RSSCategory: Research

Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age. While previous studies have found that reducing allergen exposure in the home helps control established asthma, the new findings suggest that exposure to certain allergens early in life, before asthma develops, may have a preventive effect.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Since the discovery of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the Mycenaean civilization on the Peloponnesian peninsula of mainland Greece, there have been many theories about where these people came from and whether they were related.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Andrew has never had a clear diagnosis. He and his family are in a torturous state of suspense, hanging their hopes on every new exam and evaluation. Recently, they have sought help from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, a federally funded coalition of universities, clinicians, hospitals and researchers dedicated to solving the nation’s toughest medical mysteries.

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

By Elaine Korry Kaiser Health News An estimated $5.8 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has California’s top universities and medical institutions sounding the alarm. Trump’s spending plan — running into opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike — would cut about 20 percent of the roughly […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News An experimental treatment — which blinded three women after stem cells from abdominal fat were injected into their eyes — was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website but lacked proper safeguards, researchers reported Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that the procedures were […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

From the National Institutes of Health Hormone treatment improved bone strength and hemoglobin levels; may increase cardiovascular risk; had no effect on cognition. In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Organoids – the future of medical research

Organoids – the future of medical research

Perspective By Louise Thompson, PhD candidate in Molecular and Cellular Physiology University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. Most of the research behind new medical advances is carried out using either animal tissues or cancer cells. Both tools have their problems: results from animals and humans do not always match up and cancer cells grown for years in […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

The privacy debate over research with your blood and tissue – Viewpoint Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Research Investigator, Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Michigan Many people don’t realize that their leftover tissue, blood or other samples – otherwise known as “biospecimens” – taken during a visit to the doctor or hospital might be stripped of identifying information […]

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers unlock mystery of how Zika spreads in human cells

Researchers unlock mystery of how Zika spreads in human cells

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Researchers have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how the Zika virus spreads in human cells and neutralizes the body’s defenses. A study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine answered a fundamental question posed by biologists: What happens when the virus enters […]

October 22, 2016 | By | Reply More