3-parent IVF could prevent illness in many children

Mitochondrial donation is an assisted reproductive technology sometimes described as “three-parent IVF”. It’s designed for women at high risk of passing on faulty mitochondrial DNA and having a child with severe mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial diseases comprise at least 300 different genetic conditions which affect the energy-producing structures within human cells, impacting organ function. Mitochondrial donation involves combining the 20,000 or […]

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Red LED lights for acne could prevent scarring after surgery

Red LED lights used to treat acne could prevent scarring after surgery by slowing down collagen production, say researchers Researchers leading trial say that if effective it could ‘revolutionise’ scarring  Scars are a natural response to tissue damage as fibroblasts form to seal skin Red light is thought to slow down the formation of fibroblasts and so collagen  Device tested by doctors […]

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Vitamin E found to prevent muscle damage after heart attack

Heart attack is a leading cause of death worldwide and new treatment strategies are highly sought-after. Unfortunately lasting damage to the heart muscle is not uncommon following such an event. Published in Redox Biology, the pre-clinical study sheds new light on the potential of the acute therapy with α-TOH (vitamin E) in patients presenting with heart attack, and may ultimately […]

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Youth empowerment program can prevent childhood obesity

A first-of-its-kind study had Worcester youths create their own narratives about reducing sugary drink consumption, successfully leading to behavior changes and preventing excess weight gain. A new pilot study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers is the first to use youth-produced narratives to empower youth to reduce sugary drink consumption and obesity risk. In the study, […]

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An app to prevent pregnancy? Don’t count on it

Fertility awareness apps are being championed as a new approach to contraception. In reality, while the technology may be new, women have been predicting the fertile days in their menstrual cycles to prevent pregnancy for a very long time. But the growth of the “femtech” industry, alongside a seemingly growing wave of younger women looking to move away from hormonal […]

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Trial finds vitamin D does not prevent type 2 diabetes in people at high risk

Taking a daily vitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, according to results from a study funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes (D2d) study enrolled 2,423 adults and was conducted at 22 sites […]

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Blood pressure and glucose control may prevent common arrhythmia

Blood-pressure and glucose control may be effective in preventing heart block, a common form of arrhythmia, and the subsequent need for a pacemaker, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. In an analysis of more than 6,000 Finnish patients, appearing online May 24, 2019, in JAMA Network Open, UCSF researchers found that more than half of the […]

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An upbeat attitude might help prevent 2nd stroke

(HealthDay)—If you’ve had a stroke, a positive outlook might just help prevent another one, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when people felt they could protect themselves from a second stroke, they had lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for a recurrent stroke. “You can protect yourself against stroke by reducing your risk factors. […]

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