What comes first, beta-amyloid plaques or thinking and memory problems?

MINNEAPOLIS — The scientific community has long believed that beta-amyloid, a protein that can clump together and form sticky plaques in the brain, is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Beta-amyloid then leads to other brain changes including neurodegeneration and eventually to thinking and memory problems. But a new study challenges that theory. The study…

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Pharmacies leave customers hanging when it comes to disposing of antibiotics and opioids

Proper disposal of leftover medication, particularly antibiotics and opioids, can help reduce antibiotic resistance, prevent children from being poisoned and stop the misuse of addiction-forming drugs. But a telephone survey conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco found that fewer than half of California pharmacies provided disposal instructions meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines,…

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Short or long sleep associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Scientists have discovered that people who regularly sleep for more than 11 hours or less than 4 hours are 2-3 times more likely to have the incurable disease, pulmonary fibrosis, compared to those that sleep for 7 hours in a day. They attribute this association to the body clock. The study also reveals that targeting…

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AIM-HI Accelerator Fund portfolio firm receives Virginia Catalyst funding

ROCKVILLE, MD — A portfolio start-up company of the AIM-HI Accelerator Fund has been awarded $700,000 from Virginia Catalyst to commercialize its lead cancer drug candidate. Richmond-based InterLeukin Combinatorial Therapies (ILCT) is developing unique engineered therapeutic interleukins (a type of protein) which destabilize and can kill cancer cells. The grant was one of six, totaling…

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Study: Children who drank whole milk had lower risk of being overweight or obese

A systematic review and meta-analysis led by St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto found children who drank whole milk had 40 per cent lower odds of being overweight or obese compared with children who consumed reduced-fat milk. The research, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed 28 studies from seven countries that…

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Scientists link La Niña climate cycle to increased diarrhea

A study in Botswana by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health scientists finds that spikes in cases of life-threatening diarrhea in young children are associated with La Niña climate conditions. The findings published in the journal Nature Communications could provide the basis for an early-warning system that would allow public health officials to prepare…

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Novela Neurotech showcases smart neural interface at Creative Destruction Lab

TORONTO, ON — Novela Neurotech, a MedTech company developing AI-powered wireless, «smart» neural interface systems, joins Canada’s Creative Destruction Lab to further fine-tune its health technologies to the needs of patients with difficult neurological disorders. «Our core mission is to foster a new era of neurological treatments by focusing on their electrical signaling within the…

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Direct-to-consumer fertility tests confuse and mislead consumers, Penn study shows

PHILADELPHIA — Direct-to-consumer hormone-based «fertility testing» for women is viewed by consumers as both an alternative, empowering tool for family planning, and a confusing and misleading one, according to the results of a new study from Penn Medicine. Findings from the small, first-of-its-kind ethnographic study reinforce the need for consumer education around the purpose and…

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