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Global study

Growing Inequality in Adolescent Health

A detailed global study of the health and well being of the world’s 1.8 billion adolescents; and young adults reveals a growing inequality; and greater health challenges than those faced 25 years ago. Of the 1.8 billion adolescents aged 10-24; an additional 250 million worldwide are living in countries; where they face a triple burden…

Geriatrics

Emotional Health of People Who Look After Older Adults With Cancer

The number of informal caregivers who look after older adults with cancer is on the rise. Caregivers could be relatives, partners, or even friends who provide assistance to people in order to help them function. Most older people with cancer live at home and are dependent on informal caregivers for support with their cancer treatment,…

Central nervous system

Identifies New Approach To Repairing Damaged Peripheral Nerve

A new University of Virginia study proves that a damaged peripheral nervous system is capable of repairing itself when healthy cells are there from the central nervous system. The finding has implications for the future treatment of debilitating and life-threatening nervous system disorders affecting children; such as muscular dystrophy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Oligodendrocytes…

Medical genetics

Study Debunks 'Depression Genes' Hypotheses

Over the past quarter-century, researchers have published hundreds of studies suggesting a small set of particular genes or gene-variants plays a substantial role in boosting susceptibility to depression. Such papers fueled hopes that clinicians could soon use genetic testing to simply identify those at risk, and drug companies could develop medications to counteract a few…

Neighbourhood Stressors

Neighbourhood Stressors Are Associated With Telomere Length

Living in a stressful neighborhood is related to aging faster, according to new research using telomeres as a marker for biological aging. Telomeres are part of people’s DNA which give a measure of ‘miles on the clock,” or biological age. The study, published today in PLoS One, combined population health, and molecular biology research and…

Combo of virotherapy and radiotherapy

Combo of Virotherapy and Radiotherapy in Esophageal Cancer

The experimental oncolytic adenovirus telomelysin (OBP-301); in combination with radiotherapy was safe; and showed early clinical efficacy in vulnerable patients with esophageal cancer; according to results from a phase I clinical trial; presented at the AACR Annual Meeting. “Most standard therapeutic strategies for esophageal cancer; such as surgery and chemoradiotherapy; are relatively invasive and can’t…

Risk For Cataract

Vitamins, Carotenoids Leads To Lower Risk For Cataract

Higher consumption of certain vitamins and carotenoids is with a significantly decreased risk for age-related cataract (ARC) in cohort studies, according to a meta-analysis published in the January issue. Hong Jiang, from Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center in China, and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and cohort studies published through…

Anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory Plant-based Diet: Helps Reduce Gingivitis

Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent inflammatory diseases of mankind; and estimated to affect about 732 million people worldwide; with an increasing incidence. It is; considered to be the main cause for tooth extractions; in Germany. Gingivitis as a necessary pre‐requisite for periodontal disease; is even more prevalent and a main risk factor…