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A new type of gene therapy boosted the ability of brain cells to dispose of toxic proteins so plaques did not build up between cells and thereby protected mice genetically engineered to have the disease from developing Alzheimer’s, said US researchers in a new study published online this week in the journal Human Molecular Genetics. Lead investigator, Dr Charbel E-H Moussa, a neuroscientist at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC, and colleagues hope the therapy, which gives brain […]

A new study finds that parents need to be more diligent regarding their children’s caffeine consumption. Caffeine consumption in children is often blamed for sleep problems and bedwetting. However, information on childhood caffeine consumption is limited, and many parents may not know the amount or effects of their child’s caffeine consumption. In the study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that 75 percent of children surveyed consumed caffeine on a daily basis, and the more caffeine the children […]

A laboratory study on rats has discovered stress can enhance ordinary, unrelated memories. A team of neuroscientists performed the research with the objective of bolstering the understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related afflictions. “Our results show that stress can activate memory, even if that memory is unrelated to the stressful experience,” explained André Fenton, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a professor at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. “Additional investigations into the effects of stress on […]

A new research effort discovers a majority of substance-dependent individuals have poor oral health. Given the frequency of poor hygiene, investigators believe discussion of oral health may be an “entry-level” opportunity to engage addicts to improve their health and wellness. Boston University researchers studied alcohol, stimulant, opioid and marijuana users. The subjects were asked to self-report their oral health status on a five-point scale ranging from poor to excellent. Statistical analysis of the patients’ reports found no significant associations between […]

For many of us, the festive season around Christmas brings out our worst over-indulgent habits: we eat, drink and spend more than we would normally do, and regret it come New Year when we step on those scales, or the credit card bill lands on the doormat. While it may not be desirable, or even realistic to aim for an indulgence-free Christmas, if you find yourself wishing that you could avoid some of the excesses, then perhaps consider having yourself […]

Approximately 5.1% of the American population had been exposed to HBV (Hepatitis B virus) between 1988 and 1994, researchers wrote in Annals of Internal Medicine. Since that date, extensive vaccination campaigns for children, as well as education about safe practices should have led to a drop in HBV infection rates. Unfortunately, however, during the same timeframe, rates for those at highest risk of HBV infection rose. Leaving a question regarding current HBV rates in the United States. Scientists carried out […]

An elevated risk of suicide haunts those veterans who return with a mental illness. But vets who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder appear to be at substantially greater risk for suicide. Mark A. Ilgen, Ph.D. and colleagues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System and the University of Michigan examined the associations between different types of psychiatric diagnoses and suicide risk among more than 3 million veterans who received any type of care at a VA facility […]

Benlysta (belimumab) is expected to gain US approval this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA, for the treatment of lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus). This is the first drug approval with benefits for lupus patients in half-a-century. Pharmaceutical experts believe Benlysta will become a huge blockbuster, with potentially $3 billion plus global annual sales within the next four years. They also add that approval is highly likely this coming Thursday. Human Genome Sciences, the makers of Benlysta, is […]

Computers may eventually be able to decipher human emotions, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. “We’re building emotionally intelligent computers, ones that can read my mind and know how I feel,” said Peter Robinson, Ph.D., a professor who is leading a team determined to explore the role of emotions in human-computer interaction.  His research is highlighted in the film The Emotional Computer. “Computers are really good at understanding what someone is typing or even saying. But they need […]

In the days following a hospitalization, seniors may experience a temporary loss of memory and have a difficult time understanding discharge instructions, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Notably, many seniors do go back to their original mental state approximately one month after hospitalization; but the first weeks are a critical time in which these patients may need extra support from family and medical professionals. “When the senior is no longer sick enough to be in the hospital, it doesn’t […]

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