Smokers Die Ten Years Sooner Than Non-Smokers  Healthy Diet Protects Against Recurrent Heart Attacks & Strokes Bacteria Test Could Prevent Deadly Infections In Newborns Immune System Gene May Be Linked To Alzheimer's

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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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 of Medicine and University College London's Institute of Neurology discovered that a rare genetic mutation in the TREM2 gene - which helps trigger immune system responses - is also associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's. The discovery supports an emerging theory about the role of the immune system in the disease.

"This discovery provides an increasingly firm link between brain
inflammation and increased risk for Alzheimer's," says Dr. Peter St George-Hyslop, director of U of T's Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases. "This is an important step towards unraveling the hidden causes of this disease so that we can develop treatments and interventions to end one of the 21st century's most significant health challenges."


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