Inflammatory cytokine levels may predict outcomes in orthopedic trauma patients

Inflammatory cytokines are molecules that are secreted by immune cells to promote inflammation. A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research found that measuring inflammatory cytokines may help predict patient outcomes after traumatic injury, which is the leading cause of mortality in individuals under 50 years of age. In the study of 58 patients with an average age of […]

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High physical activity levels may counter serious health harms of poor sleep

Physical activity levels at or above the weekly recommended amounts may counter the serious health harms associated with poor sleep quality, suggests a large long term study, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Those who had both the poorest sleep quality and who exercised the least were most at risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and […]

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Increasing glutathione levels lowers Alzheimer’s pathology and improves cognitive decline

Australian researchers have shown that a dietary supplement that increases the levels of a powerful antioxidant in the brain may represent a novel strategy for the treatment and/or prevention of cognitive impairment and debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Findings of the study were recently published in Neurochemistry International. A team of researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy […]

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Adequate levels of vitamin D reduces complications, death among COVID-19 patients

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were vitamin D sufficient, with a blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of at least 30 ng/mL (a measure of vitamin D status), had a significant decreased risk for adverse clinical outcomes including becoming unconscious, hypoxia (body starved for oxygen) and death. In addition, they had lower blood levels of an inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) and higher […]

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Antibody levels in COVID-19 may decline within 3 months, study finds

Coronavirus antibody levels may plummet within two to three MONTHS, offering only brief immunity to COVID-19, study suggests Researchers at Chongqing Medical studied 37 symptomatic coronavirus patients and 37 symptomatic patients  They found that more than 90% in both groups had sharp declines in their antibody levels within two to three months  Neutralizing antibody levels fell by 11.7 in symptomatic […]

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FDA shelves plan to cut nicotine to 'non-addictive' levels in cigs

US regulators drop plans to cap nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels just hours after Trump’s FDA nominee says he will not ban flavored e-cigs In 2017, then-FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb proposed a plan cutting nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or ‘non-addictive’ levels The plan was on a bi-annual list of regulations the agency said it would be working […]

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Adolescents with high levels of physical activity perform better in school over two years

Adolescents with higher levels of physical activity performed better in school during transition from primary school to lower secondary school than their physically inactive peers, a new study from Finland shows. However, the researchers, from the University of Jyväskylä, found that increased physical activity did not necessarily result in improved academic performance. Previous cross-sectional studies have reported that physically more […]

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High blood sugar levels and BMI linked to stillbirth in mothers with diabetes

High maternal blood sugar levels and BMI are risk factors for stillbirth in mothers with diabetes, according to a new study in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), with babies at the lowest and highest weights being most at risk. Mothers with pre-pregnancy diabetes are at a four to five times increased risk of […]

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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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