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Anti-Cancer Gut Bacteria

Posted by Rebecca James on May 16, 2019 11:50:00 AM

The human microbiome is the subject of a burgeoning field of research.  The effect of gut microflora, and especially bacteria, has in the last few years been linked to anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal and autoimmune diseases, and numerous other disorders.

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Greens Based Diet Slashes Risk of Heart Failure

Posted by Rebecca James on Apr 26, 2019 1:13:09 PM

Recent research conducted by Dr. Kyla Lara and colleagues, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, examined the associations between five major diets and the risk of heart failure among people without any known history of heart disease.

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Genetic Testing: Is it Worthwhile?

Posted by Rebecca James on Apr 12, 2019 3:52:01 PM

Genetic testing is a major area of growth in the healthcare industry recently, with several companies posting large returns for investors and a number of people receiving the services from molecular diagnostics companies. 

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Drug Company Patents Versus the Public Good

Posted by Rebecca James on Mar 29, 2019 4:13:41 PM

Should a biotech giant holding a valuable patent be forced to give it up if doing so would serve the public good? 

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New Genetic Test for Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted by Rebecca James on Mar 1, 2019 1:25:06 PM

You've most likely taken an antibiotic at least once in your lifetime. From treatments for painful strep throat or ear infections as a child, to burning urinary tract infections or itchy skin infections, antibiotics are one of the most highly utilized and important medication classes we have.  Soon, your doctor may have a new weapon in their arsenal to diagnose and target treatment:  scientists at American University have developed a rapid, highly sensitive genetic test to determine whether bacteria carry a gene that causes resistance to two common antibiotics. Their research, published in BMC Infectious Diseases, demonstrated that the new test works as accurately as culture-based methods but gives results in minutes, not hours or days.

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Topics: disease, research, antibiotic

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Ketamine for Depression

Posted by Rebecca James on Feb 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

A new drug developed by Johnson & Johnson named Esketamine may become the first new treatment in years for depression.  An expert panel composed of psychiatrists and consumer representatives was nearly unanimous in recommending that the FDA approve a nasal spray that delivers the active ingredient ketamine. 

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New Hope for Cleaning Up Our Oceans?

Posted by Rebecca James on Feb 8, 2019 3:29:09 PM
Plastic is ubiquitous in our society, it is one of the most useful classes of materials we utilize in our everyday lives, and we are surrounded by it on more ways than one. 
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Topics: research

The Relationship Between Sleep and Pain

Posted by Rebecca James on Feb 1, 2019 2:09:16 PM

How does poor sleep affect pain?

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Can Gum Disease Cause Alzheimer's?

Posted by Rebecca James on Jan 25, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer's?

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Fizzy Tinkles and Floozy Yaps: What Words Make Us Laugh?

Posted by Rebecca James on Nov 30, 2018 3:24:06 PM
 
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