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Vitamin E intake critical during ‘the first 1,000 days’

Vitamin E intake critical during ‘the first 1,000 days’

Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. Continue reading

Hypersensitivity to non-painful events may be part of pathology in fibromyalgia

Hypersensitivity to non-painful events may be part of pathology in fibromyalgia

New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia have hypersensitivity to non-painful events based on images of the patients’ brains, which show reduced activation in primary sensory regions and increased activation in sensory integration areas. Continue reading

Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects

Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects

Health policies which favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of a new Cochrane Review published today. Continue reading

No innocent bystander: Cartilage contributes to arthritis

No innocent bystander: Cartilage contributes to arthritis

Melbourne researchers have discovered that cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodelling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an ‘innocent bystander’ as previously thought. Dr Tommy Liu, Professor Ian Wicks, Dr Kate Lawlor, Dr Ben Croker and colleagues from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute made the discovery while investigating the role of the protein SOCS3 in controlling inflammation during rheumatoid arthritis. The study was published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology Continue reading

Experts call for massive global response to tackle Ebola

Experts call for massive global response to tackle Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak now requires a ‘rapid response at a massive global scale,’ according to experts. Continue reading

Protein appears to protect against bone loss in arthritis

Protein appears to protect against bone loss in arthritis

A small protein named GILZ appears to protect against the bone loss that often accompanies arthritis and its treatment, researchers report. Arthritis as well as aging prompt the body to make more fat than bone, and the researchers have previously shown GILZ can restore a more youthful, healthy mix. It also tamps down inflammation, a major factor in arthritis. Continue reading

Potential link between assisted reproduction, autism: No link found

Potential link between assisted reproduction, autism: No link found

When prospective parents have trouble conceiving and decide to seek medical help, they typically experience more than a little anxiety and have a host of questions: What are the potential risks to the mother and the baby? What kinds of diseases or other problems are associated with assisted reproduction? And, is one of those problems autism Continue reading

Nicotine withdrawal reduces response to rewards across species

Nicotine withdrawal reduces response to rewards across species

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable death worldwide and is associated with approximately 440,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but nearly 20 percent of the U.S. Continue reading

A meta-analysis of three types of peer norms and their relation with adolescent sexual behavior

A meta-analysis of three types of peer norms and their relation with adolescent sexual behavior

Researchers at Utrecht University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute collaborated on a meta-analysis of research on adolescent sexual behavior. The goal was to analyze how this behavior is related to adolescents’ perceptions of three types of sexual peer norms, including how sexually active their peers are, how much their peers would approve of being sexually active, or how much they feel pressured by their peers to have sex Continue reading

Primary care doctors reluctant to provide genetics assessment in routine care

Primary care doctors reluctant to provide genetics assessment in routine care

Primary care providers report many challenges to integrating genetics services into routine primary care, according to research published today in Genetics in Medicine . Continue reading