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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Feb. 27, 2017 — Scientists have identified a new regulator of the innate immune response—the immediate, natural immune response to foreign invaders. The study suggests that therapeutics that modulate the ... read more

Given the Choice, Patients Will Reach for Cannabis Over Prescribed Opioids

Feb. 27, 2017 — Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new ... read more

Involuntary Urinary Incontinence Can Discourage Sufferers from Exercise

Feb. 27, 2017 — Urinary incontinence symptoms in middle-aged woman are linked to lower levels of exercise, research shows. Involuntary urinary incontinence symptoms can discourage sufferers from partaking in ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Prolonged epileptic seizures may cause serious problems that will continue for the rest of a patient’s life. As a result of a seizure, neural connections of the brain may be rewired in an incorrect ... read more

Publicly Funding Essential Medicines for All Canadians Could Save Over $4 Billion a Year

Feb. 27, 2017 — Universal public coverage of 117 essential medicines could address the needs of most Canadians for pharmaceutical drugs, and possibly save more than $4 billion a year, according to a new ... read more

Preventing, Treating Smoking in Children and Youth

Feb. 27, 2017 — A first-ever guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care on tobacco use by children and youth aged 5 to 18 years recommends that physicians should play a more active role in the ... read more

Ketogenic Diet Shown Safe, Effective Option for Some With Rare and Severest Form of Epilepsy

Feb. 27, 2017 — In a small phase I and II clinical trial, researchers and colleagues elsewhere found that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was a safe and effective treatment option for the majority of ... read more

Alzheimer's Drug Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

Feb. 25, 2017 — Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. Researchers ... read more

Dietary Prebiotics Improve Sleep, Buffer Impacts of Stress, Says Study

Feb. 25, 2017 — New research suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters called prebiotics -- which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut -- can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the ... read more

Antibiotics Used to Treat Cystic Fibrosis Increases Risk of Permanent Hearing Loss

Feb. 25, 2017 — A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time ... read more

Novel 'Barcode' Tracking of T Cells in Immunotherapy Patients Identifies Likely Cancer-Killers

Feb. 24, 2017 — A new discovery makes an important step in identifying which specific T cells within the diverse army of a person's immune system are best suited to fight ... read more

Effects of a Poor Diet During Pregnancy May Be Reversed in Female Adolescent Offspring

Feb. 24, 2017 — Here's some good news if you are female: Research shows that in mice, what is eaten during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behavior and learning, and can even ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Sometimes cells spit out things we don't want them to -- like medications. Researchers have determined the three-dimensional structure of a tiny pump that expels, among other things, ... read more

Antibiotic Resistance: A Burgeoning Problem for Kids Too

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a new, first-of-its-kind study, researchers have found a 700-percent surge in infections caused by bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics among ... read more

Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Found in Hospital Sinks

Feb. 24, 2017 — Many recent reports have found multidrug resistant bacteria living in hospital sink drainpipes, putting them in close proximity to vulnerable patients. But how the bacteria find their way out of the ... read more

Clues to Relationship Between Schizophrenia and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Feb. 24, 2017 — A bioinformatics study identifies genetic variants with differing effects on risk of rheumatoid arthritis and ... read more

Novel DNA Vaccine Design Improves Chances of Inducing Anti-Tumor Immunity

Feb. 24, 2017 — Scientists have devised a novel DNA vaccine approach through molecular design to improve the immune responses elicited against one of the most important cancer antigen ... read more

New Nano Approach Could Cut Dose of Leading HIV Treatment in Half

Feb. 24, 2017 — Successful results have utilized nanotechnology to improve drug therapies for HIV ... read more

New Therapeutic Targets Identified for Tropical Disease Leishmaniasis

Feb. 24, 2017 — Each year, about 2 million people contract leishmaniasis, which results in disfiguring skin ulcers that may take months or years to heal and in rare cases can become metastatic, causing major tissue ... read more

New Antiviral Drug Cuts Cytomegalovirus Infection, Improves Survival in Patients Undergoing Donor Stem Cell Transplant

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a significant advance in improving the safety of donor stem cell transplants, a major clinical trial has shown that a novel agent can protect against the most common viral infection that patients ... read more

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