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Synthesized steroid prevents lethal protein buildup in animal model of Parkinson's disease

Synthesized steroid prevents lethal protein buildup in animal model of Parkinson's disease

A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports an international research team studying an animal model of Parkinson's disease. [More]
Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in haemodialysis patients higher than previously thought

Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in haemodialysis patients higher than previously thought

Atrial fibrillation, which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is an important risk factor for strokes. [More]
Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

There is incontrovertible evidence that some harmful drugs and toxins can affect lifelong health. For example, if women take certain drugs in pregnancy, such as thalidomide, there are well documented effects on lifelong health. These have obvious and dramatic effects on the child... [More]
Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave. [More]
BMI status of older adults influences benefits accrued from memory training, study finds

BMI status of older adults influences benefits accrued from memory training, study finds

In the first study to compare the results of cognitive training by body mass index (BMI) category, scientists from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research found that memory training provided only one-third the benefit to older adults with obesity than the benefit it provided to older adults without obesity. [More]
NCCN publishes new easy-to-understand patient education resources focused on brain cancer

NCCN publishes new easy-to-understand patient education resources focused on brain cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has published the NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide sheets for Brain Cancer - Gliomas—the first in a series of patient education resources focused on Brain Cancer. [More]
Study finds 200% increase in consumption of low-calorie sweeteners among U.S. children

Study finds 200% increase in consumption of low-calorie sweeteners among U.S. children

About 25 percent of children and more than 41 percent of adults in the United States reported consuming foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin in a recent nationwide nutritional survey, according to a study out today. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers identify new biological target for treating spinal muscular atrophy

Johns Hopkins researchers identify new biological target for treating spinal muscular atrophy

Johns Hopkins researchers along with academic and drug industry investigators say they have identified a new biological target for treating spinal muscular atrophy. [More]
Many nursing home residents with renal disease lack advance directives to address end-of-life care

Many nursing home residents with renal disease lack advance directives to address end-of-life care

A new study indicates that many nursing home residents receiving dialysis do not have advance directives that sufficiently address end-of-life treatment decisions. [More]
Studies reveal long-term effects of gastric bypass surgery in severely obese teenagers

Studies reveal long-term effects of gastric bypass surgery in severely obese teenagers

Gastric bypass surgery helps severely obese teenagers lose weight and keep it off, according to the first long-term follow-up studies of teenagers who had undergone the procedure 5-12 years earlier. [More]
Dense blood clots linked to increased risk of premature death in hemodialysis patients

Dense blood clots linked to increased risk of premature death in hemodialysis patients

Dialysis patients may have altered blood clots that increase their risk of dying prematurely, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology [More]
Monthly high dose of vitamin D lowers respiratory infections in older adults

Monthly high dose of vitamin D lowers respiratory infections in older adults

In people over the age of 65, acute respiratory infections--such as the common cold, influenza, or pneumonia--can lead to potentially life-threatening complications. [More]
Giving polycystic kidney disease the bump

Giving polycystic kidney disease the bump

We launched this campaign at the beginning of October 2016. It's the first time that we've ever had a campaign of this size and scope. It's a European campaign in multiple languages that's coordinated by six of the organizations that represent PKD patients in Europe. [More]
Researchers uncover reason for stent failure in diabetic patients with clogged arteries

Researchers uncover reason for stent failure in diabetic patients with clogged arteries

People with any form of diabetes are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular conditions than people without the disease. Moreover, if they undergo an operation to open up a clogged artery by inserting a "stent" surgical tube, the artery is much more likely to clog up again. [More]
MMP9 enzyme could suppress tumors in colitis associated cancer, new study finds

MMP9 enzyme could suppress tumors in colitis associated cancer, new study finds

An enzyme that plays an active role in inflammation could be a natural way to suppress tumors and ulcers in the colon that are found in colitis associated cancer (CAC), a type of colorectal cancer that is driven by chronic inflammation, according to a new study. [More]
Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx, Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on enhancing the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and cardiorenal diseases, today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical trial and an onset-of-action clinical trial evaluating RDX7675 in patients with hyperkalemia, a potentially life-threatening condition common in patients with cardiorenal disease. [More]
200th live donor kidney transplant offers promise of new life for the New Year

200th live donor kidney transplant offers promise of new life for the New Year

In late December in San Antonio, Texas, a 36-year-old mother of three from Jefferson City, Missouri, gave her best friend the most precious gift of all: a healthy kidney and the promise of a new life for the New Year. [More]
Children's access to kidney transplantation is marred by racial disparities

Children's access to kidney transplantation is marred by racial disparities

Researchers have uncovered a higher risk of death in black vs. white children with kidney failure over the last two decades that seems to be mediated by differences in access to kidney transplantation. [More]
Physical inactivity in obese mice linked to dopamine signaling defects

Physical inactivity in obese mice linked to dopamine signaling defects

Starting a regular program at the gym is a common New Year's resolution, but it's one that most people are unable to stick with for very long. [More]
DaVita releases recap of 2016 accomplishments

DaVita releases recap of 2016 accomplishments

DaVita Inc., a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today released a recap of major accomplishments for the company in 2016, marking its 16th year bringing quality of life to patients and teammates around the world. [More]
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