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Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease

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Graphic: Chemical symbol of Aluminium [14/10/2014] A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminium in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminium plays some role in the disease.Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease - Read more

Microfluidics: lab on a breathing chip

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Graphic: Iconic human nose and pollutants [23/09/2014] Human nasal epithelial cells, cultured on a microchip, react to air pollutants just like they would in the upper airway.Microfluidics: lab on a breathing chip - Read more

Streptococcal bacteria to fight colon cancer

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Photo: Illustration of a colon tumor [26/05/2014] Researchers at Western University (London, Canada) have shown how the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat can be used to fight colon cancer.Streptococcal bacteria to fight colon cancer - Read more

Work: Fumes May Have Permanent Effect on Brain

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Photo: Respiratory protection icon [15/05/2014] People who are exposed to paint, glue or degreaser fumes at work may experience memory and thinking problems in retirement, decades after their exposure, according to a recent study.Work: Fumes May Have Permanent Effect on Brain - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

Immune System: Bacterial Toxin Sets the Course for Infection

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Photo: Yersinia [12/11/2013] Every year gastro-intestinal diseases have lethal consequences for more than five million individuals. Researchers from Braunschweig have now discovered what makes a specific strain of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis–one of the main instigators for these infections–so dangerous.Immune System: Bacterial Toxin Sets the Course for Infection - Read more

Neurology: Testing Method for Spinal Cord Injuries

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Photo: Laboratory [17/06/2013] A medical test previously developed to measure a toxin found in tobacco smokers has been adapted to measure the same toxin in people suffering from spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, offering a potential tool to reduce symptoms.Neurology: Testing Method for Spinal Cord Injuries - Read more

Children: Local Laws Reduce Dangers of Lead

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Photo: Lead Sign [08/05/2013] A new study catalogues community-based efforts to develop strategies and policies that – by targeting high risk housing – may hold the key to reducing lead hazards in children's homes.Children: Local Laws Reduce Dangers of Lead - Read more

Nanomaterial Toxicity: Stage for Policies to Address Health Risks

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Photo: Laboratory [07/05/2013] For the first time, researchers from institutions around the United States have conducted an identical series of toxicology tests evaluating lung-related health impacts associated with widely used engineered nanomaterials (ENMs).Nanomaterial Toxicity: Stage for Policies to Address Health Risks - Read more

Healthcare: Toxic Metals Found in Lipstick

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Photo: Lipstick [06/05/2013] Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. They detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals, some of which were found at levels that could raise potential health concerns.Healthcare: Toxic Metals Found in Lipstick - Read more

Hot Asphalt: Higher Cancer Rates in Roofers

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[30/07/2012] A University of Colorado Cancer Centre study shows that roofers have higher PAH blood-levels after working a shift and that these high levels of PAHs are linked with increased rates of DNA damage, and potentially with higher cancer risk.Hot Asphalt: Higher Cancer Rates in Roofers - Read more

Antitoxin-strategy: May Help Target other Pathogens

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[20/06/2012] Researchers have unveiled a novel strategy for neutralising unwanted molecules and clearing them from the body. The strategy employs chains of binding agents, like “beads on a string”, which target two sites on one or more pathogenic molecules to neutralise their activity and promote their clearance by the body’s immune system.Antitoxin-strategy: May Help Target other Pathogens - Read more

Huntington's Disease: Cell Contents for Controlling Toxicity

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[08/06/2012] New research into the cell-damaging effects of Huntington's disease suggests a potentially new approach for identifying possible therapeutic targets for treating the nerve-destroying disorder.Huntington's Disease: Cell Contents for Controlling Toxicity - Read more

Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health

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[02/11/2011] Few people likely wonder whether their apartment and its furnishings are also good for their health. At best, such questions are normally asked when mold and mildew ruin the walls or water runs down the windows on the inside.Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health - Read more

New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue

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[19/10/2011] When a new drug is developed, the manufacturer must be able to show that it reaches its intended goal in the body’s tissue, and only that goal. Such studies could be made easier with a new method now established at Lund University in Sweden.New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue - Read more

Neurology: Researchers Discover Key to Survival of Brain Cells

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[30/09/2011] Professor Nicolas G. Bazan and his colleagues of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centre (LSUHSC) New Orleans have discovered how a key chemical neurotransmitter that interacts with two receptors in the brain promotes either normal function or a disease process - determining whether brain cells live or die.Neurology: Researchers Discover Key to Survival of Brain Cells - Read more

Toxicology: Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change

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[29/09/2011] A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 per cent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.Toxicology: Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change - Read more

Toxicology: Polonium Poisoning Case Sheds Light on Infection Control Practices

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[14/09/2011] A new study uses a famous case of international intrigue and murder to shed new light on the risks health care workers face while treating patients with radiation poisoning.Toxicology: Polonium Poisoning Case Sheds Light on Infection Control Practices - Read more

Nitric Oxide: Newly Discovered Cell Mechanism to Fight C. Diff

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[23/08/2011] Groundbreaking research encompassing Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, has uncovered a natural defense mechanism that is capable of inactivating the toxin that spreads Clostridium difficile (C. diff) an increasingly common bacterial infection in hospitals and long-term care settings. Nitric Oxide: Newly Discovered Cell Mechanism to Fight C. Diff - Read more

Toxoplasmosis: The Strain Explains Severity of Infection

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[16/03/2011] Providing clues into why the severity of a common parasitic infection can vary greatly from person to person, a new Johns Hopkins study shows that each one of three strains of the cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma gondii sets off a unique reaction in the nerve cells it invades.Toxoplasmosis: The Strain Explains Severity of Infection - Read more

Tobacco Industry: Misleading Candy-Like Nicotine Products

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[23/04/2010] A tobacco company's new, dissolvable nicotine pellet - which is being sold as a tobacco product, but which in some cases resembles popular candies - could lead to accidental nicotine poisoning in children, according to a new study.Tobacco Industry: Misleading Candy-Like Nicotine Products - Read more

Environment: How Dangerous Are Air Pollutants?

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[12/04/2010] With a new system, researchers say, it will be possible to channel substances from the air under controlled conditions through the lung or skin cells, and simultaneously observe the reactions of the cells under the microscope.Environment: How Dangerous Are Air Pollutants? - Read more

Therapy for Alcohol Addiction: "A Better Quota Than Rehabilitation for Back Pain"

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[01/04/2010] It’s a physician’s dream: Individualized therapy. Every patient receives the drug that works best for him. At least as far as treatment for alcohol addiction is concerned, researchers have come closer to customized medicine. MEDICA.de spoke to Karl Mann, President of the German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Treatment about two types of alcoholics and the chances of getting healthy. Therapy for Alcohol Addiction: "A Better Quota Than Rehabilitation for Back Pain" - Read more

Screening: Microchip Helps Identify Neurotoxins

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[03/02/2010] Scientists have invented a new analytical method for the rapid neurotoxicity screening. They grow neurons on a microchip and check for substances that inhibit the formation of a network between the cells.Screening: Microchip Helps Identify Neurotoxins - Read more

Drugs: Growing Number of Misuse Among Adults

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[11/01/2010] Increasing substance abuse levels among older adults is likely to create a sharp rise in need for treatment services in the next decade, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Drugs: Growing Number of Misuse Among Adults - Read more

Schools: Many in 'Air Pollution Danger Zone'

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[19/08/2008] Researchers have found that more than 30 percent of American public schools are within 400 meters, or a quarter mile, of major highways that consistently serve as main truck and traffic routes. Schools: Many in 'Air Pollution Danger Zone' - Read more

Children: Road Pollution and Allergy Risk Correlated

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[16/06/2008] New evidence blames traffic-related pollution for increasing the risk of allergy and atopic diseases among children by more than fifty percent. Children: Road Pollution and Allergy Risk Correlated - Read more

Drugs: New Possibility to Treat Alcohol Addiction

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[10/06/2008] Alcoholism is a devastating disease in part because of the 'symptom' of heavy drinking but more so due to the extensive harm it causes physical organs as well as damage to an individual's psychosocial well-being that decreases quality of life. Drugs: New Possibility to Treat Alcohol Addiction - Read more

Behaviour: Glimpse of Alcohol's Effect on Brain

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[30/04/2008] New brain imaging research shows that, after consuming alcohol, social drinkers had decreased sensitivity in brain regions involved in detecting threats, and increased activity in brain regions involved in reward. Behaviour: Glimpse of Alcohol's Effect on Brain - Read more

Pregnancy: Alcohol and Stress Evoke Childhood Disorders

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[07/02/2008] A new study on monkeys has found that moderate exposure to alcohol and stress during pregnancy can lead to sensitivity to touch in the monkeys’ babies. Pregnancy: Alcohol and Stress Evoke Childhood Disorders - Read more

UK: No Need for Reduced Alcohol Consumption in Later Life

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[19/12/2007] Provided they stick to the same guidelines about alcohol consumption as younger adults, regular moderate drinking poses no additional risks to the over 65s, and may even bring health benefits, according to two studies.UK: No Need for Reduced Alcohol Consumption in Later Life - Read more

Lung Transplants: Alcohol May Amplify Chronic Rejection

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[30/11/2007] A recent study using an animal model of lung transplants shows that chronic alcohol consumption by the donor promotes scarring and airway injury after transplantation.Lung Transplants: Alcohol May Amplify Chronic Rejection - Read more

Cars: Commuting Drives Up Air Pollution Exposure

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[02/11/2007] A new study found that up to half of Los Angeles residents' total exposure to harmful air pollutants occurs while people are travelling in their vehicles.Cars: Commuting Drives Up Air Pollution Exposure - Read more

Breast Cancer: Alcohol Amount, Not Type Increases Risk

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[27/09/2007] Women who drink three or more alcoholic drinks a day increase their breast cancer risk by 30 percent. It makes no difference whether they consume wine, beer or liquor, it is the alcohol itself that increases the risk.Breast Cancer: Alcohol Amount, Not Type Increases Risk - Read more

Lung Cancer: Smoking Turns On Some Genes Permanently

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[07/09/2007] Some changes in genes which occur when smoking are irreversible according to new findings. This could explain why former smokers are still more susceptible to lung cancer.Lung Cancer: Smoking Turns On Some Genes Permanently - Read more

Water, Air and Soil: Pollution Causes 4 of 10 Deaths

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[17/08/2007] About 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by water, air and soil pollution, concludes a US research.Water, Air and Soil: Pollution Causes 4 of 10 Deaths - Read more

Lifetime: Every Third Adult Reported Alcohol Problem

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[04/07/2007] About 30 percent of Americans report having some form of alcohol use disorder at some point in their lifetimes, including 17.8 percent with alcohol abuse and 12.5 percent with alcohol dependence.Lifetime: Every Third Adult Reported Alcohol Problem - Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Air Pollution Increases Death Risk

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[23/05/2006] People with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at increased risk of death when they are exposed to particulate air pollution or soot for one or more years.Rheumatoid Arthritis: Air Pollution Increases Death Risk - Read more

Leukaemia: Unborn children at Risk from Environmental Pollution

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[08/09/2004] New research shows that harmful environmental agents can cross the placenta to reach the developing foetus.Leukaemia: Unborn children at Risk from Environmental Pollution - Read more

 
 

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