HIV Controlled by Antibody Therapy

Posted by Rebecca James on Oct 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM
Today, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and improvements in antiretroviral therapy have turned HIV into a manageable condition.  Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer—and with a better quality of life—than ever before.  Yet even the most effective drugs only suppress the virus, which hides in the body, ready to rise to dangerous levels should a patient stop their medication regime. To continue suppression of HIV, patients must adhere to strict daily medication schedules, which can be burdensome and expensive.  
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Latest Research Offers Alternative to Addictive Opioids

Posted by Rebecca James on Sep 26, 2018 3:00:00 PM


The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a growing national crisis affecting public health and creating an enormous burden on the healthcare system.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total economic impact of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

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How Does Talking to Babies Make Them Smarter?

Posted by Rebecca James on Sep 14, 2018 1:08:19 PM
Young children who are regularly engaged in conversation by adults may have stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language , according to a study of healthy young children that confirms a hypothesis registered with the Open Science Framework. This finding, published in   JNeurosci , suggests that talking with children from an early age could promote their language skills.
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Topics: education, children, parenting, social issues

The Link Between Vegetables and Colon Cancer

Posted by Rebecca James on Sep 5, 2018 11:39:49 AM
Could a diet rich in green vegetables help prevent colon cancer?
Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer, a recent study from the Francis Crick Institute shows.    The study, published in   Immunity , shows that mice fed on a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol (I3C) were protected from gut inflammation and colon cancer. 
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Topics: health, diet

New TB Study Has Hopeful Results

Posted by Rebecca James on Aug 28, 2018 5:02:34 PM
Tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease targeting the lungs, is the second biggest killer, globally.  In 2015,  1.8 million people died from the disease, with 10.4 million falling ill, despite the development of vaccines and effective drug treatment.  At one point, the United Nations predicted that TB would be eliminated worldwide by 2025, but treatment options remain surprisingly sparse.  The only vaccine for TB was developed nearly a century ago, and offers limited protection.  Even worse,  patients are becoming increasingly resistant to available drugs.
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Topics: disease, research

Can an Asthma Drug Reverse Dementia?

Posted by Rebecca James on Aug 24, 2018 1:47:28 PM

Dementia is a term describing a variety of diseases that develop when nerve cells in the brain die or become impaired. The death of neurons causes changes in memory, behavior, physical capabilities and personality. In many of these diseases, such as Alzheimers, the associated changes often prove to be fatal.

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Louisiana Hepatitis C Cost Proposal

Posted by Rebecca James on Aug 22, 2018 4:52:09 PM
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Topics: legal, legislation

Researchers Generate Immune Cells to Create Cancer Vaccines

Posted by Rebecca James on Aug 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.8 million deaths in 2015.  Cancer arises from the transformation of normal cells into tumor cells in a multistage process that generally progresses from a pre-cancerous lesion to a malignant tumor.  With so many patients and families affected by cancer, research in this area is a constant source of interest.

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Biosimilars:  Growing Pains in a New Arena

Posted by Rebecca James on Aug 10, 2018 3:41:42 PM

One of the key strategies for enhancing access to affordable medicines posed by the Trump administration involved establishing the pathway for the development and approval of high-quality biosimilar therapies.  Yet, out of 11 approved products, only three biosimilars are on the market eight years after the enactment of legislation streamlining the process.  If current trends continue, it may be months or years before Americans gain access to these medications.

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New Research on Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Shelly James on Jul 25, 2018 1:00:00 PM
The spinal cord is very sensitive to injury, and unlike other parts of your body, lacks the ability to self repair when damaged, making spinal injuries potentially devastating. A spinal cord injury — damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal (cauda equina) — often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.  An injury can occur when there is damage to the spinal cord from trauma, restriction of blood supply, or compression from a  tumor  or infection. There are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury each year in the United States, most frequently in males.
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