An accidental discovery in mice may lead to a cure for one of the world’s most deadly infections. Share on PinterestResearchers have identified a bacterial species in the gut microbiota that protects against highly contagious rotavirus (pictured). The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that each year, 215,000 children worldwide under the age of 5 years
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A recent study investigated the use of steroids for inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers looked at how many patients developed a dependency on steroids or had steroid overuse. What is inflammatory bowel disease? Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is a chronic
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Recently researchers studied whether sleep improves academic performance, what time to go to bed, and consistency of sleep. It is known that good sleep is associated with improvements in cognitive function. In the recent study, conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sleep patterns were measured using activity trackers. The results were
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Researchers studied the prevalence and effects of moderate depression, anxiety, and stress in cardiac rehab patients. Heart disease is still the main cause of mortality around the world. Depression and anxiety are oftentimes present in heart disease patients. The presence of mental illness can have a negative impact on physiological health, especially during cardiac rehabilitation.
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A recent article published in Immunity discovered the mechanism of how gallstones form. Perhaps you know someone that has suffered from the presence of gallstones (cholelithiasis), since it is one of the leading causes of hospital admissions worldwide.  Or perhaps you have heard of gallstones but can’t exactly recall what they are. Although it has
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Researchers at Ohio State University recently published a study on the effects of e-cigs and how vaping causes inflammation in the lungs. Do you or does someone you know smoke e-cigarettes? Chances are, the answer is yes. Electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular. However, we don’t understand much about them. E-cigarettes contain ingredients such as
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New research shows that an innovative strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease has proven successful in neurons that derive from people living with the condition. Parkinson’s disease affects dopamine producing neurons, illustrated here. Dr. Dimitri Krainc, chair of neurology and director of the Center for Neurogenetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL,
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Serotonin syndrome occurs when a person takes one or more drugs that cause excess levels of serotonin to accumulate in the body. If someone experiencing serotonin syndrome does not receive treatment, the condition can lead to serious and sometimes life threatening complications. Serious complications include: seizures kidney failure respiratory failure loss of muscle tissue In
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A nephrologist is a type of doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of kidney conditions. Nephrologists also receive training to help manage the impact of kidney dysfunction on the rest of the body. A doctor may refer someone to a nephrologist if they believe that the person shows signs of kidney problems, such
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Peptides are smaller versions of proteins. Many health and cosmetic products contain different peptides for many uses, such as their potential anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, or muscle building properties. Recent research indicates that some types of peptides could have a beneficial role in slowing down the aging process, reducing inflammation, and destroying microbes. People may confuse peptides
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The health benefits of nature are infinite. A recent study highlighted another positive impact of our green environment on the mental health of children. Researchers from the University of Netherlands demonstrated that exposure to nature promotes mental health in children. Nature helps in building self-regulation. Nearly 70% of children worldwide are raised in urban environments,
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Scientists have highlighted a possible link between infection with rotavirus and an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Undergoing vaccination against the pathogen may be an effective way to prevent the condition. Could a routine childhood vaccination reduce the incidence of type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition. The exact reason
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Thousands of people experience negative health outcomes from the overuse or misuse of opioids, a drug class that includes both illegal substances, such as heroin, and prescription medicines for pain relief. Can mindfulness boost the effects of traditional treatments that relieve opioid cravings? New research suggests that mindfulness can help reduce cravings for opioids. The
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Researchers recently studied the effect of diet on the cognitive ability of older adults. Alzheimer’s disease affects almost 50 million people worldwide. By the year 2050, that number is expected to rise to 115 million. It is the most common cause of dementia, and it begins with mild memory loss. In its late stages, Alzheimer’s
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Does dementia spread gradually and evenly in all directions across the brain, or can it “jump” from one brain area to another? New research helps to settle the question by examining the progression of frontotemporal dementia. Researchers have used MRI scans to improve their prediction of brain atrophy progression in a type of dementia. Frontotemporal
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Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental function, which includes their ways of thinking and their behavior or level of consciousness. This change often affects memory and concentration. Medical professionals do not yet fully understand delirium, but it seems to have an association with older age, alcohol withdrawal, and certain medical conditions. In
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Retail giant Amazon‘s expansion into health care has already begun, but there’s a lot more room for it to grow, Loop Capital Markets’ Anthony Chukumba told CNBC on Tuesday. Chukumba said on “The Exchange” that he sees $72 billion of potential for Amazon through continued health-care expansion, which accelerated in 2018 when it purchased online
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Milia are small bumps made up of keratin trapped under the skin. One lesion is called a milium. They can appear anywhere but tend to develop around or under the eyes. Milia frequently occur in newborn babies, though they also occur in children and adults. It can be easy to mistake milia for acne spots
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