Fecal transplantation to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease: Hope or hype?

Amsterdam, NL, November 15, 2019 – Constipation is a common complaint in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT) and pre- and probiotics are potential options for treating constipation and restoring the microbiome of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but scientists warn that clinical data are scarce, and more research is needed before…

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EurekAlert! fellowship spotlights early-career science journalists from Latin America, other emerging regions

Five early-career science journalists from emerging regions will attend the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting as winners of the 2020 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters. The winners will receive financial support to travel to Seattle, Wash., where the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific meeting will take place Feb. 13-16. Fellowship applications were accepted from China,…

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Uninfected individuals born to mothers living with HIV at risk of obesity and asthma

BOSTON – Adolescents and young adults who were born to mothers with HIV but remained uninfected themselves still face a greatly heightened risk of obesity and asthma-like symptoms, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. In a study published in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), the team revealed for the first time…

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Mild Zika infection in fetuses may cause brain abnormalities in young despite no symptoms

Using a relevant animal model (pigs), University of Saskatchewan researchers have shown that mild Zika virus infection in fetuses can cause abnormal brain development in apparently healthy young animals. The study, published Nov. 14 in PLOS Pathogens, provides new insights into the potential outcomes of Zika virus infection and could point to new prevention and…

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Yale study provides insights into how fibrosis progresses in the human lung

New Haven, Conn. — A Yale-led collaborative study boosts scientific understanding of how the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) progresses, providing a roadmap for researchers to discover new treatment targets for the disease. The study, led by Naftali Kaminski, M.D., the Boehringer-Ingelheim Endowed Professor of Internal Medicine and chief of the Section of Pulmonary,…

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