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Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: What we know and don’t know

The US will start screening at three airports for passengers with the mysterious, new virus originating in Wuhan, China that’s caused two deaths and dozens of people to fall sick with pneumonia.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection announced the new measure,

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism

People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. Researchers have now discovered the same gene mutations — found both in the brain and the gut — could be the cause.

The discovery confirms a gut-brain nervous system link in autism, opening a new direction in the search for

2019-06-05T19:49:22-05:00Tags: |

Brush your teeth — postpone Alzheimer’s

You don’t only avoid holes in your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene, researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer´s disease.

The researchers have determined that gum disease (gingivitis) plays a decisive role in whether a person developes Alzheimer´s or not.

“We discovered DNA-based proof that the bacteria

2019-06-05T19:37:46-05:00Tags: |

“Zero malaria starts with me” practice implementation

Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, claiming the life of one child every two minutes. Worldwide, malaria kills 435,000 people a year, most of these deaths are in Africa, where more than 250,000 children under five years old die annually. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of cases increased in all 10 countries

2019-10-15T08:22:10-05:00Tags: |

Lifetime flu vaccine?

If the virus that causes flu were an ice cream cone, then the yearly vaccine teaches the immune system to recognize just the scoop – chocolate one year, strawberry the next. As the virus changes each year, so too must the vaccine.

A new approach that teaches the body to recognize the cone portion of the

2019-04-27T14:56:14-05:00Tags: |

Penn Med researchers find potential treatment for pancreatic tumors

A new Penn Medicine study found a treatment that shrinks pancreatic tumors in most patients in an early phase clinical trial.

Researchers of the Abramson Cancer Center conducted a clinical trial where patients with untreated pancreatic cancer received standard chemotherapy treatments and an experimental antibody targeting CD40 proteins.The clinical trial saw pancreatic

2019-04-15T07:07:34-05:00Tags: |

The Opioid Epidemic Misunderstood

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50 and has lowered the average life expectancy in the United States.1 Over the next decade as many as half-a-million people in the United States will die from opioid substances that include heroin, pain-killers such as morphine and oxycodone,

2019-03-28T06:55:25-05:00Tags: |

Study predicts worsening of opioid overdose crisis

A study from investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology Assessment projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. is likely to increase in coming years, and that measures based on restricting access to prescription opioids will have a minimal impact in reducing overdose deaths. In their report published in JAMA

2019-02-04T08:03:09-06:00Tags: |

New project launched to consolidate sustainable tuberculosis care

A new Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project, referred to as TB-REP 2.0, has been launched. This project for 2019 to 2022, building on the previous TB-REP from 2016 to 2018, will consolidate past achievements and address new and remaining challenges while ensuring continuity. In particular, it will focus on improving tuberculosis (TB)

2019-01-29T08:14:33-06:00Tags: |

Alleviating flashbacks by playing Tetris

A behavioural intervention procedure including the computer game Tetris could help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to alleviate involuntarily recurring visual memories of traumatic experiences. This is the conclusion reached by a team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum together with a researcher from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden following a study of 20 inpatients with PTSD.

2019-01-09T06:55:13-06:00Tags: |

AI predicts cancer patients’ symptoms

Doctors could get a head start treating cancer thanks to new AI developed at the University of Surrey that is able to predict symptoms and their severity throughout the course of a patient’s treatment.

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, published in the PLOS One journal, researchers from the Centre

2019-01-08T05:17:21-06:00Tags: |

Potential arthritis treatment prevents cartilage breakdown

Osteoarthritis, a disease that causes severe joint pain, affects more than 20 million people in the United States. Some drug treatments can help alleviate the pain, but there are no treatments that can reverse or slow the cartilage breakdown associated with the disease.

In an advance that could improve the treatment options available for osteoarthritis, MIT

2018-12-13T08:08:04-06:00Tags: |