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Immunotherapy effective against ‘untreatable’ prostate cancer

Immunotherapy effective against ‘untreatable’ prostate cancer

A major trial has demonstrated, for the very first time, that the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab is effective in treating advanced prostate cancer that did not respond to other treatments. A new trial offers hope for those with advanced prostate cancer. Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that can enhance one’s immune system in the fight […]

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Stroke: Clinical trial results ‘likely to change care practice’

Stroke: Clinical trial results ‘likely to change care practice’

Both transient ischemic attacks and minor strokes only last a few hours and rarely have any enduring effects. But they can lead to a major stroke, which is much more dangerous and may impact an individual’s health more severely. “How can this best be prevented?” researchers ask. An international trial suggests that aspirin and anticoagulants […]

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Antidepressants: Do they really work?

Antidepressants: Do they really work?

Recently, there has been one major health issue dominating the mainstream media: antidepressants. More specifically, do they actually work? Are antidepressants safe and effective? This question has been widely debated in recent years. The global debate on this issue was kick-started earlier this year, when British author Johann Hari published his book, Lost Connections: Uncovering […]

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Can we trust results from early clinical trials?

Can we trust results from early clinical trials?

Results from early clinical trials investigating new treatments for chronic diseases may be drastically exaggerated, according to an analysis published this week. A new analysis asks whether or not fresh clinical data can be trusted. As the average human lifespan slowly expands, the number of people with chronic conditions is steadily rising. In fact, nearly […]

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Experimental stroke drug succeeds in preliminary trials

Experimental stroke drug succeeds in preliminary trials

A new anti-stroke drug has now successfully passed preliminary clinical trials, leading its developers to enthuse over its potential as a more effective treatment, less likely to be accompanied by unwanted health events. Could this experimental drug protect against the adverse effects of traditional anti-stroke treatments? Stroke, a cardiovascular event, occurs when the brain’s supply […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Modified flu virus destroys tumors

Pancreatic cancer: Modified flu virus destroys tumors

Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom have modified a flu virus and used it to successfully target pancreatic cancer cells. Cancer of the pancreas — shown here — may soon be easier to treat due to recent findings. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality in […]

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Popular morning sickness drug ‘ineffective,’ study reveals

Popular morning sickness drug ‘ineffective,’ study reveals

Morning sickness can put a real strain on pregnant mothers. And when diet or non-medicinal treatments fail, a drug that contains doxylamine and pyridoxine is often prescribed. However, the drug’s effectiveness has been called into question. Morning sickness can range from mild to debilitating and affects around 80 percent of pregnant mothers. In 2017, researchers […]

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Magic mushrooms: Treating depression without dulling emotions

Magic mushrooms: Treating depression without dulling emotions

Two new studies confirm the hypothesis that the psychoactive compound found in “magic mushrooms” may be a useful new treatment for depression, avoiding some of the side effects of conventional antidepressants. Magic mushrooms, or ‘shrooms,’ may hold surprising benefits for our mental health. At Medical News Today, we have reported on a range of studies […]

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Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought

Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought

The holiday season is always a time of joyous over-indulgence with loved ones. But now that we are past Christmas and into January, you may want to consider cutting back on unhealthful food as one of your New Year’s resolutions. Researchers say that the harmful effects of being overweight may have been underestimated in previous […]

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A year in review: The most popular medical research of 2017

A year in review: The most popular medical research of 2017

As the sun starts to sets on 2017, we take some time to reflect on the remarkable breakthroughs that were presented in medical research this year. Here, we’ll retrace our steps from January through December, revisiting the studies on Medical News Today that piqued your interest and sparked debate. This year has uncovered many medical […]