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Face transplant recipient’s donor face now failing

A woman who was severely burned in a domestic violence attack in Vermont is hoping for a second face transplant after doctors recently discovered tissue damage that likely will lead to the loss of her donor face. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, 51, was burned over 80% of her body when her …

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Tackling cardiovascular deaths requires urgent action in children

Encouraging activity and improving diet in children is crucial to cut deaths from cardiovascular disease—and is the focus of an innovative school project in São Paulo, Brazil. The first results are presented today at the Brazilian Congress of Cardiology (SBC 2019). The annual congress of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology …

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Ancient viruses could help kill cancers

Heatmap showing expression of melanoma-specific transcripts across a range of cancer types. The three columns with high expression are from melanoma samples. Credit: The Francis Crick Institute DNA “echoes” of viruses that infected our ancestors millions of years ago could help the immune system to identify and kill cancer cells, …

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On the cusp of ‘an immunotherapy revolution’?

Cancer cell during cell division. Credit: National Institutes of Health A deeper understanding of the immune system’s role in controlling cancer has helped drive “an immunotherapy revolution,” offering hope for many patients with previously incurable cancers, including children, doctors have concluded in a new report. The assessment, from two Stanford …

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Breath-holding technique could improve outcomes for radiotherapy patients

Credit: Cancer Research UK A technique that will enable cancer patients to hold their breath during prolonged bouts of radiotherapy treatment has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. In the study, published in Radiotherapy and Oncology, researchers demonstrated that, by safely increasing oxygen levels in the lungs …

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Electrostimulation to evoke vivid memories

The fornix, a tiny part of the brain, may hold some clues to memory loss. Credit: Wissam Deeb, CC BY-SA Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most dreaded diagnoses, and the fear is particularly acute among older people. This complex brain disorder, which usually affects older individuals, can cause many …

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Marriage could be good for your health—unless you’re bisexual

Is marriage good for you? A large number of studies show that married people enjoy better health than unmarried people, such as lower rates of depression and cardiovascular conditions, as well as longer lives. However, these findings have been developed primarily based on data of heterosexual populations and different-sex marriages. …

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