The large-scale study got it right for 83 percent of participants. Would you take the blood test?
- A research team found 14 biomarkers can accurately predict death within 5–10 years.
- Such a test could help doctors and researchers prescribe better courses of treatments for patients.
- Information about mortality might inspire people to eat better and exercise more, thus reversing the effects of some biomarkers.
How many other disease-fighting compounds might we find in the ocean?
- The Australian sea snail secretes a purple goo that protects its eggs from the bacteria-rich marine environment.
- This goo contains a compound that appears to be remarkably effective at preventing colon cancer in mice.
- The ocean is a vast resource for potential cancer treatments, though it remains mostly untapped.
Scientists continue to learn more about this class of plant chemicals that's known to have extraordinary health benefits.
- A recent study tracked the diet and health records of more than 53,000 Danes over 23 years.
- The results suggested that people who regularly consumed flavonoids were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease.
- Still, scientists have much to learn about flavonoids, and the new study didn't establish causality.
Compared to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are extremely understudied. There is, however, some evidence on their negative effects on your health.
- Traditional cigarettes have the benefit of decades' worth of research on their harmful effects. E-cigarettes are relatively new, and our understanding of their long-term effects is limited.
- To fill this gap, researchers are conducting studies to identify exactly how e-cigarettes effect our bodies.
- To date, it appears that e-cigarettes are better for you than traditional cigarettes, but that doesn't make them harmless.
Cancer's sweet tooth. Turning cancer cells into fat. Unveiling genetic secrets. Scientists are learning about cancer every day.
- Cancer is a leading cause of death among Americans, second only to heart disease.
- Researchers are unearthing cancer's genetic secrets and, with it, potential new treatments.
- Their efforts have seen the cancer death rate for men, women, and children fall year after year between 1999 and 2016.