Monthly Archives: June 2014

Secret behind why Alzheimer’s patients cannot make new memories discovered

A drug to prevent the devastating memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease is a step closer after scientists discovered the secret behind why people with dementia cannot form new memories. It was previously thought that Alzheimer’s was primarily caused by … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Bishop McConnell reflects on the lessons of faith in illness

Bishop Dorsey McConnell of the Diocese of Pittsburgh has released a video reflection on the lessons of faith contained in the new hit movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.” The film is based on the popular novel by John Green, … Continue reading

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Lung transplants for kids expanded

A year after a dying 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl received a controversial adult-lung transplant, exceptions for certain children younger than 12 were made permanent Monday. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which manages the national waiting list and matches donors, approved the … Continue reading

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Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Researchers are developing a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases. Instead of guessing what a patient might have, and ordering one test after another, this new technology starts with no assumptions. The technology starts with a sample of blood or … Continue reading

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Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans

Of the 5 million Americans with failing hearts, about half of them will die within five years of getting diagnosed. Given the odds, it seems that people with heart failure should start thinking about how they want to die. But … Continue reading

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West African Ebola epidemic “out of control”

An Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is out of control and requires massive resources from governments and aid agencies to prevent it spreading further, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières said on Monday. In its latest report on … Continue reading

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Early Exposure To Bacteria Protects Children From Asthma And Allergies

Babies who are exposed to both bacteria and allergens in the first year of life are less likely to develop asthma and allergies, a study finds. It’s the latest wrinkle in the hygiene hypothesis — the notion that exposure to … Continue reading

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Cancer-stricken doctor: hospital staff called me ‘bed number seven’

Patients are dehumanised by NHS hospital staff, a terminally-ill doctor and campaigner claims, as she reveals she was referred to as “bed number seven” while undergoing treatment. More.

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Exercise And Protein May Help Good Gut Bacteria Get Their Groove On

Each month, it seems, we discover a new reason to appreciate the billions of bugs hanging out in our bellies. Why? They are far more influential than we ever thought. As our colleague Rob Stein reported in his Guts And … Continue reading

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New $30 million study will examine devastating senior falls.

The nation’s largest and most intensive study of how to best prevent seniors’ injuries from falling will begin next year under a $30 million grant announced Wednesday by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health. A diverse … Continue reading

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