Scientists draw closer to a dementia vaccine

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Share on PinterestScientists believe that they are on the path to a vaccine against dementia.Globally, dementia affects an estimated 50 million people. Because dementias are primarily a disease of older age, this figure is likely to increase as the average life expectancy increases.In fact, some scientists have calculated that the burden of dementia in the…
Share on PinterestNew research is questioning the predominant hypothesis that a buildup of beta-amyloid causes Alzheimer's disease.Alzheimer's disease affects over 5.5 million people in the United States and millions more around the globe.Yet, researchers are still at a loss as to why this condition — which is characterized by memory impairment and many other cognitive…
Share on PinterestResearchers are soon to test a new therapy for improving heart function and recovery after a heart attack.According to the American Heart Association (AHA), around 605,000 people in the United States have a new heart attack each year, and approximately 200,000 experience a recurrent attack.Reperfusion, which is a technique that frees up the…

Weight loss surgery reduces skin cancer risk

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Share on PinterestA recent study finds more evidence that obesity increases the risk of developing melanoma.Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.Melanoma accounts for just 1% of skin cancer cases, but it causes the majority of deaths from this type of disease. There are an estimated 96,480 new melanoma…
Share on PinterestNew research shows that some nondrug therapies, including exercise therapy, can help relieve pain in veterans.Many people returning from military deployment experience physical and mental health issues.These can include chronic pain, post-treatment alcohol use disorder, drug addiction, depression, thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or a combination.Now, a new study in the Journal of General…
Share on PinterestFragmented sleep might trigger migraine 2 days later, research finds.Dr. Suzanne Bertisch — a physician and clinical investigator in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA — is the first and corresponding author of the new study, which now appears in the journal Neurology.Dr. Bertisch…
Share on PinterestNew research looks at the causes of type 2 diabetes and the lifestyle changes that may reverse this condition.Between 1980 and 2014, the number of people living with diabetes across the world increased from about 108 million to 422 million.As many as 90% of these individuals have type 2 diabetes.Pharmacological interventions have done…
Share on PinterestNew research stresses the importance of staying hydrated as we get older.Staying hydrated seems simple enough. Yet studies have shown that somewhere between about one-third and one-half of older adults may be dehydrated, increasing their risk of health problems.Dehydrated people hospitalized with a stroke are more than twice as likely to experience impairment…
Share on PinterestHow can we make a success of this year's resolutions?New Year's resolutions are an ancient tradition that continues to this day.The Babylonians started each year with pledges to pay debts and return borrowed items.The Romans began their year by promising the two faced god, Janus, that they would behave better.In modern societies, many…
NEW YORK (AP) — On low-carb diets, meat and cheese are OK. On low-fat diets, fruit and oatmeal are fine. With the latest diet trend, no foods at all are allowed for long stretches of time.A diet that forbids eating for hours on end might seem doomed in a culture where food is constantly available,…
SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- A clinic in Spring is warning its patients of a suspected bacterial meningitis exposure.According to a Facebook post by Express Family Clinic, a pediatric patient visited its office at 610 Rayford Rd. with a suspected case of the potentially fatal illness on Monday, Dec. 30.The local health department later confirmed the…
Image copyright SPL Image caption Artwork: Measles is one member of an extended family of viruses We've seen recent spikes in measles infections.Some European countries, including the UK, lost their measles-free status and many developing countries, especially parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania are seeing frequent outbreaks.The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing…
4:00 A.M. TONI ISN’T THAT CUYLER -- SPECTACULAR? GOOD MORNING. IT’S TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, THE LAST DAY OF 2019. BUT SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD ARE ALREADY IN THE NEW YEAR. THIS WAS THE SCENE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND JUST AN HOUR AGO. MUCH OF THE COUNTRY RANG IN 2020 AT ABOUT 3:00 A.M. OUR…
For many, celebrating a new year and a new decade involves enjoying a few alcoholic beverages.The next day, heads throb, stomachs rumble and everything feels fuzzy.Watch the video aboveIt’s definitely a hangover and the desperate search for a cure begins.But is hoping for a remedy useless? Probably.“Obviously, the best way to avoid hangovers is by…
A father has saved the life of his eight-year-old son after donating a kidney to a stranger so the youngster could receive one from them in return.Harry Weir was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease aged two and has been seriously ill most of his life, with daily dialysis treatment helping keep him alive.But thanks…
Researchers analyze the oldest known measles sample taken from the lungs of a girl who died in 1912, leading to new theory that the deadly virus first emerged in large as early as 300 BCResearchers analyzed a groundbreaking new measles sample taken in BerlinThe sample came from a two-year-old who died from the disease in…