Rebecca James

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Toxoplasma Gondii: The Brain Hitchhiker

Posted by Rebecca James on Nov 22, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Toxoplasmosis is a widely known disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world's most common parasites.

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Anti-Vaxxers a Top Health Threat

Posted by Rebecca James on Jul 12, 2019 2:03:32 PM

A new threat to the health and safety of children has recently begun to take center stage: diseases that were once thought eradicated have reemerged into public consciousness.  These diseases have been aided and abetted by the irresponsible and dangerous behavior of people opposed to vaccines, otherwise known as anti-vaxxers.

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E-Cigarettes Come Under Fire

Posted by Rebecca James on Jul 5, 2019 12:30:00 PM

It has been nearly four weeks since Beverly Hills, CA, became the first US jurisdiction to categorically ban e-cigarette products, along with most other tobacco products. 

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The Rising Tide of Preventable Diseases

Posted by Rebecca James on Jun 14, 2019 2:00:00 PM

In the midst of the current measles outbreak in the United States, a great deal of controversy has arisen regarding the role of “anti-vaxxers” in perpetuating the spread of contagious diseases.

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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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