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These pesky caterpillars seem to digest plastic bags

9 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

An amateur beekeeper and professional biologist plucked worms from her beehives and dropped the caterpillars into a plastic bag — only to find “the worms all around and the plastic bag full of holes.”

Mindfulness-based stress reduction only slightly improves low back pain

9 hours agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters Health) - - Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs (MSBR) appear to improve low back pain only slightly, and only temporarily, a review of previous research suggests.

12 Things I've Learned Living 12 Years With Cancer

I was diagnosed with cancer 12 years ago today. And I still remember that day with vivid technicolor. It was a weekend and the boys and I were at home alone. My daughter was away at a volleyball tournament in Minnesota. By all measures,...Show More Summary

Young Adults with Uncomplicated Epilepsy Fare as Well as Their Siblings

A 15-year follow-up study of young adults with epilepsy found that those with uncomplicated epilepsy who were seizure-free for five years or more did as well as their siblings without epilepsy in measures of education, employment, family arrangements and driving status. Show More Summary

'Alarmingly High' Risk of Death for People with Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Care

Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Local Restaurants and Businesses Bring Prom to MD Anderson

The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital joins Houston restaurants and businesses to host its second annual Prom Party Palooza, a prom for teen cancer patients and their families. The glamorous night takes place at MD Anderson on Saturday, April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Alert: Smart Sweets Gummy Bears Are Even More Delicious Now

Have you tried Smart Sweets yet? They're the (sneakily healthy) Canadian candy we cannot stop eating. Seriously though, they're unbelievably addictive gummy bears, and we aren't exaggerating - it's impossible to put the bag down once you've opened it. Show More Summary

Research from Sandia shows brain stimulation during training boosts performance

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) New research from Sandia published in Neuropsychologia shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies could be very valuable for training people faster and more efficiently.

New Guideline Published on Uncommon Risk of Death in Epilepsy

There is an uncommon risk of death that people with epilepsy and their loved ones may not know about. The risk is called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP. Now the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy...Show More Summary

Implanted scaffold with T cells rapidly shrinks tumors

(Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) A biopolymer structure enriched with nutrients shows how immunotherapy could be adapted for solid tumors, according to study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Synergistic immunotherapy approach offers improved efficacy in eliminating tumors

(JCI Journals) A team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center developed a biopolymer delivery system combining synergistic immunotherapy approaches to target tumors and stimulate the innate immune system simultaneously. In a study...Show More Summary

Lucentis Is First and Only FDA Approved Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

The FDA has approved Genentech’s Lucentis 0.3 mg for monthly treatment of all types of diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute states that diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among those with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness in working-age adults. Diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed when blood vessels in […]

More Than A Hike

Hello, world. It’s been a minute since I’ve spoken with you all via The Trek, but I wanted to come at you with some motivation for this lovely Monday. Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.. Whatever day you decide to read this. It’s been over 5 months since I returned home from my incredible journey on the Appalachian Trail. Show More Summary

Express Scripts says Anthem unlikely to renew contract after 2019

10 hours agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters) - Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, said health insurer Anthem Inc was unlikely to renew its contract with the company.

Giving Back: Outdoor Organizations Worthy of Supporting

Want to make a difference this year, but don't know where to start? Check out these tips! The post Giving Back: Outdoor Organizations Worthy of Supporting appeared first on The Trek.

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Diet and gut bacteria linked with blood clots

10 hours agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters Health) - Consuming too much choline, a nutrient sold in over-the-counter dietary supplements, can boost the risk for blood clots, researchers warn.

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