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Artificial sweeteners may damage blood vessels
In the most detailed study of its type, researchers demonstrate that artificial sweeteners damage blood vessels and may increase diabetes risk. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: Targeting new compound slows disease in rats
The results of a decade-long study are in: a new therapeutic target is found, and scientists manage to slow the progression of the disease in animals. (Medical News Today)

Have some humans evolved into real-life merfolk?
Can the human body adapt to fit different environments? Sea nomad people from Southeast Asia testify to humans' versatility and endurance. (Medical News Today)

Am I nonbinary?
Many people choose to define their gender outside of biological sex. They conceptualize their gender identity based on psychological and social, as well as biological factors. These have developed over time and led to different definitions, terminology, and identities beyond traditional male and female categories. (Medical News Today)

How do you gain weight quickly and safely?
Doctors may recommend gaining weight to athletes and people who weigh too little. We describe 19 foods that can help a person to gain weight quickly and boost overall health. We also explore the evidence behind foods traditionally used for weight gain, such as red meat, eggs, and protein shakes. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Could your fitness boost your kids' brain power?
Adult male mice exposed to a stimulating environment with lots of exercise boost learning ability in offspring through altered sperm RNA, study shows. (Medical News Today)

What to know about hormonal imbalances
While it is natural to experience hormonal imbalances at certain times in life, such as puberty, menopause, and pregnancy, some hormonal changes are related to underlying medical conditions. This article looks at the causes and symptoms of hormonal imbalances in men and women, as well as treatment and home remedies. (Medical News Today)

What causes a volvulus?
A volvulus occurs when part of the small or large intestine twists, causing a dangerous blockage. In this article, learn about the causes and symptoms in both adults and children, as well as how a volvulus is treated. We also look at what complications can occur, including sepsis, short bowel syndrome, and death. (Medical News Today)

How blood flow helps cancer to spread
A study shows that blood flow plays a key role in helping migrating cancer cells to exit the bloodstream and seed secondary tumors elsewhere in the body. (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene
In a first-of-its kind study, scientists use human neurons to study and correct the damaging effects of the APOE4 gene, a well-known genetic risk factor. (Medical News Today)

Is blood actually blue?
Some people believe that blood is blue when it is in the body and only turns red when it interacts with oxygen in the air. In this article, we investigate this and other myths and facts about the blood. Which animals have blue blood? How much blood is in the human body? Why is blood red? Find out all this and more. (Medical News Today)

Has your food gone off? This smart patch can tell you
Scientists have developed a flexible, durable, see-through material that signals the presence of specific bacteria and can be used in food packaging. (Medical News Today)

Why does cancer arise? Landmark study provides unique insight
A huge study published in a slew of papers has analyzed over 11,000 tumors from 33 cancers and reclassified them by their genomic and molecular makeup. (Medical News Today)

Why does stress lead to weight gain? Study sheds light
New research explains, for the first time, the molecular mechanism through which stress hormones control weight gain by producing fat cells. (Medical News Today)

Dual attack with two existing drugs destroys lung cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. A new study finds a two-pronged approach that could significantly improve survival rates. (Medical News Today)

Newly created compound boosts anti-cancer immunity
The results of a study that took years to conduct are finally in: scientists have devised a compound that can boost our immunity against cancer. (Medical News Today)

'Game-changing' antibiotic can kill off superbugs
The antibiotic teixobactin may succeed where others have failed; a synthetic version of it clears an infection with a drug-resistant superbug in mice. (Medical News Today)

Gene study solves mystery of 'alien' skeleton
Researchers have not only confirmed that the 'Ata' skeleton is human; they have also uncovered gene variants that may explain its serious bone deformities. (Medical News Today)

Why does obesity blunt our sense of taste?
Obese people have a dull sense of taste. A new study uncovers the molecular mechanism behind this phenomenon, revealing how obesity blunts your taste buds. (Medical News Today)

Chronic fatigue syndrome: Does the thyroid play a role?
Chronic fatigue syndrome remains a puzzling condition with unknown causes. A recent study now asks whether or not thyroid hormones could be at its root. (Medical News Today)

How cats could help to treat HIV
A study has unraveled the structure of a protein that fuels drug resistance in feline immunodeficiency virus. The finding may lead to new HIV treatments. (Medical News Today)

Many non-antibiotic drugs can alter gut bacteria
A new study reveals that many marketed non-antibiotic drugs affect the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance. (Medical News Today)

How brown fat could lead to better weight loss drugs
New research suggests that by understanding the specific characteristics of brown fat we may be able to find better therapies for weight management. (Medical News Today)

Cancer cells' survival strategy defeated with new approach
Cancer cells can evade destruction by entering a 'limbo' state. A new study explains how this happens and suggests a new approach to eliminate tumor cells. (Medical News Today)

Which diet is best for the aging brain? Study investigates
New research in mice reveals that a low-fat diet combined with calorie restriction prevents aging-associated microglia-driven inflammation in the brain. (Medical News Today)

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