Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing pulmonary disease to hang on after smoking ends

Smoking is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an often fatal respiratory condition that afflicts millions of Americans. But for many patients living with COPD, stopping smoking isn’t the end of the battle. Cigarette smoke is a complex mixture of gasses, chemicals and even bacteria. When it enters the lungs, it generates an inflammatory response much like […]

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AHA News: The Mummies’ Message: Take Steps Against Heart Disease

By Michael Precker American Heart Association News WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Centuries before bacon cheeseburgers, cigarettes and couch potatoes, people had clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. How do we know this? Mummies told us. No, not the groaning, wrapped-in-gauze, walking-with-arms-straight-out mummies that come to life in scary movies we’ll be […]

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Cluster of risky conditions that can lead to heart disease is rising in Hispanic adults

A cluster of conditions called metabolic syndrome that could lead to heart disease and stroke is becoming more common among Hispanic adults, and experts say there needs to be more research and more work in prevention. Overall, metabolic syndrome affects about 1 in 3 adults in the United States and puts them at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on access to Parkinson’s disease medication

A global survey of health professionals, led by Queen Mary University of London, has shown that during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with Parkinson’s disease in large parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin and South America experienced difficulty in accessing their medication, which is likely to have led to deterioration of symptom control. The email survey of the Movement Disorders Society, […]

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Study shows high prevalence of fatigue following SARS-CoV-2 infection independent of COVID-19 disease severity

Research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection. The study is by Dr. Liam Townsend, St James’s Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues. As the […]

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Study finds cancer mapping may solve puzzle of regional disease links

QUT researchers have used nationwide cancer mapping statistics to develop a new mathematical model so health professionals can further question patterns relating to the disease. Epidemiologists use disease atlases to identify disease prevalence and mortality rates and QUT researchers say data could be expanded by including factors such as remoteness to investigate health inequalities. QUT Ph.D. student Farzana Jahan is […]

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Low-carbohydrate diet may be associated with lower risk of blinding eye disease

Following a long-term diet that’s low in carbohydrates and high in fat and protein from vegetables may lower the risk of the most common subtype of glaucoma. In a first-of-its-kind study, a researcher at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) helped discover that if at-risk groups adhere to these dietary restrictions, they may reduce their risk […]

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Genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics shed light on autoimmune thyroid disease

Scientists at deCODE genetics, a subsidiary of Amgen, and their collaborators from the Icelandic healthcare system, University of Iceland and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, have published a study in Nature comparing over 30,000 patients with autoimmune thyroid disease from Iceland and U.K. with 725,000 controls. Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) is the most common autoimmune disease and is highly heritable. […]

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