4 Things You Need To Know Today (July 12, 2018)

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1. A keto diet could make cancer treatment more effective.

Cancer researchers have found that the keto diet might work to make cancer treatments work better. A new study published in the journal Nature this week cited that the high-fat, low-carb diet boosted the efficacy of certain cancer-zapping drugs in mice. However, researchers found that the keto diet didn’t work without the drugs, noting the importance of diet as only a part of the solution in cancer prevention treatment. Results varied depending on what kind of cancer the mice had, but for some mice, going keto added years to their lives. The research is linked to recent studies about the sugar-tumor connection. (Insider)

2. We just unlocked a huge clue about the root of Alzheimer's.

Scientists have discovered what they're calling the "big bang" of the disease: The moment that a healthy protein in the brain becomes toxic. They are hopeful that finding the precise moment Alzheimer's begins to form will help clinicians get a better handle on how to prevent the disease from spreading. (Science Daily)

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3. An experiment to get rid of disease-carrying mosquitoes is working.

In test zones along Australia’s Cassowary Coast, scientists have successfully wiped out 80 percent of the Aedes aegypti mosquito—the type responsible for diseases like Zika and dengue—by releasing millions of sterile males to suppress the population. The same test is being done now in Fresno, California, with the hope of eventually helping regions where Aedes aegypti poses a threat to life and health. (Newsweek)

4. Medical errors are a big problem.

And it's for more reasons than you might think! Not only are they the third leading cause of death (after cancer and heart disease), but they cost the United States over $20 billion each year. What's the solution? For starters, establishing better leadership in the health care system and concentrating on doctor burnout, which is directly linked to mistakes. (Fortune)

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