Month: July 2018

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers determine if nitrate-rich vegetables lower high blood pressure in participants with prehypertension or untreated grade 1 hypertension. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects millions of people worldwide. In the United States alone, hypertension affects 75 million people. Globally, there is an importance placed on sustaining a
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] An Australian research team investigated evidence linking the gut microbiome with specific psychiatric disorders and age-related cognitive impairment. The human body is host to a vast number of diverse microbes that perform important and beneficial functions. Evidence is now emerging that communication between the gastrointestinal tract and the central
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 1] A recent review in Science has described an alarming rise of resistance in anti-fungal drugs used for plant, animal, and human applications. Fungal pathogens can have devastating effects on our agriculture, animal husbandry, and global health. Globally, fungal pathogens lead to wastage of about 20% of crop-yields before harvest and
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study sought to understand the concept of living well with mental illness, focusing on the complex process of recovery. There is growing evidence that mental illnesses like schizophrenia are not life-long as they were thought to be. There is a wealth of qualitative data of first-person,
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Polypharmacy, or using different medications at the same time, can increase the risk of dangerous side effects. A recent study measured how common polypharmacy is among older adults in the United Kingdom. Combining prescription medications can potentially cause serious side effects. Known as polypharmacy, using many different medications
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Research has suggested exercise is medicine, so should it be prescribed as such? A recent review summarized existing evidence supporting the clinical efficacy of prescribing exercise for managing abdominal obesity. Evidence has shown that regular and consistent exercise is one of the most important lifestyle changes that can
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers examined the factors linked to sleep quality in patients with chronic tension-type headache. A tension-type headache is a common condition with a prevalence of about 42% in the general population worldwide. Symptoms include pain around the forehead (sometimes described as a “vice-like grip”)
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in the BMJ shows that electronic medical health systems must be used appropriately and with caution. Electronic medical health systems have been used in clinical health practices quite frequently. While their advantages include condensing data, enabling data sharing between health practitioners, and improving patient
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A clinical trial of stroke treatments showed that giving three antiplatelet therapy drugs had no benefit over two, and was associated with more bleeding. Recent large-scale clinical trials have shown that starting treatment with two antiplatelet therapy drugs after a stroke, rather than just one, reduces the risk
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Our Reader Score [Total: 6 Average: 4.5] A study investigated whether there were significant differences in the incidence of psychiatric disorders among relatives of people with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that are responsible for movement.  As the motor
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review in Frontiers of Oncology described the potential of weakened bacterial systems as potential agents in cancer immunotherapy. The recent success of immunotherapeutic agents has reinvigorated the medical community to identify new strategies for harnessing the power of our immune system against cancer. Although the hype regarding immunotherapy is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Stem cell clinical trials have the potential to treat and cure genetic and degenerative diseases. However, many recent trials have sacrificed scientific quality and health safety to push quicker clinical trials. Concerned researchers advocating for better clinical trial have proposed new guidelines to deter substandard clinical trials. Stem
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review pooled prevalence rates of remission and recovery using previous studies of adults who experienced a first episode of psychosis. The prognosis of individuals who experience a first episode of psychosis, including schizophrenia, is variable and difficult to predict. While certain individuals will resume some degree
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 2] A recent trial testing the effectiveness of rivaroxaban against aspirin in recurrent stroke prevention was terminated due to risk-benefit concerns. Ischemic strokes occur when blood vessels in the brain become obstructed by blood clots. Approximately 1 in 5 strokes are of the embolic subtype, meaning that the blood
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers in the US investigated the impact of processed foods on American adults with excess weight. Ultra-processed foods contribute to 89% of added sugars and provide 58% of energy intake in the American diet. They are industrially manufactured, packaged and convenient. They are usually
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers performed a pilot study to investigate the physiological mechanisms of tai chi on brain and muscle function in an aging population. Tai chi is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that requires good concentration with breathing control. Previous studies have suggested that aerobic fitness has beneficial effects on neuronal
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 2] Researchers investigated the effects of regular exercise on cardiac function and markers of cardiac damage in elderly males undergoing long-distance cycling. The beneficial effects of regular exercise in young and old individuals are well established. However, the effects of long, moderate-intensity exercise in elderly people over the age
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Sunburns are the leading cause of skin cancer. Researchers investigate whether common sun-avoidance behaviours are helpful in preventing sunburn. Skin cancer is preventable, but it is often overlooked. Almost 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer every year, and more than 9000 people
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