In the News: Pen Can Detect Cancer in 10 Seconds, Tomatoes May Reduce Liver Damage, Cyberchondria Is Becoming Increasingly Common

A new pen can detect cancer in 10 seconds. A new form of technology, known as the MasSpec Pen, can detect cancer in humans with 96 percent accuracy. While other methods already exist, this gentle form of testing is extremely efficient, which can greatly improve the patient experience. In a study, carried out by the University of Texas at Austin, researchers examined over 250 cancerous tissue samples and compared them to healthy tissue. This device creates a tiny droplet of water that can pull molecules out of a person’s cells and analyze the pattern they are making. While healthy molecules have a certain fingerprint, cancerous ones create new patterns that can reveal if a person has this disease. Want to learn about other breakthrough cancer treatments? Watch this clip. (TIME)

Tomatoes may reduce alcohol-related liver damage. New studies have emerged that show tomatoes may protect your liver and brain from the side effects of excessive alcohol. While some experts suggest a glass of wine here or there can lower stress and benefit you, alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on your organs. When looking into different types of tomato (powder form, extract, purified lycopene), experts found that the tomato powder decreased signs of alcohol damage by an astounding 90 percent. These results underscore the fact that lycopene, when isolated, does not stave off liver damage, but whole tomatoes may hold the key to these benefits. Want to know how to find the best tomatoes? Try these tips. (MEDNEWS)

Cyberchondria is becoming increasingly common. If you have ever found yourself Googling symptoms only to come to the conclusion that you are gravely ill, you are not alone. Hypochondria is facilitated by the tools of the modern age, making it too easy for people to self-diagnose. Now dubbed”cyberchondria”, this condition can lead to an excess of appointments and tests. In a study published by the National Institute for Health Research, researchers tracked 444 patients with severe anxiety relating to health conditions – real and imagined – and found that cognitive behavioral therapy helped reduce these symptoms significantly. (BBC)