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New Clues to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers probing the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease have detected issues involving cellular energy production, and those problems may be an important contributor to the late-onset form of the illness. A team at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital tested the cells of late-onset Alzheimer’s patients and found malfunctions in their energy production, including problems with the health of

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |

FDA Approves First-of-a-Kind Test for Cancer Gene Profiling

U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what’s driving a patient’s tumor and aiding efforts to match treatments to those flaws. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Foundation Medicine’s test for patients with advanced or widely spread cancers, and

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Cancer, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |

Kidney disease increases risk of diabetes, study shows

Diabetes is known to increase a person’s risk of kidney disease. Now, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that the converse also is true: Kidney dysfunction increases the risk of diabetes. Further, the researchers deduced that a likely culprit of the two-way relationship between kidney disease and diabetes

New forecast shows 6 million with Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairment

Using new methodology, scientists calculate that approximately 6 million American adults have Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, which can sometimes be a precursor to the disease. The estimate, funded by the National Institutes of Health, also forecasts that these numbers will more than double to 15 million by 2060, as the population ages. The

In Lab Research, Scientists Slow Progression of a Fatal Form of Muscular Dystrophy

In a paper published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, Saint Louis University researchers report that a new drug reduces fibrosis (scarring) and prevents loss of muscle function in an animal model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), providing a promising approach in designing new medications for those suffering from DMD. DMD is a fatal form of

Alzheimer’s damage in mice reduced with compound that targets APOE gene

People who carry the APOE4 genetic variant face a substantial risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a compound that targets the APOE protein in the brains of mice and protects against damage induced by the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta. “Scientists have been interested in APOE

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Retinal Degeneration

Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells derived from human embryonic stem cells can be safely transplanted into the eyes of patients with retinal degeneration, with early signs of vision gain, according to pioneers in the field. Two teams of researchers reported preliminary findings from phase 1 and phase 2 trials at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Coronary Calcium Helps Stratify 10-Year Cardiac Risk in Diabetes

IRVINE, CA — Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores may be better at predicting the risk of a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event in patients with type 2 diabetes than traditional scores such as Framingham, even in those who've had diabetes for 10 years, researchers report[1]. This conclusion is based on a new analysis of participants in

More Evidence Physical Activity Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

OXFORD, UK — A study of close to 500,000 people without cardiovascular disease (CVD) at baseline showed that total physical activity related to work, recreation, or utilitarian needs such as walking to do errands was associated with a lower short-term risk of developing CVD.[1] The researchers found that there is a "clearly positive . . . dose-response relationship between

December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Disease Specific, Heart Disease|Tags: , , |