Month: September 2017

The essential oils found in Curcuma herbs have many uses. Researchers in China determine the composition and therapeutic activity of Curcuma herb essential oils extracted from four Curcuma herb species. Curcuma herbs have been used in Southeast Asia for thousands of years for their claimed antioxidative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic effects. the chemical composition of
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Given that the vast majority of opiate-dependent individuals relapse soon after detoxification, a recent study investigated whether the use of medications could assist in reducing the severity of opiate withdrawal. With over 11 million heroin users worldwide, the global health burden of opiate-dependent individuals remains high. Opiates are a class of drugs (including illicit drugs
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A recent analysis of geriatric patients hospitalized through emergency departments shows that proper geriatric assessments of older patients may reduce admission rates. A recent article published in Age and Ageing by the Oxford University Press reviewed the evidence behind performing comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGA) for more elderly patients that present at the emergency department. The
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Statistics show that in 2015, the number of practicing doctors above the age of 65 was 23% of all health professionals. This percentage has increased by more than 374% since the year 1975. More than ever, we are left to wonder: what is the appropriate physician retirement age? There is concern regarding the ability of
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In a recent study, researchers sought to identify proteins important for the anti-neural plasticity effects of histone deacetylase 2 (Hdac2) in Alzheimer’s disease. How Cells Control Gene Activity  Acetylation is one method by which cells control gene activity by the addition or removal of acetyl groups. Acetylation is performed by enzymes called acetyltransferases on histone
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Attitudes toward breastfeeding have a chequered past despite the many positive health benefits it provides and its association with children’s cognitive development. Currently, the UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, mainly due to social attitudes. Although policies promoting breastfeeding have been introduced in the UK, it appears that greater
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Genome-wide association studies for many neurological disorders have limiting factors that cause the inability to draw significant clinical outcomes. Recently, studies have overcome these limitations for three neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease. A number of genome-wide association studies have provided important information on neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, with over
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Medication administration and management is a real problem in patients suffering from medical conditions associated with cognitive deficits. A recent study examined the experience of family members as they help take care of elder family members with Alzheimer’s disease. Compliance is an ongoing issue in medicine, particularly for elderly patients with medical conditions that cause
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In a 2017 study, researchers explored the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms of the C-reactive protein gene and age-related macular degeneration. The findings suggest that C-reactive protein does not cause macular degeneration. Associations have been drawn between high levels of the inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – deterioration of the
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Gonorrhea is one of the most common STI (sexually transmitted infections) worldwide. In 2016, the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) was developed to address the concerns regarding the emergence of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea and the need for new treatments. Gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrheae bacteria is one of the most common STIs (sexually transmitted
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Leprosy is a worldwide disease. Unfortunately, efforts to eradicate this debilitating illness have stalled. This overview calls for a worldwide coalition towards a zero-case strategy. Leprosy, a bacterial disease, is a major cause of peripheral neuropathy leading to disability. Leprosy remains in over 100 countries and the battle to eliminate this disease has been fought
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There is a strong genetic basis to human autism spectrum disorders, but it has not been confirmed whether human behavioral disorders relate to insect social behaviors and if the similarities reflect common mechanistic roots. A recent ground-breaking study highlights the genetic link between socially unresponsive bees and human behavioral disorders, bringing new context to autism
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A recently published study in Science determines whether it is possible for chimpanzees to develop Alzheimer ’s disease as they age. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with cognition, behaviour, and memory. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, debilitating disease with no cure. The full diagnosis occurs when dementia is accompanied by two distortions
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In a 2017 study, researchers examined the relationship between rare gene variants and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease risk. Variants in a number of genes were identified, including PSD2, TCIRG1, and RIN3 – genes important to endolysosomal function. Mutations in a number of key genes have been implicated in the development of 5-10% of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
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A recent post-hoc analysis of the Look Ahead trial revealed that weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients may reduce cardiovascular complications. The subgroup of people likely to benefit from weight loss can be identified by their HbA1C levels and a short questionnaire on general health. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition caused by the
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A randomized controlled trial split patients using continuous glucose monitoring into two treatment groups, one using insulin pumps and the other using insulin injections. The results show that the insulin pump group gained better control over the stabilization of glucose levels. Type I diabetes is a disease that affects more than 300,000 Canadians. It is
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