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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Many U.S. counties lack infectious disease specialists

(HealthDay)—The distribution of infectious disease (ID) physicians in the United States is geographically skewed, with 90 percent of U.S. counties having below-average ID physician density or no ID physicians at all, according to a research letter published online June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined the […]

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Genetic data may up diagnostic efficiency for rheumatic disease

(HealthDay)—Converting genotype information into an interpretable probability value for five different inflammatory arthritis-causing diseases could potentially improve the diagnostic efficiency of rheumatic disease, according to a study published in the May 27 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Rachel Knevel, M.D., Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues developed a Genetic Probability tool (G-PROB) to calculate the probability of […]

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PICTURED: First US child with coronavirus and Kawasaki disease

Heartbreaking photos show California baby girl, 6 months, who is the first US child confirmed with both coronavirus and Kawasaki disease, with a full body rash and swollen hands and feet Baby Zara, 6 months, from California, was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a condition that causes blood vessel inflammation and can lead to heart failure On her last day in […]

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Predictive models could provide more accurate detection of early-stage Parkinson’s disease

How is your sense of smell? Do you find yourself frequently dozing off during the day or thrashing about during dreams? Often, early stage Parkinson’s disease does not present with typical motor disturbance symptoms, making diagnosis problematic. Now, neuroscientists at York University have found five different models that use these types of non-motor clinical as well as biological variables to […]

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Researchers uncover cellular mechanism involved in Krabbe disease

A group of researchers at the University at Buffalo have published a paper that clarifies certain cellular mechanisms that could lead to improved outcomes in patients with globoid cell leukodystrophy, commonly known as Krabbe disease. The paper, titled “Macrophages Expressing GALC Improve Peripheral Krabbe Disease by a Mechanism Independent of Cross-Correction,” was published today (May 5) in the journal Neuron. […]

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Coronavirus and Kawasaki disease in children: it’s an intriguing but unproven link

Doctors in the United Kingdom and other European countries have recently reported small but increasing numbers of critically ill children with features of both Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. These are uncommon conditions affecting the blood vessels. England’s National Health Service (NHS) issued an alert to doctors as a result. These children presented with fever, severe abdominal pain and/or […]

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Traumatic childhood increases lifelong risk for heart disease, early death

Exposure to trauma and other adverse experiences during childhood increases lifelong risk for cardiovascular disease and death, regardless of a person’s health during young adulthood, new research shows. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found children who experienced severe adversity—such as verbal, physical or emotional abuse or living with drug or alcohol abusers—were 50% […]

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