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A fire chief in West Virginia helped change her city’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Now overdoses in her county are down 40%.

In a November TEDWomen conference, Huntington's fire chief, West Virginia, Jan Rader, detailed his approach to combating the opioid epidemic. West Virginia has the highest opioid overdose mortality rate in the country. Huntington opened a clinic specializing in addiction treatment and created a Quick Response Team, whose members visit people who have recently overdosed, offering support. In his speech, Rader …

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New year diets spark health warning

With the New Year's resolutions in place, Queensland Health is warning people to avoid diets. The department reminded people to base their healthier choices on science instead. Fashion diets are diets that make weight loss claims or positive health effects without sound scientific evidence. The Queensland Health Nutritionist, Matthew Dick, said that over the years there have been some interesting …

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Molecular hallmarks of tumor hypoxia across 19 cancer types discovered

Unlike healthy tissues, tumors thrive in low-oxygen environments, often acquiring the ability to resist treatment and spread to other sites in the body. Despite being a well-known cause of resistance to therapy and metastasis, the impact of the low level of oxygen, known as hypoxia, on tumor cells is poorly understood. As reported today on Nature Genetics researchers discovered molecular …

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Vitamin D supplements are of no gain to those over 70, study shows

There is little benefit to those over 70 who take higher dosage vitamin D supplements to improve their bone strength and reduce the risk of falls, new research has revealed. Older people are often encouraged to take vitamin D supplements to maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles But a study by Newcastle University, published in the American Journal of Clinical …

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Converting Cancer Cells to Fat Cells to Stop Cancer’s Spread

News 14 January 2019 | by Laura Elizabeth Lansdowne, Science Writer, Technology Networks Breast cancer cells. A method to trick breast cancer cells into fat cells was discovered by researchers at the University of Basel. The team was able to transform EMT-derived breast cancer cells into fat cells into a mouse model of the disease, preventing metastasis from forming. The …

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Micro-needles could be the future of long lasting contraception 

N on his research published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering suggests that micro-needle patches can also be used to slowly release contraceptives. In rats, a high level of contraceptive hormone was sustained for over a month. "There is a real need worldwide to improve access to contraception," said Prausnitz. "Long-term contraception is appealing because compliance is easier, for example, …

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Recalling happy memories can reduce depression risk in vulnerable teenagers – new study

Remembering positive memories can help reduce the risk of depression in young people who have had a difficult childhood, our latest study found. Depression often emerges during adolescence. Many older mental health problems are related to adverse experiences in early childhood, such as poverty, parents having mental health problems, being bullied, negligent and abusive. Mental illnesses often emerge earlier in …

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Study: Children who have connection with nature less emotional, more social and better behaved | Life

New research has found that children who appreciate nature can be happier and better behaved. – Image courtesy of TuelekZa / IStock.com via AFP-Relaxnews HONG KONG, January 14 – New research in Hong Kong has shown that children who spend time in nature can benefit from fewer behavioral problems and emotional and better pro-social behavior. Created by researchers from the …

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Top News in Family Medicine January 14 2019 (6 of 10)

African-American women at high risk of breast cancer are less likely than white women to pursue potentially life-saving preventive care, and racial disparities in health care and elsewhere are to blame, suggests new research. American women have faced additional burdens at each stage of the risk management process, "wrote the researchers at Ohio State University in a study recently published …

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9 tips on avoiding Alzheimer’s and where to turn when a loved one suffers

Deborah Kan was executive producer of The Wall Street Journal when she had the agonizing news that her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's – a progressive disease without care, with symptoms of memory loss and cognitive degeneration that gradually worsen. In search of answers to his many questions, Kan turned to the Internet, but that left her more frustrated. …

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