Statins’ potential to treat MS unrelated to lowering cholesterol

The widely prescribed statin, simvastatin, can medically help patients with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) — for reasons that might be unrelated to the drug’s intended cholesterol lowering affects, a UCL study has found. «Although this study cannot provide a final answer as to what exactly is the reason for the success of statins in…

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999 trial shows value of live video streaming

Using live video streaming from the scene of accidents and medical emergencies to the dispatch team of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has public support and the potential to be rolled out across the UK’s ambulance network , according to the team behind a scientific study. A trial undertaken by Air Ambulance Kent Surrey…

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Researcher earns grant to seek longer-lasting tooth-colored fillings

IMAGE: This is Sharukh S. Khajotia, B.D.S., Ph.D., associate dean for research at the OU College of Dentistry. view more  Credit: OU College of Dentistry OKLAHOMA CITY — When dentists discover cavities in their patients, they are often filled with a tooth-colored material that looks just like a person’s own teeth. However, tooth-colored fillings usually require…

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New global rules curb unrestricted plastic waste exports

(Geneva, Switzerland): Governments at the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the Basel Convention acted to restrict rampant plastic waste exports by requiring countries to obtain prior informed consent before exporting contaminated or mixed plastic waste. A deluge of plastic waste exports from developed countries has polluted developing countries in Southeast Asia after China…

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Trial remedies racial disparities in treatment for early-stage lung and breast cancer

IMAGE: This is Dr. Samuel Cykert view more  Credit: UNC School of Medicine CHAPEL HILL, NC — Results from a study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association show that a pragmatic system-based intervention within cancer treatment centers can nearly eliminate existing disparities in treatment and outcomes for black patients with early-stage lung and…

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Good sleep quality and good mood lead to good working memory with age

IMAGE: A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building block of a functioning mind — and three health-related factors: sleep, age, and depressed mood…. view more  Credit: W. Zhang, UC Riverside. RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building…

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Study sheds new light on urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women

IMAGE: This is Dr. Kim Oth. view more  Credit: UTSW DALLAS — May 10, 2019 — A UT Southwestern study suggests why urinary tract infections (UTIs) have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women — several species of bacteria can invade the bladder walls. UTI treatment is the most common reason for antibiotic prescriptions in…

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HIV prevention drug can curb the epidemic for high-risk groups in India

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a combination drug used to prevent HIV infection, has already gained significant traction in the U.S. and Europe. The once-a-day pill, when taken consistently, can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition by over 85 percent. A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases by an international research team suggests that making PrEP…

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New progress in developing an animal model of hepatitis C

IMAGE: A model of the «humanized » version of mouse cyclophilin A shows the mutated parts of the protein as green sticks, and the protein’s active site as purple sticks. view more  Credit: Credit: Jenna Gaska, Princeton University Small differences in a liver cell protein have significant impacts on hepatitis C virus replication in mice and…

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