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Paint on ‘smart’ bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below

Paint on ‘smart’ bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, “smart” bandage that glows to indicate a wound’s tissue oxygenation concentration Continue reading

CDC and Texas Health Department confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

CDC and Texas Health Department confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S Continue reading

Study uncovers important process for immune system development

Study uncovers important process for immune system development

Research by UC Irvine immunologists reveals new information about how our immune system functions, shedding light on a vital process that determines how the body’s ability to fight infection develops. In the online version of Nature Immunology , neurology professor Dr. 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

Depression increasing across the United States

Depression increasing across the United States

A study by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades Continue reading

How to predict who will suffer the most from stress

How to predict who will suffer the most from stress

More than 23 per cent of Canadians report being stressed or very stressed on most days. While chronic stress increases the risk of poor mental and physical health, not everyone is affected the same way. Some cope well, but for others — especially those most likely to sweat the small stuff — chronic stress can be harmful. Continue reading

Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S., comprehensive study finds

Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S., comprehensive study finds

Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010, conducted by researchers at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study, published online today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years Continue reading

Scientists identify which genes are active in muscles of men, women

Scientists identify which genes are active in muscles of men, women

If you want your doctor to know what goes wrong with your muscles because of age, disease or injury, it’s a good idea to know what “normal” actually is. Continue reading

Adolescent exposure to THC may cause immune systems to go up in smoke

Adolescent exposure to THC may cause immune systems to go up in smoke

When it comes to using marijuana, new research, involving mice and published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology , suggests that just because you can do it, doesn’t mean that you should. That’s because a team of Italian scientists have found that using marijuana in adolescence may do serious long-term damage to the immune system. This damage may result in autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis in adulthood. Continue reading

Investigating ‘underground’ habitat of Listeria bacteria

Investigating ‘underground’ habitat of Listeria bacteria

The literature describes Listeria as ubiquitous bacteria with widespread occurrence. Yet they only become a problem for humans and animals when they contaminate food processing facilities, multiply, and enter the food chain in high concentrations. An infection with Listeria monocytogenes can even be fatal for humans or animals with weakened immune systems. Continue reading