one particular type of spider is the integral ingredient in a new life-saving treatment for…

Too much TV can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea, study says

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Jul 21, 2021 … LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A new study finds more physical activity and less time spent in front of the television can help reduce the risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) significantly. Conducted by the European Lung Foundation, this study is the first to investigate the connection between physical activity, sedentary behavior, and OSA risk all at…

Abelacimab may be a game-changing treatment for blood clots

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Jul 20, 2021 … HAMILTON, Ontario — Blood clots have become an often-discussed health concern recently due to reports that some patients receiving the COVID-19 vaccination are experiencing clotting issues. Now, however, researchers from McMaster University have discovered a new treatment that may revolutionize blood clot prevention. The team reports that a single dose of abelacimab is capable of preventing…

‘Zapping’ the brain could be pain-free way to get rid of OCD, dangerous addictions

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Jul 17, 2021 … BOSTON — Obsessive compulsive disorder can be disruptive to the lives of patients along with their family friends. But there may be a new, painless treatment that could put an end to the frustrating condition. According to new research, those who suffer from OCD or even related conditions like gambling or shopping addiction could potentially…

Insulin levels, BMI in childhood can predict mental illness later in life

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Jul 17, 2021 … CAMBRIDGE, England — A study on childhood insulin levels shows that the link between physical and mental illness is closer than previously thought. Researchers at the University of Cambridge reveal that persistently high insulin levels in mid-childhood are tied to the development of psychosis in adulthood. The study also finds an increase in body mass…

‘Aging clock’ that predicts disease and death developed by scientists

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Jul 12, 2021 … STANFORD, Calif. — An “aging clock” that can predict a person’s likelihood of death and disease may be sitting in the human immune system. Researchers at Stanford Medicine say the natural timing device diagnoses life-threatening illnesses years before symptoms develop. It’s even more accurate than the number of candles on your birthday cake and can…

Common prescription drugs may increase risk of antibiotic resistance, study warns

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Jul 11, 2021 … TEL AVIV, Israel — Common prescription drugs that are not antibiotics can increase the risk of patients developing antibiotic resistance, new research shows.  Such medications, including those used in cancer chemotherapy and to treat digestive and heart problems, may put patients at risk of certain types of infection from drug-resistant bacteria. The new study finds…

5-minute breathing exercise lowers blood pressure better than working out, medication

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Jul 07, 2021 … BOULDER, Colo. — A five-minute workout that scientists call “strength training for your breathing muscles” is proving to lower blood pressure as well as or even better than traditional exercise and prescription drugs. Researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder say this groundbreaking exercise makes use of a hand-held device which provides resistance as the user breathes.…

‘Superhero’ vaccine based on Olympic athlete DNA could provide ‘body-wide genetic upgrade’

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Jun 26, 2021 … Stanford prof says treatment would offer long-term protection against heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and other health conditions. STANFORD, Calif. — A groundbreaking “superhero” vaccine inspired by the DNA code of Olympic athletes could help transform society over the next decade, a top genetic scientist claims. The vaccine would provide lifelong protection against three of the top…

‘Life-changing’ inflatable implants may cure severe back pain without need for surgery

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Jun 26, 2021 … CAMBRIDGE, England — Back problems plague millions of people around the world and for many it seems like surgery feels inevitable. And even then, there’s no guarantee the problem will dissipate. But there may be a new, less invasive road to relief. Scientists have created an inflatable spinal cord implant that could cure severe back…

Artificial sweeteners could cause healthy gut bacteria to damage the intestine

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Jun 25, 2021 … CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — Artificial sweeteners are a common sight on diner and restaurant tables across the country. Now, a new study may make you think twice about reaching for a few packets. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University report common artificial sweeteners may cause perfectly healthy gut bacteria to become diseased and invade the gut…

Brain inflammation in COVID-19 cases looks eerily similar to Alzheimer’s disease

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Jun 24, 2021 … STANFORD, Calif. — Around one in three people who contract COVID-19 go on to suffer some form of brain damage due to their illness. Now, a new study may have the answer to why this is happening. Researchers at Stanford Medicine say they have discovered “unmistakable signs” of inflammation and damaged brain circuits among patients who…

Being ‘fat but fit’ really is impossible: Doctor says term is ‘misleading, should be avoided’

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Jun 22, 2021 … GLASGOW, Scotland — The idea that people can be “fat but fit” is one that’s been long debated among health experts. But according to a new study, the ability to be in good shape and obese really is just wishful thinking. Researchers at the University of Glasgow say obese people with a healthy metabolic profile…

ALS discovery: New form of disease found in children as young as 4

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Jun 14, 2021 … BETHESDA, Md. — Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) typically attacks the neurological function of people in their 50s or 60s. However, a recent study has discovered a new, slow-developing form of the disease which attacks toddlers instead. While the news is frightening for any parent, researchers with the National Institutes of Health add they have also…