New blood test accurately predicts when people will die — within 5–10 years

The large-scale study got it right for 83 percent of participants. Would you take the blood test?

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  • 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.
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Sea snail goo could help prevent colon cancer, study shows

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.
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Flavonoids could curb cancer risk — even for smokers and drinkers

Scientists continue to learn more about this class of plant chemicals that's known to have extraordinary health benefits.

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  • 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.
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What we know about the dangers of e-cigarettes

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.
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10 new things we’ve learned about cancer

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.
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