Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it

Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it

Blood-thinning drugs may increase rather than cut the risk of stroke in some people over 65 who have an irregular heartbeat and also chronic kidney disease, according to a new study. The researchers are calling on doctors to be more cautious in prescribing the drugs, called anticoagulants, until there has been more research.

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Stanford breakthrough uses stem cells to create possible cancer vaccine

Stanford breakthrough uses stem cells to create possible cancer vaccine

​An study from has found that mice injected with induced pluripotent stem cells display immune system responses to a variety of cancers. If replicated in humans this could pave the way for a personalized cancer treatment that essentially vaccinates patients against many types of tumors.

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Trump signs bill revoking Obama-era gun checks for mental illness

Trump signs bill revoking Obama-era gun checks for mental illness

President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

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Flu kills up to 4,000 Americans a week, causing 1 in 10 deaths

Flu kills up to 4,000 Americans a week, causing 1 in 10 deaths

The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses. It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode.

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Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as "ultra-processed". A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer.

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First diagnostic blood test for concussion passed by the FDA

First diagnostic blood test for concussion passed by the FDA

​The first diagnostic blood test to evaluate the severity of a concussion has been approved for marketing by the FDA. The blood test can accurately identify patients with brain tissue damage, or intracranial lesions, following a head injury without the need for an expensive & time-consuming CT scan.

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