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The National Institutes of Health is supporting a group of American researchers with a 3.6 million-dollar grant, which will help to develop a non-invasive diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a devastating disorder affecting both physical and mental functions. PD progresses slowly but firmly, leading to a full stop of gross motor
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A recent study showed significant health benefits of eating fish in early childhood. Allergy-related conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and food allergies, have considerably increased since the 1950s. Some data suggested that dietary habits, particularly low fish and cod liver oil consumption, could be a related factor. Recently researchers studied whether
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Researchers investigated whether high lead levels or maternal folate status during pregnancy increased the risk of overweight or obesity in children. Obesity is still a growing concern in the United States. Previous studies have shown that toxic chemical exposure during pregnancy can affect fetal development, which includes metabolic development. This is concerning because any negative
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Researchers develop a new way to track where amyloid plaques start in the brain, and where they spread in Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder that is characterized by impaired memory, cognition, language, and eventually results in dementia. The disease is caused by the accumulation of misfolded proteins that form insoluble aggregates. The two
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  Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly amongst high school students and young adults. In the United States alone, the percentage of high schoolers using e-cigarettes increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 15% in 2015. Of this group, an estimated 66% exclusively use flavoured e-cigarettes. The rise in e-cigarette use is partly because
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A recent study on over 7 million medical records found a dose-dependent correlation between statins and osteoporosis diagnosis. Statins are a class of cholesterol-lowering medications prescribed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Statins act by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, which is the main enzyme involved in cholesterol biosynthesis, thus effectively lowering LDL cholesterol in blood
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Today is World Heart Day, join in the movement and make a promise to take better care of your heart! The World Heart Federation is looking to create a community of ‘Heart Heroes’ – those who will take action to make changes that will ensure that they will live heart-healthy lives, by promising the following:
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Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scan analysis helps to identify patients with a high risk of developing stroke-related dementia, study finds. Strokes, which occur when blood flow to the brain is blocked, can affect the thinking abilities of the patient and also lead to dementia. When the stroke affects the small blood vessels in
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Researchers examined different intervention styles on resilience in parents of children with cancer. Parents of children with cancer can go through an abundance of psychological stress. Whether it is financial concerns, understanding their child’s illness, having a hard time caregiving, or overall distress. Psychological interventions aim to help parents deal with these stresses. The intervention
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Dapagliflozin, a drug originally developed to treat diabetes, shows benefit in patients in heart failure. Dapagliflozin belongs to a relatively new class of drugs, the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors, for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus. This new class of drugs works to reduce blood glucose levels by reducing the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys. Clinical
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Ten percent of colorectal cancer patients have a poor prognosis despite high immune cell infiltration of the tumour. Cancer cells interact extensively with their surrounding environment. Termed the tumour ‘microenvironment’, this ecosystem consists of immune cells, blood vessels and connective tissue that regulate tumour growth. The role of tumour-infiltrating immune cells may be anti-tumour or
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A new stem cell-derived human model reveals the role of the most common genetic risk factor, the APOE4 gene, in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease begin decades before clinical signs and symptoms are detected or observed. It is a progressive disease characterized
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Researchers recently reviewed the benefits of a plant-based diet for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects up to one percent of the world’s population, potentially 75 million people. The cause of RA is unknown, but it is thought to be a combination of genetics, environment, and chance. Rheumatoid arthritis
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In this study, researchers determined if a mobile app in conjunction with in-person counseling could help in increasing physical activity in women who are normally inactive. Though physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle, the average American adult does not exercise enough. This disparity is especially evident between genders since it has
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A recent study has examined social skills and depression among adolescents who date, compared to those who do not date, with surprising results. A study examining 10th graders’ emotional, interpersonal, and adaptive skills has reported interesting results in the Journal of School Health. In this study, 594 students in grade 10 were compared using self-reporting
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A new study examines the usefulness of protein shakes for minimizing muscle soreness after the gym. It’s no secret that getting enough protein is important.  Protein is essential to the structure of bones, muscles, skin, and blood.  Protein supplements, such as protein powders and shakes, have gotten increasingly popular over the years because they are
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