‘Genetic hacking’ is a risk of online genealogy

Your search for long-lost cousins could open you up to "genetic hacking." And unlike credit card information, you can't just cancel your old genome and get a new one.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine consumers genes genomes hackers privacy security

Does cellular sleep hold the key to aging?

New findings on cellular sleep suggest it's not as harmless as once thought. Finding the "dimmer switch" could be a way to fight aging, say researchers.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging cells sleep

Exercise may improve arteries after heart failure

Doctors used to prescribe bedrest for people with heart failure, but research with swine suggests working out can boost heart artery health.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine arteries blood exercise heart-failure hearts

1 simple talk cuts opioid use after hysterectomy

After a hysterectomy, doctors often prescribe women twice as many opioids as they use. There may be a simple way to change that without losing pain control.

U. Michigan | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine communication opioids pain physicians

Men with breast cancer have higher death rate than women

Men account for less than 1% of all breast cancer cases, but their five-year mortality rate is 19% higher than that of women, according to a new study.

Vanderbilt U. | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
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Philanthropist Len Blavatnik returns to Harvard Medical School

One year after the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced a $200 million commitment to Harvard Medical School, philanthropist Len Blavatnik spent the day at HMS visiting with scientists to learn more about research taking place on campus.

Harvard Gazette | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
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7 questions parents should ask before kids go on playdates

Just 1 in 4 parents have gotten questions about safety issues from another parent before a playdate, a new poll suggests. Here's what to ask.

U. Michigan | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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DEET ‘invisibility cloak’ may keep mosquitoes away

DEET may not repel malaria-carrying mosquitoes from humans after all. Instead, it may work like a cloak to hide our scent and fend off the critters' bites.

Rachel Butch-JHU | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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A little training boosts the spiritual side of elder care

Training left elder care providers more confident in handling the spiritual needs of their clients, research finds.

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine beliefs nursing-homes religion seniors

Man controls 2 prosthetic arms with his thoughts

"For everything we envision people needing or wanting to do to become independent... they really need two hands working together."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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