“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells

Researchers at the University of Surrey and Dalian University of Technology in China have created a form of nanoparticle that can heat up and kill cancerous cells and then self-regulate to avoid burning healthy cells. The particles can raise their temperature between 42°C to 45°C, hot enough to kill cancer cells. Once they reach a […]

Study: Sugar consumption makes cancer cells multiply faster

  Charlie May2017-10-18T08:57:43Z•2017-10-18T08:57:43Z•   Research conducted by microbiologists and molecular biologists at three institutions in Belgium highlights the relationship between sugar and cancer cells. The new study, conducted in yeast cells, was published on Friday in Nature, and showed evidence for “a positive correlation between sugar and cancer, which may have far-reaching impacts on tailor-made […]

‘Overly clean’ modern life is killing the gut bacteria that could stop us getting sick

Access to clean water has massively cut the spread of infectious diseases, but it could be making us ill in other ways. Steve Johnson The modern obsession with cleanliness is thought to be killing off the ancient lineages of bacteria that humans have evolved alongside for thousands of years. This could be contributing to the […]

What makes my urine smell? 12 foods that can give it an odour

We’ve all felt curious about whether our urine is normal – and felt panicky if it ever changes.   There are many reasons why it can suddenly start smelling different, and for the most part, there isn’t any reason to start panicking. How often should you actually be pooing? Although urine shouldn’t have a particular […]

FDA OKs a blood sugar monitor that doesn’t need fingerpricks

FDA’s Donald St. Pierre explained that the agency has always been welcome to new technologies that can help people manage chronic conditions. “This system,” he said, “allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes — with a […]

A cancer treatment that one expert called the ‘most exciting thing I’ve seen in my lifetime’ just got approved

Cancer cells are seen on a large screen connected to a microscope.Reuters The US Food and Drug Administration just approved a cutting-edge cancer therapy. On Wednesday, the FDA approved Novartis’ Kymriah, also known as tisagenlecleucel, a treatment for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “I think this is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in my lifetime,” […]

Vaginal mesh scandal: women don’t need body-shaming on top of their pain

Barbara Ellen   The appalling problems with J&J’s vaginal mesh could not have persisted for so long without a basic lack of respect for women and their bodies   Why did women take so long to come forward with problems due to vaginal mesh implants? Photograph: Emily Critchfield/Duke Health The ongoing vaginal mesh implant scandal […]

A New Study Links Birth Control Pills and Breast Cancer—Here’s What You Need to Know

December 7, 2017 11:04 PM Yesterday, news broke of a Danish study linking current hormone-releasing birth control pills and IUDs with a small but noteworthy increase in breast cancer risk. After following nearly 2 million women in Denmark for a decade, scientists suggest the hormone progestin, widely used in today’s pill packs and IUDs, may […]

Why It’s So Risky for Heart Patients to Stop Taking a Daily Aspirin

By now, it’s not a surprise that doctors advise anyone who has had a heart attack or stroke to take a low-dose aspirin every day. But remembering to take a pill daily can be a challenge. In a new study published Monday in the journal Circulation, researchers show just how risky stopping aspirin therapy can […]

Your Eyeballs May Be Covered in Disease-Fighting Bacteria

Image: Pete/Flickr Creative Commons If the eyes are windows to the soul, they’re open windows, potentially letting in all kinds of unwelcome bugs. To ensure that doesn’t happen, our tears are loaded with microbe-killing compounds and immune cells. In fact, our eyes are so inhospitable that it was long thought they were the only part […]

Some Doctors Say to Stop Antibiotics When You Feel Better

When you’re prescribed a course of antibiotics, it’s important to finish the whole thing. At least, that’s the message that’s been perpetuated for years by doctors, nurses, parents and the media. But now, a group of British doctors are making the case that in most cases, it’s time to drop the “complete the course” mantra, […]

AI Could Target Autism Before It Even Emerges—But It’s No Cure-All

Artificial intelligence is ascendant in medicine—from AI eye doctors to chatbot therapists. As medical databases balloon in size and complexity, researchers are teaching computers to sift through and identify patterns, hinting at a future in which machine learning algorithms diagnose disease all on their own. Sometimes, algorithms pick up on early signs of disease that […]

Ultrasound drill blasts clots, not blood vessels

  Ben Coxworth June 15th, 2017 The tool is described as “the first ultrasound drill that can be aimed straight ahead”(Credit: North Carolina State University) When it comes to obliterating the blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis, doctors have at least two options: intravascular ultrasound tools or tiny diamond-tipped drills. Unfortunately, both approaches have drawbacks. […]

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain’s Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

In Brief Researchers have developed a revolutionary treatment that pulses magnetic waves into the brain, treating depression by changing neurological structures. It has been shown to be extremely effective and could be an alternative to antidepressant medications. Depression is becoming an epidemic that is damaging individuals, society, and the economy. Its has become the leading […]