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Drinking decaf or regular coffee maybe good for the liver

Drinking decaf or regular coffee maybe good for the liver

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute report that decaffeinated coffee drinking may benefit liver health. Results of the study published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that higher coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was linked to lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes. This suggests that chemical compounds in coffee other than caffeine may help protect the liver Continue reading

Investigation into GI scope-related infections changes national guidelines

Investigation into GI scope-related infections changes national guidelines

National guidelines for the cleaning of certain gastrointestinal (GI) scopes are likely to be updated due to findings from UPMC’s infection prevention team. Continue reading

Programs to improve hand hygiene reduced infections, increased compliance

Programs to improve hand hygiene reduced infections, increased compliance

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital’s infection prevention teams have improved hand washing and sanitizing compliance at the hospital to nearly 100 percent among clinical staff through accountability and educational measures. In a separate effort at UPMC Mercy Hospital, rates of a deadly infection were reduced by educating patients about hand hygiene. Continue reading

The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic

The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be spiralling out of control. More than ever, local and global health authorities want to know how the epidemic will develop and, above all, how to prevent it from spreading further Continue reading

Dads, not just moms, battle balancing work, family, exercise

Dads, not just moms, battle balancing work, family, exercise

Some fathers are exercising their emotions as much as mothers when balancing fitness and family, according to a Kansas State University kinesiology researcher. Continue reading

Hepatitis A outbreak investigated

Hepatitis A outbreak investigated

unable to retrieve full-text contentPublic Health Wales is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in three people from Cardiff. Continue reading

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

A new study from UCLA found that a drug being evaluated to treat an entirely different disorder helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in mice. The study, published in the October edition of the journal Neurotherapeutics , found that the drug, AT2101, which has also been studied for Gaucher disease, improved motor function, stopped inflammation in the brain and reduced levels of alpha-synuclein, a protein critically involved in Parkinson’s. though the exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, evidence points to an accumulation of alpha-synuclein, which has been found to be common to all people with the disorder Continue reading

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

A new study from UCLA found that a drug being evaluated to treat an entirely different disorder helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in mice. Continue reading

Indian government health insurance reduced mortality among poor

Indian government health insurance reduced mortality among poor

A government program to provide health insurance for catastrophic illness to households below the poverty line in Karnataka, lowered both mortality rates and out-of-pocket expenses for the residents, according to a recent evaluation published in the leading global health journal The BMJ . Continue reading

Sandwiches a major contributor to dietary sodium intake

Sandwiches a major contributor to dietary sodium intake

Sandwiches make up a substantial part of the American diet and are a significant contributor to daily energy and sodium intake. By closely analyzing data from the federal nationwide dietary intake survey known as “What We Eat in America NHANES 2009-2010,” a team of Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found that on any given day 49 percent of U.S. adults eat at least one sandwich, and sandwiches account for one-fifth of total daily sodium intake Continue reading