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A new test from researchers at Duke University School of Medicine can help diagnosis and treatment of infections by distinguishing between a viral vs bacterial infection. This is big news that could aid in solving the global threat of bacterial resistance through overuse of antibiotics. Current tests require information about the pathogen in question in order...

According to a newly published study from the University of Colorado, mice models that lack the ability to metabolize fructose don’t gain nearly as much weight as normal ones. Fructose, or fruit sugar, has gained quite a bit of notoriety of late – especially in relation to obesity and its myriad related health concerns. Fructose can...

The first large-scale study on a possible link between parents with autoimmune diseases and children with autism has yielded some surprising results. The research, which emerged following a study of nearly 3,000 mothers of autistic children, was conducted at New York’s Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders at the Feinstein Institute. The study was able to...

A new study on a group of patients with fibromyalgia (a common syndrome that causes, among other symptoms, chronic and sometimes debilitating pain) showed that roughly half of the patients were found to have a type of nerve damage known as SFPN. Small fiber polyneuropathy, or SFPN, consists mainly of damage to nerve fibers in...

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests a combination of a phytochemical in broccoli and a malaria drug could lower prostate cancer rates. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, watercress, and cabbage have the phytochemical sulforaphane, which is thought to help lower prostate cancer risk. When tested, researchers found that it works to prevent early-stage...

Researchers from Cornell University and the Institute for Human Neuroscience have created a test to distinguish between healthy aging and cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms appear. Memory abilities don’t necessarily decline with age. The team looked at two kinds of memory, reconstructive and recollective. Reconstructive memory is recalling a word or event...

Industrialized nations might be too clean. The “hygiene hypothesis” suggests that decreased exposure to microbes and certain worms in industrialized areas could lead to incompletely developed immune regulation that controls specific inflammatory responses. These uncontrolled inflammatory responses are the culprit in leading to autoimmune disorders such as type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and lupus. Developing...

Scripps Institute scientists have identified a series of specific cellular events that appear to be integral to the way lupus develops. The findings suggest that blocking this cellular pathway may be the secret to developing a truly effective way to battle the disease. Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, is an autoimmune disorder that affects tens of...

Left mostly to their own devices, a group of intrepid human stem cells at Vienna’s Austrian Academy of Science knitted themselves into tissue with a variety of brain structures and specialized groups of neurons. In essence, they created a BB-sized neural ball reminiscent of a nine-week-old fetus brain. And while the clumps of tissue are still...

According to a recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Neurosurgery Department, copper seems to be one of the main environmental factors to trigger the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The results of the study point to the accumulation of toxic proteins within the brain, which are prevented from escaping -- thanks,...