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Wildfires can cause mental health damage that smolders years after the flames go out

Melissa Geissinger didn’t believe she was in danger. But when the cat at the foot of her bed lifted its head to sniff the air, she felt her first stab of worry. She stepped outside her home in Santa Rosa, California, and there it was: the choking smell of smoke. Then came the phone alert—the […]

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Sugary drink consumption plunges in Chile after new food law

Chile’s package of healthy food policies successfully decreased purchases of unhealthy food and drinks during the initial implementation phase, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Chile and the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico. Published in The Lancet Planetary Health, the […]

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Monoclonal antibody prevents malaria in small NIH trial

One dose of a new monoclonal antibody discovered and developed at the National Institutes of Health safely prevented malaria for up to nine months in people who were exposed to the malaria parasite. The small, carefully monitored clinical trial is the first to demonstrate that a monoclonal antibody can prevent malaria in people. The trial […]

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Do some diabetes drugs reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s?

People taking certain drugs to lower blood sugar for type 2 diabetes had less amyloid in the brain, a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease, when compared to both people with type 2 diabetes not taking the drugs and people without diabetes. The new study, published in the August 11, 2021, online issue of Neurology, the medical […]

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People with stroke who walk 30 minutes per day may have 54% lower risk of death

A new study shows that people who walk or garden at least three to four hours per week, or bike at least two to three hours per week, or the equivalent after having a stroke may have a 54% lower risk of death from any cause. The research is published in the August 11, 2021, […]

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Analysis shows how a rare population of cancer cells contributes to disease relapse

Most cancer-related deaths occur not from the first tumor to arise in a patient but from cancers that reappear months or years after treatment. Scientists think that a group of rare cancer cells, called persister cells, might contribute to such recurrence. Persister cells account for only a fraction of cancer cells; as their name suggests, […]

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Researchers document higher stroke risk with use of cardiac assist device

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about 10 percent of the more than 6 million Americans living with heart failure have the advanced form of the disease—where conventional heart therapies and symptom management strategies are no longer effective. As the number of patients with this condition increases, so has the use of left ventricular […]