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Crohn’s disease surgery: What to know

Crohn’s disease surgery: What to know

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that damages the small and large intestines. A doctor may recommend Crohn’s disease surgery for a person with severe symptoms if other treatments are not helping. Surgery does not cure Crohn’s disease, but it can reduce complications associated with the disease. According to the United States’ National Institute […]

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Mediterranean diet promotes anticancer bacteria in the breast

Mediterranean diet promotes anticancer bacteria in the breast

Diet can influence microbe colonies not only in the gut, but also in other body parts, such as the female breast in mammals. The influence is strong enough to create conditions that are pro- or anticancer. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, as well as olive oil. So concluded researchers […]

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Some chiropractic treatments can harm eyesight

Some chiropractic treatments can harm eyesight

Chiropractic care realigns the bones in the spine and other body parts to treat issues such as headaches and back pains. Some chiropractic adjustments, however, can produce side effects, and according to a new case report, these include vision problems. Chiropractic techniques can harm vision, a new case study illustrates. A case report — now […]

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Does ‘bad’ cholesterol deserve its bad name?

Does ‘bad’ cholesterol deserve its bad name?

“Misleading statistics, exclusion of unsuccessful trials, and […] ignoring numerous contradictory observations” are at the root of a half-century-long assumption that may be entirely wrong, says new research. Heart health may not have much to do with cholesterol levels. In the case of good vs. bad cholesterol, things are less clear-cut than we’d like them […]

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Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk

Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk

Recent research cautions that fluctuating weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and death. Weight fluctuation is a top risk factor for cardiovascular events, says new research. Scientists at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea — with other institutions — have now assessed […]

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What to know about Accutane and Crohn’s

What to know about Accutane and Crohn’s

Accutane is the former brand name for the medication isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is a drug that doctors prescribe to treat severe acne that does not respond to other treatments. Some people believe that it may cause Crohn’s disease. The makers of Accutane no longer produce this medication, but the drug continues to be known colloquially by […]

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Cancer therapy: Bacteria may help shrink tumors

Cancer therapy: Bacteria may help shrink tumors

To find better ways to tackle cancer tumors that do not respond to traditional therapies, scientists are now experimenting with a modified bacterial strain that could target cancer cells without harming healthy ones. A phase I clinical trial reveals that this bacterial therapy shows promising effects. A new bacterial therapy may block cancer tumors’ growth […]

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New cancer vaccine may tackle HER2-positive tumors

New cancer vaccine may tackle HER2-positive tumors

New research shows that a new cancer vaccine may be effective for treating a range of HER2-positive cancers, including the more aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer. A new cancer vaccine showed promise in an early trial. Cancer that is human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2)-positive holds too much of the protein on the surface of its […]

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How can psoriasis affect the lungs?

How can psoriasis affect the lungs?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes widespread inflammation. This can affect the skin and several other parts of the body, including the lungs. The most noticeable symptoms of psoriasis are patches of red, inflamed skin and silvery-white scaly rashes. However, the condition puts a person at risk for many complications, including lung disease, heart […]