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Disability-free life after major stroke could be increased by 270%, say experts

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 20:11
Virtually no other disease has seen such massive strides in treatment in recent years as stroke. Recent studies have confirmed that it is still possible to mechanically remove large vessel occlusions in the brain many hours after a stroke occurs.

Chronic lack of sleep reduces cognitive abilities, negatively impacts physical health

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 19:52
A chronic lack of sleep not only impairs cognitive abilities but also increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

New approaches to early detection of Parkinson's disease on the horizon

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 19:48
Detecting Parkinson's disease before non-reversible symptoms occur: New approaches to early detection are meant to ensure just that. They are based on detection of alpha-synuclein in the skin or intestines.

Cannabinoids found to be suitable treatment for migraine attacks

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 19:16
A study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Amsterdam confirmed that cannabinoids are just as suitable as a prophylaxis for migraine attacks as other pharmaceutical treatments.

Scientists find lack of experimental evidence detailing biologic roles of leptin in metabolism

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 18:31
Discovered more than two decades ago, the hormone leptin has been widely hailed as the key regulator of leanness. Yet, the pivotal experiments that probe the function of this protein and unravel the precise mechanism of its action as a guardian against obesity are largely missing.

Newly discovered antibiotic could help treat drug-resistant tuberculosis

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 02:12
A newly discovered antibiotic, produced by bacteria from a cystic fibrosis patient, could be used to treat cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). This is the finding of a team of scientists from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and the University of Warwick.

Self-help intervention may be useful as initial treatment to manage symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 02:05
A self-help approach to a graded exercise program, supervised by a specialist physiotherapist, is safe and may reduce fatigue for some people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a new trial of 200 people published in The Lancet.

MSU researcher developing new miniature models to study heart disease and sickle cell anemia

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:40
A Mississippi State University researcher is developing new miniature models to better understand the factors that lead to heart disease and sickle cell anemia.

Immunotherapy found to be smarter, kinder treatment for people with head and neck cancer

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:31
The immunotherapy nivolumab is kinder than chemotherapy for people with advanced head and neck cancer - easing many of the negative effects of the disease on patients' quality of life.

Kopchicks' $10.5 million gift to fund student fellowships at MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:20
Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Chicken models may shed light on how humans develop sensitive daytime vision

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:48
Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye.

Combined effect of genetic change and ozone exposure could increase risk for autism

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:38
A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.

Study offers insight into earliest molecular steps that lead to organ rejection

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:30
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have uncovered the first molecular steps that lead to immune system activation and eventual rejection of a transplanted organ.

Research provides insights into how light may interact with the brain to affect sleep

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:12
Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly by entraining--modifying the length of--our circadian rhythms and also rapidly and directly due to a phenomenon known as masking.

Fungal toxins become easily aerosolized, leading to potential indoor health risk

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:06
Toxins produced by three different species of fungus growing indoors on wallpaper may become aerosolized, and easily inhaled.

Exercise program can help frail older adults perform basic daily activities, study suggests

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:43
An exercise program comprised of gentle exercises and taught by home care aides can help frail older adults perform basic daily activities, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago published in The Gerontologist.

Anti-seizure drug could have beneficial effect in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:38
In the last decade, mounting evidence has linked seizure-like activity in the brain to some of the cognitive decline seen in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists create wearable diagnostic biosensor that can detect three diabetes-related compounds

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:21
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas are getting more out of the sweat they've put into their work on a wearable diagnostic tool that measures three diabetes-related compounds in microscopic amounts of perspiration.

Study finds increase in early stage breast cancer diagnoses after Affordable Care Act took effect

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:06
A Loyola University Chicago study published this month has found an increase in the percentage of breast cancer patients who were diagnosed in early Stage 1, after the Affordable Care Act took effect.

Study looks at role of race, gender in predicting heart attack symptoms in emergency department

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:55
Researchers at the George Washington University found that certain symptoms are more and less predictive of patients' risk for acute coronary syndrome, which includes heart attack, in patients of different gender and race.