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High-risk colon cancer patients could be identified from bacteria

Eliminating the bacteria is not yet possible because antibiotic strategies would likely kill the good bacteria that contribute to digestion, said Eric Pamer, director of the Center for Microbiology, Inflammation and Cancer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center More targeted antibiotics could help, and some probiotics could boost other bacteria that would kill E. coli and ETBF bacteria from the …

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Funky protein in Platypus milk could beat antibiotic resistance

The platypus feeds its young with milk that is excreted from its stomach. Credit: Laura Romin and Larry Dalton The platypus milk can contain a protein that can fight against drug-resistant bacteria. Now, a new analysis of this protein shows that its shape is as bizarre as the shape of the animal that excreted it. The protein has an unprecedented …

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Weight loss spreads within couples in the "ripple effect"

Couples who are committed to health tend to motivate each other and adhere to diet and physical behavior. LONDON – If half a pair is in good health, there is a higher chance that the other half will propose a new study. "The concept is referred to as a ripple effect and means weight loss interventions on a spouse have …

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Americans spend more on healthcare, but have a shorter lifespan

Doctor (Getty Images) Americans spend nearly twice as much on health care as other wealthy countries, but it does not do much to improve their health, a new study finds. The United States has the shortest life expectancy and the highest infant and maternal mortality rates among its peers. Steep spending on medication and medical salaries are among the main …

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Paediatricians are the new allies in the fight against teen depression. You can see it early.

With the rising demand for mental health services for children and adolescents in the crisis, the American Academy of Pediatrics calls on front line physicians to engage with the game and recognize the early signs of depression in their young patients. For the first time in ten years, the Academy has updated its medical guidelines on adolescent depression. The goal …

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13-year-old dies after a sinusitis has spread to his brain

FLINT, Michigan – A family in Michigan devastated after a sinus infection killed a 13-year-old boy. Family members tell WNEM that Marquel Brumley died in hospital on Sunday. Relatives say the teenager went to an emergency clinic a few weeks ago and complained of cold symptoms and headaches. The doctors reportedly diagnosed Brumley with a "viral infection" that was expected …

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Antibiotic resistance weapon can be in the "strange biochemistry" of the animal

The World Health Organization today calls antibiotic resistance one of the "greatest threats" to global health. As antibiotics become less effective against infections, mortality rates and medical costs increase. The youngest contender in the fight against resistance comes from an unlikely source – the humble platypus. Platypus are known for their beaver tails, their poisonous spores, and of course their …

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