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Cancer Cachexia Could Be Diagnosed Earlier With New Tool

In their paper, the researchers describe how they compiled and tested a tool to “stage cancer cachexia patients and predict clinical, nutritional and functional outcomes.” The tool comprises five criteria – available from routinely available clinical measures and laboratory tests.These include: results from biochemical analyses; measures of food intake and weight …

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Bladder Cancer

Around 2.4 percent of men and women in the U.S. are expected to develop bladder cancer. It accounts for 4.6 percent of all new cancer cases and is responsible for 2.8 percent of cancer deaths. Researchers from the University of Warwick and Coventry in the U.K., led by Dr. Rosemary Bland, …

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Low Oxytocin May lead to Low Apathy

Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the hypothalamus, which is a very small part of the brain that controls many of our bodily functions, including our appetite, thirst, sleep, mood, and libido. The hormone is secreted and stored by the pituitary gland, a pea-sized organ at the base of our …

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Scientists Discover New Genes for Dreaming

 In a study published in the journal Nature, investigators describe the discovery of a gene that regulates the amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in mammals, as well as a gene that controls the amount of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, REM is a …

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Tattoos Correlate With Early Demise

At autopsy, tattoos are recorded as part of the external examination. An investigation was undertaken to determine whether negative messages that are tattooed on a decedent may indicate a predisposition to certain fatal outcomes. Tattooed and nontattooed persons were classified by demography and forensics. Tattoos with negative or ominous messages …

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