Month: July 2019

We are all familiar with the term lifespan. However, someone with a long lifespan does not necessarily have a long healthy quality of life. A relatively new term gaining importance as we live longer is healthspan. Healthspan refers to the length of time a person is healthy, not just alive. As we age, some people
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In a recent study, researchers explored the hypothesis that a low-carb diet improves brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological condition characterized by cognitive decline. In recent years researchers have attempted to produce medications to help treat the disease, but the majority of them have had no significant effects. Now researchers are looking at alternative
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Researchers investigate whether atypical eating habits could be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by two core symptoms namely difficulty with social interaction and communication, as well as repetitive and obsessive behaviors. People with ASD have difficulty forming relationships and often respond inappropriately during conversations. They engage in repetitive
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Researchers study if children experience a change in neurocognitive function due to head impacts from playing tackle football. Contact sports being played by children are still a concern among medical professionals and parents. Experiencing head impacts can lead to short- and/or long-term neurocognitive effects. In a study published by the Journal of Neurotrauma, children who
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Researchers aim to develop a simple urine test for diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome, with potential use to monitor response to IBS treatment. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the digestive tract, characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Diagnosis of this syndrome is complicated and requires invasive procedures like colonoscopy
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Results from the recent BEACON CRC trial highlights a new triple therapy drug combination for the treatment of advanced bowel cancer. Up to 15% of patients with advanced bowel cancer have a mutation in the BRAF gene. These patients have a poor prognosis for survival, especially in those who fail initial standard chemotherapy. These patients
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Researchers investigate whether there is an association between androgen depletion therapy and dementia. Prostate cancer is androgen sensitive, meaning this cancer grows in response to the presence of androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Androgen deprivation therapy (the removal of circulating androgens) is one of the main approaches to treating
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Researchers at Oregon State University have improved techniques that use magnetic nanoparticles to kill cancer cells with heat. The improved magnetic nanoparticles – particles that measure close to one-billionth of a meter- created by these researchers generate heat in the cancer cells when activated using an alternating magnetic field. This form of cancer treatment is
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Researchers develop an antisense oligonucleotide ointment that may be useful as a topical treatment for skin cancer Skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for one-third of all cancers worldwide. UV exposure puts us at risk for skin cancers by inactivating cell apoptosis. Cell apoptosis is regulated cell death that allows the body to
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A recent research study assesses non-invasive methods for screening and detecting endometrial cancer in women. Due to its positioning in the human body, the detection of endometrial cancer in women traditionally requires invasive procedures. However, advancements in biotechnology have unveiled non-invasive methods to screen the endometrium for early detection of endometrial cancer. Early detection is
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New research on mouse neural stem cells investigates the effects of nicotine on the brain with short and long-term use of e-cigarettes. Cigarettes, which contain the highly addictive drug nicotine, are harmful and have been shown to cause oral, throat, and respiratory system cancers.  Electronic cigarettes, or vapes, are currently marketed to cigarette smokers as
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Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that might be able to accurately predict cancer outcomes in patients. Cancer is a group of complex diseases, characterized by the abnormal growth of cells. One of the major challenges of caring for cancer patients is the inability to accurately predict long-term health outcomes. Specifically, it is difficult for
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New research investigates whether different types of infections can trigger a stroke. A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen. The most common type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke, which occurs as a result of narrowed or blocked arteries. Other subtypes of strokes include intracerebral hemorrhage, which are caused
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Recently researchers established the link between relaxation methods and perception of health messages. Many people feel stressed right before a doctor appointment. Sometimes the pressure from the stress makes them inattentive and can induce negative emotions including anxiety, fear, or shame. As a result, patients concentrate on one or two pieces of health messages delivered
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Choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) support infant brain and eye development according to a new review paper on maternal and infant nutrition. National survey data indicate that the majority of adult Americans fail to get the recommended amounts of choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in their diet. Choline and DHA are essential nutrients that cannot
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Researchers recently identified a group of mood neurons in the brain that may play a key role in emotional development in adolescence. The amygdala is an almond-shaped brain structure that is made up of a set of nerve cells (neurons) responsible for emotional processing and emotional response learning. The amygdala is unique because it continues
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A recent study examined the effects of statins on the risk of developing primary open-angle glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition where there is increased pressure in the eye, which affects the optic nerve, potentially leading to blindness. A recent study carried out at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, investigated the effects of
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New research investigates the effects of using turmeric as an alternative to traditional chemotherapy for bone cancer. While most cancers primarily affect older adults, osteosarcomas, which are the most common type of bone cancer, mostly affects children and youths. Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for bone cancer because it is difficult to remove cancerous tumours
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A recent study found that using a remote-controlled drug delivery implant can help with chronic disease management. Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and other ailments that require a lifelong treatment option.  Researchers examined the benefits of implanting a drug delivery device that can regulate and provide chronic
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