Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stopping drug abuse can reverse related heart damage

Quitting methamphetamine use can reverse the damage the drug causes to the heart and improve heart function in abusers when combined with appropriate medical treatment, potentially preventing future d..

Increasing the age limit for Lynch syndrome genetic testing may save lives

Copenhagen, Denmark: Raising the age limit for routine genetic testing in colorectal cancer could identify more cases of families affected by Lynch syndrome, a condition that accounts for around 5% of..

Biologics before triple therapy not cost effective for rheumatoid arthritis

Stepping up to biologic therapy when methotrexate monotherapy fails offers minimal incremental benefit over using a combination of drugs known as triple therapy, yet incurs large costs for treating rh..

How self-regulation can help young people overcome setbacks

Failing an exam at school, getting rejected for a job or being screamed at by your teacher or superior are only a few examples of situations that may cause despair, disappointment or a sense of failur..

CRISPR gene editing can cause hundreds of unintended mutations

- New York, NY (May 29, 2017) -- As CRISPR-Cas9 starts to move into clinical trials, a new study published in Nature Methods has found that the gene-editing technology can introduce hundreds of uninte..

Remembrance of things past — bacterial memory of gut inflammation

Credit: Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School. (BOSTON) - The microbiome, or the collections of microorganisms present in the body, is known to affect human health and disease and researchers ar..

‘Heat island’ effect could double climate change costs for world’s cities

Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the 'urban heat island' effect, new research shows. The study by an international team..

Vision keeps maturing until mid-life

HAMILTON, ON, May 29, 2017 - The visual cortex, the human brain's vision-processing centre that was previously thought to mature and stabilize in the first few years of life, actually continues t..

How the visual cortex changes from birth to old age

A study of post-mortem brain tissue reveals the human primary visual cortex (V1) develops gradually throughout life. The research, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, may help to explain why the..

Healing wounds with cell therapy

Montreal, May 29, 2017 - Diabetic patients frequently have lesions on their feet that are very difficult to heal due to poor blood circulation. In cases of serious non-healing infections, a decision t..

High-fat diet alters reward system in rats

Exposure to high-fat diet from childhood may increase the sensitivity of the dopamine system later in adulthood, according to a study in male rats published in eNeuro. The research describes potential..

HIV: A therapeutic advance for resource-limited settings

ANRS 12286 MOBIDIP(1), a clinical trial running in parallel in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Senegal), shows that dual therapy with lamivudine and a boosted protea..

Connecting the dots between dreams and brain disease

Dr. John Peever at the University of Toronto has been working to answer one of humanity's greatest questions: how do we dream? He has found a certain area of the brain is responsible for this phe..

Legalizing marijuana will harm health of youth in Canada

The federal government's bill C-45 to legalize marijuana in Canada will jeopardize the health of young people and Parliament should vote against it, argues the interim editor-in-chief of CMAJ (Ca..