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Cancer treatment with alternative medicine can double risk of dying: Study finds

A new study has found that patients who choose cancer treatment with alternative medicine more than double the risk of dying in five years compared to those who chose conventional cancer treatment for the treatable cancers. The study is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Evidence that cannabis use helps pain or PTSD is lacking, say researchers

Scientific evidence reporting on the use of cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is too limited to conclude its safety or efficacy, say researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Most patients expect health care professionals to protect them during active shooter events in hospital

Hospitals are not off limits to tragic shooting events, and with these incidents on the rise in public places, more than half of the general public expects that physicians and nurses will protect them from harm if an active shooter event erupts while they’re in the hospital.

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Emory scientists use new tools to detect granulins for the first time inside cells

Emory University School of Medicine researchers have developed tools that enable them to detect small proteins called granulins for the first time inside cells.

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Scientists aim to find out how lung cells react in space

Space travel can cause a lot of stress on the human body as the change in gravity, radiation and other factors creates a hostile environment.

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Researchers hint at experimental molecular treatment for heart failure

Researchers report encouraging preclinical results as they pursue elusive therapeutic strategies to repair scarred and poorly functioning heart tissues after cardiac injury – describing an experimental molecular treatment for heart failure.

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New study identifies gene critical to pancreatic cancer cell growth

Pancreatic cancer is a particularly deadly form of disease, and patients have few options for effective treatment.

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Dementia and low brain serotonin may be linked: Study finds

Johns Hopkins researchers looked into the brain scans of persons with mild loss of thought and memory and have found that they have significantly low levels of serotonin in their brains. Serotonin is a natural brain chemical that is responsible for several functions including mood, sleep and appetite and also is important for several mental health conditions.

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Large study looks at beneficial and detrimental effects of alcohol consumption

According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, light to moderate consumption of alcohol can actually reduce the risk of deaths due to cardiovascular causes while heavy drinking may raise the risk of deaths due to all causes and also due to cancers.

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Protein changes essential for normal adult muscle function

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have shed light on the process that guides the maturation of newborn muscles into adult, fully functional organs.

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