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Cancer Treatments May Affect Cognitive Function by Accelerating Biological Aging

Cancer treatments are suspected to accelerate certain aging processes in the body. A new study has found that indicators of such biological aging correlate with declines in cognitive function in women who had undergone breast cancer treatment several years earlier. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings point to an aging-like effect of cancer treatments and further connect this to cognitive decline

Study Reviews What Causes Chronic Itching and Scratching

Relentless itch is a feature of many skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, but the cause of this itch—and what drives us to scratch—is somewhat mysterious. A review appearing November 21 in the journal Trends in Immunology from the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine presents what we know about the biology of the itch-scratch cycle

To Resolve Inflammation, Location Matters

Health conditions that involve inflammation run the gamut, from multiple sclerosis and lupus to arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. While inflammation can serve as a normal response to help the body deal with injury or infection, problems arise when it persists, potentially harming surrounding tissues