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Prioritizing patients with unexpected weight loss for cancer investigation

New research will help GPs to identify the signs, symptoms, and blood test results they should look for to swiftly diagnose cancer in people with unexpected weight loss. The findings have implications for existing health policy and guidelines. “We know that there is an increased likelihood of a cancer diagnosis within six months of seeing […]

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AI-assisted mammography must move into a critical new phase of prospective clinical evaluation

To impact and improve patient care, the study of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to support screening mammography must now shift from simulated research trials to robust clinical evaluations, according to Constance Lehman, MD, Ph.D., director of Breast Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In a commentary in JAMA Oncology, Lehman commended researchers of a recent […]

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The (neuro)science of getting and staying motivated

There is no question that motivation is one of the hardest and yet important factors in life. It’s the difference between success and failure, goal-setting and aimlessness, well-being and unhappiness. And yet, why is it so hard to get motivated? Or even if we do, to keep it up? That is the question that scientists […]

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Breast cancer ‘ecosystem’ reveals possible new targets for treatment

Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have uncovered four new subtypes of cells within triple negative breast cancer, which contain promising new therapeutic targets for the aggressive disease. Using cellular genomics, the team revealed one of the new cell types produces molecules that suppress immune cells, which may help cancer cells evade the […]

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Grayson Perry: ‘As we come blinking into the light, leave a space in your life to make art’

We are often told that the arts are good for us: they improve our mental health; help us to empathise with different people; they entertain, educate, soothe and enthuse us; they make us better citizens. But who gets the most out of the arts? Is it the “creative industries”, the army of cultural workers who […]

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‘Welcome to your ninth decade’: how I learned to embrace ageing and make time for my pelvic floor

The card dropped through the letterbox just as I was leaving for my regular coaching session at the tennis club. “Welcome to your ninth decade,” it said. I’d just turned 80 and was planning to celebrate by doing a tandem skydive for a local charity. I wasn’t shocked by the card’s message (no, really). I […]

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Angela Saini: ‘An understanding of history reminds us race is a social construct’

Alvin Weinberg was director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established during the second world war to provide nuclear material for the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb. In his 1967 book Reflections On Big Science he warned of the growing danger of specialisation in science, sending researchers into ever narrower fields of […]