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Stroke prevention strategy may reduce incidence of dementia among older adults

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:32
Ontario's stroke prevention strategy appears to have had an unexpected, beneficial side effect: a reduction also in the incidence of dementia among older seniors.

LSUHealthNO receives NIH grant to develop novel long-lasting dental filling materials

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:23
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health has awarded LSU Health New Orleans' School of Dentistry an R01 grant in the amount of $2,465,297 over five years to develop stronger, longer-lasting dental filling materials with antibacterial properties to inhibit recurrent cavities and extend the life of the restoration.

Adjusting dose of psychiatric drugs could reduce fall risk among elderly people

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:05
Simply adjusting the dose of an older adult's psychiatric medication could reduce their risk of falling, a new University of Michigan study suggests.

Penn study sheds new light on mysterious powers of spider silk genes

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:54
They can be stronger than steel at a mere fraction of weight, and also can be tougher and more flexible. Spider silks also tend not to provoke the human immune system. Some even inhibit bacteria and fungi, making them potentially ideal for surgery and medical device applications.

Novel strategy may improve survival of grafts, outcomes in high-risk corneal transplant patients

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:35
Treating donor corneas with a cocktail of molecules prior to transplanting to a host may improve survival of grafts and, thus, outcomes in high-risk corneal transplant patients, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

UH-led researchers focus on creating durable T cells to make immunotherapy more effective

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:30
Immunotherapy, in which cells from the human immune system are unleashed to fight disease, has been the big story in cancer treatment over the past few years. When it works, it can spur long-lasting remission in patients for whom other treatments have failed.

IU researchers discover new therapy with potential to reverse damage from acute kidney injury

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:19
Scientists at Indiana University have identified a therapy that could help reverse damage from acute kidney injury and eliminate the need for dialysis treatment in the future.

Survey: One in three American adults could have experienced sign of warning stroke

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:03
About one in three American adults experienced a symptom consistent with a warning or "mini" stroke, but almost none - 3 percent - took the recommended action, according to a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Computer-driven automated drill may play pivotal role in future surgeries

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:58
A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures.

Study: New gene editing strategy effectively targets cancer-causing ‘fusion genes’ in mouse models

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:19
A novel gene therapy using CRISPR genome editing technology effectively targets cancer-causing "fusion genes" and improves survival in mouse models of aggressive liver and prostate cancers, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers report in a study published online today in Nature Biotechnology.

New study shows that gene editing technology can shut down HIV-1 replication in animals

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:11
A permanent cure for HIV infection remains elusive due to the virus's ability to hide away in latent reservoirs. But now, in new research published in print May 3 in the journal Molecular Therapy, scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh show that they can excise HIV DNA from the genomes of living animals to eliminate further infection.

Powerful pain medicine may help reduce vision damage of glaucoma

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:58
The tip of our optic nerve is typically the first place injured by glaucoma. Now researchers want to know if the powerful pain medicine (+)-pentazocine can help avoid the damage.

Study highlights risk factors for widespread vitamin D deficiency

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:49
Results from a clinical review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association find nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use.

Telephone interventions following ED discharge can reduce suicide attempts

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:37
In perhaps the largest national suicide intervention trial ever conducted, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Brown University found that phone calls to suicidal patients following discharge from Emergency Departments led to a 30 percent reduction in future suicide attempts.

Paternal age at conception may affect social skills of children, study suggests

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:27
The age of the father at the time his children are born may influence their social development, suggests a study published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Noninvasive PET imaging may predict cancer patients’ immunotherapy response early

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:20
A noninvasive PET imaging method that measures granzyme B, a protein released by immune cells to kill cancer cells, was able to distinguish mouse and human tumors that responded to immune checkpoint inhibitors from those that did not respond early in the course of treatment.

Alcohol consumption linked to elevated risk of breast cancer in African-American women

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:04
Alcohol consumption was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in a large study of African-American women, indicating that they, like white women, may benefit from limiting alcohol.

Study explores precision psychiatry approaches to improve outcomes for patients with depression

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 08:59
A new study in Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry explores how specific clinical and biological signals can help doctors select the most effective drug more quickly and with greater precision.

Researchers develop antibacterial wound dressing made from shells of crustaceans

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 08:44
A new type of wound dressing could improve thousands of people's lives, by preventing them from developing infections. The dressing, a type of compression held in place by a bandage, uses an antibacterial substance formed from the shells of crustaceans like shrimps.

Could a magnesium cream be used as an alternative to tablets for deficiency?

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 20:58
A new study by the University of Hertfordshire has revealed that a magnesium cream could be used as an alternative to tablets to combat major health problems including high blood pressure which are linked with deficiency.