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Sydney woman loses a staggering 60kg in just 12 months

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
In 2015, Kirsty Simmons, 30, from Sydney, tipped the scales at 114 kilograms. She was able to shed 60 kilograms in 12 months after making the decision to overhaul her lifestyle.

Back pain is putting Britons off from going to the gym

Daily Mail (UK) - 20/07/2017
The 'worrying' findings of little more than 2,000 adults asked about their back and neck pain were commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association.

Ohio man describes filming his dementia-suffering mother

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/07/2017
Joey Daley, from Dublin, Ohio, began chronicling his mother's battle with dementia in January, and said he hopes the videos will help others whose parents are suffering.

Why surgery for early-stage prostate cancer doesn't save lives

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
Many men live with prostate cancer rather than die from it. Here's the evidence for why they shouldn't jump to surgery.

Nom de womb: What nickname did you give your unborn baby?

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
Giving a nickname or alias to your unborn baby is a way expectant parents start bonding with their child; they can be funny, cute and just a little on the weird side.

24 sickened in salmonella outbreak linked to laboratories in 16 states

CNN (US) - 19/07/2017
Twenty-four people in 16 states were infected with a strain of salmonella from March through June in an outbreak linked to microbiology laboratories, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

Police rescue woman, dog after car driven onto beach

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
An elderly woman who drove her car onto the sand at Henley Beach in Adelaide's west is detained under the mental health act, police say.

Small weight gain is just as dangerous as being fat

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/07/2017
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern tracked data on 1,262 adults for seven years, analyzing their body fat and their heart health.

Why teenagers should never get drunk

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/07/2017
Researchers from Oregon State University found that binge or heavily drinking reduces brain tissue in the regions associated with reason, logic, problem solving, planning and memory.

Imaging of scar tissue formation

Science Daily (US) - 19/07/2017
Organs respond to injuries with the formation of new fibrous tissue, which can result in scarring. This process called fibrogenesis can now be monitored noninvasively on a molecular level, as scientists report. They have created a new gadolinium-based probe for magnetic resonance imaging that specifically reports the proteins involved in fibrogenesis. The imaging method may provide a quantitative assessment of the formation of the potentially harmful scar tissue.

High-fat ice cream may not necessarily mean tastier ice cream

Science Daily (US) - 19/07/2017
Even though ice cream connoisseurs may insist that ice cream with more fat tastes better, a team of food scientists found that people generally cannot tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.

Macrophages made to engulf cancer cells in solid tumors

Science Daily (US) - 19/07/2017
Human macrophages have been engineered to ignore the 'don't eat me' signal both healthy and cancerous cells exhibit. Combined with cancer-specific targeting antibodies, these engineered macrophages invaded and engulfed human tumor cells in a mouse model.

Ethan Kranig can't cry or sweat due to rare cleft disorder

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/07/2017
Ethan Kranig, 9, of Prescott, Wisconsin, has a rare cleft disorder that makes him unable to cry or sweat, caused by a gene mutation during conception that only happens in one in 10 million people.

Campaigners slam decision not to give HPV jab to boys

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/07/2017
JCVI has advised the Government extending jab for boys is 'not cost-effective'. The HPV virus can lead to oral, penile and anal cancers in men. Boys benefit from 'her protection' the body says.

John McCain Fast Facts

CNN (US) - 19/07/2017
Here is a look at the life of US Senator John McCain.

Combining CAR T cells with existing immunotherapies may overcome resistance in glioblastomas

Science Daily (US) - 19/07/2017
Genetically modified “hunter” T cells successfully migrated to and penetrated a deadly type of brain tumor known as glioblastoma (GBM) in a clinical trial of the new therapy, but the cells triggered an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and faced a complex mutational landscape that will need to be overcome to better treat this aggressive cancer, researchers report.

Skin vaccination with microneedle patch, influenza fusion protein improves efficacy of flu vaccines

Science Daily (US) - 19/07/2017
A boosting skin vaccination with a biodegradable microneedle patch and protein constructed from sequences of influenza virus subtypes could improve the effectiveness of conventional influenza vaccines, according to a study.

Parents of Down syndrome kids admit their fears

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/07/2017
Amy and Ben Wright, from North Carolina, admit they were scared of raising kids with Down syndrome. But now they are overjoyed - and have opened a cafe staffed by people with disabilities.

First of its kind 45-day HERA mission incorporates sleep reduction for research purposes

News Medical (Australia) - 19/07/2017
After 45 days in NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), the four-man crew can hardly hold their eyes open. This mission was the first of its kind to last 45 days, as well as incorporate sleep reduction for research purposes.

Researchers receive NIH grant to launch HIV prevention study of gay and bisexual men

News Medical (Australia) - 19/07/2017
The National Institutes for Health has awarded Dr. Christian Grov and his colleagues $2.4 Million to launch a 2-year nationwide HIV prevention study of gay and bisexual men.