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Adults with migraines have triple the prevalence of generalized anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder is much more common among adults who have migraines than those without migraine (6 percent vs. 2 percent), according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. (2017-03-29)

Hepatitis B and C may be linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease
The viruses hepatitis B and C may both be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in the March 29, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The hepatitis virus affects the liver. (2017-03-29)

Cost of neurological disease in US approaching $800 billion a year
A new University of South Florida study published in the Annals of Neurology looked at the nine most prevalent and costly diagnosed neurological diseases and found the annual cost to be staggering -- totaling nearly $800 billion. (2017-03-29)

Study: Gum disease, tooth loss may increase postmenopausal women's risk of death
Findings suggest that older women may be at higher risk for death because of their periodontal condition, and may benefit from more intensive oral screening measures. (2017-03-29)

ACP decries devastating impact of climate change order
President Trump's executive order on climate change will have a devastating impact on public health, said the American College of Physicians (ACP) today. (2017-03-28)

Study shows potential of stem cell therapy to repair lung damage
A new study has found that stem cell therapy can reduce lung inflammation in an animal model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. (2017-03-24)

New understanding of chronic lung inflammatory diseases unfolding
Researchers studying chronic inflammation that can lead to the development of lung diseases such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and cancer, are focusing on the role cytokines play in regulating the behavior of fibroblast cells and the extracellular matrix. (2017-03-23)

Testing the efficacy of new gene therapies more efficiently
Using a new cellular model, innovative gene therapy approaches for the hereditary immunodeficiency Chronic Granulomatous Disease can be tested faster and cost-effectively in the lab for their efficacy. A team of researchers from the University of Zurich and the Children's Hospital Zurich successfully achieved this using the 'gene-scissor' CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The aim is to treat severely affected patients in the near future using novel approaches. (2017-03-21)

Altering pH bumps prions out of danger zone
New research led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers hope by showing how we might prevent prions from aggregating or growing into deadly diseases. The results also show that an antihistamine, astemizole, proved effective in reducing prion aggregation. (2017-03-20)

Routine blood tests can help measure a patient's future risk for chronic disease, new study finds
A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City finds that combining information from routine blood tests and age of primary care patients can create a score that measures future risk of chronic disease. (2017-03-17)

Researchers identify how inflammation spreads through the brain after injury
Researchers have identified a new mechanism by which inflammation can spread throughout the brain after injury. This mechanism may explain the widespread and long-lasting inflammation that occurs after traumatic brain injury, and may play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases. (2017-03-14)

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections. (2017-03-13)

Pain in the neck
Researchers led by University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Robby Bowles have discovered a way to curb chronic pain by modulating genes that reduce tissue- and cell-damaging inflammation. (2017-03-13)

Chronic comorbidities raise hospitalization risk in dementia
Most community-dwelling older adults with dementia have multiple other chronic diseases, which are linked to increased risk of hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits, a new retrospective study has concluded. The study, by Luke Mondor and Colleen Maxwell of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Canada, and colleagues, is published in PLOS Medicine's Special Issue on Dementia. (2017-03-09)

Chinese famine data show no long-term health effects except for schizophrenia
A systematic re-analysis of all previous studies of long-term health effects of prenatal exposure to the Chinese Famine of 1959-61 shows no increases in diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions among famine births except for schizophrenia. The analyzed studies reported that these conditions were more common among famine births. In the re-analysis, researchers compared outcomes in famine births to control groups. Findings raise fundamental questions about the design of existing Chinese famine studies. (2017-03-08)

Mayo Clinic researchers uncover new agents
Mayo Clinic researchers have uncovered three new agents to add to the emerging repertoire of drugs that aim to delay the onset of aging by targeting senescent cells -- cells that contribute to frailty and other age-related conditions. (2017-03-08)

Testing for hepatitis C virus remains low among baby boomers
A new Brief Report appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looks at vaccination rates for Hepatitis C virus two years after the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended it for all baby boomers, and finds rates are still very low. (2017-03-08)

High prevalence and incidence of hypertension among rural Africans living with HIV
About 12 percent of people living with HIV in rural Tanzania have hypertension at the moment of HIV diagnosis. An additional 10 percent will develop hypertension during the first months of antiretroviral therapy. This represents an incidence 1.5 times higher than that found in Europe or the United States. The findings, published today in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, come from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in collaboration with partner institutions in Tanzania, Switzerland and Spain. (2017-03-08)

Sex differences in brain activity alter pain therapies
A female brain's resident immune cells are more active in regions involved in pain processing relative to males, according to a recent study by Georgia State University researchers. (2017-03-02)

Researchers report first known case of CTE in patient with no known head trauma
Researchers at Toronto Western Hospital's Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) have discovered the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of a deceased patient with no known history of traumatic brain injury or concussion, the first known case of its kind. (2017-03-02)

New study finds reading can help with chronic pain
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, The Reader and the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, and funded by the British Academy, has found that shared reading (SR) can be a useful therapy for chronic pain sufferers. (2017-03-01)

Study examines burden of skin disease worldwide
How much do skin diseases contribute to the burden of disease worldwide? (2017-03-01)

Exploring the cause of chronic lung transplant rejection, in a quest to stop it
A new paper from Michigan Medicine researchers examined the scarring process in transplanted lungs in hopes of identifying novel therapies to stop scarring before it starts. (2017-03-01)

FASEB Science Research Conference: Hematologic Malignancies
This SRC focuses on bringing together biochemists, geneticists, molecular biologists and clinicians interested in the pathophysiology of the leukemias and lymphomas, and the development of novel therapies for these diseases. (2017-02-28)

FASEB Science Research Conference: Autoimmunity
The FASEB Science Research Conference for Autoimmunity has an uninterrupted tradition of over 20 years and offers a broad overview of recent advances in the field of autoimmunity in a highly interactive environment. (2017-02-28)

FASEB Science Research Conference: Signal Transduction in the Immune System
This Science Research Conference will focus on the most recent advances in the fields of signal transduction in the immune system, with an emphasis on the coupling of signaling to differentiation pathways, the development of new technologies for understanding and imaging signaling, interactions between metabolism and lymphocyte activation and differentiation, signaling through mechanotransduction, and signaling through immunomodulatory receptors in cancer. (2017-02-28)

UA researchers see promise in light therapy to treat chronic pain
Chronic pain afflicts over 100 million people across the United States. It diminishes their productivity, their quality of life and costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year to medically manage. It shatters people's emotional wellbeing, tears apart families and claims lives through suicides and accidental drug overdoses. But now researchers at the University of Arizona have found promise in a novel, non-pharmacological approach to managing chronic pain -- treating it with green light-emitting diodes (LED). (2017-02-28)

E-cigarettes popular among smokers with existing illnesses
In the US more than 16 million people with smoking-related illnesses continue to use cigarettes. According to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, current and former smokers who suffer from disease are more likely to have reported using an e-cigarette, meaning these patients may see e-cigarettes as safer or less harmful than combustible cigarettes and a way to reduce the risks posed by traditional smoking. (2017-02-21)

Report: Clinicians should routinely counsel patients on physical activity
A new study concludes that physical activity should be routinely assessed during every doctor-patient visit. (2017-02-16)

LA BioMed improving community health lecture series: Chronic disease reversal starts March 8
The public is invited a series of free lectures, beginning at 6 p.m. on March 8, on Chronic Disease Reversal at LA BioMed, 1124 West Carson St., Torrance, CA 90502. (2017-02-16)

New guideline provides clinical recommendations for specific insomnia drugs
A new clinical practice guideline is the first from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to provide comprehensive, evidence-based analyses of individual agents commonly used in the treatment of chronic insomnia disorder. (2017-02-14)

Poor and less educated suffer the most from chronic pain
Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought, climbing as high as 370 percent in some categories, according to new research by a University at Buffalo medical sociologist. (2017-02-08)

Study sheds light on the biology of progressive form of multiple sclerosis
A research team led by scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital has revealed how an FDA-approved drug works in the central nervous system in mice to suppress chronic inflammation. The drug, known as FTY720 (or Fingolimod) interferes with signals sent through sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors, and appears to reduce the pathogenic activities of astrocytes. The findings suggest the treatment may hold promise for a progressive and difficult-to-treat form of multiple sclerosis (MS) known as secondary progressive MS (SPMS). (2017-02-08)

Online video blogs (a.k.a. vlogs) as tools for patient engagement: Is seeing engaging?
Vlogs -- chronicling the good, bad and ugly of a specific medical condition can help both physicians and their patients, says Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research investigator Joy L. Lee, Ph.D., corresponding author of 'Seeing is Engaging: Vlogs as a Tool for Patient Engagement,' a commentary published online ahead of print in the peer-reviewed journal The Patient. (2017-02-02)

Mayo Clinic: Association between autoimmune disease and bone marrow disorders
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that azathioprine, a drug commonly used to treat autoimmune disease, may increase the risk of myeloid neoplasms. Myeloid neoplasms include a spectrum of potentially life-threatening bone marrow disorders, such as myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia. The results are published in JAMA Oncology. (2017-02-02)

Jekyll and Hyde cells: Their role in brain injury and disease revealed
New research has shown how normally helpful brain cells can turn rogue and kill off other brain cells following injury or disease. (2017-02-02)

New skin-graft system a better fix for chronic wounds
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than six million cases of chronic wounds cost $20 billion each year in the United States. Diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, surgical site wounds and traumatic injuries to high-risk patients account for most wounds that won't heal. However, data from a University of Missouri School of Medicine study indicates that a recently developed skin-graft harvesting system aids in chronic wound recovery and reduces care costs by accelerating the healing process. (2017-02-02)

Insomnia linked to higher risk of developing asthma
People experiencing insomnia symptoms have a higher risk of developing asthma, according to a new study published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2017-02-01)

Dying at home or in hospital dependent on wealth, location and number of diseases
In a new study, published today in BMC Medicine, researchers from King's College London's Cicely Saunders Institute studied a national data set of all deaths from two common groups of respiratory diseases -- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and interstitial pulmonary diseases, covering 380,232 people over 14 years. (2017-01-31)

Oxford University Press to publish Diseases of the Esophagus
Oxford University Press and the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) are pleased to announce their new partnership to publish Diseases of the Esophagus, ISDE's monthly scientific journal. (2017-01-30)

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