Month: May 2019

In a recent study, researchers examined the potential risks and benefits associated with vaccines and breastfeeding. A recent article published in Breastfeeding Medicine describes a study conducted at the University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that examined the risks associated with vaccinating breastfeeding women. The researcher reviewed the most
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Current options to treat cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy; but will there ever be a cancer vaccine? Vaccines are a powerful method to prevent infectious diseases. They work by stimulating the immune system to mount a reaction against dangerous germs. The success of vaccines in controlling infectious diseases prompted scientists to explore their use
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A study investigating the effects of saffron in children and teens suggest potential as an alternative herbal treatment for ADHD. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder often seen in childhood and adolescence. It is a chronic disorder that results in problems such as poor concentration and impulse control. An estimated 30% of patients
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Researchers conducted a meta-analysis to determine if switching individuals with type 2 diabetes to liquid-only diets would impact their cardiometabolic risk. Cardiometabolic risk is a condition in which individuals have low blood levels of high-density cholesterol (good cholesterol), as well as high levels of triglycerides. Individuals with cardiometabolic risk typically express insulin resistance and have
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Cycling is great for environmental and physical health. But how safe are bicycle lanes for cyclists? Researchers recently assessed the passing distances between vehicles and cyclists in Australia to determine any needs for improvement. In metropolitan cities, cycling seems like the most logical method of transportation for the regular working Joe. Cyclists not only cut
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A recent study suggests that older people who regularly use sleeping pills may end up needing more blood pressure medications to control their blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common condition among older aged people. Fortunately, blood pressure medications can reduce blood pressure and therefore reduce the cardiovascular risks associated with the condition. Sleep
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A new study compared the safety and effectiveness of early combined immunosuppression and conventional treatment in older patients with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main subtypes of inflammatory bowel disease, a chronic inflammatory condition involving the gut. Inflammatory bowel disease was long believed to be a disease of the young.
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Researchers in the United States have potentially developed a fibromyalgia blood test to accurately diagnose the disease. An estimated 4 million adults in the United States have fibromyalgia, with women four-to-nine times more likely than men to be diagnosed. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. People with fibromyalgia may
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A new study evaluated colchicine, a drug used for gout treatment, to improve a complication of diabetes called metabolic syndrome. Approximately one-third of adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions such as increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased body fat, and increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels
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A new study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine investigated the molecular factors behind the gender disparity in liver cancer development. According to a 2108 study based on data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, liver cancer is the fourth most lethal form of cancer worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form
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A recent study, published in Diabetes care, investigated a potential link between type 2 diabetes treatment and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Type 2 diabetes, a medical condition characterized by the body’s inability to manage appropriate blood sugar levels, has been associated with worsened cognitive functions. Specifically, compared to healthy individuals type 2
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Researchers in Kentucky investigated if smoking truly does increase the risk of dementia, following other studies that have come to this conclusion. A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease examined if tobacco smoking was a risk for dementia. Numerous studies have demonstrated that smoking is associated with risk of dementia. However, these
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Researchers in the United States simulated a pandemic to determine optimal strategies for distributing vaccines. Their results can help inform public health initiatives and supply chain protocols during flu season. Every year, influenza causes thousands of deaths in the United States alone. Vaccines can prevent the spread of the flu virus, provided they are efficiently
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A new study determined how changes in the gut microbiome influence heart health and identified potential links between gut health and arterial dysfunction due to ageing. Ageing is associated with a number of health challenges. Of many disorders that ageing presents, cardiovascular disease carries the greatest burden for the elderly population, their family members, and
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Researchers analyzed evidence from previous studies to determine the most effective approaches for treating urinary incontinence in women.   Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control causing urine leakage. There are two main types: stress incontinence and urgency incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs after coughing, sneezing or physical exertion, and urgency incontinence occurs when
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