Month: September 2017

A recent study examined markers of depression in Instagram photographs before and after a clinical diagnosis to determine whether depression can be detected in social media posts. With the ever-increasing use of social media, detecting psychiatric disorders based on a user’s activity is of particular interest in research. The analysis of text posted on social
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  Olaparib (Lynparza) is a treatment for advanced ovarian cancer in patients carrying inherited mutations in the BRCA gene. A study compares olaparib with standard drugs for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in patients with inherited BRCA mutation. Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2, the tumor suppressor genes that code for proteins involved in DNA
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  Comparing the effectiveness of an immunotherapy inhibitor, nivolumab, with platinum-based chemotherapy may help oncologists determine which drug is most beneficial as a first line treatment for patients with advanced or recurrent non-small-cell lung cancer. As its name suggests, platinum-based chemotherapy contains complexes of the metal platinum, which can bring along an entourage of symptoms.
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The essential oils found in Curcuma herbs have many uses. Researchers in China determine the composition and therapeutic activity of Curcuma herb essential oils extracted from four Curcuma herb species. Curcuma herbs have been used in Southeast Asia for thousands of years for their claimed antioxidative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic effects. the chemical composition of
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Given that the vast majority of opiate-dependent individuals relapse soon after detoxification, a recent study investigated whether the use of medications could assist in reducing the severity of opiate withdrawal. With over 11 million heroin users worldwide, the global health burden of opiate-dependent individuals remains high. Opiates are a class of drugs (including illicit drugs
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A recent analysis of geriatric patients hospitalized through emergency departments shows that proper geriatric assessments of older patients may reduce admission rates. A recent article published in Age and Ageing by the Oxford University Press reviewed the evidence behind performing comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGA) for more elderly patients that present at the emergency department. The
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Statistics show that in 2015, the number of practicing doctors above the age of 65 was 23% of all health professionals. This percentage has increased by more than 374% since the year 1975. More than ever, we are left to wonder: what is the appropriate physician retirement age? There is concern regarding the ability of
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Bad breath or halitosis is a common oral disease that affects many people worldwide. Often, bad breath results from poor oral-health habits and can signal other health conditions as well. The symptoms of bad breath are fairly straightforward. Most patients exhibit persistent oral odor or an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Although bad breath is
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Although many people experience chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, it can often be prevented by practicing several key habits. Here are some important ways to avoid developing bad breath that you can build into your daily routine. Make sure you stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water keeps your mouth moist and stimulates the
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Although bad breath is a common health concern, individuals with diabetes are especially prone to symptoms of unpleasant oral odor. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, and other oral-health issues like gum disease are increasingly prevalent among those with diabetes. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to use blood sugar. Bad
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Researchers speculate that new changes in government could potentially take away the benefits from a program introduced in 1997 to reduce health disparities in the United Kingdom between different geographical locations. Unemployment in the United Kingdom (UK) was on the rise in the 1980s and 1990s. The unemployment fuelled the income inequality within the country.
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Vaginal yeast infection also called vaginal Candidiasis is a common fungal infection of the genitals.3 out of 4 women during their lifetime. Most women experience at least two infections. Vaginal Candidiasis is a common type of fungus. It is often found in small amounts in the vagina, mouth digestive tract, and on the skin. Causes
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In a recent study, researchers sought to identify proteins important for the anti-neural plasticity effects of histone deacetylase 2 (Hdac2) in Alzheimer’s disease. How Cells Control Gene Activity  Acetylation is one method by which cells control gene activity by the addition or removal of acetyl groups. Acetylation is performed by enzymes called acetyltransferases on histone
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Vasodilatory shock resistant to traditional treatment with vasopressors is associated with a high mortality rate A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine sets out to investigate the effects of angiotensin II as a treatment. Shock can be a fatal syndrome as a result of decreased perfusion of vital organs which leads
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Attitudes toward breastfeeding have a chequered past despite the many positive health benefits it provides and its association with children’s cognitive development. Currently, the UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, mainly due to social attitudes. Although policies promoting breastfeeding have been introduced in the UK, it appears that greater
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Things weren’t always as good for me as they are now. There was a time when I couldn’t get a steady girlfriend, had zero self confidence and could hardly talk to ladies without feeling uncomfortable. For years, I’d had this problem in the bedroom. I never quite knew why. Doctors couldn’t give me an answer,
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If you are a woman reading this, you probably won’t understand why men want to increase penis size and you will insist that size doesn’t matter but we all know that it does. Some of you may argue that a large penis does not guarantee a good time in bed but then again, we all
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According to recent studies, ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive benign tumour of the breast, is over-diagnosed and therefore overtreated. An unfortunate reaction to overtreatment of benign breast tumours might be a decrease of the active surveillance of the breast tissue which causes patients to be underdiagnosed for invasive ductal carcinoma. Tumours can either be
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The CRISPR-Cas9 screening method has identified the genes that play a role in the body’s immune response to tumors. This important discovery will help to improve the results of cancer immunotherapy. Cancer cells are known to often contain genetic mutations. However, other non-cancerous cells within the body may also contain mutations which can either hinder
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Genome-wide association studies for many neurological disorders have limiting factors that cause the inability to draw significant clinical outcomes. Recently, studies have overcome these limitations for three neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease. A number of genome-wide association studies have provided important information on neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, with over
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Medication administration and management is a real problem in patients suffering from medical conditions associated with cognitive deficits. A recent study examined the experience of family members as they help take care of elder family members with Alzheimer’s disease. Compliance is an ongoing issue in medicine, particularly for elderly patients with medical conditions that cause
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In a 2017 study, researchers explored the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms of the C-reactive protein gene and age-related macular degeneration. The findings suggest that C-reactive protein does not cause macular degeneration. Associations have been drawn between high levels of the inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – deterioration of the
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