World Cancer Day: Foods That Prevent Cancer

World Cancer Day’ is celebrated annually on 4th of February to deepen our understanding of this killer disease. There has been enough research to validate that food acts as the most promising ammunition to fight the battle against cancer. What are the foods that up the risk of developing cancer? Some cancers like that of the stomach have a more direct relationship with food. Foods which should be consumed in moderation to avoid the incidence of cancer are - Processed meats such as bacon, sausag...
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Top 10 Mistakes Made in Clinical Rotations

By Kendra Campbell, MD and other Medscape Contributors Last week, I watched a med student argue for 20 minutes with a patient about whether or not they were ambulating enough. His actions inspired me to make a top 10 list of mistakes that I've seen students make during their clinical rotations: 1. Arguing with a patient: This is an exercise in futility, and is very unprofessional. “One of your role's as a physician is to invoke a shared decision making process with your patients who have decisi...
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A multitasking video game makes old brains act younger

Some people as old as 80, the researchers say, begin to show neurological patterns of people in their 20s. Brain scientists have discovered that swerving around cars while simultaneously picking out road signs in a video game can improve the short-term memory and long-term focus of older adults. Cognitive scientists say the findings, to be published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, are a significant development in understanding how to strengthen older brains. That is because the im...
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5 surprising ways to prevent migraines

              1: Lifestyle changes are the best treatment for migraine prevention. The most important strategy in the war against migraines is avoiding a migraine attack in the first place. To prevent migraines, you need to figure out what your own personal migraine triggers are and avoid them religiously. Common migraine triggers include chocolate, red wine, cheese and caffeine. Keep a diet diary to discover your migraine triggers. Avoiding migraine...
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Lefty or righty? Genes for handedness found

Genes that play a role in the orientation of internal organs may also affect whether someone is right- or left-handed, new research suggests. The study, published Friday in the journal PLOS Genetics, suggests those genes may also play a role in the brain, thereby affecting people’s handedness. Still, the findings can’t yet explain the mystery of why a minority of people are left-handed because each gene plays only a tiny role in people’s handedness. “Handedness is a complex trait, there are...
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10 Most Amazing and Unbelievable Medical Miracles

Whether they are made possible by sheer luck, groundbreaking medical advances or divine intervention, humans have a certain fascination with stories of the miraculous. Medical miracles inspire a mix of awe and hope, as well as a good measure of shock and horror at circumstances other people have endured and survived. Some stories are shocking, some a gruesome and some are just plain miraculous. Here are just a few of some of the most amazing medical miracles recorded. 1. Surviving A Spike Throu...
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Your Brain On Psilocybin Might Be Less Depressed

Magic mushrooms are said to blow your mind, but the hallucinogenic chemical psilocybin, the active ingredient, actually reins in key parts of the brain, according to two new studies. The memorably vivid emotional experiences reported by mushroom users may flourish because the parts of the brain suppressed by psilocybin usually keep our world view tidy and rational. And since the brain area affected by psilocybin can also be out of whack in mental health problems such as depression, the researc...
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Weight-Loss Surgery Can Cut Deaths From Heart Attacks, Strokes

Most patients who undergo bariatric surgery lose weight and experience other health benefits. They have less heart disease, diabetes and cancer than their obese counterparts who don't have the surgery. Now, researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden find bariatric surgery also reduces deaths from cardiovascular causes, such as heart attacks and strokes. In the study, more than 2,000 middle-aged obese people underwent surgery. They were then compared with an equal number of similar...
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Nicotine Patches Up Early Memory Loss In Study

Slapping on a nicotine patch may not just be for smokers trying to kick the habit. In an intriguing test, researchers tried nicotine patches as a memory booster for nonsmokers with mild declines in their thinking ability, a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer's disease. "There were improvements in attention and memory performance in patients who took the nicotine patch compared to those with the placebo patch," lead researcher Dr. Paul Newhouse, a Vanderbilt University psychiatrist, tells Shots...
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