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Back pain: Why exercise can provide relief and how to do it safely

After many months in lockdown, a lot of us are finding that we’re experiencing back pain that we hadn’t been bothered by before. There could be many reasons for this, including increased stress during the pandemic, moving less and spending more time sat in one position. But while you might think you should rest your […]

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Non-invasive detector as early warning for diabetes

Researchers from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported that they have developed a pain-free, non-invasive and fast way detector of early diabetes warning signs. It is a non-invasive scanning device that checks the advanced glycation end products (AGEs) level concentrated in a person’s skin tissue. According to […]

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More accurately identifying colorectal cancer through microbiome composition

In order to study colorectal cancer more efficiently, microbiome scientists from the University of Tartu have been able to characterize microbiome composition from sample tubes used in colorectal cancer screening for testing fecal occult blood. Epidemiological data suggest that the incidence of colorectal cancer is expected to increase 60% by 2030 due to population aging […]

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Don’t wear earphones all day – your ears need to breathe

Wireless earphone sales are booming, with Apple alone selling an estimated 100 million sets of AirPods in 2020. Being untethered from our phones or devices means we are likely to wear earphones for longer periods. As a result, you might notice your ears feeling more sticky or waxy. Is this common? And what happens to […]

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Psychiatric disorders in teenage years associated with social exclusion in later life

Adolescents who had received a mental health disorder diagnosis were often excluded from the labor market and education as young adults. This particularly applied to adolescents who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or psychosis. The results were found out in a birth cohort study of people born in Finland in 1987. The […]

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Spines exposed to single radiation dose more prone to breaks than if therapy is spread out

In an animal study published Oct. 1, 2021, in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have provided evidence that treating spinal tumors with “fractionated” radiation therapy—doses given in a series of sessions rather than a single treatment—helps prevent vertebral compression fractures. Timothy Witham, M.D., director of the Johns […]

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Study: Youths who use insulin pumps less at risk for diabetic retinopathy

In one of the largest and most racially diverse studies to date of American children and adolescents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin have identified the clinical and demographic factors associated with pediatric diabetic retinopathy. The disorder, a leading cause […]