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Study finds evidence on preventive interventions for cognitive decline and dementia

Rss Feed - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:41
A new report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shows evidence supporting three interventions—cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity, which might slow down cognitive decline and the onset of dementia.

Guided self-help approach to exercise may benefit chronic fatigue patients

Rss Feed - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:47
A self-help approach to exercise that is supervised remotely by a specialist physiotherapist may help people with chronic fatigue symptoms (CFS) to manage their condition and feel better, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

Antibiotic resistance: a healthcare emergency?

Rss Feed - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:12
Antibiotic resistance is happening in hospitals quite frequently. Probably the main place where resistant organisms and pathogens are acquired is in intensive care units (ICUs).

New hope for eczema from nitric oxide

Rss Feed - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:40
According to a latest study, there may be new avenues for treatment of eczema, a common allergic condition of the skin. According to the researchers at the University of Edinburgh, on exposure to sunlight, the skin releases a compound that can ease the symptoms of this condition.

Fungal toxins from wallpaper source of illness says new research

Rss Feed - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:32
According to a new study, there are several toxins from fungi that could be released into the air indoors and the source could be fungi living in the wall papers. These may lead to serious health problems say researchers.

Disability-free life after major stroke could be increased by 270%, say experts

Rss Feed - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:41
Virtually no other disease has seen such massive strides in treatment in recent years as stroke. Recent studies have confirmed that it is still possible to mechanically remove large vessel occlusions in the brain many hours after a stroke occurs.

Chronic lack of sleep reduces cognitive abilities, negatively impacts physical health

Rss Feed - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:22
A chronic lack of sleep not only impairs cognitive abilities but also increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

New approaches to early detection of Parkinson's disease on the horizon

Rss Feed - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:18
Detecting Parkinson's disease before non-reversible symptoms occur: New approaches to early detection are meant to ensure just that. They are based on detection of alpha-synuclein in the skin or intestines.

Cannabinoids found to be suitable treatment for migraine attacks

Rss Feed - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:46
A study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Amsterdam confirmed that cannabinoids are just as suitable as a prophylaxis for migraine attacks as other pharmaceutical treatments.

Scientists find lack of experimental evidence detailing biologic roles of leptin in metabolism

Rss Feed - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:01
Discovered more than two decades ago, the hormone leptin has been widely hailed as the key regulator of leanness. Yet, the pivotal experiments that probe the function of this protein and unravel the precise mechanism of its action as a guardian against obesity are largely missing.

Newly discovered antibiotic could help treat drug-resistant tuberculosis

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:42
A newly discovered antibiotic, produced by bacteria from a cystic fibrosis patient, could be used to treat cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). This is the finding of a team of scientists from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and the University of Warwick.

Self-help intervention may be useful as initial treatment to manage symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:35
A self-help approach to a graded exercise program, supervised by a specialist physiotherapist, is safe and may reduce fatigue for some people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a new trial of 200 people published in The Lancet.

MSU researcher developing new miniature models to study heart disease and sickle cell anemia

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:10
A Mississippi State University researcher is developing new miniature models to better understand the factors that lead to heart disease and sickle cell anemia.

Immunotherapy found to be smarter, kinder treatment for people with head and neck cancer

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:01
The immunotherapy nivolumab is kinder than chemotherapy for people with advanced head and neck cancer - easing many of the negative effects of the disease on patients' quality of life.

Kopchicks' $10.5 million gift to fund student fellowships at MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:50
Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Chicken models may shed light on how humans develop sensitive daytime vision

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:18
Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye.

Combined effect of genetic change and ozone exposure could increase risk for autism

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:08
A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.

Study offers insight into earliest molecular steps that lead to organ rejection

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 02:00
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have uncovered the first molecular steps that lead to immune system activation and eventual rejection of a transplanted organ.

Research provides insights into how light may interact with the brain to affect sleep

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:42
Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly by entraining--modifying the length of--our circadian rhythms and also rapidly and directly due to a phenomenon known as masking.

Fungal toxins become easily aerosolized, leading to potential indoor health risk

Rss Feed - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:36
Toxins produced by three different species of fungus growing indoors on wallpaper may become aerosolized, and easily inhaled.