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Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer

Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer

While viruses are best known for causing disease and suffering, scientists have recently designed a way to use them as a force for good in the fight against cancer. Viruses (an example of which is shown here) have a bad name, but can they be used therapeutically?Image credit: Graham Beards Viruses are small, rapidly replicating, […]

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Weight loss reduces skin cancer risk

Weight loss reduces skin cancer risk

Obesity is a known risk factor for many cancers. A recent study, involving over 2,000 bariatric surgery patients, asks whether losing weight could reduce the risk of melanoma. A new study investigates weight loss and skin cancer risk. In the United States, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. In 2014 alone, there […]

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How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a type of imaging study in which a doctor uses a particular scope called a colonoscope to examine the colon’s lining. A doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to evaluate the colon for cancerous lesions, identify areas of bleeding, or diagnose other gut-related disorders. Before the procedure, a doctor will prescribe a colonoscopy […]

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Can you treat low progesterone levels naturally?

Can you treat low progesterone levels naturally?

Progesterone is a hormone that the body produces naturally. It plays an essential role in pregnancy and fertility. Many people take a combination of progesterone and estrogen around the time of menopause to reduce their symptoms, such as hot flashes. Others will need to take progesterone supplementation while trying to conceive or in early pregnancy. […]

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Causes and treatment of lower back spasms

Causes and treatment of lower back spasms

There are many possible causes for lower back spasms, including poor posture, muscle overuse, and sprains and strains. People who experience recurring or worsening spasms or pain should see a doctor for an assessment. A lower back spasm usually feels like a muscle is firmly contracting or moving. However, it might also feel like a […]

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What to know about otomycosis

What to know about otomycosis

Otomycosis is a fungal infection in the outer ear. An otomycosis infection causes inflammation, dry skin, and a smelly discharge in the ear canal. People most likely to be affected by otomycosis include those who live in warm, tropical climates, and those who participate in water sports. Otomycosis is often easily treated with topical antifungal […]

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Lung cancer destroyed with tea leaf nanoparticles

Lung cancer destroyed with tea leaf nanoparticles

A new study has shown that lung cancer cells can be destroyed using nanoparticles derived from tea leaves. These tiny particles, called “quantum dots,” are 400 times thinner than a human hair, and producing them from tea leaves is safe and non-toxic. Tea leaves may be key to stopping lung cancer from advancing. More and […]