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New Test Could Screen for Several Types of Cancer at Once

Researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore say they’ve developed a single blood test that can detect eight types of cancer and help identify the location of the disease. Called CancerSEEK, the t...
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Americans Are Heeding the Advice to Get More Sleep

Although one in three Americans does not get enough sleep, most averaged an additional 7.5 hours of sleep each year from 2003 to 2016, finds a study conducted at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and pu...
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Are Rates of Depression Overestimated?

An analysis recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests using self-report screening questionnaires rather than diagnostic interviews to diagnose depression – a common practice – results in an overestimation of depression p...
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Immunization Rates Improve in Response to Reminders

Although immunization rates are rising in children and adults, optimal goals have not yet been reached and vaccine-preventable diseases remain a significant health problem. Therefore, finding new ways to increase immunization coverage – strategies to ...
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Need Surgery? Avoid the Risky 'Weekend Effect'

Mortality rates are higher after elective surgical procedures performed at the end of the week than surgeries done earlier in the week, according to a study published in Medical Care. Previous research shows this “weekend effect” in other types of me...
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New Study Challenges Common View on Alzheimer's

Neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease are characterized by the significant, progressive loss of neurons and nerve endings, or synapses, in the brain. Now, a study conducted by French and Canadian researchers challenges this classifica...
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More Veterans Smoke and Use Tobacco

U.S. veterans used tobacco products at a much higher rate than non-veterans from 2011 to 2015, according to last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the case for males ...
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Experts Warn Against Raw Meat Diets for Pets

In a warning published in Vet Record, researchers in the Netherlands caution pet owners against feeding dogs and cats a raw meat based diet. Such a diet can pose a significant health risk for both the animals and their owners, compared to a conventio...
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