Month: February 2019

A new study investigated the beneficial effects of choline, an important nutrient, in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease across two generations. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the least understood chronic neurodegenerative diseases affecting over 30 million people worldwide. It most commonly affects people over the age of 65 years. Usually, the disease starts
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A recent study determined how emotion regulation may alter negative health effects due to family stress. The human body responds to psychological stress through chronic and acute symptoms. Facing chronic stress at an early age has been identified to increase susceptibility to depression, cardiovascular disease, a weaker immune system, and overall poorer health. An individual’s
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A recent study investigated why immunotherapy for breast cancer is not as effective as a cancer treatment. Despite the recent advancements in immunotherapy and the new era of personalized medicine to treat different forms of cancer, breast cancer has proven to be a difficult opponent for this new therapy. Previous trials have shown that immunotherapy
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Past methods for antitumor therapies have focused on enhancing systemic immune activity. Yale University researchers have highlighted developments in a more recent approach to cancer immunotherapy that may result in more effective treatments. Since its inception, cancer research has largely been based on the premise of enhancement therapies: immune system boosting treatments that increase the
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To determine the consequences of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, researchers recently studied how physical activity can counter the negative effects of sitting. Recent statistics show that the average person sits for at least 12 hours per day. This has caused the scientific community to coin the term “sitting disease” to refer to the effects physical inactivity,
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Many cancer patients find that they develop cognitive problems as they become ill. A new study found that aspirin could limit cognitive problems in mice with cancer. Almost half of cancer patients with solid tumors develop cognitive problems, including problems with learning, concentration, and memory. Some of these problems can remain decades after successful cancer
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Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat of present times. A recent study published in Nature Communications discussed the impact of sewage contamination in the development of antibiotic resistance. Developments of resistant pathogens pose a great challenge in the field of medicine. Bacteria can evolve into resistant forms to overcome antibiotics and favour its survival. Sewage
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New research in the Journal of Luminescence by Polish researchers Hanczyc and colleagues could make finding a cure for neurodegenerative disease faster and easier.   Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to the progressive degeneration of nerve cells within the brain. Although the causes of Alzheimer’s are not well understood, the brains of
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The controversy surrounding the use of aspirin for preventing cardiovascular disease in healthy patients is ongoing. A recent analysis of healthy patients without cardiovascular disease assessed the efficacy and safety of taking aspirin. It is well-known that aspirin is beneficial in preventing strokes and heart attacks in patients with cardiovascular disease. About 80% of heart
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US researchers investigated the heart safety of methylphenidate-based ADHD drugs in animal studies. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder most often seen in children, but which may occur adulthood. Although estimates vary, in 2017 the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 10.6% of American children between 5
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Researchers investigated how different types of cooking preparation affect the health benefits of spinach. Like many other leafy green vegetables, spinach is full of healthy vitamins and minerals. It is also an excellent source of lutein, a pigment found in dark green vegetables. Lutein is an antioxidant, which are important factors for the body’s immune
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A recent study examined the prevalence of OCD symptoms in children, and their association with lifetime psychological disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, believed to be a type of anxiety disorder, is a complex ailment that is oftentimes illusive to therapists and researchers. It is often characterized by cognitive as well as behavioral symptoms. Patients with OCD suffer
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A new study at the University of Oxford evaluated if omega-3 supplements help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals with diabetes. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Unquestionably, diet has a substantial effect on the
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