Two new guidelines about the treatment and management of psoriasis have been released by the American Academy of Dermatology, providing physicians with new evidence-based standards of how to treat the disease through the use of biologic medications and in recognizing the subsequent physical and mental comorbidities that occur with many patients. Psoriasis is a chronic […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In an important step toward eradicating tuberculosis (TB), the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, has signed a licensing agreement with an international biomedical firm, Advanced Biological Laboratories (ABL), to market and distribute TGen’s patented Next Generation Sequencing based TB test technology. For now, the test—called […]Continue Reading ...
Electron micrographs of hepatitis C virus purified from cell culture. Scale bar is 50 nanometers. Credit: Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, The Rockefeller University. Nine patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving heart transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease, according to […]Continue Reading ...
A new study of antibiotic prescribing finds that one-third of patients discharged from 48 Michigan hospitals for pneumonia or urinary tract infections received prescription for a fluoroquinolone antibiotic — a powerful group of drugs that carries the risk of serious side effects. The rate of prescribing the drugs was higher at hospitals that reported they […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A randomized clinical study of adolescent boys with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) found that a diet low in free sugars (those sugars added to foods and beverages and occurring naturally in fruit juices) resulted in significant improvement in NAFLD compared to a usual diet. The study was conducted at Emory […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In addition to regulating the body’s fluid balance by excreting greater or smaller amounts of urine, the kidneys also maintain the proper balance of electrolytes (salts) and the pH (an acid-base equilibrium) of the body. Excess acid is secreted into the urine by healthy kidneys. This process takes place in a […]Continue Reading ...
“Spit here, please.” Will this become the instruction we receive upon entering clinics, schools, apothecaries and ports of entry throughout the globe? One of the main factors enabling the continued transmission of malaria are individuals who are free from symptoms but carry the malaria parasite in their blood. However, the parasite numbers in the blood […]Continue Reading ...
By loading a chelation drug into a nano-sized homing device, researchers at Clemson University have reversed in an animal model the deadliest effects of chronic kidney disease, which kills more people in the United States each year than breast or prostate cancer. When kidneys stop working properly, calcium builds up in artery tissue, leading to […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain As populations age and hospitalization and long-term care become more common, healthcare-associated infections, including many caused by drug-resistant pathogens, are increasing in importance and pose a significant threat to patient safety. Patients who are discharged to the community and later re-hospitalized can spread infection and colonization from one healthcare facility to […]Continue Reading ...
Carlos Ruiz Wills, Andy Luis Olivares, Simone Tassani, Mario Ceresa, Veronika Zimmer, Miguel A. González Ballester, Luis Miguel del Riu, Ludovic Humbert, Jérôme Noailly (2019),”3D patient-specific finite element models of the proximal femur based on DXA towards the classification of fracturi and non-fracturi cases.” Credit: UPF Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease in which there is […]Continue Reading ...
This photomicrograph of a blood smear contains a macro- and microgametocyte of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. Credit: Wikipedia. Mosquitoes that landed on surfaces coated with the anti-malarial compound atovaquone were completely blocked from developing Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum), the parasite that causes malaria, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public […]Continue Reading ...
A TEM micrograph showing Dengue virus virions (the cluster of dark dots near the center). Image: CDC Researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School have demonstrated for the first time a physical interaction between two types of immune cells that plays an important role in the early fight against dengue virus infection. Dengue virus is widespread in […]Continue Reading ...
Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB. Credit: NIAID A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. and one in France has found a molecule that is effective against tuberculosis. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group identifies the molecule and describes how well it worked when tested […]Continue Reading ...
Boris Hinz, a distinguished professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, was the principal investigator of the study that identified the mechanisms underlying the development of fibrosis in the lungs. Credit: University of Toronto Researchers have long known that fibrosis – scarred tissue and organs – is caused by a wound healing mechanism that goes awry […]Continue Reading ...
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