Month: January 2019

Researchers at the University of Alberta have identified a drug that could target one of the major proteins responsible for ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating disease marked by gradual neuromuscular degeneration. Previous studies have implicated several genes in the onset of the disease. One protein, called SOD1, has a propensity to misfold
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New research from Case Western Reserve University in the United States makes strides in understanding why HIV-infected patients often suffer from higher cancer rates. Controlling HIV infection with antiretroviral therapy has considerably reduced the risk of AIDS-defining cancers such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and certain B-cell lymphomas. However, cancer remains a leading cause of death in
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Researchers at Virginia Tech are testing a new drug for chronic pain treatment that may avoid the addictive effects of opioids. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin are commonly used for mild and moderate generalized pain but may have limited effectiveness in alleviating chronic nerve pain. NSAIDs inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes responsible
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A recent study published in Research in Sports Medicine examined the benefits of compression stockings for female soccer players. Soccer-induced muscle injury and fatigue are possible and unfortunate aspects of the sport. Previous studies have revealed various benefits of compression stockings when worn by male soccer players. These benefits included a reduction in muscle stress
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A recent study examined how strongly anxiety and depression predict physical illnesses, compared to obesity and smoking. Preventative efforts in primary care often focus on physical risk factors such as obesity and smoking. While significant evidence exists linking mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, to poorer health outcomes, these are not the focus
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Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia conducted a study to investigate the antibacterial properties of a drug called PBT2 being tested for Alzheimer’s disease. Antibiotic resistance has become a critical global health issue. Over the last 10 years, the number of bacteria exhibiting antibiotic resistance has increased significantly. In the United States, more
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A recent study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians reveals the association between body weight and cancer risk factors. Studies have shown that excess body weight can cause many chronic diseases and can decrease life expectancy. Throughout the years, there has been an increase in the rates of obesity and its association with
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Physical activity is vital for health maintenance and heart disease prevention. Researchers studied how endurance and strength exercises differ in preventing heart disease. Physical activity is a staple of healthy living. We use it to feel energized, youthful, and attain physique goals. Typically, we break down exercise in two ways: cardio and strength training. Both
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A study in Canada in collaboration with scientists from the United Kingdom tested the accuracy of a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics. Infection with the HPV virus is associated with the development of cervical cancer, as research has shown that virtually all cervical cancer patients have tested positive for HPV virus. However, not all
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A recent study determined how parents’ brain activities interact with their children’s while playing with each other. Humans are social beings. We spend most of our time interacting with one another. We learn through social interactions. Several studies have shown how an individual’s brain activity works in learning and attention. However, studies involving the interaction
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Recent research published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism investigated the effect of weight loss followed by exercise on colorectal cancer risk. The occurrence of colorectal cancer is increasing within the young adult population in the United States, and it is currently one of the most common cancers in the world. Research conducted
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Arthritis pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Researchers recently investigated whether massages can help alleviate the pain. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints caused by injury or overuse. This causes a thinning of the joint cartilage, which acts as a cushion between bones. As that cushion is worn away, arthritis pain
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Researchers in Michigan have developed a novel nitric oxide sensing device, providing new insight into the causes of diabetic foot ulcers and possible avenues for treatment. Approximately 9 to 26 million diabetic patients around the world develop foot ulcers every year. These ulcers can double the risk of death for diabetic patients and may take up to 120
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In a recent study, researchers examined previous claims that bitter melon and tarragon supplements could help treat metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a collective term for various lifestyle diseases including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Metabolic diseases share similar pathways and characteristics. Most individuals who have a metabolic disease have high amounts of visceral fat,
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