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Can dogs smell cancer in humans? Research and diagnosis

Humans have put dogs’ remarkable sense of smell to use by training them to sniff out explosives and narcotics. Their powerful noses can also detect viruses, bacteria, and signs of cancer in a person’s body or bodily fluids. In this article, we look at the evidence behind dogs’ abilities to smell and identify different types […]

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Scientists find that sensory neurons can be used to discover therapies for ALS

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have shown that mutations in specific genes that destroy motor neurons and thereby cause the devastating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis— also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease—also attack sensory neurons. The discovery in today’s Scientific Reports indicates that studying sensory neurons could provide new mechanistic insights to […]

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Can you really be scared to death?

Every year around Oct. 31, as horror films, haunted houses and pranksters in creepy costumes try their best to give you a fright, the question arises: Can a person literally be scared to death? The answer is a very conditional “Yes.” But, experts say, it’s extraordinarily unlikely to happen from Halloween hijinks. “Those circumstances are […]

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How innovation can help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

A United Nations initiative backed by global experts has set its sights on an ambitious programme to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The 90-90-90 strategy aims to do this by reaching three targets: 90% of all people with HIV must know their status, 90% of those diagnosed with HIV must receive […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers can now live a

MedUni Vienna researchers Daniel Aletaha and Josef Smolen have published a review on the status of rheumatoid arthritis in JAMA to coincide with World Arthritis Day on 12 October. The main positive finding: in recent years there has been a significant improvement in outcomes for sufferers. “Eighty percent of sufferers can lead a normal life […]

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Ovarian cancer: Taking regular low-dose aspirin can lower risk

The team found a 23 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer in women who reported that they had recently been frequently taking up to 100 milligrams of aspirin, compared with women who had taken none. However, the team discovered no links between “standard-dose” aspirin use (325 milligrams) and ovarian cancer risk. There was a suggestion, […]