We can test for cancer faster than ever before
Early detection is a crucial aspect of patient survival, but many deadly cancers don’t show symptoms until it’s too late. Findings published in the journal Cancer Discovery show that testing for specific proteins called ‘line one’ can reveal cancers in just a few hours. This testing can also be used to see how effective a patient’s current treatment is. (Rockefeller University)
Do you know what’s causing your chronic pain?
After reviewing more than 75 years of research, scientists believe childhood trauma is a main contributor of pain later in life. Direct and even indirect physical, sexual, or emotional abuse as a kid can increase a person’s risk of pain-related disability in adulthood. Researchers believe this evidence underscores the urgent need for interventions in early childhood. The findings are published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology. (McGill University)
Gut bacteria is important – but it’s not always good for our health
Research published in Nature Communications studies the relationship between specific gut bacteria and our bone health. One of the most common bacteria obstructs the production of a fatty acid that keeps our bones strong. This suppression can decrease bone density and lead to osteoporosis. This research shows the importance of having a balanced microbiome as we age. (Tulane University)
How to stop a stomach bug from infecting your whole family
Norovirus is a common stomach virus that affects 20 million people each year. Dr. Joshua Saint Louis, an assistant professor of family medicine, says the best way to keep from spreading the virus is to stop sharing bathrooms. The illness spreads through droplets of the infected person’s vomit and feces, so isolation is the safest option. If you do become sick, hydration is key. Try to take a sip of water at least every 15 minutes to speed up recovery. (Tufts University)