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Pig kidney sustains brain dead man; Risk of 9 cancers reduced by being in good shape; Arthritis drug could boost effectiveness of morning after pill - Morning Medical Update


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Pig kidney sustains brain dead-man

A pig kidney transplanted into a brain-dead man has kept his body alive for more than a month. While a ventilator keeps the patient’s heart beating, the pig kidney allows his body to produce urine. Doctors who performed the surgery hope this will pave the way for future transplant innovations.

Risk of 9 cancers reduced by being in good shape

A new study shows that being in good shape can reduce the risk of 9 forms of cancer in the head, neck, lungs, kidneys, and gastrointestinal system. Researchers studied over 1 million Swedish men age 33 and over and compared the results of their current physical fitness tests to those of the mandatory Swiss military tests they took at age 18. This research adds yet more proof to the ever-growing body of evidence that good health reduces cancer risk.

Arthritis drug could boost effectiveness of morning after pill

A new study shows that when taken with arthritis drug piroxicam, Plan B can remain highly effective for up to 3 days after intercourse. On its own, Plan B effectiveness drops to 58% or lower within 3 days. Experts say that since ibuprophen is also an anti-inflammatory, coupling it with Plan B may also work.

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