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'Reprogramming' immune cells to attack cancer tumors

Cancer cells can be treacherous targets for both therapeutic agents and the body's natural defense line — the immune system. But a new approach to "rewiring" macrophages, the body's pathogen and debris eaters, could offer a fresh boost to cancer immunotherapy. Researchers are developing a strategy to 'arm' the immune system's 'debris eaters' against cancer. Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that focuses on boosting the body's own immune response against cancer tumors. This type of therapy has become more popular over the past few years, and researchers have made it a priority to understand better how cancer cells and...


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Improve sexual desire and orgasm quality with nuts

Washington: Consuming as little as 60 grams nuts a day can improve sexual functions, suggests a study. The study was published in the journal 'Nutrients'. Researchers conducted the first nutritional intervention study with healthy participants of reproductive age in order to determine if regular consumption of nuts has any effect on sexual functions and on the quality of semen. The prevalence of erectile and sexual dysfunction is thought to affect 2 per cent of men under the age of 40 years, around 52 per cent of men aged 40 to 70 years and more than 85 per cent of men...
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Study: Home-delivered meals could save money for Medicare

Medicare could save $1.57 for every dollar spent delivering free healthy meals to frail seniors after a hospitalization, according to a new study that comes as lawmakers look to restrain costs by promoting patients' well-being. The report Thursday from the Bipartisan Policy Center addresses ways that Medicare can do a better job coordinating care for chronically ill patients, who account for most of the program's $650 billion annual cost. There's a growing recognition that practical services like meal delivery can make a difference helping older people avoid health flare-ups that can send them to the hospital . "If you were...
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Early MS scans 'can predict long-term prognosis'

Scans carried out when someone is first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis can predict their long-term prognosis, research has shown.Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are already a key part of the diagnosis and management of MS.But a 15-year study of people with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), who can go on to develop MS, suggests they can also predict future disability.The MS Society said more information would help patients' treatment choices.The organisation, which funded the study in the journal Brain, added that knowing more about their condition would also reduce uncertainty for patients. 'You can live your life'Dr Susan Kohlhass, director of...

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Parents 'missing out on new baby health visits'

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Cancer risk nearly 50 times national average in Louisiana town with nearby chemical plants

Reserve, Louisiana — In Reserve, Louisiana, a town of 10,000 people, the Environmental Protection Agency said there is some of the most toxic air in America. More than 100 petrochemical plants and refineries dot the corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, often referred to as "cancer alley." Reserve is right in the middle of it, and the cancer risk here is almost 50 times the national average, according to the EPA. Robert Taylor has lived most of his 78 years here. Even his family cemetery is surrounded by a refinery. He said his mom, sister, uncle and nephew all...
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Oregon removes assisted suicide wait for certain patients

Legislation allowing certain terminally ill patients to have quicker access to life-ending medications under the state's first-in-the-nation assisted suicide law has been signed into law, Gov. Kate Brown's office announced Wednesday. The law allows those with 15 days left to live to bypass a 15-day waiting period required under the Death with Dignity Act, something proponents say will reduce bureaucracy and bring relief to gravely ill people. "This improvement will result in fewer Oregonians suffering needlessly at the end of their lives," said Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who helped sponsor the legislation. Some opponents argued that the move amounted to...