Category Archives: The Science of Us

Why Aging Might Become a Thing of the Past

Scientists have found a way to reverse aging in mice and rejuvenate their cells.

With the aftermath of the holiday season still sliding off of my shoulders, I vaguely recall the conversations of my older relatives around the dinner table.  Each story began with the familiar phrase, “I remember when I was your age,” … Continue reading

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Do Mammograms Do More Harm than Good?

Breast cancer screening is not very effective, study shows

If you’re a middle-aged woman and you live in the United States, you’ve had one mantra drummed into your head for as long as you can recall: “Get a mammogram once a year.” First introduced in 1976, mammograms have been … Continue reading

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Cognitive Reappraisal — Looking at the Bright Side Isn’t Always A Good Thing

Positive thinking may only be useful in coping with certain types of events

When things go wrong in our lives, we use a number of strategies to help us cope. One of these is what scientists call “cognitive reappraisal,” or simply thinking about things differently to moderate how we feel. For example, if … Continue reading

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New Device May Help Patients With Heart Failure

Patients involved in a recent study reported fewer symptoms, better quality of life and increased exercise ability

A recent study suggests that a new heart device intended to improve blood flow may be beneficial for people suffering with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Corvia Medical’s InterAtrial Shunt device is a flower-shaped wire device that creates a … Continue reading

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Germs Help in the Fight Against Cancer

Study shows that certain gut bacteria enhance the action of chemotherapy drugs

Since about the mid-19th century, people have been understandably afraid of germs. Prior to that time, no one knew why millions of people became mysteriously ill with symptoms such as fevers, rashes and coughs. Nor did they understand why so … Continue reading

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Can Dogs Really Detect Cancer?

Researchers are using the canine sense of smell to identify early cancers, with more than a little success

Early detection is one of the most important factors in the successful treatment of many cancers. Since the 1950’s, when the PAP smear for cervical cancer screening became widely available, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by over … Continue reading

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