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Poliovirus Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment

Researchers are moving closer to understanding how the virus works

Researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have used a modified poliovirus to fight cancer cells. The experimental therapy uses the polio virus to stimulate an immune response, which prevents the cancer cells from “hiding” from the immune system. The therapy has … Continue reading

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Cannabinoids May Remove Plaque in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the Salk Institute report promising results

Researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, have found that cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in marijuana, can facilitate the removal of beta amyloid from nerve cells. Beta amyloid is one of the main components … Continue reading

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Daily, Moderate Alcohol Intake Could Contribute to Cognitive Health in Old Age

A new study found that participants who drank alcohol were more likely to live to 85 without cognitive decline

Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that daily, moderate alcohol intake may support cognitive health into old age. The study, published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, suggests … Continue reading

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil May Protect the Brain Against Alzheimer’s

New study reports that extra-virgin olive oil could protect against cognitive decline

Extra-virgin olive oil may protect against cognitive decline, according to a new study recently published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. The study, conducted by researchers at Temple University, concludes that extra-virgin olive oil contributed to the preservation of … Continue reading

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Is Euthanasia for Mental Suffering Ethical?

In the Netherlands, the practice is stirring controversy among medical ethicists

In the United States, medical aid in dying is legal in only a handful of states (California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana). What’s more, the criteria for allowing patients to participate in aid in dying are very rigid and … Continue reading

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Heart Transplant: Better Organ Preservation Leads to Higher Success Rate

A new method of preserving heart tissue may reduce the number of hearts wasted

According to United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, the numbers are grim. Four thousand people are waiting for a heart transplant in the United States. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the transplant list. Most of these … Continue reading

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