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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

Electronic Tool Has Potential to Improve Asthma Care

Feb. 14, 2019 — A new electronic decision support tool for managing asthma has the potential to improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings, suggests a new ... read more

PTSD Alone Didn't Increase Heart Disease Risk in Veterans With PTSD

Feb. 13, 2019 — Coexisting medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, heavy smoking and illicit drug use may explain the increased risk for heart disease among veterans with ... read more

Balanced Reporting of Sports Head Injuries

Feb. 12, 2019 — A group of more than 60 leading international neuroscientists are asking for balance when reporting on sports-related injury chronic traumatic encephalopathy ... read more

Role of Estrogen in Controlling Type 2 Diabetes

Feb. 12, 2019 — The results of a recent study provide insights into the mechanism by which estrogen can decrease insulin resistance and the production of glucose, reducing incidences of Type 2 diabetes ... read more

Accelerated Risk of Mobility Loss for People Aged 60+ Tied to Excess Weight/inactivity

Feb. 12, 2019 — The combination of excess weight/obesity and an inactive lifestyle represents a powerful joint risk factor for developing mobility loss after age 60, according to a new ... read more

How Sleep Can Fight Infection

Feb. 12, 2019 — Researchers have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. Sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body's immune cells to attach to their targets, according to a new ... read more

A New Mouse Model May Unlock the Secrets of Type I Diabetes

Feb. 12, 2019 — Finding new treatments or a cure for type I diabetes has been elusive in part because scientists have not had a reliable animal model that mimics the full scope of human type I diabetes. A research ... read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Inflammation, Organ Dysfunction

Feb. 12, 2019 — Voyagers no longer embark in search of the storied Fountain of Youth, but the quest for longevity is still very much alive for researchers. Chronological age -- the passing of time one spends on this ... read more

Direct-Acting Antivirals Reduce Risk of Premature Mortality and Liver Cancer for People With Chronic Hepatitis C, Study Finds

Feb. 11, 2019 — The first prospective, longitudinal study investigating treatment of chronic hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals finds that the treatment is associated with reduced risk of mortality and liver ... read more

Interaction Between Immune Factors Triggers Cancer-Promoting Chronic Inflammation

Feb. 11, 2019 — A research team has identified interaction between two elements of the immune system as critical for the transformation of a protective immune response into chronic, cancer-promoting ... read more

New Research Insights Hold Promise for Kids With DMD

Feb. 11, 2019 — Prednisone, the current standard of care used to treat kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), reduces chronic inflammation but has harsh side effects. Eplerenone, a heart failure drug, is used ... read more

Serious Health Concerns Missed in Older Adults

Feb. 8, 2019 — Researchers examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) and found that nearly half of adults ages 65 and older ... read more

Shorter Course of Radiation Therapy Effective in Treating Men With Prostate Cancer: Study

Feb. 8, 2019 — A long-term study finds that those with low- or intermediate-risk disease can safely cut treatment to four to five ... read more

Biological 'Pillars of Aging'

Feb. 7, 2019 — Geriatrics researchers and clinicians hope a new understanding can lead to better and more effective interventions by targeting the aging process itself rather than discrete conditions or ... read more

Study Examines Aspirin Use to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Feb. 7, 2019 — The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that aspirin reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 40 percent as well as recurrence of advanced polyps, which are a major risk factor. To ... read more

RNAs Play Key Role in Protein Aggregation and in Neurodegenerative Disease

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research reveals RNAs, which are crucial for cells to produce proteins, are also involved in protein aggregation, where proteins do not fold properly and 'clump' together into ... read more

Erenumab in Migraine: Indication of Considerable Added Benefit for Certain Patients

Feb. 7, 2019 — The first drug of a new drug class can reduce the number of headache days if other prophylactic medications have failed or have not been an ... read more

Mental Illness Not to Blame for Gun Violence, Study Finds

Feb. 7, 2019 — Counter to a lot of public opinion, having a mental illness does not necessarily make a person more likely to commit gun violence. According to a new study, a better indicator of gun violence was ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers have found that blocking retrotransposon activity with a generic HIV/AIDS medication significantly reduces age-related inflammation in old mice and senescent human cells, providing hope ... read more

NSAID Impairs Immune Response in Heart Failure, Worsens Heart and Kidney Damage

Feb. 6, 2019 — Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are widely known as pain-killers and can relieve pain and inflammation. Researchers found that treatment with the NSAID carprofen alone triggered ... read more

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