Friday, October 17, 2014

Study shows children who have had enterovirus infection are around 50 percent more likely to have type 1 diabetes

Study shows children who have had enterovirus infection are around 50 percent more likely to have type 1 diabetes

A new study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, shows that children who have been infected with enterovirus are 48 percent more likely to have developed type 1 diabetes....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear of Ebola Spreading Faster Than Virus in U.S.

Fear of Ebola Spreading Faster Than Virus in U.S.

Oct. 16, 2014 -- Has the fear of Ebola gone too far?
Passengers who shared Frontier Airlines flight 1143 with Amber Vinson, the second nurse to catch Ebola in Dallas, suddenly found their lives upended this week -- not because they were sick, or even likely to get sick, but because of Ebola anxiety.
One woman, the mother of a school teacher who was on the flight, said her daughter was sent home from work.

“She felt a little strange being at school with the kids until she was able to talk to the CDC, and I think the school also felt like she should come home,” said her mother, who asked that their names not be used for fear of causing undue panic among parents at the school. ...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Discovery of a new mechanism that can lead to blindness

Discovery of a new mechanism that can lead to blindness

An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published today by The Journal of Neuroscience. The Montréal scientists discovered that a protein found in the retina plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could have a significant impact on our understanding of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness....

Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

Oct. 15,2014-"Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms," The Daily Telegraph reports. A small study suggests sulforaphane, a chemical that gives broccoli its distinctive taste, may help improve some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The study found the symptoms of ASD improved in two-thirds of adolescent and young men who took a sulforaphane supplement.
In the randomised controlled trial, 26 men with moderate to severe ASD took sulforaphane, and nine took a placebo, for 18 weeks.
Improvements were seen in the majority of people taking sulforaphane in terms of irritability, lethargy, stereotypy, hyperactivity, awareness, communication, motivation and mannerisms....

Healthy life expectancies at age 65 highest in Hawaii, lowest in Mississippi - Press Release

Healthy life expectancies at age 65 highest in Hawaii, lowest in Mississippi - 
Residents of the South regardless of race, and blacks throughout the United States, have lower healthy life expectancy at age 65, according to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is a population health measure that estimates expected years of life in good health for people at a given age.
CDC used 2007-2009 data from the National Vital Statistics Systems, U.S. Census Bureau, and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to calculate HLEs by sex and race for each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., for all people aged 65 years. ...