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  • Battle to treat Madagascar women for debilitating fistula
    "Get rid of the girl who stinks," they said about Sana Rodiny who for three years had to endure unrelenting abuse after developing a fistula. Read more »
  • Five dead, dozens quarantined as virus fears spread in India
    A deadly virus carried by fruit bats has killed at least five people in southern India and more than 90 people are in quarantine, a top health official said Tuesday. Read more »
  • Improving health research among Indigenous peoples in Canada
    Researchers must understand the historical and social context of Indigenous health research, while valuing the unique knowledge, skills and experiences of Indigenous people, in order to conduct meaningful health research, according to an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Read more »
  • Including Indigenous elders in primary care positively affects Indigenous patients' mental health
    Indigenous Elders can have a broad range of positive effects on the mental and physical health of urban Indigenous people who often experience marginalization and barriers accessing health care, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) that partnered Elders with mainstream health care providers in primary care. Read more »
  • Experimental drug eases effects of gluten for celiac patients on gluten-free diet
    An investigational new drug offers hope of relief for celiac disease patients who are inadvertently exposed to gluten while on a gluten-free diet. Findings of the first phase 2 study of a biologic immune modulator in celiac disease will be presented at the upcoming Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2018. Inadvertent exposure to gluten can be a frequent occurrence for celiac patients that triggers symptoms, such as pain in the gut and diarrhea, due to intestinal damage. Read more »
  • DNA-based vaccine treatment for colorectal cancer to undergo first human study
    For the first time in humans, researchers will test a two-pronged approach to treat advanced stage colorectal cancer (CRC), potentially increasing life expectancy. Combining a DNA vaccine, which boosts the body's immune response against tumors, with an antibody that blocks the body's natural defense against the potency of the DNA vaccine, may lead to the development of an effective treatment for late stage CRC, when a cure is not often possible. Preliminary research leading up to this trial will be presented at Digestive Disease Week 2018. Read more »
  • More patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis receiving liver transplants
    Increasingly, liver transplant centers are changing a long-standing practice of delaying potentially life-saving liver transplantation for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis until after they stopped drinking alcohol for six months, according to a new study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2018. Read more »
  • Blue dye tablet helps identify polyps during colonoscopy
    Ingestion of a blue dye tablet during bowel prep for colonoscopy could be a significant advance in the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC). When used in conjunction with colonoscopy, the blue dye increased adenoma detection rate (ADR) by nearly 9 percent, according to a study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2018. Read more »
  • Kids show adult-like intuition about ownership
    Children as young as age three are able to make judgements about who owns an object based on its location, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. Read more »
  • Young toddlers may learn more from interactive than noninteractive media
    Preschoolers can learn a lot from educational television, but younger toddlers may learn more from interactive digital media (such as video chats and touchscreen mobile apps) than from TV and videos alone, which don't require them to interact. That's the conclusion of a new article that also notes that because specific conditions that lead to learning from media are unclear, not all types of interactive media increase learning and not all children learn to the same degree from these media. Read more »
  • Michael Jackson's antigravity tilt—Talent, magic, or a bit of both?
    When was the last time you watched a Michael Jackson music video? If your answer is "never" or "not for quite a while," you are really missing a treat. According to Rolling Stone, "No single artist ... shaped, innovated or defined the medium of 'music video' more than Michael Jackson." Read more »
  • Model estimates lifetime risk of Alzheimer's dementia using biomarkers
    Lifetime risks of developing Alzheimer's disease dementia vary considerably by age, gender and whether any signs or symptoms of dementia are present, according to a new study published online by Alzheimer's & Dementia. Read more »
  • New study sheds light on the opioid epidemic and challenges prevailing views about this public health crisis
    A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine sheds new light on the sharp rise in fatal drug overdoses in recent years, one of the most severe public health challenges of our time. The study found that the growth in fatal overdoses for non-Hispanic whites (NHWs) aged 22-56 years was sufficiently large to account for the entire growth in mortality rates (MR) and years of potential life lost (YPLL) for this population from 1999 to 2015. Read more »
  • Avoiding the car for travel could significantly lower risk of illness and death
    People who are more active when commuting to work by walking or cycling could be cutting their relative risk of developing ischaemic heart disease or stroke by 11% and their relative risk of dying from these diseases by 30%, suggests a study published in the journal Heart. Read more »
  • Link between IBD and Parkinson's might allow doctors to slow down condition
    Doctors may be able to modify or slow down the progress of the neurological condition Parkinson's disease in the future by spotting signs of it in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), suggest a study published in the journal Gut. Read more »
  • Daily egg consumption may reduce cardiovascular disease
    People who consume an egg a day could significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases compared with eating no eggs, suggests a study carried out in China, published in the journal Heart. Read more »
  • AUA: Most women report dysfunctional toileting behaviors
    (HealthDay)—Many women report dysfunctional toileting behaviors, which are associated with lower urinary tract symptoms, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, held from May 18 to 21 in San Francisco. Read more »
  • Robust immune responses for herpes zoster subunit vaccine
    (HealthDay)—Recipients of the herpes zoster subunit vaccine (HZ/su), consisting of varicella-zoster virus glycoprotein E (gE) and AS01B Adjuvant System, develop robust immune responses, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Read more »
  • Depression-heart rate variability link is bidirectional
    (HealthDay)—There is a bidirectional association between depression and heart rate variability (HRV), according to a study published online May 16 in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more »
  • Making America's doctors look more like America
    When Dr. Luis Castellanos was a resident at UC San Diego School of Medicine, he noticed there weren't many Spanish-speaking physicians on staff, even though Latinos comprise about a third of the city's population. Occasionally, the Mexican-American cardiologist found himself translating for his colleagues—a task that continued when he returned to join the staff in 2010. Read more »
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