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Researchers target tumors with intracellular precision

Source: Science Daily

A non-toxic, bacteria-based system can detect when it is inside a cancer cell and then release its payload of therapeutic drugs directly into the cell. The work could lead to effective, targeted therapies for currently untreatable cancers, such as liver or metastatic breast cancer.

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Prior poor mental health is associated with higher COVID-19 infection rates

Source: Medical Xpress

At the height of the pandemic, news and policy media focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic was contributing to poor mental health, a hypothesis confirmed by several studies. However, few studies examined whether the reverse might be true, that prior poor mental health may be associated with higher rates of COVID-19 infection.

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‘Good news’: Healthful plant-based diets lower risk for urological conditions in men

Source: Healio

Men who ate healthy plant-based diets lowered their risk for prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction, according to data from three abstracts that were presented during the virtual American Urological Association meeting.

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Study finds that heartburn drugs may provide unexpected benefits for those with gum disease

Source: Medical Xpress

The use of heartburn medication is associated with decreased severity of gum disease, according to a recent University at Buffalo study.

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Blood vessel inflammation could be switched off by new molecule

Source: Medical Xpress

Scientists are testing whether a new molecule could help switch off the inflammation that worsens cardiovascular diseases. The Heriot-Watt and University of Glasgow team is using real human blood vessel cells to test the molecule in the lab.

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Tele-dentistry a viable option for replacing in-person initial consultations, new study finds

Source: Medical Xpress

A study led by a team of periodontists and psychologists at King’s College London including dentistry consultants at Guy’s Hospital has found that tele-dentistry may be a valid option for first stage triage or follow-up consultations, saving patients attending clinics in person.

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Reducing sugar in packaged foods can prevent disease in millions

Source: Science Daily

Cutting 20 percent of sugar from packaged foods and 40 percent from beverages could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease events (such as strokes, heart attacks, cardiac arrests), 490,000 cardiovascular deaths, and 750,000 diabetes cases in the U.S. over the lifetime of the adult population, according to a new study.

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How relaxing COVID-19 restrictions could pave the way for vaccine resistance

Source: Science Daily

A new article outlines how relaxing Covid-19 restrictions could pave the way for new vaccine-resistant virus mutations. It describes how we are in an ‘arms race’ with the virus and how rising cases could provide opportunities for it to evolve into even more transmissible variants. The researchers say that any new variants could be more virulent, more vaccine resistant, and more dangerous for children and vulnerable groups such as transplant patients.
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Diet, exercise, and sleep affect heart health, but why?

Source: Medical Xpress

Hamburgers may not cause heart attacks, but we have long known that lifestyle choices —including diet, exercise, and sleep patterns—play a role in cardiovascular health. What we don’t know is exactly how these factors actually affect our various bodily functions.

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Heart age test a ‘wake up call’ for those at risk

Source: Science Daily

A new study by Staffordshire University shows that people who understand their ‘heart age’ are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes.

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Hypertensive emergency: What to know

Source: Medical News Today

A hypertensive emergency is having dangerously high blood pressure that causes complications such as organ failure. Malignant hypertension is one type of hypertensive emergency.

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SVS Develops Recommendations for Popliteal Artery Aneurysms

Source: HealthDay

In a clinical practice guideline issued by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, recommendations are presented for the medical management of popliteal artery aneurysms (PAAs).

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Eating to Ward Off Heart Disease

Source: HealthDay

Why does your diet matter so much to your heart? Mainly because your blood cholesterol matters. Your choices at the dinner table and the drive-through can help lower the amount of the cholesterol in your blood — and your risks of heart disease and stroke — or send that level soaring.

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How Do CT Scans Detect Pulmonary Embolism?

Source: Healthline

If a doctor suspects you may have a pulmonary embolism (PE), a CT scan is the gold standard of imaging techniques. This painless scan uses intravenous (IV) contrast, a type of dye, to help the doctor identify if you have a blood clot – or multiple blood clots – in your lungs.

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What Are the Benefits of Elevating Your Legs?

Source: Healthline

Many of us spend a lot of our time either sitting or standing. Because of this, it often feels good to kick back and relax once in a while. Sitting or lying down with your legs elevated can have several potential health benefits.

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Arterial Disease Types: Risk Factors, Causes, and Symptoms

Source: Verywell Health

Arterial diseases affect the arteries of your body. When they develop, oxygenated blood doesn’t reach its destination.

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Optimizing Lipid Control for Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease

Source: Cardiology Advisor

A narrative review that was published in the Annals of Vascular Surgery found that patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) have poor lipid control. They also found a pattern of underprescribing adequate lipid-lowering medications.

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