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Critically ill ICU patients lose almost all of their gut microbes and the ones left aren’t good

Critically ill ICU patients lose almost all of their gut microbes and the ones left aren’t good

Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that after a long stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) only a handful of pathogenic microbe species remain behind in patients’ intestines. Continue reading

New DNA sequencing method to diagnose tuberculosis

New DNA sequencing method to diagnose tuberculosis

Researchers working in the UK and The Gambia, have developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum (a technique called metagenomics) to detect and characterize the bacteria that cause TB without the need for time-consuming culture of bacteria in the laboratory. The research, reported today in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ , was directed by Professor Mark Pallen, Professor of Microbial Genomics at Warwick Medical School and Dr Martin Antonio, head of the TB diagnostics laboratory at UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit in The Gambia. Continue reading

Best exercise for obese youths analyzed

Best exercise for obese youths analyzed

What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA ) Pediatrics , by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of Ottawa, involved 304 overweight teens in the Ottawa/Gatineau area between the ages of 14 to 18 Continue reading

Maternal breast milk is risk factor for cytomegalovirus transmission in premature infants

Maternal breast milk is risk factor for cytomegalovirus transmission in premature infants

Premature infants, especially those born with very low-birth-weight (VLBW), are particularly vulnerable to cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection because of their immature immune systems. CMV infection can cause serious disease and, in severe cases, lead to death Continue reading

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Many parents whose kids participate in athletics will be asked to sign a waiver about concussion education, but that’s not enough to ensure parents are confident about handling the injury, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. In the poll, about half of the 912 parents of middle and high school children surveyed reported participation in some type of concussion education: • 23% have read a brochure or online information • 17% have watched a video or attended a presentation • 11% have signed a waiver form, with no other educational component • 49% report no concussion education at all Concussion education is more common among parents of children who play sports compared to non-sports parents (58% vs 31%). Continue reading

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Many parents whose kids participate in athletics will be asked to sign a waiver about concussion education, but that’s not enough to ensure parents are confident about handling the injury, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. In the poll, about half of the 912 parents of middle and high school children surveyed reported participation in some type of concussion education: • 23% have read a brochure or online information • 17% have watched a video or attended a presentation • 11% have signed a waiver form, with no other educational component • 49% report no concussion education at all Concussion education is more common among parents of children who play sports compared to non-sports parents (58% vs 31%). Continue reading

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Some concussion education more useful than others, parents say

Many parents whose kids participate in athletics will be asked to sign a waiver about concussion education, but that’s not enough to ensure parents are confident about handling the injury, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Continue reading

Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

Fatigue, weight gain, chills, hair loss, anxiety, excessive perspiration — these symptoms are a few of the signs that the thyroid gland, which regulates the body’s heart rate and plays a crucial role in its metabolism, has gone haywire. Now, new research from Tel Aviv University points to an additional complication caused by thyroid imbalance: congenital deafness. Continue reading

Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

Fatigue, weight gain, chills, hair loss, anxiety, excessive perspiration — these symptoms are a few of the signs that the thyroid gland, which regulates the body’s heart rate and plays a crucial role in its metabolism, has gone haywire. Now, new research from Tel Aviv University points to an additional complication caused by thyroid imbalance: congenital deafness. Continue reading

Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

Fatigue, weight gain, chills, hair loss, anxiety, excessive perspiration — these symptoms are a few of the signs that the thyroid gland, which regulates the body’s heart rate and plays a crucial role in its metabolism, has gone haywire. Now, new research from Tel Aviv University points to an additional complication caused by thyroid imbalance: congenital deafness. Continue reading