Antiepileptic drugs linked to increased hospital stays in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease who used antiepileptic drugs had a higher number of accumulated hospital stays than people with Alzheimer’s disease who did not use antiepileptics, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The results were published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association. During a two-year follow-up, persons who initiated antiepileptic drugs accumulated approximately […]

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Hemochromatosis Mutation Linked to Other Morbidity

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 — HFE p.C282Y homozygosity, the most common gene mutation causing hereditary hemochromatosis (type 1), is associated with other morbidity in men and women, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in The BMJ. Luke C. Pilling, from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a cohort study to compare prevalent and […]

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Recurrent miscarriage linked to faulty sperm

The early-stage study, from scientists at Imperial College London, investigated the sperm quality of 50 men whose partners had suffered three or more consecutive miscarriages. The research, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, revealed that, compared to men whose partners had not experienced miscarriages, the sperm of those involved in the study had higher levels of DNA damage. The study […]

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Teething jewelry linked to at least one baby’s death: FDA

(HealthDay)—Teething jewelry products, such as necklaces, pose significant safety risks and have been tied to at least one baby’s death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Potential threats include choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth and infection. These products should not be used to relieve teething pain in infants, the agency said. The products also shouldn’t be used to […]

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Food insecurity linked with binge-eating disorder and obesity

Food insecurity—difficulty affording enough food to support regular, balanced meals—was associated with increased likelihoods of binge-eating disorder and obesity in a recent International Journal of Eating Disorders study. It is important to examine potential links between binge-eating disorder and food insecurity because binge eating is associated with more severe mental and physical health problems than overeating or obesity alone. To […]

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Subfertility linked to increased asthma risk in offspring

(HealthDay)—Parental subfertility is associated with an increased asthma risk among offspring, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in Thorax. Maria Christine Magnus, Ph.D., from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, and colleagues clarified the impact of parental subfertility on the correlation between assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and childhood asthma. Data were included from national Norwegian health […]

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Eczema Can Be Itchy, Painful, and Embarrassing—and It Was Just Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin disease that affects 18 million adults (and lots of children, as well) in the United States. Ask anyone who suffers from the itchy, chronic condition and they’ll tell you it can be unpleasant at best, and debilitating at worst. Now, research published in JAMA Dermatology highlights just how much of a […]

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Chemicals in personal care and household products linked to earlier puberty in girls

Chemicals that are widely used in personal care and household products are linked to girls entering puberty at earlier ages, according to findings from a long-running study of mothers and children published today. The study in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals, found that chemicals such as phthalates, parabens and phenols were all associated with earlier […]

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Brain responses to language in toddlers with autism linked to altered gene expression

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Cyprus and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with autism as measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The findings were published […]

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Decrease in specific gene ‘silencing’ molecules linked with pediatric brain tumors

Experimenting with lab-grown brain cancer cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have added to evidence that a shortage of specific tiny molecules that silence certain genes is linked to the development and growth of pediatric brain tumors known as low-grade gliomas. A report of the findings was published this fall 2018 in Scientific Reports, and supports the idea of increasing levels […]

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