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Lab-developed intestinal organoids form mature human tissue in mice

Lab-developed intestinal organoids form mature human tissue in mice

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice — creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine. Continue reading

CDC confirms healthcare worker who provided care for first patient positive for Ebola

CDC confirms healthcare worker who provided care for first patient positive for Ebola

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed test results reported late last night by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ public health laboratory showing that a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital is positive for Ebola. The healthcare worker, who provided care for the Dallas index patient, was isolated soon after symptoms started and remains so now. On Friday, October 10, the healthcare worker reported a low-grade fever overnight and was referred for testing Continue reading

What’s your status? Health risks of low social status

What’s your status? Health risks of low social status

In western society, where keeping up with the Joneses — or, better yet, surpassing them — is expected and even encouraged, status matters. So important is it that for many people, physical and emotional wellbeing are directly connected to their place in the social hierarchy Continue reading

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders

Patient one had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job, which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving, and mixed up the names of her pets. Continue reading

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. The results are also good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s disease Continue reading

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. The results are also good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s disease. In the small trial run over a year, 12 participants were each experimentally infected with 20 Necator americanus (hookworm) larvae. Continue reading

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. Continue reading

Actions on climate change bring better health, study says

Actions on climate change bring better health, study says

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association . Milwaukee and New York City could experience three times as many 90-degree days by 2046; Dallas could see twice as many days topping 100 degrees 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