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Three ways to improve focus and concentration

(HealthDay)—Do you get distracted easily or find that it’s getting harder to stay focused on a task at hand or retain new information? These issues can happen to anyone, though they may seem to be more troublesome with advancing age. But concentration is an ability that you can improve with a few simple “study skills.” […]

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis reversed in lab

About 1.5 million people died of tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, making it the most lethal infectious disease worldwide. A growing rise in drug-resistant TB is a major obstacle to successfully treating the illness. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Umea University in Sweden have found a compound that prevents […]

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The surprising lead cause of death for pregnant women

(HealthDay)—A major medical group has issued new guidance on detecting and treating the leading cause of death in pregnant women and new mothers in the United States. Heart disease accounts for 26.5% of pregnancy-related deaths, and rates are highest among black women and those with low incomes. On Friday, the American College of Obstetricians and […]

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Harvard undergrad’s AI model helps to predict TB resistance

One of the greatest challenges in treating tuberculosis—the top infectious killer worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)—is the bacterium’s ability to shapeshift rapidly and become resistant to multiple drugs. Identifying resistant strains quickly and choosing the right antibiotics to treat them remains difficult for several reasons, including the bacterium’s propensity to grow slowly […]

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Psoriasis symptoms, quality of life tied to disease severity

(HealthDay)—Patient-reported symptoms of psoriasis, quality of life, and work productivity worsen with increasing disease severity, as measured by two established clinician assessment tools, according to a study published online April 20 in BMJ Open. Bruce Strober, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, and colleagues examined the association between psoriasis severity, […]

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New study targets breast cancer ‘double jeopardy’

An Australian study is set to deliver a world-first model of care to reduce cardiovascular disease in breast cancer survivors. Cardiovascular disease is Australia’s biggest killer and treatment for breast cancer increases the risk of cardiovascular disease further, yet no formal clinical pathway for prevention, monitoring and management of this risk exists—leading to care that […]