Month: April 2018

Researchers investigated whether lifestyle interventions were effective to prevent dementia in those with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. Cardiovascular and neurological diseases, such as dementia, have been linked to dysfunction of a variation of the apolipoprotein E, or APOE, gene, called the APOE ε4 allele. In fact, people who are carriers of the APOE
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A recent study investigates whether Chinese calligraphy therapy, a type of art therapy, can effectively relieve neuropsychiatric symptoms. Three out of 100 people will experience some form of a psychotic break at some time in their lives. In the US every year about 100,000 persons in the young adult and adolescents group have their first psychotic
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A recent study follows up on previous research and explores the occurrence of hypertension in women and its correlation with a modern Mexican diet. Hypertension, or abnormally high blood pressure, is often impacted by environmental factors such as dietary patterns. In Mexico, there is a high prevalence of hypertension in adult women. Due to the
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A recent study investigated whether increasing the consumption of fat-free milk would affect metabolic syndrome in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Favouring glycemic control and weight loss, dairy products are a great source of nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential for reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. In particular, low-fat products such as fat-free milk
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Since treatment options for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma are limited, researchers are investigating the effectiveness of Atezolizumab. Urothelial carcinoma is the most common type of cancer affecting the urinary system. In its advanced stage, rates of survival are low, with few patients surviving longer than five years.  Platinum-based chemotherapy is the standard first-line treatment,
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A recent study in Science Signaling investigates the role of white blood cells in the resolution of inflammation following a heart attack. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. Atherosclerosis, defined as a build-up of plaque in the arterial vessels, is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and
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A creative meta-analysis published in PLOS Medicine has weighed overall risk vs. benefit in pediatric cancer clinical trials. The Canadian Cancer Society documents that cancer causes more fatalities in children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined. Pharmaceutical companies and the global scientific community work tirelessly to reduce the mortality due to pediatric cancer.
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Researchers investigate the relationship between the treatment of diabetes mellitus and the growth of tumors in women with breast cancer. The increase in numbers of diabetes mellitus and breast cancer cases in recent years has made it important to determine whether there is a link between these two conditions. Diabetes mellitus occurs when the body
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A study in Taiwan looked at the effects of a 12-week exercise program on body fat and insulin sensitivity in overweight adolescents. Obesity is a growing global problem. Obesity is increasingly prevalent in children and adolescents. Left untreated, obesity can lead to several health problems including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes
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Recent research from Chile investigated whether there is an association between education and blood lipid levels as income increases over a decade. Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in Chile and worldwide. In fact, cardiovascular diseases were responsible for 27% of deaths in Chile as reported by the World Health Organization in 2015.
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A study conducted on a Danish population of breast cancer patients investigates the impact of expressive writing for improved physical outcomes. Emotional expression is essential to physical well-being. While the evidence is mixed, some research indicates that repressive coping and emotional avoidance leads to the development of and a poor outcome for breast cancer. There
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Researchers in the USA recently uncovered some alarming associations between body mass index (BMI) and risk of developing heart disease. With obesity levels increasing at alarming rates, healthcare professionals and researchers alike are working hard to reverse this trend and to establish ways to deal with the many chronic health problems that stem from obesity.
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A team of researchers studied individuals with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to understand when memory loss begins. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder which features the degeneration of nerve cells over time and the eventual onset of dementia. Memory is one of the capacities most often affected early on in
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A ground-breaking research study has shown the utility of lab-grown pieces of gastrointestinal cancer in predicting outcomes in on-going clinical trials. Pharmaceutical companies worldwide spend billions of dollars on pre-clinical and clinical trials. Unfortunately, despite careful and painstaking research conducted at the preclinical level, the vast majority of pre-clinical leads are abandoned at some stage
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Researchers in England recently analyzed the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in alleviating the pain associated with hand osteoarthritis. The data helps determine whether hydroxychloroquine is an appropriate medication option in managing hand osteoarthritis. Hand osteoarthritis is characterized by inflammation of the joints of the hand. It is a debilitating disease that causes pain and loss of
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Experts in the USA reviewed the current evidence on the impact of obesity stigma in low to middle-income countries. Obesity is a significant and growing health concern worldwide. In high-income countries such as America, Western Europe, and Australia, fatness is associated with negative traits like laziness and lack of self-control, and obesity stigma is a
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