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How it works: Fecal transplants

Jan 30, 15 How it works: Fecal transplants

Posted by in Health, WTF???

Fecal transplants are essentially a donor’s feces mixed with a saline and placed into another patient by colonoscopy, endoscopy, or enema. It sounds gross, but it’s a ground-breaking therapy that cures people of a severe gut infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which causes C. diff. colitis and debilitating diarrhea.

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MRI scans may be better than biopsy for detecting prostate cancer

Jan 30, 15 MRI scans may be better than biopsy for detecting prostate cancer

Posted by in Health, Technology

Hundreds of thousands of men are diagnosed with new cases of prostate cancer every year. Thousands more die as a result, which is why diagnosing high-risk cases makes the difference between life and death. Researchersdesigned a new way to diagnose high-risk cases and published their study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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The boy born with no eyes may have options one day

Jan 30, 15 The boy born with no eyes may have options one day

Posted by in Health

At first glance, little Richie Lopez looks like any other sleeping baby. However, his mother noticed that something was off with her newborn son. Despite having perfect health and normal reflexes, the infant never opened his eyes. Upon closer examination, she found no eyeballs behind Richie’s eyelids.

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Dr. Oz and the $9 million downfall of his magic beans

Jan 30, 15 Dr. Oz and the $9 million downfall of his magic beans

Posted by in Health

After months of being taken to task on blogs, in news reports, and even in front of the Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz will watch as the product he long heralded as a “miracle” weight loss supplement gets refunded to consumers as part of a $9 million settlement.

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Autism screening just got a lot harder

Jan 29, 15 Autism screening just got a lot harder

Posted by in Mental Health

Autism researchers can no longer rely on rudimentary genetic testing to check for a child’s gene-risks for autism, according to the largest-ever study of human genomes. Instead, the new data show they must rely on individualized testing for each person’s genome in order to develop effective treatment options.

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Filling critical need, high schoolers enroll in health-sciences programs

Jan 29, 15 Filling critical need, high schoolers enroll in health-sciences programs

Posted by in Education, Health

Kyarra Garrett wants a career in health care — and she's not waiting to start her education. The Jones High School senior is among a growing number of high-school students entering health-sciences magnet programs, a trend that is ushering them in to one of the fastest-growing career paths in the country.

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What constant heartburn says about your health

Jan 29, 15 What constant heartburn says about your health

Posted by in Health

Are you clear about the effects of untreated heartburn? A new campaign from Public Health England (PHE) wants to make sure, as new studies support the idea it could be symptomatic of stomach and esophageal cancer.

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Puberty comes earlier and earlier for girls

Jan 29, 15 Puberty comes earlier and earlier for girls

Posted by in Health

At age 6, Rebecca’s body began to develop in ways that seemed unusual. Her mother, Ellen, had noticed a change in Rebecca’s breast area, but some of the other little girls, the chubbier ones at least, also seemed to be carrying extra weight there. But there was also the hair that had begun to appear under her daughter’s arms.

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Flexible work hours keep employees happy and healthy

Jan 28, 15 Flexible work hours keep employees happy and healthy

Posted by in Health, Lifestyle

Following a work schedule outside of the normal 9-to-5 business day, also known as shift work, can create a poor dynamic between sleep and work production. Not enough hours of sleeps or poor quality of sleep often lead to poor concentration, absenteeism, accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

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Umami: The mysterious fifth taste that helps seniors stay healthy

Jan 28, 15 Umami: The mysterious fifth taste that helps seniors stay healthy

Posted by in Health

Seniors who struggle to maintain a regular appetite and keep their weight up may see dietary improvements if they start cooking with umami flavors, a new study finds. The so-called “fifth taste, which accompanies salty, sweet, sour, and bitter, could get older adults eating more due to increased salivation.

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