Biotechnology Personal Health & Wellness

Novel medical device developed by NUS researchers harnesses magnetic field to speed up muscle recovery

The journey of muscle rehabilitation can be long and arduous, and requires strong perseverance from the patient. Now, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are making the recovery process much easier for patients with an ingenious medical device capable of regenerating muscles in a non-invasive and painless manner. The device, named MRegen, makes […]

Biotechnology Neuroscience

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists link concussions to seizures, development of epilepsy

Researchers at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC have identified a cellular response in mice to mild traumatic brain injuries that may lead to seizures. Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of epilepsy, which is characterized as the repeated occurrence of seizures. No treatments currently interrupt the process that the brain undergoes after […]

Antibiotics Biotechnology Immunotherapies

Soft Drinks + Hard Work + Hot Weather = Possible Kidney Disease Risk

New research suggests that drinking sugary, caffeinated soft drinks while exercising in hot weather may increase the risk of kidney disease. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. A research team from the University at Buffalo in New York studied healthy adults in a laboratory environment that mimicked […]

Breast Cancer cancer Medical Devices

Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment, study finds

For more information, contact: Nicole Fawcett, nfawcett@umich.edu 734-764-2220 For immediate release Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment, study finds Breast cancer survivors reported improvements in depression, pain, anxiety and sleep after self-administered acupressure Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Michigan —A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side […]

Clinical Trials

Higher Risk of Fracture in Type 1 diabetes may be linked to poor Blood Sugar Control

Patients with type 1 diabetes and poor blood sugar control face a higher risk of fragility fracture—any fall from standing height or less that results in a broken bone—than type 1 diabetes patients with good blood sugar control, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Diabetes affects an estimated […]

Biotechnology

Nearly a quarter of antibiotic prescriptions for children and adults may be unnecessary

One in 10 children and about one in six adults with private insurance received antibiotics they didn’t need at least once in 2016, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests. Overall, 1 in 7 patients received unnecessary antibiotics, researchers found. Among outpatient antibiotic prescription fills by 19.2 million privately insured U.S. children and adults ages 18-64 […]

Nutrition Personal Health & Wellness

Given Up on the Salad Line? Maintaining New Year’s Resolutions is Attainable Goal says Nutritionist, Dina Khader

The beginning of the new year bought massive lines at salad chains in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Fueled by those making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, salad chains like Chopt and Sweetgreen are being plagued by lines of as many as 100-plus people. According to news reports, fast food joints such […]

Alzheimers and Dementia Biotechnology

Stroke drug may also prevent Alzheimer’s disease, say USC researchers

 Researchers from the University of Southern California have discovered that a drug currently being developed to treat stroke patients could also prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which will be published January 15 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that the genetically engineered protein 3K3A-APC protects the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, reducing the buildup […]

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Stem Cell Signal Drives New Bone Building

In experiments in rats and human cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have added to evidence that a cellular protein signal that drives both bone and fat formation in selected stem cells can be manipulated to favor bone building. If harnessed in humans, they say, the protein — known as WISP-1 — could help […]

age-related decline

Youthful Cognitive Ability Strongly Predicts Mental Capacity Later in Life

Early adult general cognitive ability (GCA) — the diverse set of skills involved in thinking, such as reasoning, memory and perception — is a stronger predictor of cognitive function and reserve later in life than other factors, such as higher education, occupational complexity or engaging in late-life intellectual activities, report researchers in a new study […]

Alzheimers and Dementia Neurology Neuroscience

Decreased deep sleep linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

 Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may have uncovered part of the explanation. They found that older people who have less slow-wave sleep – the deep sleep you need to consolidate memories and wake up feeling refreshed – have higher levels of the brain protein tau. Elevated tau is a […]

Biotechnology cancer Cancer Discovery

New Approach May Curb Treatment-Related Skin Fibrosis in Cancer Patients

A clinical-scientific team specializing in head-and-neck cancer has identified a way to manipulate metabolism to potentially curb skin fibrosis — a common side effect of radiotherapy affecting quality of life of cancer survivors. The study findings from the laboratory of principal investigator Dr. Fei-Fei Liu, Chief, Radiation Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, […]

cancer Cancer Discovery

Liver Transplant Patients Have Higher Prevalence of Colon Cancer and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

 Liver transplant patients over time experience an increasing trend toward colon cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to an award-winning study led by a Loyola Medicine gastroenterologist. The study by Ayokunle Abegunde, MD, MSc, and colleagues also found that lung and heart transplant patients have a higher trend toward non-melanoma skin cancer. Dr. Abegunde was the senior […]