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Exercise reduces long-term COVID symptoms in young women

Rss Feed - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 00:48
Regular physical activity significantly diminishes mental and neurological symptoms in young women during and two years after COVID-19 infection, with higher activity levels correlating with fewer symptoms and reduced reinfection rates.

Fasting's potential in fighting cognitive decline needs more human trials

Rss Feed - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 00:14
Despite promising animal studies on fasting and caloric restrictions for neurodegenerative diseases, human clinical trials are scarce, underscoring the need for more research to validate these interventions for cognitive decline.

Genetic risk scores in life insurance underwriting fuel discrimination fears

Rss Feed - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 00:00
The integration of genetic risk information, specifically polygenic scores, in life insurance underwriting raises ethical, legal, and social concerns about genetic discrimination, necessitating clear policies and further research.

Rapid increase seen in the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mental health problems

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 23:35
Mental health issues during pregnancy or the first year of parenthood have a much greater chance of getting detected and treated now than just over a decade ago, a trio of new studies suggests.

To ban or not to ban, the case for reformulating ultra-processed foods

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 23:34
Despite concerns about ultra-processed foods (UPFs) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), evidence of causality remains unclear; reformulating UPFs may offer significant health advantages.

Ultra-processed foods raise chronic kidney disease risk, study shows

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 23:13
Consuming ultra-processed foods is linked to an 18% increased risk of chronic kidney disease, with every 10% rise in UPF intake energy contributing to a 7% greater CKD risk.

Study links sleep disorders to higher healthcare use in chronically ill children

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 23:07
The risk of increased health care utilization among children with a chronic medical condition is higher for those who also have a sleep disorder, according to a new study that examined Medicaid claims data.

Eating soy products linked to lower cancer risk, study finds

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 23:06
Soy product consumption, particularly tofu and soymilk, is linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers, highlighting the dietary factor's potential protective effect against the disease.

Rare variants in the YKT6 gene cause new neurological disorder, study finds

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 22:45
A recent collaborative study has discovered rare variants in the YKT6 gene as the cause of a new neurological disorder characterized by developmental delays along with severe progressive liver disease and a potential risk for liver cancer.

AI deciphers city designs that could cut heart disease rates

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 21:26
AI models analyzing over half a million Google Street View images uncover urban features linked to coronary heart disease, offering insights for city design to lower disease rates.

Understanding the genetics behind thyroid cancer to prevent unnecessary invasive treatments

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:32
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are hopeful new research could prevent up to 130,000 unneeded fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies of thyroid nodules and subsequent surgeries each year in the United States by better understanding the genetic risk associated with thyroid cancer.

Ketogenic diet can be a powerful aid in treating mental illness

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:26
For people living with serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, standard treatment with antipsychotic medications can be a double-edged sword.

Childhood BMI tied to higher blood pressure in middle age

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:19
Children and teenagers living with overweight or obesity are more likely to have high blood pressure as adults (aged 50-64 years), suggesting the processes behind the condition could begin as early as childhood, suggests new research being presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May).

Tuberculosis linked to increased risk of cancer, study finds

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:13
A population-wide observational study to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2024) in Barcelona, Spain (27-30 April) shows an association between tuberculosis (TB) and cancer, with those with current or previous TB more likely to have a diagnosis of a variety of cancers, including lung, blood, gynaecological and colorectal cancers.

Stem cell therapy safe and potentially beneficial for spinal cord injury patients

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:08
A Mayo Clinic study shows stem cells derived from patients' own fat are safe and may improve sensation and movement after traumatic spinal cord injuries.

Research suggests booster doses may be necessary for monkeypox immunity

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 08:55
New research to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2024) in Barcelona, Spain (27-30 April) shows that even in men who receives two doses of mpox vaccine intradermally, their level of antibodies to the virus falls to low or zero within the first few months if they have not received a previous smallpox vaccine.

Study reveals waning antibody response to monkeypox vaccine over time

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 08:27
New research to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2024) in Barcelona, Spain (27-30 April) shows that the antibodies produced by Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara - Bavarian Nordic (MVA-BN) vaccination against mpox wane significantly within a year of receiving the vaccination – but in people with pre-existing immunity due to childhood smallpox vaccination in childhood, antibody levels remain high in almost all cases.

Case study: Monkeypox breakthrough infection in fully vaccinated individual

Rss Feed - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 08:18
New research to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Barcelona, Spain (27-30 April) details the case of a man who had received two doses of the monkey pox vaccine in Autumn, 2022 yet experienced a 'breakthrough' mpox infection in January 2024.

Irritable bowel syndrome not linked to higher Parkinson's risk, study finds

Rss Feed - Sun, 03/31/2024 - 23:31
Research investigates the association between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Parkinson's disease (PD), revealing that IBS is not linked to an increased overall risk of PD. Subgroup analyses suggest that certain IBS populations may have a lower risk of developing PD.

Turning back the clock on aging immune systems: New treatment rejuvenates elderly defenses

Rss Feed - Sun, 03/31/2024 - 23:24
Study demonstrated that selectively reducing myeloid-biased hematopoietic stem cells (my-HSCs) in aged mice rejuvenated the immune system, enhanced lymphopoiesis, reduced inflammation, and improved responses to viral infection, highlighting a potential strategy for countering age-related immune decline.