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New Handheld Spectral Analyzer Uses Smartphone to Detect Disease | News Brief

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments.

Circular RNA Linked to Brain Function For First Time | News Brief

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the current issue

New Strategies to Optimize and Slow Cardiovascular Aging | News Brief

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and growing older is the greatest — and most inevitable — risk factor for it. So

Stark Increase in Opioid-Related Admissions, Deaths in Nation’s ICUs | News Brief

Since 2009, hospital intensive care units have witnessed a stark increase in opioid-related admissions and deaths, according to new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess

New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed in Study | News Brief

Under a microscope, it can be hard to tell the difference between any two neurons, the brain cells that store and process information. So scientists have turned

Exposure to Antimicrobials During Development May Cause Irreversible Outcomes | News Brief

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have discovered that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions

Drug Used to Combat Opioid Addiction is Being Underprescribed | News Brief

Access to counseling for patients, mentoring for physicians could help increase use, survey says.

New Injectable Antiretroviral Treatment Proved to Be as Effective as Standard Oral Therapy | News Brief

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) intramuscularly administered may have the same effectiveness as current oral treatments. This is the main conclusion of the Phase II clinical trial carried out

Shingles Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke | News Brief

Contracting shingles, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attack, according to a research letter published today in the Journal

These Plant-Based Diets are Associated with a Higher Risk of Heart Disease | News Brief

Plant-based diets are recommended to reduce the risk of heart disease; however, some plant-based diets are associated with a higher risk of heart disease, according to a

Fat Shaming in the Doctor’s Office Can Be Mentally and Physically Harmful | News Brief

Medical discrimination based on people’s size and negative stereotypes of overweight people can take a toll on people’s physical health and well-being, according to a review of

John Hopkins Study Confirms Most Prescribed Opioid Pills Go Unused | News Brief

In a review of half a dozen published studies in which patients self-reported use of opioids prescribed to them after surgery, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that

New Insights into How Cells Detect Damage to Their DNA Could Explain How Body Keeps Cancer in Check | News Brief

Scientists have discovered how damage to the cell’s genetic material can trigger inflammation, setting in motion processes to remove damaged cells and keep tissues healthy. The findings

Risk for Bipolar Disorder Associated with Faster Aging | News Brief

New King’s College London research suggests that people with a family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more rapidly than those without a history of the disease.

Older Adults Who Eat Yogurt Linked to Better Bone Health | News Brief

The largest observational study to date of dairy intakes and bone and frailty measurements in older adults has found that increased yogurt consumption was associated with a

Timing of Menopause Onset May Increase Heart Failure Risk in Women | News Brief

Traditional Chinese medicine might be effective as a complement or alternative to traditional Western medicine for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, according to a state

Kicking the Salt Shaker Habit May Not Be Enough | News Brief

Restaurant foods and commercially processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in a study in three U.S. regions, according to

Older Adults Who Take Five or More Medications Walk Slower than Those Who Take Fewer Medications | News Brief

“Polypharmacy” is the term used when someone takes many (usually five or more) different medications. Experts suggest that, for most older adults, taking that many medications may

Why Using Antibiotic Eye Drops for Pinkeye is the Wrong Way to Go | News Brief

A new study suggests that most people with acute conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, are getting the wrong treatment. About 60 percent of patients nationwide are prescribed antibiotic eye

New Opioid Use in Older Adults with COPD Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Death | News Brief

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at

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