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Shocking Number Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

About half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds, highlighting the growing burden of chronic disease in the U.S. population. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that up to 14 percent of adults had type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent … Continue reading

Needle-Exchanges Save Lives (And Money): Here’s The Proof

Washington, D.C. has a higher AIDS diagnosis rate than any U.S. state, with about 2.4 percent of residents living with HIV/AIDS. About one in six of those cases is directly linked to injection drug use. But until 2007, there was a federal ban on using D.C.’s municipal funds for needle exchange programs, an outreach technique that reduces disease … Continue reading

New Blood Test Could Predict Breast Cancer Relapse

A simple blood test may be able to accurately predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before evidence of a tumor would be detectable on scans or biopsies. The technology, developed at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, works by detecting cancer DNA in the bloodstream before the cells … Continue reading

Surgery, Radiation May Not Improve Survival For Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

A major new study shows that surgery and radiation may not have any effect on survival rates for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. The analysis of more than 100,000 patients with “Stage 0” breast cancer reinforces a growing belief that current treatment regimens for this condition … Continue reading

Thanks To Vaccines, Africa Hasn’t Seen A Single Case Of Polio In A Year

Tuesday marked one year since Africa has recorded any new polio cases, a monumental step toward the continent being completely rid of the disease. Since a case was recorded in Somalia a year ago, there has been no evidence of any new incidents, an accomplishment that is being attributed to a collaborative, multi-tiered effort to boost … Continue reading

Indiana Declares Public Health Emergency Amid HIV Outbreak

Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday declared a public health emergency in southeastern Indiana where an HIV outbreak is underway and announced the state would sanction a short-term needle-exchange program. Pence, who declared the situation an “epidemic,” said the needle-exchange program would last for 30 days and then would be re-evaluated. Its “sole purpose,” he said, … Continue reading

NIH To Provide $10.1 Million In Research Funding To Counter Gender Bias In Studies

In scientific studies, the gender gap is not defined by an hourly wage or staff composition. Preclinical scientific research is done primarily on male subjects. This inequality obscures results and can be dangerous for women, who experience both illness and treatment differently than men. In order to counter this persistent gender bias, the National Institutes … Continue reading

Experts Say Women Are Ignored In Basic Medical Research — And The Consequences Are Dire

A new study from scientists at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine has found that surgical researchers rarely use female animals or female cells in their published studies — despite a huge body of evidence showing that sex differences can play a crucial role in medical research. Editors of the five major surgical journals reviewed in … Continue reading

What Does A Healthy Human Look Like? Google Wants To Know

What some commentators are calling Google’s “most ambitious project ever” – an attempt to “map” the human body – has been unveiled. Called “Baseline,” the collaboration between Stanford University, Duke University and Google X – the technology giant’s research division – is one of Google’s so-called moonshot projects. In Google terms, moonshots are long-term research … Continue reading

Scientists Are Working On A Single Injection That Could Stop Diabetes

Current drugs for regulating blood sugar in type 2 diabetes – which occurs when the body becomes desensitized to insulin – come with the risk that blood sugar levels drop too low. Now in a study of mice with the equivalent of type 2 diabetes, researchers were surprised to find just one injection of the … Continue reading

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