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Research findings may provide highly effective therapeutic strategy for treatment of Alzheimer's, AMD

Research findings may provide highly effective therapeutic strategy for treatment of Alzheimer's, AMD

For the first time, researchers at LSU Health New Orleans have shown that a protein critical to the body's ability to remove waste products from the brain and retina is diminished in age-related macular degeneration, after first making the discovery in an Alzheimer's disease brain. The research team, led by Walter Lukiw, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmology at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center, also discovered a key reason, identifying a new treatment target. [More]
Moderate alcohol consumption can increase risk of heart attack and stroke

Moderate alcohol consumption can increase risk of heart attack and stroke

While the protective connection between moderate alcohol consumption and heart health has been well-studied, new research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that the association is more complicated than is widely accepted. [More]
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, LSU Health New Orleans create new fellowship program

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, LSU Health New Orleans create new fellowship program

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Medicaid managed care health plan serving Louisiana, and the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, today announced the creation of a new fellowship program that each year will allow up to seven LSU Health New Orleans medical students who are also enrolled in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program to spend four to eight weeks in the policy offices of Washington, D.C. organizations. [More]
Preventing the spread of Zika: an interview with Professor John Oxford

Preventing the spread of Zika: an interview with Professor John Oxford

The link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barré on the one hand, and pregnancy and the virus affecting the fetus in terms of microcephaly on the other, is still not confirmed conclusively. [More]
P. gingivalis could be a novel risk factor for esophageal cancer

P. gingivalis could be a novel risk factor for esophageal cancer

University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers have found a bacterial species responsible for gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is present in 61 percent of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). [More]
Homeless adults have more geriatric conditions than those living in homes

Homeless adults have more geriatric conditions than those living in homes

Homeless people in their fifties have more geriatric conditions than those living in homes who are decades older, according to researchers at UC San Francisco who are following 350 people who are homeless and aged 50 and over, in Oakland. [More]
UCSF, CipherHealth jointly launch customizable care-management platform

UCSF, CipherHealth jointly launch customizable care-management platform

The University of California, San Francisco and healthcare technology firm CipherHealth LLC have launched a customizable care-management platform called View that aims to improve the quality of care for patients with complex health conditions. [More]
Adapted yoga feasible, beneficial for adults with stroke or traumatic brain injury

Adapted yoga feasible, beneficial for adults with stroke or traumatic brain injury

A research team, led by an IU School of Health and Rehabilitation faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has determined that adapted yoga is both feasible and beneficial for adults with stroke or traumatic brain injury. [More]
UCSF study finds specific molecular-genetic mechanism that links sleep and seasonal depression

UCSF study finds specific molecular-genetic mechanism that links sleep and seasonal depression

A newly discovered human gene mutation appears to contribute both to unusual sleep patterns and to heightened rates of seasonal depression, according to new research from UC San Francisco. [More]
Romosozumab for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis meets co-primary endpoints in Phase 3 study

Romosozumab for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis meets co-primary endpoints in Phase 3 study

Amgen and UCB today announced top-line results from the Phase 3 placebo-controlled FRActure study in postmenopausal woMen with ostEoporosis (FRAME). [More]
First-of-its-kind project focuses on farming communities and dementia

First-of-its-kind project focuses on farming communities and dementia

Dementia is a growing health problem, with an anticipated increase in the number of cases in the UK of 156 per cent between now and 2051, according to statistics from the Alzheimer's Society. [More]
Better understanding link between oral bacteria and certain types of stroke

Better understanding link between oral bacteria and certain types of stroke

In a study of patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans). [More]
CMV-based vaccine provides protection against Ebola virus

CMV-based vaccine provides protection against Ebola virus

As the latest in a series of studies, researchers at Plymouth University, National Institutes of Health and University of California, Riverside, have shown the ability of a vaccine vector based on a common herpesvirus called cytomegalovirus (CMV) expressing Ebola virus glycoprotein (GP), to provide protection against Ebola virus in the experimental rhesus macaque, non-human primate (NHP) model. [More]
Sonablate HIFU now available in southern California for treatment of prostate cancer patients

Sonablate HIFU now available in southern California for treatment of prostate cancer patients

HIFU Prostate Services, LLC, a leading provider of minimally-invasive prostate cancer treatment using high intensity focused ultrasound, announces that Sonablate HIFU is now available in southern California through a partnership established with Western States HIFU and Pacific Coast Urology and one of the most experienced HIFU physicians in the world, Robert Pugach, MD. [More]
PDA encourages parents to help children develop healthy oral health habits

PDA encourages parents to help children develop healthy oral health habits

February once again brings National Children's Dental Health Month, an oral health campaign that helps educate children about the importance of maintaining good oral health and developing healthy habits that will carry into adulthood. [More]
Distinctive gene 'signature' may lead to new way to diagnose Lyme disease

Distinctive gene 'signature' may lead to new way to diagnose Lyme disease

Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene "signature" they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. [More]
Study finds significant variation in dementia incidence among ethnic and racial groups

Study finds significant variation in dementia incidence among ethnic and racial groups

In the largest and longest study thus far of ethnic disparities in dementia risk, researchers compared six ethnic and racial groups within the same geographic population and found significant variation in dementia incidence among them. [More]
Cranberry capsules more effective in lowering UTI risk than juice

Cranberry capsules more effective in lowering UTI risk than juice

A UTI is an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra. They are more common in women and affect more than 3 million Americans per year. Many in the population will turn to sipping on a cranberry juice cocktail to alleviate their symptoms, but, according to a Texas A&M Health Science Center urologist, drinking cranberry juice to treat a UTI is little more than an old wives' tale. [More]
U of A researchers use ultrashort laser pulses to connect neurons

U of A researchers use ultrashort laser pulses to connect neurons

A research team based in the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has developed a method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses--a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities. [More]
Study estimates prevalence of periodontitis at state and local levels across U.S. using SAE method

Study estimates prevalence of periodontitis at state and local levels across U.S. using SAE method

The International and American Associations for Dental Research have published an article titled "Predicting Periodontitis at State and Local Levels in the United States" in the OnlineFirst portion of the Journal of Dental Research. In it, authors P.I. Eke, X. Zhang, H. Lu, L. Wei, G. Thornton-Evans, K.J. Greenlund, J.B. Holt and J.B. Croft estimate the prevalence of periodontitis at state and local levels across the United States by using a novel, small area estimation (SAE) method. [More]
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