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February 5, 2016

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February 5, 2016

New Piece of the HIV Puzzle Uncovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — New research has revealed that a key immune system component -- innate lymphoid cells (ILC) -- is destroyed during acute HIV infection. This may play a key role in understanding the progression of ... read more

Use of and Barriers to Access to Opioid Analgesics Worldwide

Feb. 3, 2016 — Use of common opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone has more than quadrupled in Australia over the past decade and doubled worldwide over the same period. Yet at the same time ... read more

New Target for the Treatment of Fatty Liver Disease Discovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — Two proteins, p38 gamma and p38 delta, control the accumulation of fat in the liver, a process linked to the development of insulin resistance and diabetes, which are common outcomes of obesity, ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A faulty signaling pathway has been identified that, when corrected, in mice ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition. The findings could lead to the discovery ... read more

Study Determines Saliva Gland Test Can Spot Early Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 2, 2016 — Testing a portion of a person's submandibular gland may be a way to diagnose early Parkinson's disease, report scientists. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for ... read more

Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy Treatments Need to Have Heart Tested

Feb. 1, 2016 — Chemotherapy treatment is a necessary evil in the fight against most cancers and has prolonged life for millions of people. However, many cancer survivors suffer from an increased risk of heart ... read more

For Older Adults, Serious Depression Symptoms Increase Risk for Stroke and Heart Disease

Feb. 1, 2016 — Adults 65-years-old and older who had high levels of depressive symptoms had a greater risk for experiencing heart disease or stroke events over the 10 years of a study, scientists report. As a ... read more

Targeting Upper Motor Neurons to Treat ALS

Feb. 1, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to specifically modify gene expression in diseased upper motor neurons, brain cells that break down in ALS. The study provides ... read more

Does Text Messaging Help With Medication Adherence in Chronic Disease?

Feb. 1, 2016 — Medication adherence in chronic disease is poor. Can telephone text messaging help with adherence? A new article examines the question in a ... read more

The Dose Makes the Poison: Opioid Overdose Study Supports Call for Caution in Rx Levels

Feb. 1, 2016 — When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in ... read more

Do Asthma and COPD Truly Exist?

Feb. 1, 2016 — Defining a patient's symptoms using the historical diagnostic labels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an outdated approach to understanding an individual's ... read more

Obesity, Diabetes in Mom Increases Risk of Autism in Child

Jan. 29, 2016 — Children born to obese women with diabetes are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children of healthy weight mothers without diabetes, new research ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — An international consortium identifies and validates cellular role of priority Parkinson's disease drug target, LRRK2 kinase, in a new study, illuminating a novel route for therapeutic ... read more

Impact of Opioid Risk Reduction Initiatives Assessed

Jan. 28, 2016 — New research on opioid prescribing in Washington State reports that a health plan initiative to change shared expectations of physicians regarding clinically appropriate drug levels for long-term ... read more

Minorities Had Lower Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Than Whites, Study Shows

Jan. 28, 2016 — In a study of more than 1.3 million members in Northern California that stretched over 10 years, researchers found that blacks, Latinos and Asians generally had lower risk of coronary heart disease ... read more

Chronic Pain Changes Our Immune Systems

Jan. 28, 2016 — Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study. The findings could open new avenues to diagnosing and treating chronic pain in humans, the researchers ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new treatment has shown benefits for reducing the symptoms associated with chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated depression, a team of psychiatrists has found. For Trigeminal Nerve ... read more

Gene Study Points Towards Therapies for Common Brain Disorders

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and intellectual disabilities. The findings offer a ... read more

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Smoking Increase Risk of Death for Older Adults With Dementia

Jan. 27, 2016 — Older adults with dementia and diabetes have a significantly higher risk for death than do people with just dementia, research shows. People with dementia who smoked tobacco were also at a much ... read more

Treating Major Depression in Older Adults With Diabetes May Lower Risk of Death

Jan. 27, 2016 — Effective treatment for depression could go a long way toward improving health status and even preventing death among older adults who also have diabetes, according to a new ... read more

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