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Arthritis in the Knee: What You Need to Know

June 22, 2016

Arthritis of the knee can make taking a step painful. Swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joint are just some of the symptoms that can occur when a person has this condition.
The knee joint is a hinge joint, named for its movement that’s similar to the opening and closing of …

Mayo Clinic First to Implant Device to Solve Fecal Incontinence

A clinical team on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus is the first to offer four patients with long-term fecal incontinence a new and potentially long-lasting treatment—a small band of interlinked magnetic titanium beads on a titanium string that successfully mimics the function of the anal sphincter.
At this point, Mayo Clinic is …

Why you Don’t Sleep Well the First Night in a New Place

June 15, 2016

To most scientists, discarding data is like throwing money in the trash. But for sleep researchers, it’s routine to get rid of half of the findings from every experiment.
That’s because most people sleep badly their first night in a new place, whether it’s in the closely monitored hush of a sleep …

Women and People Under the Age of 35 at Greatest Risk of Anxiety

Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature, led by the University of Cambridge. The study also found that people from Western Europe and North America are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people from other cultures.
The review, …

One-Third of Children in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Fail to Reach Developmental Milestones

June 13, 2016

In developing countries, one third of children 3 and 4 years old don’t reach basic milestones in cognitive and/or socio-emotional growth, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada.
The study authors estimate that 80.8 …

This New Blood Test Could Personalise Depression Treatments for the First Time

Scientists have developed a new blood test that could finally lead to personalised depression treatments for patients, giving doctors a tool that can identify which antidepressants are likely to work for patients the first time around, instead of relying on trial and error.
This could make a huge difference, because the …

Many with Migraines have Vitamin Deficiencies, Says Study

A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10—a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.
These deficiencies may be involved in patients who …

Research Suggests Diabetes Drug Acts Differently From Previous Theories

June 08, 2016

A Mayo Clinic study suggests laboratory findings do not tell the whole story of how the diabetes drug metformin works to limit the level of glucose in the blood. The researchers found that metformin does not limit the action of the hormone glucagon, specifically glucagon-stimulated glucose production from the liver. …

New Findings on the Connections Between Gut Microbiota and the Brain

Intestinal bacteria that can boost bravery or trigger multiple sclerosis: An increasing body of research results confirms the importance of the “gut-brain axis” for neurology and indicates that the triggers for a number of neurological diseases may be located in the digestive tract.
“The gut microbiome can influence the central nervous …

Junk Science Driving Public Misperceptions

June 06, 2016

Have you heard about the latest study? Coffee fights cancer. Pizza and French fries are addictive like crack. Midnight snacks hamper our ability to retain memories.
Actually, what’s really bad for our brains is all the junk science being reported as gospel.
According to Pew Research, “79 percent of scientists believe it …

Pharmacist Behind ‘Hydration Clinics’ Shadi Kazeme Sued for Theft of Peptides and Steroids

June 01, 2016

The chemist to the stars behind a controversial chain of “hydration clinics” has been charged after allegedly stealing more than $250,000 worth of prescription drugs, including peptides and steroids, from the chemist linked to the Essendon drug scandal.
Models, soap stars and DJs such as Pia Miller and Ruby Rose are customers at the iv.me Hydration Clinic, which markets …

Mums can Transmit Psychiatric Trouble to Kids

Individual symptoms, such as anxiety, avoidance and a heightened response to stress, can be transmitted from mother to child and even grandchildren by multiple nongenetic mechanisms, a new study by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and other institutions shows. The pre-clinical findings, published May 13 in Nature Communications, may lead …