Exploring genetic ‘dark matter,’ researchers gain new insights into autism and stroke

With its elegant double helix and voluminous genetic script, DNA has become the of darling of nucleic acids. Yet, it is not all powerful. In order for DNA to realize its potential — for genes to become proteins — it must first be transcribed into RNA, a delicate molecule that requires intense care and guidance. “Gene expression is a lot […]

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Cholesterol levels below 50 can RAISE stroke risk by up to 170%

Low cholesterol can RAISE risk of stroke: LDL levels below 50 linked to 170% greater risk of fatal vessel ruptures The American Heart Association recommends keeping your ‘bad’ cholesterol low to prevent heart disease  But new Penn State research suggests that there is such a thing as too low  An LDL below 100 is considered ‘good’ and linked to a […]

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Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at work

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, but a new study suggests that not all types of sitting are equally unhealthy. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, found that leisure-time sitting (while watching TV) — but not sitting at work — […]

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People with mobility issues set to benefit from wearable devices

The lives of thousands of people with mobility issues could be transformed thanks to ground-breaking research by scientists at the University of Bristol. The FREEHAB project will develop soft, wearable rehabilitative devices with a view to helping elderly and disabled people walk and move from sitting to a standing position in comfort and safety. Led by University of Bristol Professor […]

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Which brain hemorrhage patients have treatable underlying conditions

When blood vessels in the brain rupture, or hemorrhage, and cause a stroke, large areas of the brain can be permanently damaged. Depending on the cause, some brain hemorrhages may hide underlying lesions that can be treated with surgery, embolization, radiation, or other treatments. Using MRI scans of patients diagnosed with intracerebral hemorrhage, clinical researchers at Jefferson have teased apart […]

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How big data can be used for personal health

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their collaborators followed a cohort of more than 100 people over several years, tracking the biology of what makes them them. Now, after collecting extensive data on the group’s genetic and molecular makeup, the researchers are piecing together a new understanding of what it means to be healthy and how deviations […]

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What is a stroke? Symptoms, causes and how to treat the brain condition

This month, the Stroke Association is pushing its Make May Purple campaign. The event aims to raise awareness for those who have been affected by the life-threatening medical condition. It also aims to educate the public about its causes and symptoms. Here’s everything you need to know about the illness. What is stroke? A stroke occurs when blood supply to […]

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2 Fast 2 Furious Director John Singleton’s Dies After Suffering A Stroke

The famous director and screenwriter John Singleton, who was known to be the youngest nominee for an Oscar, died at age 51 after suffering a severe stroke. The upsetting news was announced by his family after the deceased succumbed to the complications and was taken off the life support. Prior to his death, John had just arrived back in the […]

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Study: miracle cure olive oil as a natural blood thinner recognized

Olive oil – The miracle cure from the Mediterranean cuisine Olive oil is regarded for years as an integral part of any kitchen. Due to the increasingly responsible Mediterranean diet the form of each olive oil is known. There is much debate about how healthy the Oil is really. For example, it is supposed to reduce cholesterol and thereby the […]

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Patients with or without cancer use different forms of marijuana, study finds

People with and without cancer are more likely, over time, to use a more potent form of medical marijuana with increasingly higher amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a new study shows. In a report publishing in the Journal of Palliative Medicine on March 26, researchers say that cancer patients were more likely to favor forms of medical marijuana with higher amounts […]

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