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Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:25:15 EDT
Human 'chimeric' cells restore crucial protein in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Cells made by fusing a normal human muscle cell with a muscle cell from a person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy -- a rare but fatal form of muscular dystrophy -- were able to significantly improve muscle function when implanted into the muscles of a mouse model of the disease.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:25:06 EDT
Online intervention improves depression treatment rates in teen moms
An online program persuaded teenage mothers across 10 Kentucky counties to seek medical help for depression, highlighting an inexpensive way to increase mental health treatment rates for the vulnerable group.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:38:59 EDT
Genetic variant discovery to help asthma sufferers
Researchers have identified a genetic variant that could improve the safety and effectiveness of corticosteroids, drugs that are used to treat a range of common and rare conditions including asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:38:56 EDT
Tree care workers need better training to handle dangers on the job
A new study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:14:13 EDT
Researchers advise the use of anesthesia in fetuses from 21 weeks of gestation
Although the problem of whether fetuses are able to feel pain or not is still controversial, researchers in Spain have found that from the second trimester of pregnancy, the future baby already shows signs of pain when given a harmful stimulus or as a response to stress. The finding, the researchers argue, indicate the need to anesthetize the fetus during open fetal surgery.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:13:11 EDT
Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito and tick-borne viruses
Scientists find that global warming has allowed disease-bearing insects to proliferate, increasing exposure to viral infections.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:05:38 EDT
Potential RNA Markers of abnormal heart rhythms identified in circulating blood
The irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke and heart failure, but is often undiagnosed because of a lack of symptoms. Now, researchers have identified four short lengths of RNA (miRNAs) that show increased expression in the circulating blood of AF patients. These miRNAs could be used as potential biomarkers to predict the onset of AF disease.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:04:36 EDT
Americans slow down the clock of age
A close examination of national health data indicate that the rate of biological aging appears to be more delayed for all Americans, but particularly for men, which may extend their lives. Researchers cite advancements in medicine as one possible reason for the deceleration.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:02:45 EDT
Which skills will help patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex psychological condition, and those who suffer from it experience severe reduction in their quality of life. A new study now shows that OCD sufferers need to adopt adaptive coping skills rather than the maladaptive strategies often used such as repetitive, compulsive actions or creating emotional distance from a situation, in order to effectively manage their condition.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:39:16 EDT
Study of nearly 300,000 people challenges the 'obesity paradox'
The idea that it might be possible to be overweight or obese but not at increased risk of heart disease, otherwise known as the 'obesity paradox', has been challenged by a study of nearly 300,000 people. The research shows that the risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, increases as body mass index (BMI) increases beyond a BMI of 22-23 kg/m2.
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