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Antidepressants plus common painkillers may raise bleeding risk

Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a mainstay of depression treatment, but a new study warns that taking common painkillers alongside SSRIs may raise the chances for intestinal bleeding. In a review of 10 published studies involving 6,000 patients, researchers found that those taking SSRIs (such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft) and […]

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Understanding how our gut microbiome communicates with our immune system

An international team of scientists has identified a new connection between certain molecules produced by the microbiome and the function of a protein that impacts gut inflammation. This finding takes researchers from the University of Bath and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMass Chan) closer to understanding how a good balance of microbes […]

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Androgen suppression with dose-escalated radiotherapy does not improve overall survival

In the NRG Oncology clinical trial NRG-RTOG 0815 comparing dose escalated radiotherapy (RT) in combination with short-term androgen suppression (ADT) to dose escalated RT alone for intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients, the addition of ADT did not improve overall survival results as hypothesized by researchers. These results were presented during the Plenary Session of the American […]

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Brain circuitry for both positive and negative ‘valence’ affected by trauma

For many people, a traumatic experience can leave an indelible impression on the brain in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is characterized by hyperarousal and avoidance of risky, potentially aversive behaviors. Research has revealed that the brain employs distinct circuitries that mediate positive, or rewarding, behaviors and negative, or aversive, ones. PTSD […]

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The signatures of peritoneal metastases

Surgical removal of the primary tumor is usually not enough. One in two colorectal cancer patients develops distant metastases. In about 30 percent of the cases, they appear in the lining of the abdominal cavity—the peritoneum. And that can have dire consequences. “Metastases above a certain size normally need to make space in which to […]

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Many pregnant women not receiving recommended care

Many pregnant patients do not receive guideline-based services and the number of prenatal visits does not explain this gap in provision of services, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Rebecca A. Gourevitch, from Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues measured the receipt of guideline-based […]

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To baby brains, language is language, whether signed or spoken

Baby brains are hungry for language. New parents are urged to talk to their babies to help their minds develop properly. Now, a group of UConn researchers have shown that “talking” doesn’t just mean speech—sign language exposure is equally as nourishing. “We find early exposure to language, whether signed or spoken, supports the development of […]