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Genetic testing for epilepsy improves patient outcomes

Genetic testing in patients with epilepsy can inform treatment and lead to better outcomes in many cases, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology. Genetic causes are responsible for seizures in 30% or more of infants and toddlers and about 10% of adults with epilepsy, but genetic testing is not routinely done. Many insurers are hesitant to cover […]

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Colorado Tries to Fill Health Worker Gaps With Apprenticeships

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — During her 12-hour overnight shift, Brianna Shelton helps residents at BeeHive Homes Assisted Living go to the bathroom. Many of them have dementia, and some can’t get out of bed on their own. Only a few can remember her name, but that doesn’t matter to her. “They’re somebody’s mom, somebody’s grandma, somebody’s great-grandmother,” Shelton said. “I […]

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Study identifies a urinary biomarker to reveal early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

Could a simple urine test reveal if someone has early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and could this pave the way for large-scale screening programs? A new study in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience certainly suggests so. The researchers tested a large group of patients with Alzheimer’s disease of different levels of severity and healthy controls with normal cognition to identify differences in urinary […]

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Unique scaffolding material shows significant promise in the treatment of spinal cord injury

Unique new material developed at University of Limerick in Ireland has shown significant promise in the treatment of spinal cord injury. Brand new research conducted at UL's Bernal Institute – published in leading global journal Biomaterials Research – has made exciting progress in the field of spinal cord tissue repair. New hybrid biomaterials developed at UL in the form of […]

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UK’s C4X Discovery Signs $400 Million Licensing Deal With AstraZeneca

LONDON (Reuters) – British drug discovery company C4X Discovery said AstraZeneca had signed a licence worth up $402 million to develop an oral therapy for the treatment of inflammatory and respiratory diseases using its NRF2 Activator programme. C4XD said on Monday it would receive pre-clinical milestone payments worth up to $16 million ahead of the first clinical trial, including $2 […]

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New single-dose treatment for sleeping sickness could help eliminate transmission of the disease by 2030

A new, single-dose, oral treatment for sleeping sickness is as effective as current treatments and could be a key factor in eliminating disease transmission by 2030, suggests a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Sleeping sickness, or human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), is a neglected tropical disease, which can be fatal if left untreated. The Gambiense human African trypanosomiasis […]

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Comparing Mediterranean diet versus low-fat diet for metabolic syndrome

In a recent study published in Human Nutrition & Metabolism, researchers assess the impact of the Mediterranean diet compared to a low-fat diet (LF-Diet) on metabolic syndromes (MetS) outcomes. Study: Effects of the Mediterranean diet versus low-fat diet on metabolic syndrome outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Image Credit: Antonina Vlasova / Shutterstock.com How are metabolic syndromes […]

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Q&A: What progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research?

Peter Gulick, a professor in the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been studying HIV/AIDS since the epidemic began in the early 1980s. Ahead of the 34th annual World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Gulick discusses the progress the scientific community has made over the past four decades in research and treatment of the illness, and the challenges […]

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Toward early detection of the pathological social withdrawal syndrome known as ‘hikikomori’

Kyushu University researchers have developed a new ‘Hikikomori Questionnaire’ in an effort to detect the condition at an earlier stage. Preliminary results show that isolation is a possible factor that can distinguish between non-hikikomori and pre-hikikomori individuals, providing possible validation of the new questionnaire as a tool for early detection and treatment. Hikikomori is a complex pathological condition where an […]

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