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Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of dementia

Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of dementia

New evidence suggests that atrial fibrillation, in which the heart has an irregular beat, is linked to an increased risk of dementia. This knowledge, however, also indicates a potential preventive strategy, researchers show. An irregular heartbeat speeds up the rate at which cognitive function deteriorates, but there may be an easy way to address this. […]

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How do you lose belly fat?

How do you lose belly fat?

There are many reasons why people gain belly fat, including poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. Improving nutrition, increasing activity, reducing stress, and making other lifestyle changes can all help people lose unwanted belly fat. Belly fat refers to fat around the abdomen. There are two types of belly fat: Visceral: This fat surrounds […]

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Cancer: Alternative therapies are popular but risky

Cancer: Alternative therapies are popular but risky

Two new studies, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology 2018 Congress, show that people with sarcoma often take complementary and alternative medicine with little regard for the potential risks or ways in which they may interact with conventional cancer treatment. Vitamin and herb supplements could be risky when added to cancer treatment. Sarcoma […]

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Vitamin A supplements could harm bone health

Vitamin A supplements could harm bone health

Vitamin A is a vital nutrient that supports the body’s development and strengthens the immune system. Because our bodies do not naturally produce vitamin A, some choose to take supplements. However, too much vitamin A is likely to harm bone health, researchers warn. When does vitamin A pose a risk to bone health? A new […]

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Osteoarthritis: New compound may stop the disease

Osteoarthritis: New compound may stop the disease

New research, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, shows that an innovative blocking agent can stop the degeneration of the cartilage when injected into the joints. Osteoarthritis often affects the knee joints. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that affects the bones and cartilage within the joints. Although it occurs most often in […]

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Does high altitude affect COPD?

Does high altitude affect COPD?

At a high altitude, there is less oxygen available to breathe. This can pose risks to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A study in Respiratory Research defines a high altitude as any elevation greater than 1,500 meters (m) — about 5,000 feet (ft) — above sea level. People may experience altitude-related health effects while […]

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Existing drug shows promise for treating aggressive breast cancer

Existing drug shows promise for treating aggressive breast cancer

An existing antipsychotic drug could become the first targeted treatment for an aggressive type of breast cancer that is hard to treat. An existing drug may help in the fight against breast cancer. A study led by the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom reveals that the drug pimozide can reduce cancer cell numbers, […]

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Invasive lobular breast cancer: Prognosis and statistics

Invasive lobular breast cancer: Prognosis and statistics

Invasive lobular carcinoma is the second most common type of breast cancer. It affects the lobules of the breast, which are the structures that contain the glands that produce breast milk. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10 percent of people who get invasive breast cancer have invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC). Approximately 80 percent […]

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Existing drug may treat triple-negative breast cancer

Existing drug may treat triple-negative breast cancer

The existing drug estradiol can inhibit tumor growth in a subtype of triple-negative breast cancer. The researchers may soon test the repurposed drug in a phase II clinical trial. New findings may improve patient outcomes, as an existing drug inhibits the growth of an aggressive form of breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive […]