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Scientists Find ‘Off Switch’ for Aggressive Breast Cancers

By on March 27, 2015 in Natural News
Scientists Find ‘Off Switch’ for Aggressive Breast Cancers

Australian researchers have discovered a genetic “on-off switch” for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer — a finding that could lead to new and better life-saving treatments. The switch is linked to so-called “triple-negative breast cancers” — two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types. Identifying the gene that drives the aggressive […]

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Secret to Living to 100? It’s Genes, Study Finds

By on March 27, 2015 in Natural News
Secret to Living to 100? It’s Genes, Study Finds

Healthy eating and exercise might help most people live to a respectable old age, but making it to 95 or 100 might require help from your DNA, a new study finds. “Genetic makeup explains an increasingly greater portion of the variation in how old people live to be,” especially for people approaching or exceeding the […]

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Chef Jacques Pepin, 79, Suffers Stroke

By on March 26, 2015 in Natural News
Chef Jacques Pepin, 79, Suffers Stroke

Jacques Pepin, the French chef who helped introduce generations of Americans to refined cuisine, is recovering after suffering a minor stroke. Pepin, 79, was at his Connecticut home with friends Sunday evening when he began displaying symptoms of a stroke. He received prompt treatment and was released from the hospital Tuesday, his daughter, Claudine Pepin, […]

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Indiana Declaring Public Emergency Over HIV Outbreak

By on March 26, 2015 in Natural News
Indiana Declaring Public Emergency Over HIV Outbreak

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is preparing to declare a public health emergency in a county that’s at the epicenter of an HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use. Pence didn’t specify whether the executive order he plans to issue will allow a needle-exchange program during a news conference in Scottsburg on Wednesday. He says he […]

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Diabetic Retinopathy Drug OKd by FDA

By on March 25, 2015 in Natural News
Diabetic Retinopathy Drug OKd by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Eylea, an injected drug, to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. A third of those over 40 with diabetes […]

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Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke Actually Boost Risk: Study

By on March 25, 2015 in Natural News
Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke Actually Boost Risk: Study

Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients’ risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial. The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what’s called intracranial arterial stenosis — plaque build-up in the artery walls in […]

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Angelina Jolie’s Choice Not Unusual for Women With Cancer Gene

By on March 24, 2015 in Natural News
Angelina Jolie’s Choice Not Unusual for Women With Cancer Gene

Angelina Jolie’s decision to talk about the removal of her ovaries has brought new public attention to what is actually standard preventive care for women whose genetics dramatically increase their risk of ovarian cancer, experts say. In a column published Tuesday in the New York Times, Jolie wrote about deciding at age 39 to have […]

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Evolution Explains Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild

By on March 24, 2015 in Natural News
Evolution Explains Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild

Men are naturally drawn to a woman with a curvy backside, a new report suggests. The “theoretically optimal angle” is a 45.5-degree curve from back to buttocks — not necessarily a big butt, the University of Texas at Austin researchers determined. These curvaceous gals would have had an evolutionary advantage, in that they appeared able […]

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When Patients Face Death, Doctors Push Straight Talk

By on March 23, 2015 in Natural News
When Patients Face Death, Doctors Push Straight Talk

Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later. Years later, the Harvard Medical School researcher now […]

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Weed Killer Roundup Deemed ‘Probable Carcinogen’ by UN

By on March 23, 2015 in Natural News
Weed Killer Roundup Deemed ‘Probable Carcinogen’ by UN

One of the world’s most popular weed-killers – and the most widely used kind in the U.S. – has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect […]

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