Month: December 2019

In a recent study, researchers investigated a drug as a cannabis alternative for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder that occurs due to a loss of neurons in the area of the brain that controls movement. These neurons produce the chemical known as dopamine, a neurotransmitter, which is responsible for transmitting
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Obese mice treated with watermelon supplements demonstrated lower blood sugar levels, reduced insulin concentration levels, and decreased inflammation. More than half of Americans are overweight, leading to negative health effects such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Although lifestyle changes are recommended, like exercise and eating healthy meals, many Americans find it difficult
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Mother-infant interactions were examined to see if a mother’s positive and negative emotions have an effect on her and her child’s brain waves. Our social interactions can be influential to our wellbeing. Certain brain regions are highly associated with emotional processing. The fronto-limbic network is involved in emotional processing, while the basal ganglia are associated
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Researchers report on the results of a randomized clinical trial of Nilotinib for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases. The disease currently has no cure and symptoms are managed through medication and various forms of therapy. Based on the nature of Parkinson’s disease, researchers have begun to study the
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Ecstasy — or methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) — is a recreational drug that is illegal in the United States. However, some researchers believe that it could aid in mental health therapy. A new study in mice puts this idea to the test. Share on PinterestNew research in mice investigates what gives MDMA its positive effects on sociability.
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New research examines the effects of caffeine from various sources on weight gain in rats fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet. Caffeine is a stimulant that has excitatory effects on the body.  It is commonly consumed through drinking coffee, as almost 64 percent of Americans enjoy coffee at least once every day.  It is also found
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Researchers recently studied whether people’s increasing body weight is associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions. Many scientists believe that increasing human development is linked to increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, are those that absorb and emit radiant energy, such as visible light and radio waves.
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Getty Images When it came to biomedical breakthroughs, this past decade represented a lot more hype than substance. We were promised a new era of “precision medicine,” where every patient would receive highly personalized treatments to target specifics fault in their genes. But in recent months, reports surfaced that these experimental therapies were failing most
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Recent research shows that pregnancy nutrition apps are inconsistent in providing accurate information to pregnant women. Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy is crucial for the long-term and short-term health of both mother and child. There are many nutrition-based apps available that provide nutritional information, including apps for nutrition during pregnancy. Pregnancy nutrition apps are
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For those with metabolic syndrome, the necessary lifestyle and weight changes can be challenging. Now, a study has shown that eating within a certain time window can help tackle that. Share on PinterestNew research shows how intermittent fasting can help ease metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term for a number of risk factors
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The Food and Drug Administration‘s call on whether to approve Biogen‘s experimental Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab, will be the “most important decision” the federal regulator will make in 2020, Bernstein analyst Ronny Gal said Friday. When asked if he thought the FDA would approve the drug, Gal said, “Yes.” “[But] you’ve got to be cautious about
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Our genes alone do not determine our chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, study finds. Our genes determine many of our physical characteristics such as the colour of our eyes. However, the role of genes in the development of various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, is an
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Researchers discovered a difference in bacteria during times of controlled asthma and severe asthma, leading to a possible link in the composition of the upper airway microbiome and asthma symptoms. Are bacteria to blame for asthma severity? A recent study, published in Nature Communications, suggests that asthma severity in children is linked to the bacteria
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A recent study has analysed the mercury present in the hair of pregnant women as a marker of mercury exposure and investigated its association with fish and seafood consumption. Mercury pollution has been a worldwide public health issue due to its detrimental consequences on human health. Mercury exposure during pregnancy has an adverse impact on
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A new review strengthens the view that gut bacteria influence the impact of drugs. Your intestines are home to some 35,000 species of bacteria. Among other contributions, these bacteria play an important role in immune system regulation, digestion, and metabolism. It has been known for over 50 years that gut flora impacts the way in
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It’s Christmas Day, and you want to enjoy yourself — that’s only natural. In this feature, we provide some quick tips that will allow you to have the fun you are hoping for without affecting your health too significantly. Share on PinterestChristmas does not need to overturn healthful living completely. The holiday period is, commonly,
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A recent study suggests several strategies to overcome opioid interactions with other drugs in the treatment of chronic pain. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association describes opioid interactions with other drugs. Commonly prescribed drugs, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, cardiovascular medications, and many others change the metabolic pathway of opioids in
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