A study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology examined how white blood cells respond to air from different environments to better understand allergic disease. As the world becomes more urban, we are exposed to more and more pollutants in the environment. Pollutants in the air contribute to the incidence of cardiovascular disease, and allergic diseases,
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In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers explored the effects of weight regain on various health outcomes. Obesity, the excessive accumulation of fat, is a major worldwide health concern. Obesity is often associated with other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight through diet
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A recent study investigated whether a cancer diagnosis was associated with worsened clinical outcomes in patients undergoing a heart procedure. While ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic advances have improved survival rates in cancer and cardiovascular disease patients, the prevalence of these complications remain quite high. In recent years, researchers have shown that chemotherapy against cancer can
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A recent study examined the rates of nonadherence and discontinuation of statin medications among seniors. Researchers also examined factors associated with nonadherence to cholesterol medication. Statin medications are used to lower a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease by decreasing their cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is one of many risk factors contributing to heart disease. Usually,
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In a study published in the BMJ, researchers analyzed the likelihood of a heart attack on major holidays and football events. Ischaemic heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks, is the leading cause of death worldwide. Albeit the disease may involve several causes, previous research depicts that external factors, such as sports events, increase the
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The American Heart Association recently provided a comprehensive commentary on the safety and tolerability of statin drugs. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 40 years old uses statins. Statin drugs are a class of cholesterol-lowering medication that reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular-related complications in vulnerable populations. The
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Despite great advances in basic research, the design and development of new drugs remain a resource-intensive endeavour with low success rates. A published commentary outlines some of the sources of failure gleaned from analyzing high-profile case studies. The process of bringing a new drug to market can cost billions of dollars and span over a
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A Canadian research group used mass spectrometry to better understand how brain cancer cells communicate and promote metastasis. How does cancer spread? Glioblastoma remains a deadly form of brain cancer with just a 4% five-year survival rate. This poor prognosis is largely attributed to the spreading of tumor cells to the surrounding tissues in the
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Many migraine sufferers recognize that alcohol has the potential to trigger migraines.  A new, large-scale study investigated how often alcohol, and red wine in particular, actually trigger migraines. A migraine is a headache accompanied by a severe throbbing or pulsing sensation on one side of the head.  Some individuals also experience aura such as flashes
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Results from a large international study done published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology reports new prediction criteria for evaluating fracture risk in older individuals. Many older individuals are at an increased risk of increase of sustaining a fracture due to a progressive worsening of bone strength with age (fragility fractures). A clinical way of determining
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A research group in the United States has found that genetic modification of the gene NRF2 sensitizes tumor cells to drug treatment, providing insight for future development of lung cancer treatment strategies. Lung cancer remains a leader in cancer-related deaths. According to The Cancer Atlas, “lung cancer is responsible for nearly one in five cancer
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In a study published in PNAS, researchers in Denmark examined the effects of folate deficiency on changes to DNA during cell division. Folate, also known as folic acid or vitamin B9, is an important vitamin found in many fruits and green leafy vegetables. Research has linked folate deficiency to a variety of diseases, including anemia,
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Please rate this article A recent study investigated if good bacteria in a particular formulation can reach the gut unmodified to colonise and produce health benefits. Products containing probiotic species has produced a lucrative global market with a predicted profit of over $46 billion by 2020. However, the methods by which these probiotic supplements are
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Please rate this article A new study based in China and published in the International Journal of Cancer examined the link between work stress and the chance of developing cancer. Cancer remains a top-ten leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Over recent decades, studies have identified important links between cancer
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Please rate this article Parents play a major role in determining the health of their children. How much their individual education and exercise habits influence their children’s weight was recently examined in a new study. Children’s growth is dependent on family environment. What parents practice and observe directly impact their children’s conceptions of lifestyle. These
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Please rate this article The rising cost of insulin poses a significant barrier for people with diabetes, as many resort to limiting their use of the drug. A recent study at the Yale Diabetes Center reveals that cost-related insulin underuse may be more common than expected. Over the past ten years, the cost of insulin
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