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Diagnosing cancer with bacteria

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Photo: Five cups of yogurt [28/05/2015] Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by enlisting help from probiotics - beneficial bacteria similar to those found in yogurt.Diagnosing cancer with bacteria - Read more

Testosterone: More isn't always better

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Photo: Men running [18/05/2015] A study by UCSB anthropologists connects increased diabetes risk and higher levels of testosterone to prostate enlargement.Testosterone: More isn't always better - Read more

Test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster

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Photo: Display showing DNA analysis [15/05/2015] The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat disease, control transmission of this infection, and monitor outbreaks.Test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster - Read more

How cardiac arrhythmias develop

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Photo: Heart alert on a cardiogram [06/05/2015] Cardiac arrhythmias affect a high proportion of the aging population. Mitochondria are the "powerhouses of the cells", and scientists in Cologne have now shown that even a few heart cells with reduced mitochondrial function are sufficient to trigger arrhythmias.How cardiac arrhythmias develop - Read more

Cancer prevention: Beneficial and ultimately personal

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[04/05/2015] There are many decisions to be made in an adult life; among them are cancer prevention screenings. They are voluntary and many people deliberate whether they should go or not and if they would actually want to know the results. Science, politics and health care professionals also ponder with each new preventive service whether it is beneficial and who should end up paying for it.Cancer prevention: Beneficial and ultimately personal - Read more

Early cancer detection: "Physicians and patients need a good database"

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[04/05/2015] Whether it is a mammogram, colonoscopy or a skin cancer screening – after a certain age, we are subject to various early cancer detection screenings. Yet many of us don’t know that these screening tests are also associated with risks. This is something what Dr. Sylvia Sänger from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf discovered in a study.Early cancer detection: "Physicians and patients need a good database" - Read more

Statutory Skin Cancer Screening: "This is not just about mortality rates"

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[04/05/2015] Since the end of April 2015, the long-awaited evaluation report on the skin cancer screening programs offered by German health insurance providers is now finally available. We spoke with Dr. Ralph von Kiedrowski, Board Member of the German Dermatologist Association (German: Berufsverband Deutscher Dermatologen) on what the screening can accomplish and his take on the G-BA report.Statutory Skin Cancer Screening: "This is not just about mortality rates" - Read more

How to short circuit hunger

Photo: Person with measuring tape [28/04/2015] Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it's no fun to feel hungry. In fact, the drive to tame gnawing hunger pangs can sabotage even the best-intentioned dieter. But how exactly is it that fasting creates these uncomfortable feelings - and consuming food takes them away? How to short circuit hunger - Read more

Team discovers new mechanism behind malaria progression

Graphic: Electron microscope image [28/04/2015] A team of researchers from four universities has pinpointed one of the mechanisms responsible for the progression of malaria, providing a new target for possible treatments.Team discovers new mechanism behind malaria progression - Read more

Scientists develop first liquid nanolaser

Photo: Two people look at a laser point [27/04/2015] Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a "lab on a chip" for medical diagnostics.Scientists develop first liquid nanolaser - Read more


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