Category Archives: Health

Food as Medicine in the Fight Against Dementia

Healthy eating may preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. That’s according to findings from four studies presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in…

Study predicts heart cells’ response to dwindling oxygen

Results may help surgeons determine when and how to treat heart attacks.  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Time is of the essence when treating a patient undergoing a heart attack. Cardiac surgeons attempt…

Hospitals that spend more on emergency care yield better outcomes

Investing more in inpatient care relative to longer-term nursing facilities reduces mortality rates. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hospitals that spend more on initial care following patient emergencies have better outcomes than hospitals…

Plant derivative could help patients reliant on tube feeding

Synesis, a University of Wisconsin–Madison spinoff developing a patented formula for liquid nutrition, is advancing a plant-based additive designed to reduce or eliminate severe side effects of tube feeding. People…

New technique makes brain scans better

Boosting quality of patient MRIs could enable large-scale studies of stroke outcome. CAMBRIDGE, MA – People who suffer a stroke often undergo a brain scan at the hospital, allowing doctors…

Levels of Serum Amyloid A in Bone Sarcomas Patients: Indicator of Tumor Malignancy?

In a recent study published in Electrophoresis, University of Malaya’s researchers found significant correlation between increased levels of serum amyloid A (SAA) in patients with three different bone sarcomas: pleomorphic…

Shrinking data for surgical training

Technique that reduces video files to one-tenth their initial size enables speedy analysis of laparoscopic procedures. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which a fiber-optic camera is inserted…

Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops

Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt before investing precious resources in blooms. Waking…

Stem cells yield nature’s blueprint for body’s vasculature

In the average adult human, there are an estimated 100,000 miles of capillaries, veins and arteries — the plumbing that carries life-sustaining blood to every part of the body, including…

GW Pharmaceuticals Reports Strong Phase 3 Data for Cannabis Drug

British-based GW Pharmaceuticals received more good news regarding its cannabis-based drug Epidiolex. The drug maker announced positive Phase 3 data from a randomized study testing the treatment, which is a…