Medical Research

Parkinson's Disease May Start Before Birth

People who develop Parkinson's disease before age 50 may have been born with disordered brain cells that went undetected for decades, according to EMBARGOED Cedars-Sinai research that will publish Jan. 27 in the journal Nature Medicine. The research...
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Children To Bear The Burden Of Negative Health Effects From Climate Change

The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a "Viewpoint" article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Susan E. Pacheco, MD, an expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center...
Related topics: Journal Of Clinical Investigation

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Blood Pressure Drug Linked To Lower Risk Of Gout

A new study led by physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) reports that the antihypertensive drug amlodipine lowered long-term gout risk compared to two other drugs commonly prescribed to lower blood pressure. The...
Related topics: Blood Pressure, Gout

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Most Young People Do Not Vape, And Even Fewer Vape Regularly

While youth vaping rates have increased in recent years, most middle and high school students don't vape or smoke and very few vape or smoke daily, finds a study led by researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health.
Related topics: Smoking

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The Pediatric Cancer Genome Project At 10: The Impact Lives On

Ten years ago this week St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine unveiled an ambitious collaboration to identify the genetic changes that lead to some of the world's deadliest childhood cancers. The...
Related topics: Cancer, Oncology, Genetics

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Could Drones Save Cows? Why University Of Kentucky Research Team Thinks So

It's a staggering statistic -- every year nearly 3 million cows in the U.S. die from health problems. And it's costing the cattle industry more than $1 billion. Could eyes in the sky be the answer? Jesse Hoagg, the Donald and Gertrude Lester...
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Medicare For All ‘is What Patients Need’: New Harvard Study Shows Even Those With Private...

“When so many people can’t get the care they need even when they have insurance coverage, it says that insurance is not doing what it is supposed to do: ensure that healthcare is affordable when you need it.” The for-profit U.S....
Related topics: Medicare, Harvard University

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This Online Dashboard Tracks The Spread Of The Wuhan Coronavirus Across The Globe In Real Time

The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed at least 81 people and infected more than 2,800. The virus can pass from person to person, and experts are rushing to study it and stop it from spreading further. A dashboard...
Related topics: Virus, Virology

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Quality Improvement In Nicu May Cut Morbidity In Preemies

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- Implementation of network-wide quality improvement activities may improve survival without morbidity in very preterm infants, according to a study published in the Jan. 27 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical...

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Many Family Caregivers Never Speak To Health Care Workers

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- Many family or unpaid caregivers report never speaking with older adults' health care workers, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in JAMA Network Open. Jennifer L. Wolff, Ph.D., from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg...

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Parity, Breastfeeding Inversely Tied To Early Natural Menopause

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- Both parity and breastfeeding are inversely associated with the risk for early natural menopause, according to a study published online Jan. 22 in JAMA Network Open. Christine R. Langton, M.P.H., from the University of...
Related topics: Menopause

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Is Suppressing Puberty The Right Course When A Child Questions Their Gender?

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- Suppressing puberty in a child who's questioning their gender identity might seem extreme, but the therapy is relatively safe and could significantly lower their risk of suicide, a new study reports. Adolescents who wanted...

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Gene Test Might Spot Soccer Players At High Risk For Brain Trouble

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- A gene mutation implicated in the risk for Alzheimer's disease might also impair memory in soccer players who head the ball a lot, a new study suggests. The finding could have implications for young athletes in contact...
Related topics: Genetics, Alzheimer's Disease

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Colon Cancer Hits Poor, City Dwellers Hardest: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- Young Americans who live in urban areas or live with low income or low education levels are more likely to die if they get colon cancer, a new study finds. "There are a lot of disparities in health care," said lead...
Related topics: Colon Cancer, Cancer, Oncology

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At The Barbershop, A Trim -- And A Diabetes Screening

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 -- Hundreds of black men recently discovered they could get more than a trim at their local barbershops. They were offered diabetes testing, too. A new study offered customers diabetes screenings at eight New York City...
Related topics: Diabetes

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Researchers Hope To Make Needle Pricks For Diabetics A Thing Of The Past

Patients with diabetes have to test their blood sugar levels several times a day to make sure they are not getting too high or too low. Studies have shown that more than half of patients don’t test often enough, in part because of the pain and...
Related topics: Diabetes, Blood Test, Blood Sugar (glucose)

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Prescription Drug Bumetanide Improves Symptoms Of Autism By Targeting Brain’s Chemical Messengers

Bumetanide – a prescription drug for oedema (the build-up of fluid in the body) – improves some of the symptoms in young children with autism spectrum disorders and has no significant side effects, according to a new study from...
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New Treatment Kills Off Infection That Can Be Deadly To Cystic Fibrosis Patients

A new treatment developed by researchers at Aston University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been found to completely kill a bacterial infection that can be deadly to cystic fibrosis patients and other chronic lung conditions such as...
Related topics: Cystic Fibrosis, Bacteria

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Disorders Affecting Smell Have A Profound Effect On Everyday Life, Say Researchers

Losing the ability to smell — whether from an accident or an illness — can have a profound effect on people’s lives. Just how profound is detailed in a paper recently published in the journal Clinical Otolaryngology. Based on the experiences...

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Scientists Trace The Molecular Roots Of Potentially Fatal Heart Condition

At a glance: Research using heart cells from squirrels, mice and people identifies an evolutionary mechanism critical for heart muscle function Gene defect that affects a protein found in the heart muscle interferes with this mechanism to cause...
Related topics: Genetics, Proteins

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