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Smokers Die Ten Years Sooner Than Non-Smokers

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. But how bad is it? The answer is very bad, as a life changing, in fact. However, everyone also knows someone who smoked all their adult life, never got lung…

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Healthy Diet Protects Against Recurrent Heart Attacks & Strokes

 A heart-healthy diet may help protect people with cardiovascular disease against recurrent strokes and heart attacks.The finding came from a research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation and was funded by Boehringer Ingelheim.Mahshid Dehghan, Ph.D., researcher of the…

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Bacteria Test Could Prevent Deadly Infections In Newborns

  Researchers have developed a small cartridge that can identify harmful microbes in a newborn or the mother. It is extremely easy to use and does not require much clinical microbiological expertise.The health worker simply adds a sample from the…

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Immune System Gene May Be Linked To Alzheimer's

    An international research team including scientists from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine has discovered a link between a mutation in an immune system gene and Alzheimer's disease. Using data from 25,000 people, researchers from the Faculty…

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slideshow Bacteria Test Could Prevent Deadly Infections In Newborns

 

Researchers have developed a small cartridge that can identify harmful microbes in a newborn or the mother. It is extremely easy to use and does not require much clinical microbiological expertise.

The health worker simply adds a sample from the baby, mother, or both, and waits ten to fifteen minutes for the result. This simple, cheap and rapid test gives health care professionals useful data so that they can decide quickly what treatments to recommend.

When a baby is born, they move from the protection of the womb to an environment with literally trillions of microscopic organisms.

Douglas Weibel, biochemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said:

    "While that microbial environment in the gut is still developing, the introduction of one of many of the wrong kinds of bacteria may cause a severe immune response. In an infant, the immune system could just ravage the intestines."

 

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