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Slim People Have A Genetic Advantage

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have looked at why some people manage to stay thin while others gain weight easily. They have found that the genetic dice are loaded in favor of thin people and against those at the obese end of the spectrum. More than six in ten adults…

Insys Founder, Former Execs Face Opioid Kickback Scheme

The one-time billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc and therefore four other former executives and managers of the opioid drugmaker will face trial over charges because they conspired to pay doctors bribes to prescribe patients an addictive fentanyl spray to boost sales. besides Lawyers are set to deliver opening statements Monday in federal court in…

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Cycling And Treadmill Healthier Than Standing

Cycling and treadmill workstations may be ‘healthier’ than standing versions, because their use seems to be associated with greater positive physiological changes in the body, finds a systematic review of the available evidence, published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. But treadmill versions can interfere with computer work, the findings indicate. Long periods spent sitting down, including at…

Small metabolites have big effects on the intestinal immune response

researchers have known that normal bacteria in the gut can induce intestinal immune cells to extend tentacle-like structures, known as dendrites, to “capture” antigens; triggering both immediate and long-term immune responses. What was less clear was how the bacteria activate this process. Now, a research team led by Osaka University has found that the molecules…

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Skin Cancer Hijacks The Growth Of Immune System

Scientists have uncovered molecules released by invasive skin cancer that reprogram healthy immune cells to help the cancer to spread. Targeting these molecules with inhibiting drugs could help to prevent this aggressive skin cancer coming back after treatment. The findings of the Cancer Research UK-funded study are published in Cell, today (Thursday). Researchers from Queen Mary University…

Researcher and collaborators are developing new strategies for Lupus

A University of Oklahoma researcher, Si Wu, and collaborators from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Indiana University are developing new strategies because leading to diagnosis and early intervention of Lupus, an autoimmune disease that may affect up to 1.5 million Americans. The National Institutes of Health is funding the OU research with a $2…

Connecting the dots between heartburn drugs and kidney damage

Medication is available over the counter doesn’t mean it won’t have side effects or pose other dangers. One example is PPIs, a popular type of heartburn medication that can harm the kidneys, especially when taken long-term.  Heartburn is the result of stomach acid backing up into the esophagus, the tube that goes from your mouth to…

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New Score Predicts Mortality In Acute Heart Failure

A risk stratification score known as Multiple Estimation of risk. On the other hand, it was based on the Emergency department Spanish Score In patients with AHF, or MEESSI-AHF. Simultaneously, it accurately estimated 30-day mortality among Swiss patients. They were hospitalized for acute heart failure, according to data published in Annals of Internal Medicine. “As most acute…

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Injection of Opioids Increases Infective Endocarditis Risk

People who inject drugs are at a high risk for a number of health issues. In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered a significant rise in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious heart infection, among Ontarians who inject drugs. When examining opioid prescriptions in the province,…

Sleep, mood affect how 'in control' older adults feel

Psychology researchers have found another reason that sleep, mood, and stress are important they affect the extent to which older adults feel they have control over their lives. Content: The findings can inform efforts to improve an individual’s sense of control, which has ramifications for physical, mental and emotional health. “They  find sleep mood and…

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The Need For Pediatricians To Discuss Firearm Safety

Firearm injuries continue to be one of the top three leading causes of death in American youth. And access to firearms remains an important focus for primary injury prevention efforts in children. Emergency departments (EDs) often serve as a center for screening and education on injury prevention as injuries are the most common reason for…

New Support Network Create Health Centaurs, Half Professionals

The hospital doctors around the world often struggle to become those health centaurs, half professionals and half managers, that modern healthcare organizations need. The main responsibility is not their resistance to change. But the lack of effective support from the organization, according to a study by Marco Sartirana (CERGAS, Bocconi University), Graeme Currie (Warwick Business…