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Boy With Rare Disease Needs Bone Marrow Transplant

8-month-old Jackson Dermatis lives with a rare bone marrow disease and has been fighting for his life since he was born. “We only leave for doctors appointments and he gets blood transfusions every three weeks to survive so we go to the hospital for that and the hospitalizations when he gets sick,” said Jamie Dermatis,…

Medicaid could save life

Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion Within A Year

Reducing smoking, and its associated health effects, among Medicaid recipients in each state by just 1% would result in $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the following year, according to new research by UC San Francisco. The median state would save $25 million, ranging from $630.2 million in California; (if the smoking rate dropped from…

membrane destruction

New Electron Microscopy Technique: Limits Membrane Destruction

Membrane proteins play an important role in many biological processes. Studies suggest they’re targeted by more than 50% of all modern medicinal drugs. Unfortunately for researchers, determining their structures has been a longstanding challenge because it’s difficult to track the protein without damaging the cellular membrane using current techniques. Not anymore. Researchers at Purdue University…

Inhaling nitrogen dioxide

Paediatric Asthma Incidence Attributable To Ambient NO2 Pollution

About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide air pollution; according to a study by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). The study, based on data from 2010 to 2015, estimates that 64 percent of these new cases of asthma…

Topsoil

Topsoil Boosts Cognitive Difficulties In Five Year Old Boys

Soil contamination has long recognized as a contributor to lead exposure in people; is now a health concern worldwide. In a new study; researchers sought to estimate the causal effects of exposure to lead in topsoil on the cognitive ability of 5-year-olds in the United States. The study found that higher lead-in topsoil significantly increases…

Research in mice

Growth Hormone Acts to Prevent Weight Loss

Researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil have discovered that growth hormone (GH), which stimulates skeletal maturation and linear bone growth, as well as helping maintain tissue and organs throughout life, also acts directly on the brain to conserve energy when the body loses weight. A paper on the discovery has just…

Bone-mineral density

Type 1 Diabetes Linked To Weaker Bones

Postmenopausal women with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have the lower volumetric bone-mineral density (vBMD); than their diabetes-free peers, and bone-quality deficits may even greater for those who developed the disease before age 20; according to new findings. “They for the first time showed that the age of onset of type 1 diabetes may have an…