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Concern in the UK over unregulated over-the-counter health checks that may be putting extra pressure on the NHS

An investigation by The BMJ reveals that dozens of UK companies are offering private blood tests for a range of conditions and deficiencies, with some making misleading claims, not backed

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Feeling chirpy: Being around birds is linked to lasting mental health benefits

New research from King’s College London has found that seeing or hearing birds is associated with an improvement in mental well-being that can last up to eight hours. This improvement

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New strategy shows potential to block nerve loss in neurodegenerative diseases

Two new studies from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis support development of a broadly applicable treatment for neurodegenerative diseases that targets a molecule that serves as the

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Researchers take key step toward improving treatment of cystic fibrosis

Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have taken a key step toward improving and lengthening the lives of cystic fibrosis patients, who experience chronically clogged

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Can gut bacteria cause rheumatoid arthritis?

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have discovered that a unique bacteria found in the gut could be responsible for triggering rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people already

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AKT inhibitor shows signs of effectiveness in a patient trial matching drugs to tumor gene mutations

In a trial matching new treatments to cancer patients based on the genetic makeup of their tumors, the tumors shrank in 22% of the patients treated with the AKT inhibitor

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Specific alterations in BRAF gene may affect response to treatment and survival in adult brain cancers

Researchers have identified a range of genetic alterations in glioma brain cancers that will help them to understand how different mutations in one particular gene interact with other gene alterations

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