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Ubiquitous food additive alters human microbiota and intestinal environment

New clinical research indicates that a widely used food additive, carboxymethylcellulose, alters the intestinal environment of healthy persons, perturbing levels of beneficial bacteria and nutrients. These findings, published in Gastroenterology, demonstrate the need for further study of the long-term impacts of this food additive on health. The research was led by a collaborative team of […]

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FDA approves ‘glowing tumor’ imaging drug to better identify ovarian cancer cells

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved an imaging drug known as Cytalux (pafolacianine), which is attracted to ovarian cancer tissue and illuminates it when exposed to fluorescent light, allowing surgeons to more easily find and more precisely remove the cancer. Physicians at the Center for Precision Surgery in the Abramson Cancer Center […]

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In children with multiple sclerosis, teriflunomide tempers lesion growth

There are few treatment options for children with multiple sclerosis—a condition in which the immune system attacks the protective covering of nerves in the brain and spinal cord—and most therapies for the disease have not been tested in children. An international team of investigators, including researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), has conducted a phase […]

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Old Spice, Secret antiperspirants recalled due to benzene

Several Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and hygiene products have been voluntarily recalled in the United States due to the presence of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, Proctor & Gamble says. Benzene exposure can occur by inhalation, orally and through the skin. It can lead to cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the […]

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Assistance dogs significantly improve the lives of people living with hearing loss

The PEDRO study—led by the University of York—found that assistance dogs for deaf people significantly improve wellbeing, mental health and independence, and reduce social isolation and fearfulness. The study is the first ever randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigating the impact of hearing dogs on people’s lives. It evaluated hearing dog partnerships created and supported by […]

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Biosensor barcodes identify, detail ‘chatting’ among cancer cells

Ever since the first barcode appeared on a pack of chewing gum in 1974, the now-ubiquitous system has enabled manufacturers, retailers and consumers to quickly and effectively identify, characterize, locate and track products and materials. In a paper first posted online Nov. 26, 2021, in the journal Cell, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and The […]

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Irregular heartbeat risk linked to frequent alcohol use in people under 40

Moderate to heavy drinking over an extended period may increase the risk of a dangerous type of irregular heartbeat in adults under 40, according to a new study from South Korea. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, occurs when the heart’s upper chambers beat irregularly and can increase stroke risk fivefold if left untreated. The condition is […]