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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Preventing CTE & Head Trauma

Posted by Rebecca James on Jul 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM

Football is an iconic American sport, but despite the national interest in watching football, professional athletes experience a lack of protection when it comes to brain injuries. It is not uncommon for football players at any level to experience a traumatic head injury at some point during their career. For some, the injuries come in the form of a concussion, which makes up 7.4% of all head injuries sustained from playing football.

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Topics: ethics, social issues, legal, sports

Long Acting Treatment for Schizophrenia May Offer New Hope

Posted by Rebecca James on Jul 18, 2018 9:30:00 AM


Schizophrenia, Latin for "split mind," is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder, affecting an estimated 2.4 million American adults and their families.  The hallmark of schizophrenia is disorganized thinking, which can manifest as positive symptoms (hallucinations and delusions) and negative symptoms (depression, blunted emotions and social withdrawal).  Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. In the past, there were different classes of schizophrenia, also known as 'subtypes'. Disorganized schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder have since been absorbed into the larger diagnosis of schizophrenia, but are still used to describe the widely varied ways schizophrenia can manifest from person to person. 

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Right To Die

Posted by Rebecca James on Jul 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The right to die issue – or death with dignity – as it has been named in the press and by advocacy groups, is a controversial topic. On one side of the argument some people are concerned that passing ‘death with dignity’ statutes and legalizing suicide might expose the most vulnerable groups of people in society. On the other side, some people suffering terminal illness are concerned with exercising their right to bodily autonomy, and deciding when and where that ends.

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Topics: ethics