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4 Your Health: Blood plasma for Alzheimer's; kidney stones and pregnancy; HPV cancers

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Gender, age and race, can make a difference in surviving HPV related cancers.

A new study shows the five year survival rate was consistently higher among white patients for all HPV associated cancers. Older people tended to die sooner after diagnosis than younger people and men with certain cancers had a shorter survival rate than women.

Experts involved in the study said better prevention screening and treatment methods are needed for these high-risk groups.

Kidney stones and pregnancy

Women with a history of kidney stones may face certain complications during pregnancy.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found kidney stones were linked to an increased risk for pre-term delivery, gestational diabetes, and pre-eclampsia. Women who were overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy had an especially high risk of blood pressure related complications.

Promising treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists at Stanford University experimented with infusing blood plasma of young* people into a small group of Alzheimer's patients.

As expected, there were no major changes in their mood or memory. But researchers *were* surprised to see small improvements in the patient's ability to perform daily tasks.

Experts say researchers need to do more studies on larger numbers of participants.

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