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Bone-strengthening drug 'could ease pain in prostate cancer patients'
A new study has found that a bone-strengthening drug could relief pain in prostate cancer patients, who develop bone metastases. ANI

Aromatase inhibitor letrozole cuts risk of breast cancer relapse post surgery
Scientists have found that aromatase inhibitor letrozole prevents breast cancer recurrences and reduces the risk of death in post-menopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer. ANI

Foam injections for varicose veins better than laser therapy
Researchers at Imperial College London have found that foam injections to treat varicose veins cause less pain for patients and was over four times more cost-effective than laser treatment. ANI

'No link between anesthesia and subsequent cancer risk'
General anesthesia for surgery does not increase the risk of new-onset cancer, a new research has found. ANI

Tumour make-up changes throughout the course of breast cancer
A Swedish study has found that breast cancer tumours change their hormonal status throughout the course of disease. ANI

Why chemotherapy leads to drop in platelet numbers
Scientists have identified why chemotherapy causes platelet numbers to drop, resolving a longstanding debate about platelet formation, tiny cells that allow blood to clot. ANI

Near-death experiences 'not paranormal, but brain function gone awry'
One in 100 Americans report actually having near-death experiences, ranging from out-of-body experiences, meeting dead people, and entering tunnels of light, a new research has found. ANI

Drugs to turn patient's own cells into myelinating cells to counter diseases 'closer to reality'
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have opened a door to research and potential treatments for multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other demyelinating diseases afflicting millions of people worldwide. ANI

Yahoo's strategic review to take 'months,' reveals leaked memo
Internet company Yahoo's board members have sent an email to employees, saying their "strategic review" of options for the company will take some "months". ANI

Belly fat may up asthma risk
A Norwegian study has revealed that belly fat is linked to the development of asthma. ANI

Genetic parasites transformed mammalian reproduction 100m years ago
A new study has found that genetic parasites invaded the mammalian genome more than 100 million years ago and transformed the way mammals reproduce. ANI

City cyclists inhale more soot that may damage their lungs
A new research has suggested that cyclists in major cities inhale more black carbon than pedestrians, which may cause damage to the lungs. ANI

NSAIDs' secret role offers potential new drugs against inflammation, pain
A new study has uncovered surprising new insights into the actions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), suggesting the possibility of developing a new class of inflammation and pain fighting medicines. ANI

16 new genes that will better predict breast cancer survival identified
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre have identified 16 new genes, or proteins, all involved in iron metabolism, that provide better prognostic information about breast cancer than conventional, standard markers of prognosis. ANI

Nest-building not instinctive, but learned skill for birds
Birds are far from feather-brained, when it comes to building nests, a new research has shown. ANI

Drug combo prolongs progression-free survival time in breast cancer
Combining two existing cancer drugs to treat post-menopausal women with advanced breast cancer resistant to hormonal therapy can significantly improve life expectancy without risk of the disease getting worse, a new study has suggested. ANI

How brain buys time for tough choices
Some people who receive deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease are impulsive, leading them to make quick and often, bad, decisions. ANI

Typillow - pillow to rest your iPad 2, hands and head!
A new pillow has been launched that acts as a dedicated lap pillow for the iPad 2. ANI

Facebook tracks what you do online even when you're logged out
An Australian technologist has claimed that Facebook can track the web pages you visit, even when you are logged out of the social networking giant. ANI

Gold nanowires 'could repair heart tissues better after attack'
A new study has shown that gold nanowires can engineer cardiac patches, with cells all beating in time, which could help heart attack patients in future. ANI

'Utopian' floating city that shows promises of future life at sea
A British company has unveiled a graphic of a floating island that could be the future of life at the sea. ANI

Scientists create 1st human heart cells paced with light
Researchers at the Stanford University in California have for the first time engineered human heart cells that can be paced with light. ANI

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