Month: July 2018

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] An Australian research team investigated evidence linking the gut microbiome with specific psychiatric disorders and age-related cognitive impairment. The human body is host to a vast number of diverse microbes that perform important and beneficial functions. Evidence is now emerging that communication between the gastrointestinal tract and the central
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Polypharmacy, or using different medications at the same time, can increase the risk of dangerous side effects. A recent study measured how common polypharmacy is among older adults in the United Kingdom. Combining prescription medications can potentially cause serious side effects. Known as polypharmacy, using many different medications
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Recently published in JAMA Oncology, researchers claim that a breath test may be a viable solution to detect cancers in the oesophagus and stomach. The United Kingdom (UK) states that one in every three patients presents to the hospital with complaints of gastrointestinal discomfort. Statistics report that in
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers examined the factors linked to sleep quality in patients with chronic tension-type headache. A tension-type headache is a common condition with a prevalence of about 42% in the general population worldwide. Symptoms include pain around the forehead (sometimes described as a “vice-like grip”)
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A clinical trial of stroke treatments showed that giving three antiplatelet therapy drugs had no benefit over two, and was associated with more bleeding. Recent large-scale clinical trials have shown that starting treatment with two antiplatelet therapy drugs after a stroke, rather than just one, reduces the risk
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review in Frontiers of Oncology described the potential of weakened bacterial systems as potential agents in cancer immunotherapy. The recent success of immunotherapeutic agents has reinvigorated the medical community to identify new strategies for harnessing the power of our immune system against cancer. Although the hype regarding immunotherapy is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study suggests that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables may improve the quality of life for individuals with ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that are responsible for movement.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study in the US evaluated the impact a very low-carb diet had on glycaemic control in children and adults with type 1 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recently supported and emphasized the need for individualising diets for treating type 1 diabetes. Before the discovery
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Stem cell clinical trials have the potential to treat and cure genetic and degenerative diseases. However, many recent trials have sacrificed scientific quality and health safety to push quicker clinical trials. Concerned researchers advocating for better clinical trial have proposed new guidelines to deter substandard clinical trials. Stem
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers performed a pilot study to investigate the physiological mechanisms of tai chi on brain and muscle function in an aging population. Tai chi is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that requires good concentration with breathing control. Previous studies have suggested that aerobic fitness has beneficial effects on neuronal
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Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 4] Researchers investigated the effects of regular exercise on cardiac function and markers of cardiac damage in elderly males undergoing long-distance cycling. The beneficial effects of regular exercise in young and old individuals are well established. However, the effects of long, moderate-intensity exercise in elderly people over the age
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers have developed a novel approach to cancer immunotherapy, showing promising results in a breast cancer patient unresponsive to other treatments. Immunotherapy, or biological therapy, is a type of cancer treatment that uses the immune system to boost natural defences to fight cancer. One immunotherapy approach is adoptive
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 4] Most treatments for multiple sclerosis concentrate on managing symptoms and slowing disease progression. A recent phase-3 trial investigated whether natalizumab is effective in treating secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Canada has one of the highest incidences of multiple sclerosis (MS) worldwide. An autoimmune disease, MS targets the protective covering
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in BMJ Open, researchers discuss how anxiety as a predictor of cognitive deterioration in adults may be an independent risk factor dementia. Dementia is a progressively debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Early intervention and reducing its development by identifying its risk factors are the main goals in dementia treatment.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] The results of a phase-3 trial were recently published comparing the effectiveness of postoperative chemotherapy with chemoradiotherapy for gastric cancer. Gastric carcinoma is a form of cancer that originates in the lining of the stomach. This form of cancer is rare in comparison to other types of cancer.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers summarized the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions used to prevent or delay cognitive decline or dementia in adults. Dementia is a disorder that affects an individual’s mental processes. It is characterized by memory disorders, changes in personality, and impaired reasoning. These can affect an individual’s independent daily activities.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A review published in The British Medical Journal evaluated the effectiveness and safety of artificial pancreas treatment in patients with type 1 diabetes. Artificial pancreas treatment is an emerging treatment for type 1 diabetes patients that combines an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring to administer glucose as
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Our Reader Score [Total: 2 Average: 4] Sleeping pills are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. A recent study investigated if non-benzodiazepine sleeping pills increase the risk of falls and fractures in adults. Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping, can have a negative effect on an individual’s quality of life. Doctors commonly prescribe hypnotic drugs, commonly known as
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