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Image: (Microscopic image) Fusion of ruptured vesicles, colored green and pink; Copyright: Loyola University Chicago

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases share common crucial feature

26/05/2017

A Loyola University Chicago study has found that abnormal proteins found in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease all share a similar ability to cause damage when they invade brain cells.
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Short and long sleep associated with increased risk of dementia and lung cancer

26/05/2017

Difficulties in initiating or maintaining sleep at middle-age are associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The 20-year follow-up study was conducted among 2,682 men participating the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Study.
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Image: Microscopic image of sensory neurons from human dorsal root ganglia, colored red and blue; Copyright: Ru-Rong Ji Lab, Duke University

Immunotherapy target suppresses pain to mask cancer

25/05/2017

Once hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, immunotherapies are now raising concerns as doctors note new side effects like severe allergic reactions, acute-onset diabetes and heart damage.
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Study offers guidance for targeting residual ovarian tumors

25/05/2017

Most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer undergo surgery to remove as many of the tumors as possible. However, it is usually impossible to eliminate all of the cancer cells because they have spread throughout the abdomen. Surgery is therefore followed by 18 weeks of chemotherapy.
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Image: Drop of blood on filter paper. Above it are two smaller blood drops and coin; Copyright: Jan Björkesten

Better, cheaper healthcare with dry blood samples

24/05/2017

A drop of blood on filter paper, allowed to dry and stored for future diagnostic purposes - considerably easier than the present-day, resource-consuming method using frozen blood samples in plastic tubes. In a new study, Uppsala researchers have successfully measured 92 different proteins in millimetre-sized circles punched out of dried samples.
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Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

24/05/2017

Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff's implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. However, newer research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole, together with other foods eaten at the same time.
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Image: A brain, shining golden in the inside; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Alexmit

Brain training positively affects neural connectivity for individuals with TBI

23/05/2017

A recent study from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows that a certain type of instructor-led brain training protocol can stimulate structural changes in the brain and neural connections even years after a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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Image: A blood sample is taken from somebody; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Josef Muellek

Flexible new method for early cancer diagnosis

23/05/2017

Earlier discovery of cancer and greater precision in the treatment process are the objectives of a new method developed by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy and Boston University. Investments are now being made to roll out this innovation across healthcare and broaden the scope of the research in this field.
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Image: A game board whith a brain painted on it. Around it lie some cards and pieces; Copyright: KU Leuven - Joris Snaet

Blind people have brain map for 'visual' observations too

22/05/2017

Is what you're looking at an object, a face, or a tree? When processing visual input, our brain uses different areas to recognize faces, body parts, scenes, and objects. Scientists at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have now shown that people who were born blind use a 'brain map' with a very similar layout to distinguish between these same categories.
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Urine test finds what makes people say no to blood pressure lowering pills

22/05/2017

University of Manchester researchers together with their UK and overseas collaborators have found out that more than one third of 1,400 people with high blood pressure have not been taking their blood pressure medication.
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