Researchers argue health care systems should use ‘food as medicine’ interventions

An analysis recently published in the British Medical Journal argues for increased implementation of “food is medicine” interventions in the health care system. The article was co-authored by Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, who mostly recently argued in the New England Journal of Medicine that […]

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Fresh tumour biopsies in world-first technique for cancer treatments

An innovative technique to improve cancer treatments using tumor biopsies less than 30 minutes after they’re taken has been developed at The University of Queensland. The “Drug uptake in ex Vivo tumors” technique was developed after researchers found fresh patient tumor biopsies responded differently to treatments than the tissue cultures traditionally used. Its inventor, UQ […]

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Delayed access to cystic fibrosis drug could result in preventable death, says study

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. Approximately 4,300 Canadians live with the disease, which mainly affects the lungs and digestive system. CF is progressive, meaning it worsens over time, and lung damage will eventually lead to premature death. While there is no cure, […]

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Cognitive deterioration can lead to impulsive decisions

Deterioration of a part of the brain known as the medial temporal lobe can cause an older adult to make more impulsive decisions. One decision-making process—temporal discounting—places a greater value on a smaller and immediate outcome while dismissing a better but delayed outcome: instant gratification, in other words. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s […]

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How gut microbes feed each other to overcome dietary deficiencies, change host behavior and improve reproduction

To study how the microbiome affects their host behavior, a group of researchers at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, in Lisbon-Portugal, used the fruit fly combined with high-tech tools to show that two gut bacteria establish a metabolic cross-feeding that enables them to grow in diets that lack the nutrients that are essential for […]

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