23 million Americans to lose health insurance

An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation aimed at repealing Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional agency said on Wednesday in the first calculation of the new bill’s potential impact. Chris Dignam reports. The House Republican healthcare bill passed earlier this month will leave 23 million more Americans without health […]
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Heat stroke

Heat stoke is a very serious medical condition that happens when the body overheats and is unable to cool down without external help. It causes at least 240 deaths in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Causes & symptoms Heat stroke, a form of hyperthermia, is characterized by […]
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Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters might be at greater risk

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland adds to the growing body of evidence indicating that the source of dietary protein may play a role in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that plant protein was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while persons with a […]
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Artificial blood transfusions

Blood transfusions can save the lives of patients who have suffered major blood loss, but hospitals don’t always have enough or the right type on hand. In search of a solution, researchers have developed a promising substitute using blood’s oxygen-carrying component, hemoglobin. The in vitro study, reported in ACS’ journal Biomacromolecules, found that the modified […]
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Past kidney injury may raise risk of poor pregnancy outcomes

The risk of preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications may be greater for expectant mothers who have a history of acute kidney injury, a new study finds, even when kidney function is normal prior to pregnancy. Study leader Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, of the Division of Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, and colleagues […]
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Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

There’s evidence that daily low-dose aspirin may decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. The Chinese-based study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, “the balance of evidence shows that people who use aspirin to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease or colorectal cancer can feel positive that their use likely also lowers their risk […]
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How nutritional guideline’s restriction on sugar intake is not based on high quality science

Nutritional guidelines restricting sugar intake are not based on high quality science, finds new study led by McMaster University and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The paper is published Dec. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The research team conducted a systematic review of nine public health guidelines on sugar recommendations, including those […]
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Prenetal stress alters gut bacteria causing problems in offspring

Growing body of research suggests that prenatal stress has a long-lasting impact on an infant’s development. A new study adds to the evidence, showing that prenatal stress can negatively affect the child well into adulthood, through a connection via the maternal gut bacteria. According to an analysis conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and […]
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How smoking can wreck genetic havoc on lungs

Smoking is linked to significant genetic damage in the lungs and other organs of the body, according to new research. “This study offers fresh insights into how tobacco smoke causes cancer,” said co-lead author Ludmil Alexandrov, the Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. “Our analysis demonstrates that tobacco smoking causes mutations […]
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