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Insufficient levels of Vitamin D in pregnancy detrimental to child development

21/07/2017

Vitamin D deficiency in expectant mothers during pregnancy has a negative effect on the social development and motor skills of pre-school age children, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports.
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COPD – changes in the lungs, changes in the microbiome

21/07/2017

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can result in structural changes within the lungs over time. Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have now been able to show that these changes not only affect the organ itself, but also the bacteria that live in the lung. The results have been published in "PLOS ONE".
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Blood test IDs key Alzheimer's marker

20/07/2017

Decades before people with Alzheimer's disease develop memory loss and confusion, their brains become dotted with plaques made of a sticky protein - called amyloid beta - that is thought to contribute to the disease and its progression.
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Effective protection against hip fracture during cortisone treatment

20/07/2017

There is effective protection against hip fracture for the many elderly people whose skeleton is declining in strength, as a side effect of cortisone treatment. If patients receive the osteoporosis medication alendronate, it reduces the risk of hip fracture by 65 percent, as a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals.
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New gene mutation associated with Fanconi anemia

19/07/2017

Fanconi anemia is a rare genetic disease characterized by high cancer risk. Researchers of the University of Würzburg now have revealed a new Fanconi anemia gene that is involved in complex DNA repair processes and may also play a relevant role in cancer prevention.
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Bacteria never swim alone

19/07/2017

Many animal species display flocking behaviour, but the fact that microorganisms do, is not as well known. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now shown that algae and bacteria form flocks at very low concentrations of individuals, a finding that could increase our future understanding of how the organisms infect their host animals.
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New gene therapy treatment routes for motor neurone disease uncovered in new study

18/07/2017

Scientists investigating the genetic causes and altered functioning of nerve cells in motor neurone disease (MND) have discovered a new mechanism that could lead to fresh treatment approaches for one of the most common forms of the disease.
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Diabetes complications are a risk factor for repeat hospitalizations, study shows

18/07/2017

People who were previously hospitalized for severe hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia are at highest risk for recurrent dysglycemic episodes in the short term (within 30 days of the prior episode) and over the long term.
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Digital communication improves young patient engagement, according to new study

17/07/2017

Using texts, emails, Skype and other digital communication methods can improve the health care experience of younger patients.That is the conclusion of new research, led by the University of Warwick and King's College London, which examined case studies from 20 NHS specialist clinical teams from across England and Wales.
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Reliable diagnosis of celiac disease in children without endoscopy

17/07/2017

Over decades the diagnosis of celiac disease affecting about 1 percent of our children and adolescents required an upper endoscopy. Now a large international study – coordinated by the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital in Munich – showed that in more than 50 percent of affected children, endoscopy can be omitted without reducing the accuracy of the diagnosis.
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