Study explaining side effects of statins finds drug can have unexpected benefits: Statins can be beneficial during heart attacks and cancer cell metastasis

While investigating why cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins cause negative side effects such as blurred vision, short-term memory loss or increased risk for diabetes, cellular chemists at The University of Toledo discovered several previously unknown benefits. It is well-established statins can help lower the risk of heart attack by lowering blood cholesterol, but statins also may play a protective role in […]

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Second-Gene Alteration Now Possible To Treat Cancer

Radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and medical surgery are the most famous methods the patients had undergone in order to treat cancer. Aside from these medical treatments, we also urge people to live a healthy lifestyle to avoid further health complications. However, we also know that even with these two “proven” treatments, it is still not enough to treat our ailments. Like us […]

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Taking statins for heart disease cuts risk in half, yet only 6 percent of patients taking as directed

A new study has found that patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease cut their risk of a second major adverse cardiovascular event by almost 50 percent, if they adhere to taking a statin medication as prescribed by their doctors. While that’s good news for patients, the bad news, however, is that researchers from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake […]

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Study finds test of protein levels in the eye a potential predictor of (future) Alzheimer’s disease

Low levels of amyloid-β and tau proteins, biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in eye fluid were significantly associated with low cognitive scores, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, the study is the first to connect these known AD protein biomarkers in the eye to mental status. These […]

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Potential cystic fibrosis treatment uses ‘molecular prosthetic’ for missing lung protein

An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale, says new research from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa. Cystic fibrosis is a lifelong disease that makes patients vulnerable […]

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Case study: Bartonella and sudden-onset adolescent schizophrenia

In a new case study, researchers at North Carolina State University describe an adolescent human patient diagnosed with rapid onset schizophrenia who was found instead to have a Bartonella henselae infection. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that Bartonella infection can mimic a host of chronic illnesses, including mental illness, and could open up new avenues of […]

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Miramichi, N.B. man blogging about his fight with colorectal cancer to help others

Dave Gillham is fighting for his life, yet unselfishly trying to spare others the same terrifying battle. Just before Christmas last year, the 35-year-old father of two from Miramichi, N.B. was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. The diagnosis was a shock for his young family, given the belief that colorectal cancer typically does not affect young adults “You will […]

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'When she died we were like soldiers coming out of battle' – Triona McCarthy on the pain of losing her sister to cancer

Beauty writer Triona McCarthy lost her 30-year-old sister Tricia to cancer nine years ago. Tricia was a vegetarian, she didn’t smoke and rarely drank, and in Triona’s words her little sister “never took anything stronger than a lemsip”. But when she was 26 years old, Trisha found a lump in her breast. When she asked Triona about it one day […]

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A new model for heart valve disease drug discovery

An article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine describes a new model for heart valve physiology. The study, led by Dr. Carla Lacerda, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University reports that 10% cyclic radial strain on isolated mitral valve anterior leaflets provides a true physiological environment that can be used for mechanistic studies and drug discovery. […]

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