Health Problems

Questions about the romaine warning? Here are some answers

Avoid all romaine lettuce, but don’t worry about your turkey. With two food poisoning outbreaks making headlines before Thanksgiving, the messages about what’s safe to eat can be hard to keep straight. Here’s what you should know before you sit down for dinner. WHAT LETTUCE OUTBREAK? On Tuesday, U.S. health officials issued an unusually broad […]

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Immunotherapy may become new first line treatment in some metastatic colorectal cancers

Immunotherapy with nivolumab and low-dose ipilimumab could become a new first line treatment in patients with some metastatic colorectal cancers following late-breaking results from the CheckMate-142 trial reported at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich. The drug combination shrank tumours and had beneficial effects on survival in patients with microsatellite instabiliy (MSI)-high metastatic colorectal cancer. […]

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Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 — A considerable proportion of clinicians and patients report having recorded a clinic visit for the patient’s personal use, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Paul J. Barr, Ph.D., from Dartmouth College in Lebanon, N.H., and colleagues administered two parallel cross-sectional […]

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A potential new way to treat some of the most common blinding diseases

Many eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, exhibit increased permeability of blood vessels in the macular (central) portion of the retina leading to abnormal fluid accumulation and vision loss. Therapies targeting a specific cytokine, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), have transformed clinical care; however, not all patients respond well. A new report in […]

Personal Health

Researchers find answers as to why some people are at risk of gout

University of Otago researchers have helped characterise a genetic variant that enables new understanding of why some people are at risk of gout, a painful and debilitating arthritic disease. Gout is caused by persistently elevated levels of urate in the blood, which causes severe joint pain and swelling, especially in peoples’ toes, knees, elbows, wrists […]

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Chronic Pain May Drive Some to Suicide

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 — Suffering debilitating pain every day may be so unbearable that some decide to take their own lives, new research suggests. More than 25 million U.S. adults have some level of daily pain, and 10.5 million have considerable pain every day. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Emiko Petrosky from […]

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Is Evolution of the Human Brain to Blame for Some Mental Disorders?

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 — Evolutionary changes in the human brain may be responsible for psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new research suggests. The researchers identified long, noncoding stretches of DNA (called “repeat arrays”) in a gene that governs calcium transport in the brain. Their findings were published Aug. 9 in the […]