• Advanced breast cancer 'eradicated' in world first

    Advanced breast cancer 'eradicated' in world first

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    For women 50 or younger, chemotherapy is unwarranted for those with an Oncotype score under 16 - about 40 percent of breast cancers in this age group, the researchers said. The Oncotype DX genetic test has been available on the NHS since 2013, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is now updating its guidance on whether it should be recommended for use.
  • Blood test could help to detect lung cancer early

    Blood test could help to detect lung cancer early

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    Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed when the cancer is too advanced to be operated on, said Dr. Chris Abbosh, a clinical research associate at University College London's Cancer Institute. ‘The goal is to develop a blood test , such as this one, that can accurately identify cancers in their earliest stages. It was 77% accurate in diagnosing lymphoma, 73% accurate for myeloma, and 80% accurate for liver and gallbladder cancers.
  • More Africans smoke, die of tobacco-induced sicknesses, says WHO

    More Africans smoke, die of tobacco-induced sicknesses, says WHO

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    Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, with tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure contributing to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Other than the Asian countries, millions of smokers across the world are making changes like never before when it comes to cigarette smoking. It also calls for hard-hitting warning and graphic pictures about the dangers of smoking on cigarette packaging.
  • Allegran recalls birth control pills packaged in reverse order

    Allegran recalls birth control pills packaged in reverse order

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    Instead, the fault packs had marron placebos at the start of the treatment. The placebo pills, which are meant to be placed at the end of a 28-pill pack, were mistakenly placed at the beginning of the pack. Anyone with questions about the recall can call Allergan at 1-800-678-1605, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m., Eastern time. Allergan is now notifying customers about the recall by letter, and arranging for the return of all recalled products.
  • Two suspected cases of Nipah virus reported from a second Indian state

    Two suspected cases of Nipah virus reported from a second Indian state

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    The UAE and Bahraini governments are urging their citizens in Kerala and elsewhere in south India to exercise caution following a deadly Nipah virus outbreak that has killed at least 10 people. The anganwadis in these regions too have been asked to close down to avoid spread of the virus among children. Two other outbreaks of the virus were reported in India in 2001 and 2007, respectively, in the eastern state of West Bengal that shares its border with Bangladesh , claiming the lives of ...
  • FDA warns parents against using teething medications

    FDA warns parents against using teething medications

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    The agency is also asking companies to stop selling the products and said it will take official action to remove them from stores. In a Drug Safety Communication issued today, the agency builds on its previous warnings about risks associated with benzocaine products for methemoglobinemia .
  • Trump's Twitter blocking violates First Amendment, court rules

    Trump's Twitter blocking violates First Amendment, court rules

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    New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that it's unconstitutional for the head of state to block Twitter users from his account simply because he doesn't agree with them, especially because Trump is a public figure who uses his personal account for political purposes.
  • The latest on the Texas school shooting

    The latest on the Texas school shooting

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    Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate were set to meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday to look for solutions days after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school. He acknowledged that such airport-style screening would carry a high cost for the thousands of school districts in the state. Abbott has focused on mental health issues and arming school personnel.
  • Fears in DRC as Ebola spreads to urban centre

    Fears in DRC as Ebola spreads to urban centre

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    There were 21 other probable cases and 10 more suspected cases of Ebola . Fourteen cases have been confirmed with laboratory tests. Previously, infections and deaths had been limited to the rural Bikoro health zone, almost 150 kilometers away.
  • Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

    Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

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    According to the country's Health Ministry, five samples were taken from suspected cases in Bikoro. Congo's health ministry on Tuesday described the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with worldwide impact". Specialists have arrived to try to stop the virus spreading. WHO said $1 million has been released from an emergency contingency fund, and more than 50 experts have been deployed to work with Congo's health workers.
  • Wal-mart to limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies below epidemic

    Wal-mart to limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies below epidemic

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    This policy is in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) guidelines for opioid use. In addition to limiting opioid prescriptions to a one-week supply and offering DisposeRx , Walmart also announced it's switching to e-prescriptions in January 2020, which is expected to curb errors and corruption.
  • Nigerian leader heading back to London for medical check

    Nigerian leader heading back to London for medical check

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    He described Buhari as a man of honour, character and integrity while also assuring that the movement will ensure President Buhari get at least 30 million votes on their platform in 2019. His second trip on January 19, 2017, according to Adesina was "part of his annual vacation". "We also hope he has transmitted a letter to the National Assembly about this trip".
  • Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons welcome baby boy

    Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons welcome baby boy

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    A source told People Kirsten and fiancé and Fargo co-star Jesse Plemons , best known as Landry in Friday Night Lights , had a "healthy baby boy" on the weekend. She went on to say, "I wasn't one of those 'I need a baby!' people until my goddaughter was born. I love her so much", the Golden Globe nominee continued at the time.
  • Facebook bans ads on Ireland's abortion referendum by foreign advertisers

    Facebook bans ads on Ireland's abortion referendum by foreign advertisers

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    Irish Christians-including the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) as well as the Catholic Church-have sought to counter the campaign by reminding their members of the inherent dignity of the human person from conception to natural death. The referendum ads change comes following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In addition, Facebook is planning to introduce a searchable database to show how much an advertiser is spending, and the demographic details of the audience that a group is trying ...
  • Boy due in court after drill attack on woman in Strabane

    Boy due in court after drill attack on woman in Strabane

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    Brenda McLaughlin , 38, sustained a severe head injury in the drill assault on a main street in Strabane, Co Tyrone, in the early hours of Saturday. On Sunday, the woman was reported as being in a "stable condition in a critical care unit" in hospital.
  • Free skin cancer screening around Phoenix area for 'Melanoma Monday'

    Free skin cancer screening around Phoenix area for 'Melanoma Monday'

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    According the American Academy of Dermatology , melanoma rates continue to rise in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and Melanoma accounts for 5% of all skin cancers. E is for Evolving: The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. C is for Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red or blue.
  • Author Junot Diaz accused of sexual misconduct, 'virulent misogyny'

    Author Junot Diaz accused of sexual misconduct, 'virulent misogyny'

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    During a Q&A at the festival on Friday, Zinzi Clemmons , author of the coming-of-age novel What We Lose , confronted Diaz about an alleged past instance of sexual harassment that she said occurred when she was a student. "We must continue to teach all men about consent and boundaries". "Now, I don't know how fans of this work proceed from here". Carmen Maria Machado , also an author, also said Diaz "went off" on her for 20 minutes in front of an audience after she asked him about his ...
  • Cockroach stuck in woman's ear for 9 days

    Cockroach stuck in woman's ear for 9 days

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    The pests thrive in warm and damp places, and that includes Florida, where the young couple live and where flying cockroaches called palmetto bugs are most common. More bits were pulled out after which a specialist placed a microscope next to her face. A few minutes later, she felt something bigger was getting extracted out of her ear canal.
  • NYS Health Department Warns of Measles Exposure in Chemung County

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    Measles can remain in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours after a person has left an area, so the times listed below reflect that window. "We encourage anyone who is unsure about the measles vaccination status, or believe they are experiencing symptoms, to contact their health-care provider or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)".
  • Study links gray hair with immune system activity, viral infection

    Study links gray hair with immune system activity, viral infection

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    In mice , if MITF is absent during melanocyte development, their fur lacks pigment. Hair can turn gray when the MIFT's are unable to regulate this interferon response. But the researchers found that MITF also serves to keep the melanocytes' interferon response in check. For their experiments, the researchers used mice who'd been bred to have high amounts of MITF ( melanogenesis associated transcription factor ), a gene inside melanocyte cells which tells the cell to make melanin.