Clinical Trials & Research

Middle-aged and older adults who drank sugary beverages daily were at greater risk of developing abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels compared to those who rarely drank those beverages, according to a new epidemiological study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study, led by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human
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A new article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) discusses the difficulties faced by parents of children with food allergies in not transferring their own anxieties to their children. Food allergies are scary for both parents and children, which is why
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Feb 21 2020 The start of 2020 has been defined by Coronavirus, which to date has killed over 1,000 people and impacted the lives of thousands more. Yamina Tsalamlal, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData comments: There are similarities to be drawn between 2003’s SARS outbreak and the current endemic gripping the world. From the consumer perspective,
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Feb 21 2020 The Lee Company The Lee Company’s LPD Series variable volume dispense pumps are stepper motor driven, positive displacement pumps that are designed to meet the demands of modern-day applications: consistent long-term performance and reliability in a compact lightweight package. Their size, weight and maintenance free design allow for the pumps to be
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Gene-infused nanoparticles used for combating disease work better when they include plant-based relatives of cholesterol because their shape and structure help the genes get where they need to be inside cells. The findings by Oregon State University researchers, published today in Nature Communications, are important because many illnesses that can’t be treated effectively with conventional
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Traditional cardiovascular risk factors often assessed in an annual physical, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status, are at least as valuable in predicting who will develop coronary heart disease (CHD) as a sophisticated genetic test that surveys millions of different points in DNA, a study led by a UT Southwestern Medical
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Women who sleep poorly tend to overeat and consume a lower-quality diet, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The findings provide new insight into how poor sleep quality can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity and points to possible interventions for improving women’s heart health. Previous
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Swansea University research into the threat posed by antifungal drug resistance has been highlighted in two prestigious international journals. Fungal disease now kills more people than malaria or TB and the Centre for Disease Control in the USA recognizes emergence of multi-drug resistance in fungi as a high level threat. Dr. Josie Parker and Prof
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Most clinical practice guidelines in the U.S. are created by medical specialty societies. While there is widespread awareness of the potential for intellectual and financial conflict of interest by individual panel members, there is little recognition of the potential for the processes used by guideline panels to create conflict of interest. This is particularly important
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Researchers have developed a method to estimate cardiorespiratory fitness levels that could be applied to data captured by wearable fitness trackers during activities of daily life. This could facilitate testing for those with low exercise tolerance and may reduce the need for medically supervised fitness testing. The study is published ahead of print in the
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A new study investigating factors that contribute to psychological distress in adults has found that that risk of malnourishment is linked to psychological distress among Canadians aged 45 years and older. “These findings are consistent with other research which has found links between poor quality diet, and depression, bipolar disorder, and psychological distress,” says study
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In salt-sensitive hypertension, immune cells gather in the kidneys and shoot out free radicals, heightening blood pressure and damaging this pair of vital organs, scientists report. These highly reactive chemicals, also called reactive oxygen species, or ROS, are a byproduct of our body’s use of oxygen that our immune system uses to kill invaders. But
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Higher maternal blood pressure in pregnancy is associated with chemical modifications to placental genes, according to a study by researchers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The changes involve DNA methylation, the binding of compounds known as methyl groups
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A cancer tumor’s ability to mutate allows it to escape from chemotherapy and other attempts to kill it. So, encouraging mutations would not be a logical path for cancer researchers. Yet a Mayo Clinic team and their collaborators took that counterintuitive approach and discovered that while it created resistance to chemotherapy, it also made tumors
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Researchers observed seasonal variations in the risk of the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy–including gestational hypertension and preeclampsia–in a study of Danish women. In the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica study, the highest risk for hypertensive disorders was seen in pregnancies conceived during spring and summer. Of 50,665 women included in the study, 8.5% were diagnosed
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As well as sequencing the whole genome of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, the Institut Pasteur continued to work on the samples taken from the first confirmed cases. The quality of these initial samples enabled rapid cell-culture isolation of the new virus. The Institut Pasteur’s scientists now have access to the virus responsible for the infection. The isolation
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Feb 2 2020 Titan Enterprises reports that its popular 800 series turbine flowmeter offers easy integration with battery powered or portable equipment. Related Stories Designed to operate with minimal power input, Titan’s competitively priced, low power 800 series flowmeter maintains high performance over 6 flow ranges from 0.05 to 15 liters per minute. Totally non-metallic
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All type 2 diabetes patient subgroups are likely to achieve cardiovascular protection from the use of SGLT2 inhibitors, according to a large multi-study review published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Lead author and Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health Dr Clare Arnott said that while previous studies of
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“The president of the United States already has the legal authority to reduce the price of many commonly used prescription drugs.” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Jan. 26, while on the presidential primary campaign trail in Davenport, Iowa On the presidential primary campaign trail in Iowa, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) brought out a favorite talking
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