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The ancient building still being used after 2,000 years

When visitors walk into the Pantheon in Rome and encounter its colossal dome, they may experience the same theatricality as its guests nearly 2,000 years ago. “Anyone who steps inside the Pantheon immediately feels the crushing weight of human history, but also the incredible lightness of human creativity,” said John Ochsendorf, professor of architecture at […]

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Use of telehealth jumped as pandemic shutdown began

Use of telehealth jumped sharply during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, with the approach being used more often for behavioral health services than for medical care, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Between mid-March and early May 2020, telehealth was used by more than 40% of patients with a chronic physical […]

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Concerning drop in the number of people with mental health problems seeking help revealed

During April 2020, while the UK was in full lockdown, there was a drop of more than a third in the number of people seeking help for mental illness or self-harm according to research involving 14 million people registered at general practices across the four nations of the UK which was published today in The […]

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Higher coffee intake may be linked to lower prostate cancer risk

Drinking several cups of coffee every day may be linked to a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Each additional daily cup of the brew was associated with a reduction in relative risk of nearly 1%, the findings indicate. […]

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Calorie-burning “brown fat” could help keep you healthy, even if you’re obese

A special calorie-burning type of body fat appears to help protect against an array of chronic ailments, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Brown fat generates heat by drawing glucose from the bloodstream, as opposed to energy-storing white fat, explained senior researcher Dr. Paul Cohen. He’s an […]

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Osteoporosis drug could half number of redo hip replacement operations

More than half of repeat hip replacement operations could be prevented with a drug already successfully used to treat osteoporosis, new research from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has revealed. An estimated 8,500 hip revision procedures are conducted in England, Wales and Northern Ireland each year at a large […]

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For many cancer patients, diagnosis brings psychological ‘silver lining’

Could a cancer diagnosis sometimes produce positive life changes? In a new study, many people with colon cancer, even in advanced stages, believed their diagnosis had brought some beneficial effects to their lives. In surveys of 133 colon cancer patients, researchers found that nearly all—95%—said their lives had benefited in some way since their diagnosis. […]