New treatment for drug-resistant breast cancer found

Researchers investigating the way in which HER2-positive breast cancer becomes resistant to treatment have made a surprising discovery concerning how ...
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Psychedelic drug use 'does not increase risk for mental health problems'

Psychedelic drug use ‘does not increase risk for mental health problems’

An analysis of data provided by 135,000 randomly selected participants - including 19,000 people who had used drugs such as ...
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Daily cola ‘raises cancer risk’ due to caramel coloring

The chemical process during the manufacture of the caramel coloring used in soft drinks such as cola produces a carcinogen ...
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Designer protein ‘blocks all known strains of HIV’

Designer protein 'blocks all known strains of HIV' Anovel drug candidate against HIV has been created by a joint team ...
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Over-the-counter sleep aids linked to dementia

Anew study has found a significant link between high use of anticholinergic drugs - including popular non-prescription sleep aids and ...
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Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'

Too much protein in middle age ‘as bad as smoking’

Two new studies conclude that low protein intake may hold the key to a long and healthy life, at least ...
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In 1971, the first email was delivered. More than 40 years on, social media has taken the world by storm. Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are now used by 1 in 4 people worldwide. Such activity may seem harmless, but some researchers suggest social media may affect our mental health and well-being. In 2012, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that Facebook use may feed anxiety and increase a person's feeling of inadequacy. A more recent study, led by social psychiatrist Ethan Cross of the University of Michigan, found that using Facebook may even make us miserable. "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," says Kross. "But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result - it undermines it." But are such claims exaggerated? Or should we be limiting our use of social media? Medical News Today looks at the evidence. What is social media? In essence, social media defines an array of Internet sites that enable people from all over the world to interact. This can be through discussion, photos, video and audio. Facebook is the leading social networking site, with more than 1.2 billion global active users every month. The site's popularity is followed closely by MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn and Bebo.

Social media: how does it really affect our mental health and well-being?

In 1971, the first email was delivered. More than 40 years on, social media has taken the world by storm ...
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Serotonin may not be a major factor in depression, study suggests

New evidence has put into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin - a chemical messenger in the ...
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Cure for baldness? Hair-follicle-generating stem cells bring hope

Cure for baldness? Hair-follicle-generating stem cells bring hope

Cure for baldness? Hair-follicle-generating stem cells bring hope According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men will experience ...
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Caffeine may boost long-term memory

Caffeine may boost long-term memory

Caffeine may boost long-term memory Numerous studies have suggested that caffeine has many health benefits. Now, new research suggests that ...
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