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Lipids help to fight leukemia, study demonstrates

Lipids help to fight leukemia, study demonstrates

T cells use a novel mechanism to fight leukemia. They may recognize unique lipids produced by cancer cells and kill tumor cells expressing these lipid molecules Continue reading

Diabetes risk: Understanding how children’s bodies process foods

Diabetes risk: Understanding how children’s bodies process foods

With the increase in childhood obesity and the associated increase in type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents, there is growing interest in how children’s bodies process the foods they eat and how obesity and diabetes begin to develop at early ages. Continue reading

The girl who couldn’t stop laughing

The girl who couldn’t stop laughing

A six-year-old Bolivian girl presented with an unusual medical symptom: uncontrollable and inappropriate fits of laughter. “She was considered spoiled, crazy, even devil-possessed,” says Dr José Liders Burgos Zuleta. Continue reading

Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Improving the overall quality of one’s diet helps to prevent type 2 diabetes, independent of other lifestyle changes, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions®. The study, by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that those who improved their diet quality index scores by 10 percent over four years — by eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less sweetened beverages and saturated fats, for example — reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by about 20 percent, compared to those who made no changes to their diets Continue reading

Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes

Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes

“Use small plates! Portions will look larger and you may feel more satisfied after eating.” “Tick, tock. Take your medication at the same time every day!” These are just a few of the text messages that participants received as part of the Dulce Digital study conducted by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, a subsidiary of Scripps Health and one of the nation’s leading Diabetes research, patient care and education organizations Continue reading

Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes

Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes

“Use small plates! Portions will look larger and you may feel more satisfied after eating.” “Tick, tock. Take your medication at the same time every day!” These are just a few of the text messages that participants received as part of the Dulce Digital study conducted by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, a subsidiary of Scripps Health and one of the nation’s leading Diabetes research, patient care and education organizations. Continue reading

Involving a genetic health care professional may improve quality, reduce unnecessary testing

Involving a genetic health care professional may improve quality, reduce unnecessary testing

A new Moffitt Cancer Center study published Thursday in Genetics in Medicine shows that counseling from a genetic health care provider before genetic testing educates patients and may help reduce unnecessary procedures. Continue reading

Biomarkers predict long-term outcomes in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Biomarkers predict long-term outcomes in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Data presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2014) demonstrate the possibility of using biomarkers (developed from whole blood gene expression profiles) in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) to predict the status of their disease at 12 months. Continue reading

Identifying cyst-laden meat: Sarcocystis thermostable PCR detection kit developed

Identifying cyst-laden meat: Sarcocystis thermostable PCR detection kit developed

Consumption of undercooked cyst-laden meat from cattle, sheep and goats may cause infection in humans. Researchers from Universiti Teknologi MARA have successfully invented a PCR kit which provides a suitable and feasible means of screening, detection and identification with high sensitivity and specificity of the parasite. Continue reading

Viral infections, including flu, could be inhibited by naturally occurring protein

Viral infections, including flu, could be inhibited by naturally occurring protein

By boosting a protein that naturally exists in our cells, an international team of researchers led by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, has found a potential way to enhance our ability to sense and inhibit viral infections. The laboratory-based discovery, which could lead to more effective treatments for viruses ranging from hepatitis C to the flu, appears in the June 19 issue of the journal Immunity . The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Continue reading