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Investigational Immune Intervention Slows Brain Shrinkage In Alzheimer’s Patients

An investigational intervention using naturally occurring antibodies in human blood has preserved the thinking abilities of a group of mild- to moderate-stage Alzheimer’s patients over 18 months and significantly reduced the rate of atrophy (shrinkage) of their brains, according to a study performed at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. (read the full story)

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Amanda-Holm_MPH (Credit: Henry Ford Health System)

Secondhand Smoke Linked To Common Nasal And Sinus Condition

Nearly 40 percent of chronic rhinosinusitis diagnoses are linked to secondhand smoke, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Researchers found that people are at increased risk for developing rhinosinusitis from exposure to secondhand smoke at home and public places like bars and restaurants, but that the risk is even higher at work and […]

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Stress During Pregnancy May Increase Offspring’s Risk of Developing Asthma

During pregnancy, stress can have detrimental effects on both mother and child. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School have now found that stress during pregnancy may raise the risk of asthma in offspring. This study is published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on March […]

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The Impact Of Infections And Stress On Children With Tourette Syndrome And OCD

PANDAS is an abbreviation for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections. This diagnosis was created when clinicians observed that following streptococcal infections, which include strep throat, scarlet fever, and impetigo, children developed tics and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). (read the full story)

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Optimism Can Boost Your Immune System

Feeling better about the future might help you feel better for real. In a new study, psychological scientists Suzanne Segerstrom of the University of Kentucky and Sandra Sephton of the University of Louisville studied how law students’ expectations about the future affected their immune response. Their conclusions: Optimism may be good for your health. (read […]

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Mother’s Flu During Pregnancy May Increase Her Baby’s Risk Of Schizophrenia

Roulette Smith, Ph.D. has long advocated the role of viruses in many different disorders (see: A Novel and Potentially Groundbreaking Viral Theory of Autism and Schizophrenia), including schizophrenia and Autism. Now researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report that Rhesus monkey babies born to mothers […]

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(click to enlarge) Canine retina two years post injection.  Retinal photograph taken more than two years after subretinal injection of AAV2-hRPE65v2 in the second eye of a dog model of Leber's congenital amaurosis due to RPE65 mutations. The AAV-exposed portion of the retina, with the overlying inner retinal blood vessels, appears yellow due to reflective changes in the underlying tapetum.

Second Dose Of Gene Therapy For Inherited Blindness Proves Safe In Animal Studies

Gene therapy for a severe inherited blindness, which produced dramatic improvements last year in 12 children and young adults who received the treatment in a clinical trial, has cleared another hurdle. The same research team that conducted the human trial now reports that a study in animals has shown that a second injection of genes […]

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These Easter Island monoliths have endured for centuries. New research from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio shows that rapamycin, a compound discovered in the island's soil, rescued learning and memory in mice with Alzheimer's disease-like deficits.  Credit: Image copyright Happy Alex, 2009)

Rapamycin Rescues Learning And Memory In An Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model

Rapamycin, a drug that keeps the immune system from attacking transplanted organs, may have another exciting use: fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Rapamycin rescued learning and memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s, a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio reported Tuesday (Feb. 23). The study, in the Journal of […]

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