Removing appendix linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s disease: study

A small organ that’s often considered useless might play a major role in whether or not a person develops Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study. Scientists have long believed that Parkinson’s,... Read more »

Groundskeeper in Bayer in U.S. weed-killer case accepts reduced award

(Reuters) – The school groundskeeper who won a jury trial against Bayer AG’s (BAYGn.DE) Monsanto unit over allegations that the company’s glyphosate-containing weed-killers caused his cancer, accepted a court-mandated reduced punitive damages... Read more »

China birth rate set to continue decline this year: China Daily

FILE PHOTO: A baby stroller is seen as mothers play with their children at a public area in downtown Shanghai November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s birth rate is... Read more »

Medical Council of Canada under fire for banning access to menstrual products for exam takers

The Medical Council of Canada says it’s reviewing its practices after being criticized online for prohibiting women from bringing tampons or menstrual pads into exam rooms while writing multi-hour tests. Dr. Michelle... Read more »

AbbVie, Roche combo treatment meets main goal of leukemia trial

FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo (Reuters) – AbbVie Inc and... Read more »

Treating early signs of diabetes risk may stave off the disease

(Reuters Health) – People who have slightly elevated blood sugar and other early signs of risk for type 2 diabetes may avoid developing the full-blown disease if they start taking medications or... Read more »

Less-radical surgery may pose higher death risk in early cervical cancer

(Reuters Health) – Women with early cervical cancer who opt for minimally-invasive surgery die sooner and are more likely to have their tumors reappear than those who have a conventional hysterectomy, according... Read more »

Many African Americans may have undiagnosed sleep apnea

(Reuters Health) – Even though almost one in four black people in the U.S. may have moderate to severe sleep apnea, a common nighttime breathing disorder, a new study suggests the vast... Read more »

A few interventions may work to reduce C-sections

(Reuters Health) – Unnecessary cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) might decline if a variety of interventions targeting patients, healthcare professionals and hospitals were implemented, suggests an updated review of existing research. “For women, targeted... Read more »

Cryo-electron microscope bears fruit in its first year

In November 2017, a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope (cryo-EM) was inaugurated at the ESRF, the European Synchrotron, France. Data collected on this cryo-EM features in a Nature publication describing the activation cycle... Read more »