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Omega-3 hope for cancer patients.

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The chemistry involved in designing drugs with the potential to treat cancer is complex and finicky. The placement of a single atom can be the difference between a cancer killer and a useless bystander. And that's just at the test tube stage. There follows the challenge of getting the compound to work inside the wet, warm and wild environment of mammalian biology.   Existing therapies target breast cancer growth rather than metastasis. Photo: Rui Vieira Dr Tristan Rawling, a chemist in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), is familiar with these challenges. He is...

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Muscle-wasting alert for elderly on statins: Side-effects may outweigh benefits, say experts.

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Study looked at pros and cons of over 75s taking cholesterol-lowering drug Found statins could be cheap way of preventing heart attacks and strokes But 1 in 1,000 suffer myopathy from taking the drugs, causing muscle pain Condition can lead to breakdown of muscle cells, kidney failure and death   Statins can prevent heart attacks in the elderly – but side-effects of muscle weakness and ‘brain fog’ may outweigh the benefits, warn US researchers. Even a small increase in the risk of these problems could affect the independence of older people, particularly because they are more sensitive to the effects of drugs,...

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Omega-3's May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack.

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Survivors who took large, daily dose of prescription-only capsules showed less decline in heart function. WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of omega-3 fatty acids may protect against further damage in heart attack, patients, a preliminary study suggests. The research included 374 heart attack survivors who received standard treatment and took either a 4-gram prescription-only dose of omega-3 fatty acids each day or a placebo. The researchers said that people probably couldn't get that level of omega-3 fatty acids from diet alone. To illustrate how large a dose that is, the researchers noted that 4 grams of omega-3...

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6 ways to treat PMS without drugs.

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From ginger to exercise, natural methods may help beat cramps, bloating and other monthly symptoms.   Stomach cramps. Lower back pain. Tender breasts. Fatigue. Bloating. Anxiety. Depression. If you're a woman, you know what those symptoms add up to: premenstrual syndrome or PMS. About 85 percent of women are believed to have at least one PMS symptom during their monthly cycle, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, but some experience more discomfort than others. But you may not need to head to the pharmacy every month. Some studies have suggested that you can bypass the medications and...

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New study shows heart health starts with a stable childhood.

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"While it's clear that a healthy foundation in childhood paves the way for cardiovascular strength as an adult, it's never too late to adopt positive habits that will support your well being."

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