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COVID-19 patients show more signs of brain damage than people with Alzheimer’s disease

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Jan 14, 2022 … NEW YORK — Could COVID-19 actually be doing more harm to the human brain than Alzheimer’s disease? A new study reveals older patients contracting COVID have more signs of brain damage than people who develop the neurodegenerative disease. Specifically, a team from NYU Grossman School of Medicine found significantly higher levels of certain blood proteins which…

New discovery could open door to breakthrough treatments for rheumatoid arthritis

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Jan 09, 2022 … SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It’s estimated that 1% of people globally suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissue after mistaking it for invading pathogens. A recent study reveals new findings that shed light on the inflammatory process causing bone damage by rheumatoid arthritis. This finding uncovers…

Microplastics contaminating food and drinks may be fueling a dramatic rise in bowel diseases

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Dec 30, 2021 … NANJING, China — Microplastics may be the reason some people are more likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease, a new study warns. Researchers at Nanjing Medical University found higher quantities of these microscopic plastic particles in the feces of people with IBD than in their healthy peers. The study notes that people regularly ingest these…

Weight loss surgery drops the risk of suffering severe COVID symptoms by 60 percent

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Dec 30, 2021 … CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bariatric surgery, a procedure obese people have to dramatically cut their weight, may also protect these individuals from suffering a life-threatening case of COVID-19. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic say obese patients undergoing the weight loss surgery before the pandemic have a 60-percent lower risk of developing severe complications if they contract coronavirus.…

Intense childhood anxiety may lead to psychosis during adulthood

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Dec 29, 2021 … BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Children and young teens who constantly experience high levels of anxiety are more likely to develop psychosis by their early 20s, according to researchers from the University of Birmingham. On a more positive note, their study also finds intervening early in an individual’s life — by targeting stress hormones and non-resolving inflammation…

Alzheimer’s gene may also raise the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms

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Dec 28, 2021 … HELSINKI, Finland — A gene that makes it more likely someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease may also increase the likelihood patients with COVID-19 have severe or life-threatening symptoms. Studies show that individuals carrying the APOE4 allele genetic variant are more likely to deal with Alzheimer’s during old age. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 15%…

Pfizer COVID-19 pill first to receive FDA emergency use authorization for adults, children

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Dec 22, 2021 … SILVER SPRING, Md. — A COVID-19 treatment in pill form is now available for both children and adults with mild cases of the illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s drug combination Paxlovid. The COVID antiviral treatment is a three-pill combination of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir tablets…

Blood from physically fit people could help protect brains of couch potatoes

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Dec 13, 2021 … STANFORD, Calif. — A treatment that protects couch potatoes against brain diseases could be on the horizon. Scientists at the Stanford School of Medicine have identified a brain-boosting protein in the blood of extremely active mice. When they injected this substance into sedentary mice, the couch potatoes saw the same cognitive improvements. The breakthrough opens…

Synthetic opioids can treat inflammatory bowel disease by targeting immune system head-on

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Dec 09, 2021 … TOKYO, Japan — Although synthetic opioids come with a serious risk of causing addiction or overdose, a recent study finds the painkillers may provide a new treatment option for people with inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers in Japan suggest that the medication KNT-127 may be an effective therapy for IBD due to its ability to operate…

‘Fountain of youth’ pill shows ability to dramatically increase longevity in mice

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Dec 08, 2021 … SHANGHAI, China — Anti-aging treatments come in all shapes and sizes, from oxygen chambers to simple diets and exercises. Now, researchers say a flavonoid-based pill to fight aging and improve longevity could be on the horizon after scientists found the treatment dramatically extended the lifespans of mice. A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences…

Food additive in many processed foods alters gut health, may cause disease

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Dec 01, 2021 … ATLANTA, Ga. — A common food additive, carboxymethylcellulose, which manufacturers put in processed foods alters the healthy balance of gut bacteria in humans, a new study warns. An international team finds that the long-term impact of consuming this chemical may include developing chronic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and even colon cancer. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is a synthetic member…