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A protein discovered to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A protein discovered to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A new study discovers a protein - Cd14 gene - to offer protection against Inflammatory Bowel Disease - characterised by chronic relapsing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract - by enhancing the intestinal barrier function.

The study appeared in journal of Pathology.

Researchers identified Cd14 in a genetic screen in a mouse-model system for IBD and showed that the Cd14 molecule plays a protective role in their model system of intestinal function in mice.

Smaller brain structure ups anxiety level, negative thoughts: Study

Smaller brain structure ups anxiety level, negative thoughts: Study

A team of US researchers has found that healthy adults, who have smaller Inferior Frontal Cortex - a brain region behind the temples that helps regulate thoughts and emotions, are more likely to suffer from anxiety, associated with more bias towards negative thoughts.

According to the study, these people also tend to view neutral or even positive events in a negative light.

The findings, published in journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, indicated that larger IFC volume is protecting against negative bias through lower levels of trait anxiety.

Are stinky inflatable pool toys putting your kids at risk?

Are stinky inflatable pool toys putting your kids at risk?

Turns out, there are many dangerous chemicals lurking in your swimming pool that can risk your children's health.

Inflatable toys and swimming aids, like bathing rings and arm bands, often have a distinctive smell which could indicate that they contain a range of potentially hazardous substances.

Some of these compounds, which include carbonyl compounds, cyclohexanone, phenol and isophorone, might be critical when present in higher concentrations in children's toys, said authors Christoph Wiedmer and Andrea Buettner.

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Vitamin B can protect your heart from air pollution

Vitamin B can protect your heart from air pollution

You may want to take a diet rich in B vitamins as a recent study has suggested that it can help keep you from succumbing to air-pollution-induced heart problems.

In the research conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems, weakening the effects of air pollution on heart rate by 150 percent, total white blood count by 139 percent, and lymphocyte count by 106 percent.

How marriage between first cousins gives heart protection

How marriage between first cousins gives heart protection

The genetics of first-cousin marriage families has revealed how some people are protected from several heart diseases.

More than 1,800 individuals carrying loss-of-function mutations in both copies of their genes, so-called "human knockouts," are described in the first major study by an international collaboration led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues.

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There's an epidemic of sexual assaults in nursing homes

There's an epidemic of sexual assaults in nursing homes

A new study has examined the issue of sexual assault in nursing homes.

The report found that the most vulnerable residents are likely to become victims; legal examinations were infrequent due to administration complexities and training and institutional policy and nursing homes are not adequately equipped to deal with sexual assault cases.

Dear men, eating spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt can prevent hip fractures

Dear men, eating spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt can prevent hip fractures

Eat spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt and almonds in middle to elder age, as a study finds that people, especially men, who lack food rich in magnesium in their diet, are at an increased risk of fractures, particularly fractures of the hip.

According to researchers, magnesium could hold the key to preventing one of the most preventable causes of disability in middle-aged to elderly people.

Soon, a Parkinson's disease cure

Soon, a Parkinson's disease cure

A team of researchers has brought a cure for Parkinson's disease closer to reality.

Palmitoylethanolamide, an endogenous fatty acid amide signalling molecule well-known for its ability to promote the resolution of neuroinflammation and exert neuroprotection, has shown potential therapeutic action in such animal models.

The research showed that ultra-micronized palmitoylethanolamide (um-PEA), slows down disease progression and disability when used as add-on therapy in advanced PD patients.

Beware! Mild painkilling may not help patients with peripheral vascular disease

Beware! Mild painkilling may not help patients with peripheral vascular disease

Beware! That mild painkilling drug may not provide cardiovascular benefits for patients who have progressive circulation disorder caused by narrowing, blockage or spasms in a blood vessel.

According to researchers from University of Florida, aspirin therapy has been a staple of cardiology care for people who have peripheral vascular disease, which causes narrowed arteries and reduced blood flow to the limbs.

The findings were published today in the journal PLOS One.

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Stay fit! Too skinny or overweight both ups risk of migraine

Stay fit! Too skinny or overweight both ups risk of migraine

One has to stay fit for a healthy living as a study finds, both obesity and being underweight are associated with an increased risk for migraine.

Migraine is a headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

The findings indicate that obese people were 27 percent more likely to have migraine than people of normal weight.

People, who were underweight, were 13 percent more likely to have migraine than people of normal weight.

The study appeared in journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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