Statins could protect against motor neurone disease

High cholesterol has been found to be a possible risk factor for the development of motor neurone disease (MND), according to a large study of genetic data led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health in the USA. The results suggest that cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as statins, could be used […]

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New target could help protect vision following optic nerve trauma

When a car crash or explosion results in an optic nerve injury, eliminating an enzyme known to promote inflammation appears to aid recovery, scientists report. They have shown for the first time in a mouse model of tough-to-treat optic nerve trauma, that removing the enzyme arginase 2, which increases with injury, decreases neuron death in the retina as well as […]

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How certain bacteria protect us against flu

In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in the gut. However, bacteria cover every inch of us, both inside and out, and the term “microbiome” refers to all of our microbial passengers. The bacteria in our respiratory system are currently receiving increased attention. Some of them, scientists believe, may be able to protect […]

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Study reveals gut microbes may help protect people having a bone marrow transplant

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) reported results from a new study that looks at the likelihood of complications for people undergoing bone marrow transplants (BMTs). The observational study found that people with lower gut microbiota diversity before having a transplant appear to be at higher risk for developing complications. These findings further support evidence that the connection […]

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Fermented dairy products may protect against heart attack

Men who eat plenty of fermented dairy products have a smaller risk of incident coronary heart disease than men who eat less of these products, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. A very high consumption of non-fermented dairy products, on the other hand, was associated with an increased risk of incident coronary heart disease. The […]

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