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No, Dark Chocolate Is Not a Health Food

But candy companies want you to believe it is. Dark chocolate, “health food.” Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? That’s because the answer, according to many physicians is: “yes.” Just do a simple Google search and you’ll find multiple articles highlighting the health benefits of dark chocolate. Headlines …

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Is Chemotherapy on the Way Out?

New, less toxic cancer treatments are emerging, but don’t expect chemo to disappear anytime soon. When Mary Olsen received a diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia in adults, she wanted to try a new, targeted cancer therapy that was showing great promise in clinical trials. …

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All you need to know about the breast cancer drug associated with brain malfunction

The drug letrozole is used to prevent breast cancer recurrence by interfering with the production of estrogens. For the study, researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada showed that they administered letrozole to male and female marmosets — a nonhuman primate model — for four weeks and observed many behavioural …

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This novel drug to fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, which includes memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. The drug is made up of “supercharged” vitamin A, which is found in vegetables like sprouts and carrots and miniature cabbages, the Daily Mail reported. The study showed that vitamin …

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Heart attack or stroke may be an early sign of cancer

Lung and colon cancers, as well as advanced-staged cancers, appear to be most strongly associated with an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke caused by blood clots in the arteries, according to a report published in the journal Blood. “Our data shows there is an associated risk of ischemic stroke and heart attack …

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This new anti-viral composition effective in combating influenza A viruses

Influenza, a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs, is among the leading causes of death, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The new anti-viral composition is made up of three siRNAs (small interfering ribonucleic acids) targeted at three genes and encapsulated in hybrid …

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Short-height people in ICU at increased death risk, finds study

Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) who are shorter in height are more likely to die in the hospital than taller ones who have much better survival rates, finds a new study. The study showed that the average-height man’s odds of dying are just over 22 per cent, but that death risk increases by around 30 per …

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Use fish skin to treat burn, says scientist

Using fish skin to heal burns can be cheaper and less painful than bandages, says a scientist. Using the skin of Tilapia — a freshwater fish — on burns could be effective since it is rich in moisture and collagen proteins, the Daily Mail quoted Felipe Rocha, a neurologist at the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil, as …

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Anti-viral composition to fight influenza A viruses

Scientists have developed a unique anti-viral composition that can effectively provide protection against several influenza A viruses such as H1N1, H3N2, H5N1 and H7N9. Influenza, a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs, is among the leading causes of death, according to the Centres for Disease Control …

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‘Virtual tumour’ model to offer new treatment against cancer, say scientists

British scientists have built a novel virtual reality (VR) 3D model of cancer that will help increase the understanding of cancer as well as in the search for new treatment. Researchers from the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) took from a patient the tumour sample — one millimetre cubed piece of breast cancer tissue biopsy — …