Cancer sufferers’ hair loss misery during chemo could be over

SCIENTISTS at the University of Huddersfield aim to minimise, or eliminate completely, the hair loss that is one of the most distressing side-effects of cancer treatment. They aim to achieve this by combining scalp cooling — already shown to be effective in half of all cases — with a specially formulated shampoo or lotion that…

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Lower pension, shorter life

IMAGE: The poor lag farther and farther behind when it comes to life expectancy. The average number of remaining years at age 65 increases more for men in the highest income… view more  Credit: MPI for Demographic Research Income and social status have an increasing effect on life expectancy in Germany. On average, men with very…

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Rare gut condition a model for study of genetic diseases

Hirschsprung disease — a rare condition where the failure of gut nerves to develop before birth leads to impaired bowel contractions that prevent infants from passing stool — is more predictable from an individual’s genetic makeup than previously envisioned. This is the finding of a study published online in the April 11 edition of the…

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New study advances treatment options for PTSD

IMAGE: Control viral expression is restricted to the locus coeruleus. Immunohistochemical localization (OV, overlay) of the blank mCherry control virus (mCh, purple) in tyrosine hydroxylase-positive neurons (TH, green) in the LC…. view more  Credit: Stephen Maren/Texas A&M University Dr. Stephen Maren, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, recently published significant research…

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$4.9 million initiative addresses racial disparities in maternal, infant mortality

IMAGE: McClain Sampson, associate professor in the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. view more  Credit: University of Houston Despite being home to a world-class medical center, renowned physicians and high-quality medical treatment, many communities in Houston experience significantly higher infant and maternal death rates. In some areas of Harris County, rates are nearly…

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Getting closer: Finding out why the immune system attacks itself

IMAGE: Biomolecular researcher Navin Varadarajan anticipates that his data will serve as a foundation for investigating multiple hypotheses on the roles of B cells in RA and other autoimmune disorders, and… view more  Credit: University of Houston Biomolecular researcher Navin Varadarajan has published in Arthritis & Rheumatology journal a first-of-its-kind study — a comprehensive profile of…

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Healing glove reaches major milestone, earns national recognition

IMAGE: Principal investigator Muthu Wijesundara models a glove produced through the manufacturing process. view more  The revolutionary bioengineered healing glove created by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) and the University of Washington has completed another key step on the road toward commercialization. Empowered by a $227,000 award from the Medical…

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Body mass index may play a significant role in the progression of multiple sclerosis

IMAGE: Being overweight and obese worsens the disease course in multiple sclerosis patients. Specific fats, called ceramides (yellow), are more abundant in the blood of patients with high BMI (left image),… view more  Credit: Casaccia Lab NEW YORK, April 11, 2019 — A newly published paper in the Lancet journal EBioMedicine identifies a link between high…

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Dry nipples: Causes and treatment

The nipples are a very sensitive part of the body. Dry nipples can cause discomfort and itching, but the causes are usually harmless. Both men and women can experience nipple issues. Depending on the cause, the nipples may feel itchy or sore, and the skin may appear cracked or flaky. Most causes of dry or…

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Lawmakers in Both Parties Vow to Rein In Insulin Costs

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from both parties expressed immense frustration on Wednesday at big increases in insulin prices and vowed to work together on legislation to prevent more people from dying because they could not afford the lifesaving medicine. Representative Earl L. Carter, Republican of Georgia, said at the end of a three-hour hearing…

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