Researchers: Former NHL player Jeff Parker had brain disease

Researchers say former NHL player Jeff Parker suffered from a brain disease that has been linked with repeated head injuries in athletes. The diagnosis comes from Boston University’s CTE Center. Parker is at least the seventh pro hockey player diagnosed with the disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which led to a $1 billion settlement between the NFL and former players. Parker […]

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Type 2 diabetes slowly rising in Auckland kids – Pacific and Māori have highest rates

New research shows increasing numbers of children and teens under-15 in Auckland are developing type 2 diabetes, and that rates among Pacific and Māori children are up to 18 times higher than for European children. The findings are based on 21 years of patient records from Starship Paediatric Diabetes Service. Says study lead Dr. Craig Jefferies: “People still don’t think […]

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Novel signal ID’d for microalbuminuria in europeans with T2DM

(HealthDay)—A novel signal has been identified that is associated with microalbuminuria in Europeans with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online April 27 in Diabetes. Natalie R. van Zuydam, Ph.D., from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in T2D using eight complementary […]

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New approach for treating neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is the chronic, pathological pain that continues even when the cause of pain is removed. Causes include damage to nerve cells and medicines used to treat cancer. A collaboration between research groups from Indiana University in Bloomington, USA and Turku Centre for Biotechnology in Finland has discovered a novel therapeutic that appears to interrupt the signaling cascades in […]

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High incidence of sudden and/or arrhythmic death in CHD

(HealthDay)—Among patients with coronary heart disease without severe systolic dysfunction, sudden and/or arrhythmic deaths (SAD) account for a considerable proportion of deaths, according to a study published online May 2 in JAMA Cardiology. Neal A. Chatterjee, M.D., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a cohort study involving 135 clinical sites with 5,761 participants with coronary heart […]

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COPD-associated inflammation halted in model experiment

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is believed to be the third most common cause of death worldwide. However, because the underlying mechanism is still largely unknown, today’s treatments can only slow progression of the disease. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München have now reported a previously unknown pathogenic mechanism, which they have already been able to prevent in the laboratory. Their […]

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How low is too low? Experts debate blood pressure targets in post-SPRINT era

Following the landmark SPRINT trial, there is a growing body of evidence for reducing systolic blood pressure targets, resulting in the development of new US guidelines. However, this has led to many questions about the impact of such fundamental changes in blood pressure management, and whether they should be implemented in other constituencies. Two new studies published in the Canadian […]

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