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BGU researchers discover gene that causes nighttime atrial fibrillation

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 23:00
Genetic studies spanning three generations of a Persian Jewish family by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. have identified a gene that causes nighttime atrial fibrillation (AFib).

WHO announces two-year scheme to drive down the price of insulin

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:51
The World Health Organization plans to make insulin more affordable for the millions of people suffering from diabetes.

Newly discovered cell involved in rheumatoid arthritis could serve as treatment target

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:31
Researchers have made a discovery about a class of cells involved in rheumatoid arthritis that could instigate new treatments.

Researchers identify “mutational footprint” caused by chemotherapy that leads to side effects

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:13
Researchers have characterized the "mutational footprint" that results from chemotherapy and leads to long-term side effects.

Opioid dose tapering rates as much as six times higher than recommended

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 18:40
Stigma and safety fears have made daily dose tapering of opioid prescriptions more common. New research from UC Davis Health physicians, however, shows tapering can occur at rates as much as six times higher than recommended, putting patients at risk of withdrawal, uncontrolled pain or mental health crises.

Metabolic syndrome: New purpose for an existing drug

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 17:27
New drugs can be developed from old ones. This revolutionary pharmacological approach that has been gaining ground recently was confirmed by a study conducted by two major research centers of the University of Trento that was published today in Nature Communications.

Researchers identify possible new treatment strategy for progeria

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 17:18
Progeria is a very rare disease that affects about one in 18 million children and results in premature aging and death in adolescence from complications of cardiovascular disease.

High-fat maternal diet can cause life-long changes in the fetal brain

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 16:32
A study team at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research has found that high-fat maternal diets can cause life-long changes in the brain of the unborn offspring.

Study finds no benefits of screening for thyroid dysfunction in nonpregnant adults

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:42
A new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against routine screening for thyroid dysfunction in nonpregnant adults without symptoms or risk factors.

Study: Almost 10% of diverse Latino populations meet the criteria for mild cognitive impairment

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:22
A study of over 6,300 Latinos of Dominican, Central American, Cuban, Mexican Puerto Rican and South American heritage estimates that nearly 10% of middle-age and older Latinos in the U.S. meet the criteria for mild cognitive impairment.

Omega-3 supplement continues to protect heart health without increasing prostate cancer risk

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:17
Should you take omega-3 pills? Or try to have two to servings of omega-3 rich fish a week, as the American Heart Association recommends? It may seem a bit murky if you follow headlines about nutrition and health.

Ramping up the body's waste disposal system helps heal diabetics' blood vessels

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:09
Research published today in Experimental Physiology shows that ramping up one of the body's waste disposal system, called autophagy, helps heal the blood vessels of diabetics.

Treatment gaps exist for patients with peripheral arterial disease, 15-year study finds

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:04
Peripheral arterial disease is a progressive and life-threatening form of atherosclerosis that narrows the arteries serving the legs, arms, chest, and abdominal organs. It affects more than 8.5 million people in the United States, including 10 to 20 percent of individuals over 60 years old.

Nutraceuticals could help prevent diabetes

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 03:08
Diabetes mellitus is among the fastest-growing conditions in the world, and in Australia, a new case is diagnosed every 5 minutes. Many people with this illness are now taking diet supplements in an attempt to prevent this condition.

The Black Death still lurks all over the world

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 02:55
Beijing, the capital of the economic giant, China, is in the news currently for a far different reason – two patients have developed pneumonic plague. The patients, who hail from Inner Mongolia’s northwestern corner, are being treated at a high-level hospital there, amidst 21 million other people. The health authorities say they have put in place adequate protection and control measures to keep the plague from spreading.

Sudden death due to heart disease – it could be in the genes

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 02:45
More than 220,000 American adults die suddenly of cardiac causes – a phenomenon called sudden cardiac death. Some sources put it as closer to 400,000. Both inexplicable and distressing, this has been the subject of a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and presented at the American Heart Association’s scientific session.

Vaping wrecks immune cell function, increases infection risk

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 02:30
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that e-cigarettes have toxic effects on neutrophils function, making them a threat to human health by increasing the likelihood of infection with Gram-negative bacteria.

Nicotine delivery different for different e-cigarettes finds study

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 02:21
A new study from Penn State College of Medicine researchers has shown that different electronic cigarettes or “electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)” have different rates of nicotine delivery to the users. Most popular brand of e-cigarettes JUUL for example has been found to deliver more nicotine at a faster rate compared to other brands.

Dementia risk perception vis-a-vis actual action among Americans

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 02:12
A study has shown that one in two Americans between age 50 and 64 years is aware of the risk of development of dementia with age but only 5 percent are actually visiting their healthcare providers to seek preventive and therapeutic attention.

Cardiac catheterization patients practicing intermittent fasting live longer

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 00:46
While Intermittent fasting may sound like another dieting craze, the practice of routinely not eating and drinking for short periods of time has shown again to lead to potentially better health outcomes.