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Two-hour glucose tolerance test helps identify patients at heightened risk of cognitive decline

Two-hour glucose tolerance test helps identify patients at heightened risk of cognitive decline

Diabetes is a risk factor for cognitive decline. In a study of the University of Turku and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the researchers observed that already a higher two-hour glucose level in the glucose tolerance test predicts worse performance in a test measuring episodic memory after ten years. Decline in episodic memory is …

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Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk

Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A study published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe reported that the increased presence of certain bacteria in a gut biome indicates a greater likelihood that colon polyps will become cancerous. In his research, William DePaolo, associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, tracked 40 patients …

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Schools get the brunt of latest COVID wave in South Carolina

Schools get the brunt of latest COVID wave in South Carolina

Two Camden Elementary School students in masks listen as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about steps the school is taking to fight COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Camden, S.C. McMaster has adamantly and repeatedly come out against requiring masks in schools even as the average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state …

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Top doctors say not so fast to Biden's boosters-for-all plan

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden’s boosters-for-all plan

In this March 2, 2021, file photo, Hollie Maloney, a pharmacy technician, loads a syringe with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday, Sept. 17, to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, dealing a heavy blow to the Biden …

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COVID-19 vaccine booster dose cuts infection in those 60 and older

COVID-19 vaccine booster dose cuts infection in those 60 and older

(HealthDay)—Among Israeli adults aged 60 years and older, those receiving a third booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have rates of confirmed COVID-19 and severe illness that are substantially lower than the rates seen for individuals only receiving the two original vaccine doses, according to a study published online Sept. 15 in the New …

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Pfizer recalls all lots of anti-smoking drug Chantix due to potential carcinogen

Pfizer recalls all lots of anti-smoking drug Chantix due to potential carcinogen

(HealthDay)—Pfizer is expanding the recall of its anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline), the company announced Friday. The nationwide recall of all Chantix 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets was prompted because they may contain levels of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, that are at or above levels approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Long-term ingestion of …

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Time until dementia symptoms appear can be estimated via brain scan

Time until dementia symptoms appear can be estimated via brain scan

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an approach to estimating when a person who is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but has no cognitive symptoms, will start showing signs of Alzheimer’s dementia. The algorithm, available online in the journal Neurology, uses data from a kind …

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Infants exposed to domestic violence have poorer cognitive development

Infants exposed to domestic violence have poorer cognitive development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain While assessing a pregnant woman with premature labor in 1983, Linda Bullock noticed bruises on the woman. When she asked what happened, the woman told Bullock a refrigerator had fallen on her while cleaning the kitchen. “Something didn’t seem right, but I didn’t know what to say at the time. I …

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Discovery highlights the complex lifestyles of frontline immune cells

Discovery highlights the complex lifestyles of frontline immune cells

WEHI researcher Dr Michael Chopin have made a surprise discovery about how immune ‘sentinel’ cells are maintained, which could have implications for drugs in development for treating cancer. Credit: WEHI WEHI researchers have made a surprise discovery about how immune ‘sentinel’ cells are maintained, which could have implications for drugs in development for treating cancer. …

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