Mammograms have, so far, had the single role of identifying potentially cancerous tumors in the breast. However, could they also help doctors identify women at risk of heart disease and heart failure? Share on PinterestSome researchers believe that mammograms could also help doctors identify women with a high risk of heart failure. Mammograms work by
A recent study has investigated links between hair products and breast cancer. The findings have caused a stir, so in this article, we put the results into perspective. Share on PinterestA new study looks at hair dye and breast cancer risk. Overall, breast cancer affects around 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. Although breast
Darren Higgins, professor of microbiology and immunobiology, studies the mechanisms that disease-causing bacteria use to survive, grow and spread inside of human cells. This video is part of a series in which researchers explain the importance of their work: http://hms.harvard.edu/research/science-matters.
Eye-opening research by neurosurgeons from Barrow Neurological Institute and Montreal Neurological Institute has produced the foremost investigation of the origin and evolution of perhaps the most famous concept devised in neurobiology–the homunculus of neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield. The paper, along with a perspective piece, was published in the August issue of World Neurosurgery. The research was
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that orthodontists use to help correct overcrowded or crooked teeth. Braces can also help correct an overbite. People who are getting braces soon or are considering them may wonder
Proteus Digital Health CEO Andrew Thompson Qin Chen | CNBC Proteus Digital Health has spent two decades trying to develop “smart pills” that can be used to tell a smartphone app whether patients have taken their medications. The technology was so promising that, three years ago, investors valued the company at $1.5 billion. But Proteus
Portia Smith’s most vivid memories of her daughter’s first year are of tears. Not the baby’s. Her own. “I would just hold her and cry all day,” Smith said. At 18, Smith was caring for two children, 4-year-old Kelaiah and newborn Nelly, with little help from the partner in her abusive relationship. The circumstances were
A new pilot study concludes that at-home urine tests could make prostate cancer diagnoses shorter, simpler, and possibly even more accurate. Share on PinterestThe possibility of a home urine test for prostate cancer moves one step closer. Prostate cancer is common, affecting nearly half of males over 50. However, it tends to develop slowly, and
“Kissing bug” is the common name for a species of bug called triatomines. The bugs get their common name because they tend to leave bite marks on the face. The main risk associated with kissing bugs is the presence of a parasite in their feces, which can cause Chagas disease in the people it infects.
In an effort to replicate an experiment conducted over a century ago, systems biologists at Harvard Medical School present compelling evidence confirming at least one single-cell organism—the strikingly trumpet-shaped Stentor roeselii—exhibits a hierarchy of avoidance behaviors. Exposed repeatedly to the same stimulation—in this case a pulse of irritating particles—the organism can in effect “change its
An existential crisis may occur when a person frequently wonders whether or not life has any inherent meaning or purpose. A person may also question their own existence within a world that might seem meaningless. Experiencing an existential crisis is common, and it is normal and often healthy to question one’s life and goals. However,
Typically, doctors advise people with type 2 diabetes to eat about six times a day. But this approach can lead to a vicious cycle in which individuals require more intensive treatments. Could a different approach to diet be more suitable? Share on PinterestEating three meals a day that includes a breakfast of fruit, bread, and
New Jersey residents will have access to the newest clinical trials and medical breakthroughs as a result of an innovative consortium between Rutgers University, Princeton University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. At an event Thursday organized by that consortium, the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJACTS), thought leaders from academia,
It is not unusual for children to be picky eaters, and many grow out of this behavior. However, some children demonstrate more severe picky eating habits, such as limiting their diet to only certain textures or showing deep concern for the possible harmful effects of eating. When these individuals stop growing, they need medical attention.
A new study in mice finds that cadmium exposure, combined with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s, can trigger symptoms of cognitive decline. Share on PinterestFor people with a key risk gene, exposure to cadmium may raise the risk of cognitive impairment, suggests new research in mice. The so-called human apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene encodes instructions
New research in mice questions the idea that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” The answer may lie in preserving the blood-brain barrier, which tends to become leaky with age. Share on PinterestNew research looks at the decline of brain functions that accompanies aging. The blood-brain barrier is a complex set of blood
A scientist works in a lab at Biogen in Cambridge, MA on Nov. 5, 2016. Suzanne Kreiter | Boston Globe | Getty Images Biogen pleased shareholders this week after it presented more data on its late-stage Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab. Shares of the biotech firm closed up 3.41% on Thursday as analysts pointed to a lack of
Changes in heart rate due to low oxygen conditions experienced by the fetus during pregnancy could predict the future heart health of babies, suggests research published today in The Journal of Physiology. Dr. Martin Frasch of UW Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was the study’s lead author, joined by collaborators at the University of
Altruism and a lack of access and affordability are three reasons why people with chronic illnesses are turning to the “black market” for medicines and supplies, new research shows. Scientists at University of Utah Health and University of Colorado ran surveys to understand why individuals are looking beyond pharmacies and medical equipment companies to meet
New research in the journal Science from the lab of Stephen Elledge at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital reveals how measles infection reduces protection against other diseases. Read the full story at http://hms.harvard.edu/news/inside-immune-amnesia
Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle. While melatonin is safe in the short term for most adults, many wonder whether they can give melatonin to babies and children who are having trouble sleeping. Although the body produces its own melatonin, taking melatonin supplements can help provide short-term treatment of insomnia
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a naturally occurring chemical that exists in almost every cell of the human body. CoQ10 carries out several vital roles, including promoting energy production and neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.
Doctors commonly prescribe metformin to help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar levels. The drug increases insulin sensitivity through its effects on glucose metabolism. Share on PinterestMetformin may hold surprising benefits in the fight against age-related illness. However, although there is clear evidence of metformin’s effectiveness, scientists do not fully understand how
The New York State Department of Health shared photos of some of the products it found to contain vitamin E acetate, a key focus of the department’s investigation into potential causes of vaping-associated lung disease. Source: New York State Department of Health Dank Vapes was the most commonly used THC product among patients who developed
Lifelong lower socioeconomic status of fathers, as defined by early life and adulthood neighborhood income, is a newly identified risk factor for early preterm birth (at less than 34 weeks), according to a study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal. The rate of early preterm births was three times higher when fathers lived in
Many people who have a Pap smear notice light bleeding, or spotting, for a couple of days after the test. In most cases, this is not a cause for concern, and it usually goes away without intervention. This symptom may occur because the Pap smear can irritate the blood vessels of the cervix, which causes
Depression is a condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts, with symptoms persisting for at least 2 consecutive weeks. In 2017, around 7.1% of all adults in the United States experienced at least one episode of major depression. This makes it one of the most common mental health conditions in the