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Fertility Clinic Investigates Possible Mix-Up That May Have Left 26 Women Fertilized With Wrong Sperm

A procedural error may have resulted in 26 women being wrongly fertilized. Fertility clinic UMC Utrecht launched an investigation to determine the best course of action for the incident.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Diabetes, Heart Disease Dominate Health Care Spending In The US

Did you know that just 20 health conditions make up more than half of health care spending in the United States? And out of that number, diabetes and heart disease take the top spots.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 28, 2016

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program On Track As Readmission Rates For Common Conditions Drop

Readmissions are not always avoidable but they should be kept to a minimum. Researchers have found that after being levied financial penalties through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, hospitals moved to keep readmission rates down.

Public Health December 28, 2016

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Restoring Cardiac Function After Heart Failure

Heart failure affects millions of adult Americans. It may still be in its experimental stages, but new drug cimaglermin is showing incredible promise in restoring cardiac function for heart failure patients based on a first-in-man study.

Medicine December 28, 2016

Fat Found To Promote Growth Of Specialized Blood Vessel ‘Road’ Supporting Spread Of Cancer

A number of factors can affect the rate at which cancer cells spread in the body. Now, researchers have discovered that specialized blood vessel 'roads' have a hand in promoting cancer metastasis.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 27, 2016

Study Finds Getting Political Beliefs Challenged Lights Up Same Brain Areas Responsible For Personal Identity, Emotional Responses To Threats

There’s nothing like politics to get people riled up and researchers have discovered that getting political beliefs challenged fires up the same brain areas associated with personal identity and threat response.

Life & Style December 27, 2016

Burning More Fat But Less Glucose Could Lead To Diabetes, Says Study

There really is a right time for everything. Burning more fat but less glucose offers energy benefits, but researchers have also found that it can lead to higher chances of diabetes developing depending on when exercise is carried out.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 27, 2016

Cancer Patient Wins Free Pizza For A Year, Donates Winnings To Local Food Bank Instead

Food is always better when shared, especially during Christmas. This was particularly evident in Northampton as a cancer patient decided to share his year's supply of free pizza to those who need it more.

Life & Style December 26, 2016

Patients With HIV Have Nearly Double The Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke

Heart attack and stroke risks are important health indicators. Now, researchers have found that those with HIV actually have double the risk, saying that the current risk prediction tool needs an update.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 24, 2016

3.5 Trillion Insects Take To Skies Every Year Over UK To Migrate

There are a whole lot more insects than you realize. In the UK, 3.5 trillion bugs have been revealed to take to the skies every year to undertake migratory movement.

Earth/Environment December 24, 2016

Christmas Miracle: 5-Month-Old Infant Finds Organ Match In 40 Minutes, Successfully Undergoes Liver Transplant

Daniel McCabe and his family just received what could be the best Christmas gift ever. The 5-month-old only had to wait 40 minutes after going on the United Network of Organ Sharing list to match with a liver donor.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 24, 2016

Biogen’s Spinraza Receives FDA Approval, Becomes First Drug For Spinal Muscular Atrophy

The United States now has its first spinal muscular atrophy drug. The FDA has approved Biogen’s Spinraza (nusinersen) on Dec. 23 as treatment for the rare and often fatal genetic disease affecting both children and adults.

Medicine December 24, 2016

FDA Fast-Tracks Approval For Advanced Ovarian Cancer Drug Rucaparib

A new ovarian cancer treatment has been approved by the FDA. Rubraca (rucaparib) for women diagnosed with a certain type of advanced ovarian cancer received accelerated approval from the agency.

Medicine December 22, 2016

Patients Treated By Female Doctors Have Lower Mortality, Readmission Rates: Study

Elderly patients treated by female doctors are less likely to die or be readmitted, a study has found. This highlighted an interest in how female doctors treat in an effort to offer better outcomes to all patients.

Public Health December 22, 2016

Researchers Uncover Potential Reason Why COPD Patients Lose Ability To Repair Lung Damage On Their Own

COPD patients lose the ability to repair lung damage as their disease progresses. Researchers now know why and how this happens exactly, taking a step closer to developing new COPD treatment.

Public Health December 20, 2016

Turning Off Fat Protein Improves Blood Sugar, Reduces Body Fat: Study

Fatty liver disease and obesity typically coincide. Now, researchers have found that turning off a protein in liver and fat tissues can have a hand in improving blood sugar levels and reducing body fat.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 20, 2016

Runners Have Greater Functional Connectivity In Their Brains, Says Study

Running is a great way to keep the body healthy. Now, researchers have discovered that the physical activity also imparts advantages for the brain by offering greater functional connectivity.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 16, 2016

Cholesterol-fighting Statins Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk: Study

Statins are effective at lowering cholesterol levels but researchers have also discovered that the drug also holds potential as treatment to lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Medicine December 15, 2016

Having More Social Connections Ups Breast Cancer Survival Rates

A large study has found that breast cancer patients with more social connections have higher chances of survival. Everything truly is better when you’re with friends.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 15, 2016

Winds Of Rubies And Sapphires: Powerful Winds Detected On Gas Giant Outside The Solar System For The First Time

Researchers have observed powerful winds for the first time in a gas planet located outside of the solar system. The winds brewing in HAT-P-7b contain a mineral that forms rubies and sapphires.

Space December 13, 2016

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