Gene editing may prevent genetic and inherited diseases

For the first time, researchers have corrected a disease-causing mutation in early stage human embryos with gene editing. The technique, which uses the CRISPR-Cas9 system, corrected the mutation for a heart condition at the earliest stage of embryonic development so that the defect would not be passed on to future generations. With advances in stem … Read more

3 lifestyle changes may slow onset of dementia

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Evidence supporting three interventions that might slow cognitive decline and the onset of dementia is encouraging — Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. ‚ÄúThere is good cause for hope that in the next several years … Read more

Vitamin B lowers effects of air pollution induced heart disease

B vitamins can mitigate the impact of fine particle pollution on cardiovascular disease, revealed by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems. This is the first clinical trial to evaluate whether B vitamin supplements change … Read more

Antioxidant may protect offspring of obese mothers from fatty liver disease

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Antioxidant pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) may prevent the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in offspring, revealed by researchers in The FASEB Journal. The research is the first to demonstrate that PQQ has this type of protective effect. Antioxidant pyrroloquinoline quinone PQQ is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in soil and foods, such as soy, parsley, … Read more

Resveratrol in red wine and grapes can correct hormone imbalance in women with PCOS

Resveratrol–a natural compound found in red wine and grapes–can help address a hormone imbalance in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility in women, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. An estimated 5 million to 6 million women in the United … Read more

10 hours weekly activity lowers risk of 5 chronic diseases

Higher levels of total physical activity are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases – breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, finds a study in The BMJ today. The study emphasise that daily activity levels need to be several times higher than recommended minimum. Many studies have shown the … Read more

High blood pressure may not necessarily an emergency

Visits to emergency departments for patients with hypertension increased by 64 percent between 2002 and 2012 while hospitalizations for those visits declined by 28 percent. A study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that aggressive home monitoring of blood pressure may be driving patients to emergency departments despite the lack of other emergency conditions, … Read more

Routine pap smear screenings may prevent cervical cancer in elderly women

A new study from the University of Illinois confirms a link between routine Pap smear screenings and a lower risk of developing cervical cancer in women over age 65. However, most American health guidelines discourage women in that age range from receiving screenings unless they have pre-existing risk factors. “Some studies report that Pap smears … Read more

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