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Study boosts hope of ‘liquid biopsies’ for cancer screening

Scientists have the first major evidence that blood tests called liquid biopsies hold promise for screening people for cancer. Hong Kong doctors tried it for a type of head and neck cancer, and...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Gym-going seniors are benefiting from more than exercise

Until an injury temporarily sidelined him recently, Burt Abramowitz, 81, and his 76-year-old workout partner had a standing commitment three times each week. They’d work out at the Gold’s Gym in...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Report reveals underground U.S. haven for heroin, drug users

NEW YORK – A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals. None were known to...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Your brain can form new memories while you are asleep, neuroscientists show

A sleeping brain can form fresh memories, according to a team of neuroscientists. The researchers played complex sounds to people while they were sleeping, and afterward the sleepers could...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

WASHINGTON – Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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U.S. hospitals set record for fast heart attack care

There’s never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found. Nicotine patches, gums and medications are known to aid smoking cessation, but there’s no...

DATE: July 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines – more evidence that early treatment can occasionally...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Health plan’s fall brings dread for ‘Obamacare’ recipients

DENVER – One American was able to afford her toddler’s latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Hearing is believing: Speech may be a clue to mental decline

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Tumor gene testing urged to tell if drug targets your cancer

WASHINGTON – Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back. That’s the premise...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st U.S. gene therapy

A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-0 on Wednesday in favor of the...

DATE: July 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health