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Hope on Horizon for Painful,
Incurable Hand Disease
May 5, 2022 2:05 PM CDT
Hope on Horizon for Painful, Incurable Hand Disease
Known drug appears to reverse progress of early-stage Dupuytren's disease
- You probably take for granted the ability to stick your hand in your pocket, use a keyboard, and grip a steering wheel. But all this can be challenging for sufferers of a painful and incurable disease that causes fibrotic scar tissue to develop at the base of the fingers. In...
Research Likens COVID's Effect
on Brain to Aging From 50 to 70
May 4, 2022 7:50 PM CDT
Research Likens COVID's Effect on Brain to Aging From 50 to 70
Severity of the illness appears linked to degree of decline
- Researchers have found that the effects of long COVID can include starting a cognitive decline comparable to the person aging mentally 20 years. The UK study 's senior author said the severity of the decline is tied to the seriousness of the person's illness, the
Race to Develop Insulin
Brought Out Worst in
Mar 12, 2022 7:30 AM CST
Race to Develop Insulin Brought Out Worst in Some Scientists
A century later, some researchers are best remembered for their belligerent quest for glory
- Of the roughly 420 million humans who live with diabetes, some 150 million rely on insulin "to live a full and healthy life," per Diabetes Canada. Few if any know names like Frederick Banting or John Macleod, though they were the two men who received the Nobel prize...
Scientists Announce Big Find
on Multiple Sclerosis
Jan 14, 2022 7:35 AM CST
Scientists Announce Big Find on Multiple Sclerosis
Findings 'strongly suggest' Epstein-Barr virus is 'a cause and not a consequence of MS'
- Researchers say more treatments for multiple sclerosis may be possible after finding a likely "initial trigger" of the auto immune disease. It's unknown what exactly causes MS, a condition affecting 2.8 million people in which immune system cells attack the protective coating on nerve fibers, though some...
Early Data Doesn't Back
Hope That Omicron
Will Be Milder
Dec 18, 2021 5:30 PM CST
Early Data Doesn't Back Hope That Omicron Will Be Milder
There's plenty of caution that it's too early to draw conclusions
- UK researchers say they see no indication that omicron will be milder than the delta variant of the coronavirus. In fact, they found the new strain's reinfection rate to be more than five times as high as delta's, Reuters reports. The Imperial College London study, which has not...
Scientists Object After Paper
Takes a Shot at Researchers
Dec 6, 2021 6:10 PM CST
Scientists Object After Paper Takes a Shot at Researchers
German tabloid placed blame for pandemic holiday restrictions, with photos
- A group representing Germany's main scientific organizations has accused the country's biggest-selling newspaper of contributing to public hostility against scientists during the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Monday, the Alliance of Scientific Organization criticized a recent report by the
tabloid for singling out three researchers who had...
Rise in Younger Colon Cancer
Patients Is a New Worry
Oct 28, 2021 12:21 PM CDT
Rise in Younger Colon Cancer Patients Is a New Worry
Patients under 50 are at least as likely to die from the disease as older people: study
- This spring, the US Preventive Services Task Force lowered the recommended age at which Americans should begin colon cancer screening from 50 to 45, citing an increase in cases in younger adults. As HealthDay News reports, cases in Americans under the age of 50 rose from 6% in 1990 to...
Have This in Common
Oct 20, 2021 3:05 PM CDT
2 Deadliest Infectious Diseases Have This in Common
Tuberculosis, COVID-19 spread in aerosol particles generated by breathing: study
- Masks and better ventilation could be key in preventing the spread of the world's second-most deadly infectious disease , just as with the first. Coughing has long been thought to be the main way in which tuberculosis, which claimed 1.5 million lives in 2020, spreads from person to person....
for Seniors Is Changing
Oct 12, 2021 12:55 PM CDT
Aspirin Advice for Seniors Is Changing
Suggestion to take daily dose to prevent first heart attack is getting shelved
- Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary advice released Tuesday. Bleeding risks for adults in their 60s and up who haven't had a heart attack or stroke outweigh any...
Researchers Say a Shot
Might Prevent Lyme Disease
Aug 17, 2021 1:34 PM CDT
Researchers Say a Shot Might Prevent Lyme Disease
Lyme PrEP is currently in clinical trials
- Lyme disease is becoming more and more common. Once a rare affliction found in just a few parts of the US, mainly in the Northeast and Great Lakes, it has now turned up in all 50 states. The ticks that carry it have spread farther south and west. Scientists have...
One Vaccine Dose May Not
Protect Against Delta—'at All'
Jul 8, 2021 4:05 PM CDT
One Vaccine Dose May Not Protect Against Delta—'at All'
But fully vaccinated people should be OK, say researchers
- A single dose of the two-dose Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines is "poorly or not at all efficient" against the fast-spreading Delta variant, say French researchers in a peer-reviewed study published Thursday. The study identified mutations with the Delta and Beta variants of COVID that allow them to evade antibodies...
Vaccine Researchers: We've
Unlocked Blood Clot Mystery
May 28, 2021 12:40 PM CDT
Vaccine Researchers: We've Unlocked Blood Clot Mystery
Delivery of adenovirus vector vaccines can trigger mutant proteins: study
- German scientists say they've figured out why certain coronavirus vaccines trigger rare and potentially deadly blood clots. Experts urge caution because the theory—that the issue lies with how the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson "adenovirus vector" vaccines are delivered—isn't proven or peer-reviewed, and there are...
New Study Looks
at Mixing Vaccines
Feb 4, 2021 8:27 AM CST
New Study Looks at Mixing Vaccines
Human trial will attempt to replicate results found in mice
- There have been limited cases of people receiving one coronavirus vaccine for their first dose, and a different vaccine for their second. So how will that affect their immunity? That's now the subject of a trial in the UK, seeking to discover whether a mix of vaccines proves effective...
At One Hospital, 80% of COVID
Patients Had This in Common
Oct 28, 2020 12:41 PM CDT
At One Hospital, 80% of COVID Patients Had This in Common
Treating vitamin D deficiency 'might have beneficial effects'
- The results of a new study on COVID-19 patients may have you seeking the sun. Researchers in Santander, Spain, examined 197 patients admitted to hospital for coronavirus treatment between March 10 and March 31, and found 82% had vitamin D deficiency. Comparatively, just 47% had the same deficiency in a...
Aug 17, 2020 6:45 PM CDT
Antibody Findings Encourage Scientists
Levels decline but could still be enough, scientists say
- New research has scientists more hopeful that lingering antibodies will help COVID-19 patients—even those who had only mild cases—fight off future coronavirus infections. The studies show that months after recovering, patients have antibodies in their blood still able to defeat the virus, the
New York Times
'On Verge' of Coronavirus
Findings, He Was Shot Dead
May 6, 2020 10:50 AM CDT
'On Verge' of Coronavirus Findings, He Was Shot Dead
University of Pittsburgh's Bing Liu killed in murder-suicide
- A researcher on the cusp of making "very significant findings" related to the novel coronavirus was shot dead in Pennsylvania over the weekend. Bing Liu of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was killed around noon Saturday inside his home north of Pittsburgh in what authorities describe as...
US May Be Tossing
Too Many Donated Kidneys
Aug 30, 2019 12:29 PM CDT
US May Be Tossing Too Many Donated Kidneys
US discards more than France, despite the big waiting list
- Every day, 12 Americans die while waiting for a kidney transplant. In what will be an especially hard pill to swallow for the 93,000 Americans currently on the waiting list, about 10 donated kidneys are discarded in that same period, reports
. A study published Monday in
Feds Growing Largest
Marijuana Crop in 5 Years
Jul 12, 2019 1:00 AM CDT
Feds Growing Largest Marijuana Crop in 5 Years
Ole Miss is growing more potent strains
- The US government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the US, while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists...
Results of Mice Study
Bring Big HIV News
Jul 3, 2019 11:58 AM CDT
Results of Mice Study Bring Big HIV News
Researchers eradicated HIV from the DNA of 9 infected mice
- Researchers tell CNBC they have for the first time shown "that the HIV disease is a curable disease" A study published Tuesday in
details how they got to such a statement: essentially by putting the brakes on HIV's spread in mice and then editing it out...
A Cancer Cure in
the Next Year?
Jan 30, 2019 6:22 PM CST
A Cancer Cure in the Next Year? Not Exactly
Israeli biotech company makes a bold claim
- There's a decent chance you saw the headline, which quickly made its way across the Internet on Tuesday: "A Cure for Cancer? Israeli Scientists Say They Think They Found One." The
article contains bold quotes from the biotech company behind the treatment: "We believe...
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