Month: January 2019

Researchers at the University of Alberta have identified a drug that could target one of the major proteins responsible for ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating disease marked by gradual neuromuscular degeneration. Previous studies have implicated several genes in the onset of the disease. One protein, called SOD1, has a propensity to misfold
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Recent research carried out at the University of Arizona in the United States examined the effectiveness of a diabetes drug, metformin, to treat heart failure. There are different types of heart failure, one of which is referred to as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Approximately half of all patients with
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Researchers at Virginia Tech are testing a new drug for chronic pain treatment that may avoid the addictive effects of opioids. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin are commonly used for mild and moderate generalized pain but may have limited effectiveness in alleviating chronic nerve pain. NSAIDs inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes responsible
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Researchers in Michigan have developed a novel nitric oxide sensing device, providing new insight into the causes of diabetic foot ulcers and possible avenues for treatment. Approximately 9 to 26 million diabetic patients around the world develop foot ulcers every year. These ulcers can double the risk of death for diabetic patients and may take up to 120
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Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen- German Research Center for Environmental Health have recently made an exciting discovery which could prove beneficial for type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas produces little or no insulin as a result of the immune system attacking the cells within the pancreas. The aim
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Reading Time: 2 minutes In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers explored the effects of weight regain on various health outcomes. Obesity, the excessive accumulation of fat, is a major worldwide health concern. Obesity is often associated with other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
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Results from a large international study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology reports new prediction criteria for evaluating fracture risk in older individuals. Many older individuals are at an increased risk of increase of sustaining a fracture due to a progressive worsening of bone strength with age (fragility fractures). A clinical way of determining bone
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Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada are developing a saliva test to detect the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease before the onset of symptoms. Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease of aging. In early stages, people with Alzheimer’s disease show signs of memory loss and impaired cognitive functioning. There is no
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