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  • Though effective, medications for alcoholism widely underused by patients

    Though effective, medications for alcoholism widely underused by patients

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    Though two types of medications have been shown to be effective for treating alcohol use disorders (AUD), few doctors are prescribing these drugs for patients, new research suggests.In an analysis of 122 studies, researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, focused on…

  • your weight killing your sex life?

    your weight killing your sex life?

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    Believe it or not, excess weight can actually derail your sexual pleasure and, in turn, your marriage as a whole.Numerous studies have found an association between weight and sexual pleasure. Obesity can cause a number of health concerns, but it can also greatly impact…

  • New immunotherapy treatment uses patient's own cells to attack cancer

    New immunotherapy treatment uses patient's own cells to attack cancer

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    In a strategy that combines two of the hottest ideas in cancer research, scientists at the National Institutes of Health said they successfully attacked a woman's disease by using her immune system to home in on genetic mutations unique to her tumors.The findings, published…

  • Saudi Arabia reports 18 new cases of MERS

    Saudi Arabia reports 18 new cases of MERS

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    Saudi Arabia has identified 18 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it said late on Wednesday, pushing the total number of infections in the country so far to 449.Four people died from the disease on Wednesday, taking the total death toll in…

  • Medical marijuana may treat MS symptoms, ineffective for other brain disorders

    Medical marijuana may treat MS symptoms, ineffective for other brain disorders

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    As medical marijuana makes its way into mainstream clinical use, there is still much mystery surrounding the drug, as not much is known about the its effects on the brain or nervous system disorders.To gain a better understanding of the benefits – or downsides…

  • Increasing daily coffee consumption may protect against type 2 diabetes

    Increasing daily coffee consumption may protect against type 2 diabetes

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    Coffee: The antioxidant-filled beverage is adding another benefit to its ever-growing roster.A new study published in the journal Diabetologia has revealed that increasing your daily consumption of coffee may help protect against diabetes. According to the researchers, individuals who increased their daily coffee intake…

  • Utah sperm swap 'unacceptable' but still unexplained, docs say

    Utah sperm swap 'unacceptable' but still unexplained, docs say

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    A University of Utah committee investigating reports that a Salt Lake City fertility clinic worker artificially inseminated a patient with his own sperm called the action "unacceptable" on Thursday, but said it could not determine whether the switch was intentional.Practices at two now-closed Salt…

  • Gene therapy may boost power of cochlear implants, study says

    Gene therapy may boost power of cochlear implants, study says

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    Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.The approach reported Wednesday isn't ready for human testing, but it's…

  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

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    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular…

  • MIT scientists 'edit' DNA to cure genetic disease in mice

    MIT scientists 'edit' DNA to cure genetic disease in mice

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    Scientists have used a genome-editing technique to cure mice of an inherited liver disease, raising the prospect that similar clinical trials on humans could begin within a few years.Britain's Independent reports that the scientists at MIT used a technology called Crispr, which allows them…

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