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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a new review in the New England Journal of Medicine, Al-Chalabi and Brown review the promises of gene therapy using CRISPR-Cas9 for ALS treatment. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurological disease that affects the nerves that allow us to control our voluntary muscles. Voluntary muscles
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Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia typically associated with older adults. However, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease occurs before the age of 65. Alzheimer’s causes memory problems and a variety of related symptoms. It is a degenerative disease, which means the symptoms will get worse over time. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most
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Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. Most cases of dehydration in pregnancy are mild, but severe dehydration can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The fetus places intense demands on the body, and women who are pregnant need to consume extra nutrients. Morning sickness, as well as conditions
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent opinion article in JAMA Psychiatry discusses the mental health benefits of implementing regular physical activity in the educational system. Physical exercise has long been known to be associated with significant improvements in individuals’ mental health and cognitive functioning. In fact, physical activity can reduce stress, improve
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Due to ethical and logistical challenges associated with pediatric research, guidelines for migraine therapies in children have largely been derived from adult studies. A recent review highlights the latest developments in this field, with the approval of new acute migraine therapy and new large-scale trials for children. Migraines
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Heating pads can be used while pregnant to ease any pain in the muscles or joints, so long as they do not raise the woman’s body temperature too much. Obstetricians and midwives routinely caution against the use of hot tubs during pregnancy, so it is understandable that women may worry about other heat sources during
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] A study published in The Lancet investigates the risks of premature death in wine drinkers and finds that the limit should much lower than the current American recommendation. National recommendations for alcohol consumption vary across the globe. The United States places an upper limit of 196g a week
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Peripheral vascular disease is a disease that causes restricted blood flow to the arms, legs, or other body parts. It occurs when arteries or veins get narrower, become blocked, or spasm. If peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs only in the arteries, it is called peripheral artery disease (PAD). Most cases of PVD affect the arteries
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Scientists in the US and China developed a hepatocyte-mimicking antidote for the treatment of alcohol intoxication. People consume alcoholic drinks in enormous amount worldwide. Many Canadians associate drinking with social activities such as watching sports, parties, and celebrations. According to the statistics published by the Health Canada, more
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Foamy urine is often the result of a fast urine stream. However, a range of medical conditions can also have this effect. If a person notices foamy urine frequently, or if it accompanies other symptoms, they should speak to a doctor. In this article, we look at the causes of foamy urine and the treatment
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Ischemic colitis occurs when there is not enough blood flowing to the colon, also known as the large intestine. It is more likely to occur in people who are over 60, smoke cigarettes, or have diabetes. Ischemic colitis is the most common type of gut-based ischemia, accounting for 1 in every 2,000 hospital admissions. Symptoms
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With diabetes currently sweeping the United States, designing more effective treatments is paramount. New research finds a rather surprising source of a potential new drug: platypus venom. As we dig into platypus biology, surprises wait at every turn. The platypus is arguably Australia’s most iconic and strange animal. It is classed as a monotreme, which
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Swiss researchers evaluated how aerobic exercise affects short and long-term memory among university students. Exercise is highly touted as one of the best ways to keep pristine mental and physical health. Aerobic exercise, in particular, intends to improve the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. Previous studies have also
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A phase-1b trial funded by Merck and Pfizer combined two drugs to evaluate their effectiveness in treating renal cell carcinoma. Renal cell carcinoma makes up 95% of kidney cancer cases. About 338,000 cases of renal cell carcinoma are detected worldwide every year. Renal cell carcinoma is a form of cancer that starts in the small tubules
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Little has been known about the long-term success of epilepsy surgery, even though surgeons have performed the surgery for decades. In a recent study, researchers sought to determine whether epilepsy surgery would provide long-term improvements. Epilepsy affects the brain and causes seizures, which can occur in many different ways. Seizures can range from a few
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Glossitis is typically characterized by an inflammation of the tongue. It can also cause changes in the tongue’s texture and color. Along with swelling, glossitis can change the color and surface texture of the tongue because the condition causes the small bumps on the surface to shrink, creating a shiny, red surface. Severe cases of
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Since inflammation may increase the risk of disease, researchers examined whether there is a correlation between poor sleep and increased inflammation in middle-aged women. Poor sleep is common in middle-aged women. Sleep disturbances can last for a long time and can reduce an individual’s quality of life and increase a person’s vulnerability to psychological disorders
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