A simple blood test for cancer?

Grail is on a quest to detect multiple types of cancer before symptoms, via a single, simple blood test. The test looks at cell-free plasma to find fragments of so-called circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) sloughed off by cancer cells. Detecting cancer sooner – before symptoms – means you can intervene earlier and people are less likely to die. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/could-we-soon-be-able-to-detect-cancer-in-10-minutes?

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Drugs that delay diabetes

Researchers have found that diabetes could be kept at bay in animals by clearing out defective insulin-producing cells. Drug development has previously been focused on preserving these “beta cells” by preventing the immune system wiping them out, but US researchers say their findings turn this on its head. Their data suggest the problem may not be an immune system gone awry. Instead, perhaps therapies should find a way to do the job the immune system is failing to do: clear the senescent cells early on. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/paradigm-shift-in-type-1-diabetes-shows-new-drugs-which-could-delay-disease-s-emergence?

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Giving children the confidence to be whatever they want to be

After 12 years leading one of the world’s most well-known food and beverage companies, Indra Nooyi will step down as chief executive of PepsiCo in October. Every night at the dinner table, her mother would ask the children to write a speech about what they would do if they were president, chief minister or prime minister — every day would be a different world leader they’d be asked to play. At the end of dinner, they had to give the speech, and she decided who she was going to vote for. In that way she gave them the confidence to be whatever they wanted to be https://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/leadership/eleven-pearls-wisdom-outgoing-pepsico-chief-indra-nooyi/?

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Almonds for cardiovascular health

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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University recently confirmed the anti-cholesterol benefits of almonds. Regular intake of a handful of almonds increased levels of mature HDL or “good cholesterol” particles, which are associated with cardiovascular health, by 19%. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/here-s-why-you-must-eat-almonds-daily-they-help-eliminate-bad-cholesterol?

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Help for young people facing disdvantage

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What to do when young people are facing disadvantage-not bothering to go to school, not achieving, living where life expectancy is 10 years below other suburbs in the same city? Try building something like The Works in Hunslet, Leeds, UK. The aspirations and expectations of young people in this area have been raised by installing a world class, state-of-the-art skatepark. It literally puts kids at the centre of everything, makes them want to be there, and enables the creation of education services around the Skatepark. http://theworksskatepark.co.uk/skatepark/

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