The Chinese Dong Zhi Festival

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The Chinese Dong Zhi Festival In ancient times, the Chinese people celebrated the Winter Solstice Festival (Dong Zhi) by visiting relatives and friends, in much the same way as the Chinese Lunar New Year. There is customary feasting, and businesses will close up for the day. Glutinous floor balls known as “tang yuan” are consumed

Study strengthens evidence that breastfeeding can help prevent aggressive breast cancer in African-Americans

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A large collaborative study provides new evidence that African-American women may be able to significantly reduce their risk of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer by breastfeeding. The study, published online ahead of print in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, is based on a collaborative research effort led by researchers at Roswell Park

DNA in ‘gene deserts’ linked with breast cancer

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Even long stretches of DNA that contain no genes at all can affect the risk of breast cancer, by physically interacting with genes elsewhere, a new study reports. Scientists led by a team at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, found that single letter variations deep within ‘gene deserts’ – long stretches of non-coding DNA

Deep brain stimulation as OCD treatment: new guideline

Deep brain stimulation as OCD treatment: new guideline
A new clinical guideline published in the journal Neurosurgery recommends deep brain stimulation for cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder that do not respond to medication. The guideline states that bilateral stimulation is a “reasonable therapeutic option” for patients who have OCD that does not respond to other treatments. Unwanted, recurrent, intrusive thoughts and repetitive ritualized behaviors

Could a blood test predict schizophrenia risk?

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There is no single test for schizophrenia; its diagnosis relies on assessments from mental health experts. But now, a new study claims a blood test could determine who is at high risk of schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis, allowing earlier treatment and better outcomes. Researchers say a blood test could determine which patients are