Month: November 2017

 

Family risk for childhood asthma may involve microbes found in baby’s digestive tract

A new University of Alberta study shows that the family risk for asthma–typically passed from moms to babies–may not be a result of genetics alone: it may also involve the microbes found in a baby’s digestive tract.

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Cardiologist care linked to 32% lower death rate among patients diagnosed with AF

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is growing to epidemic proportions worldwide. Investigators, hypothesizing that patients who received comprehensive cardiovascular care had a greater likelihood of survival during the first year following their initial diagnosis, found that cardiologist care was associated with a 32% lower death rate.

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Inexplicable cases of anaphylaxis caused by uncommon red meat allergy, study finds

While rare, some people experience recurrent episodes of anaphylaxis–a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes symptoms such as the constriction of airways and a dangerous drop in blood pressure–for which the triggers are never identified.

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Study unveils new immunotherapeutic target against multiple myeloma

Osaka – In recent decades monoclonal antibody-based treatment of cancer has been established as one of the most successful therapeutic strategies for both solid tumors and blood cancers.

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Treatment with endogenous protein can heal scarring in the lungs

The endogenous protein RAGE, which has usually been negatively associated with chronic inflammation and diabetic complications, plays a major role in the repair of DNA damage – and also appears to heal tissue damaged as a result of accelerated cell senescence.

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People with genetic predisposition to later puberty have lower bone mineral density

People whose genetic makeup triggers a later-than-average start to puberty have lower bone mineral density, especially in their lower spine. Because adolescence is a critical period for accruing bone, this effect may increase a person’s risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life.

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Changes in microbiome due to antibiotic exposure may increase risk for inflammatory bowel disease

Exposure to antibiotics in mothers may increase risk for inflammatory bowel diseases in their offspring. This is the finding of a study in mice led by researchers from NYU School of Medicine and published Nov. 27 in the journal Nature Microbiology.

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Researchers discover critical trigger for leading form of vision loss

In a major step forward in the battle against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a critical trigger for the damaging inflammation that ultimately robs millions of their sight.

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Study links proposed tax policies to income inequality and death rates in the U.S.

The income gap between the rich and poor in the United States has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression. Given past evidence that a wider rich-poor gap can be harmful to a population’s health, tax policies that widen or narrow this gap may influence the overall health of a society.

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Study finds high prevalence of military sexual trauma and its effects among male soldiers

Military sexual trauma (MST) is defined as sexual harassment and/or sexual trauma experienced during the course of military service. It includes uninvited or unwanted verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature, such as attention, verbal remarks, touching, sexual coercion, sexual assault, and rape.

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