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Women are better than men at remembering words and faces
A new meta-analysis of over 600 studies has found that women are better than men at recalling certain types of memories, such as verbal information. (Medical News Today)

Common acne drug could prevent artery hardening
Scientists have identified the mechanism that causes artery hardening and have shown that the antibiotic minocycline can prevent the process in rats. (Medical News Today)

Civil War plant guide reveals 3 plants with antibiotic properties
To tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis, researchers have turned to plants that people used for treating infections during the American Civil War. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: New compound boosts chemo, prevents treatment resistance
A new study in mice finds a compound that boosts the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin and stops cancer cells from becoming resistant to it. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria may help explain why drugs don't work for everyone
A study with common human gut bacteria and a mouse model investigates whether our microbiome helps explain why drugs work well for some but not others. (Medical News Today)

'Starving' fungus of iron may treat drug-resistant infection
New research in mice finds that repurposing a drug for blood disorders can lower iron levels and thus starve Candida albicans of its essential nutrient. (Medical News Today)

Could this unusual immune cell be the cause of type 1 diabetes?
Scientists have found a hybrid of B and T immune cells that could be a prime driver of the autoimmunity that many people believe causes type 1 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Are feminine hygiene products really necessary?
Are intimate hygiene products, such as 'feminine' washes and douches, safe to use? Why or why not? In this Spotlight feature, we investigate. (Medical News Today)

Fat in soil bacteria may protect against stress
The discovery of an anti-inflammatory, stress-protective fatty acid in a soil bacterium sheds light on why contact with dirt can be good for our health. (Medical News Today)

Synthetic CBD may be a safe treatment for seizures
A nonintoxicating, synthetic CBD that is not easy to convert to THC and comprises inexpensive, noncannabis ingredients treated seizures safely in rats. (Medical News Today)

This new compound could fight potent 'superbugs'
The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is creating a global crisis, but a newly developed compound offers fresh hope in addressing this issue. (Medical News Today)

This mechanism could be why fermented foods benefit immune health
Scientists find a cell receptor that evolved only in humans and great apes allows a bacterial byproduct of fermented foods to activate immune cells. (Medical News Today)

In mice: Are animal studies relevant to human health?
Scientists often use animal models such as mice and rats in biomedical research. But what can these studies tell us about human health? (Medical News Today)

How lack of sleep harms circulation
New research pinpoints a possible mechanism underlying the relationship between lack of sleep and a heightened risk of diverse cardiovascular problems. (Medical News Today)

Endometriosis: Are scientists making any headway?
Endometriosis is a common chronic condition, though nobody knows what drives its development. A new study takes us a little closer to tackling its causes. (Medical News Today)

A compound in broccoli and kale helps suppress tumor growth
A compound present in broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous plants restored an underperforming tumor suppressor in a mouse model of cancer, study reveals. (Medical News Today)

Type 1 diabetes: New pancreatic cell transplant system shows promise
A new way of preparing insulin-producing implants of donor pancreatic cells promises to improve transplant effectiveness and reduce ensuing complications. (Medical News Today)

Why don't whales develop cancer, and why should we care?
Whales have a minimal risk of developing cancer, despite factors that may lead us to think otherwise. Why is this, and how can this knowledge help us? (Medical News Today)

Why might smoking and drinking alcohol raise the risk of osteoporosis?
Study uncovers a stress signaling cell mechanism through which damage to mitochondria can disrupt bone creation-resorption balance to promote osteoporosis. (Medical News Today)

Fibromyalgia: Is insulin resistance 'the missing link?'
A standard drug for insulin resistance can tackle fibromyalgia-related pain. Could this hallmark of prediabetes offer clues about fibromyalgia? (Medical News Today)

Where antibiotics fail, 'bacteria-eating' viruses may prevail
Researchers have successfully used a mix of 'bacteria-eating' viruses to treat a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant infection in a chronically ill patient. (Medical News Today)

Can diabetes influence cancer's spread?
People with cancer may have a higher risk of tumors spreading to other sites in the body if they also have diabetes. New research explains why. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: How light therapy could protect the brain
A study uncovers the neuron and immune cell changes that explain why light therapy can reduce toxic brain proteins in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Designing an antidote for world's most venomous jellyfish
While studying the venom of box jellyfish — one of the most deadly animals on earth — researchers in Australia stumbled across a possible antidote. (Medical News Today)

Obesity: Could fat cell differences predict diabetes risk?
Scientists identify three types of fat precursor cell and suggest that the distribution of these cells could predict obesity-related conditions. (Medical News Today)

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