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Testing tears may help diagnose, treat Parkinson's early: Study
Researchers investigated tears because they contain various proteins produced by the secretory cells of the tear gland, which is stimulated by nerves to secrete these proteins into tears. Since Parkinson's can affect nerve function outside of the brain, the researchers hypothesised that any change in nerve function may be seen in the protein levels in tears.
How to identify and treat eyelid dermatitis
Eyelid dermatitis is a common condition that causes the skin on or around the eyelid to become dry, itchy, and irritated. For all kinds of eyelid dermatitis, people should keep the eye area clean and avoid touching it or scratching. To treat eyelid dermatitis caused by atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis, and for immediate relief from symptoms, a person can: Moisturize. While it is hard to predict who will develop eyelid dermatitis, certain factors may increase the likelihood of the condition developing.
The road to wisdom runs through hardship, study finds
The idea that learning from hardship can help us to grow as people is one that spans centuries and continents. In effect, wisdom comes from how we deal with difficulties and what we actively learn from those experiences. ' she explains, adding that what's important is that he event can become a catalyst for changes that come afterward.
Doctors discover sponges inside woman suffering from persistent bloating
For over three years, a woman had been suffering persistent bloating. After doctors examined her, they discovered two masses near her hip bones. Two surgical sponges were inside of her for almost nine years, The Sun reported. The New England Journal of Medicine case report stated two hyperdense, stringy masses was seen on a CT scan. Doctors performed surgery on her to remove the sponges covered in thick, fibrous walls inside her abdomen.
Study reveals infants can learn abstract rules visually
Three and four-month-old babies are capable of learning patterns from simply looking at the world around them, a study has found. This ability, known as abstract rule learning, is a signature of human perception and cognition, according to the study published in the journal PLOS One. The researchers then presented infants with two new sequences with new kinds of dogs that the infants had not yet seen. This documents infants' ability to learn abstract rules visually.
Beetroot juice supplements can benefit heart failure patients
Exercise capacity is a key factor linked to these patients' quality of life and even survival. The study examined the impact of dietary nitrate in the form of beetroot juice supplements on the exercise capacity of eight heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction, a condition in which the heart muscle doesn't contract effectively and can't get enough oxygen-rich blood to the body. Researchers found that the beetroot supplement resulted in significant increases in exercise duration, peak power and peak oxygen uptake while exercising.
Fruit teas can ruin your teeth, dentists warn
Over the years, fruit teas have become a popular beverage. While they may taste refreshing, dentists warn it can be bad for your teeth, the Daily Mail reported. The acid in these teas erods your teeth and run the risk of you requiring a crown or filling. Our study found acidic drinks like fruit teas are very erosive and quite popular, Dr Saoirse O'Toole, lead author of the study, told the Daily Mail.
Some essential tests for women in their 40's
Women in 40s undergo subtle changes that need to be addressed before they become problems. There are a bunch of tests that can prevent and detect many diseases early, suggests Dr Ravi Gaur, COO, Oncquest Lab. Women start with lower bone density than their male peers and they lose bone mass more quickly as they age, which leads to osteoporosis in some women. Vitamin D, Serum calcium, Parathyroid and other hormone tests should also be done for adequate understanding of bone metabolism and body functions.
11 Foods Rich In Copper That You Need To Add In Your Diet
Yes, copper is a trace mineral which plays a key role in forming haemoglobin and collagen in the body. It is estimated that adults above 19 years of age should consume about 900 micrograms of copper daily. Copper should be a part of your daily diet, failing which it could lead to a deficiency of the mineral. Seafood like lobster, squids, salmon, tuna, oysters and sardines are all rich in copper.
Gut microbes protect against sepsis: Mouse study
Sepsis occurs when the body's response to the spread of bacteria or toxins to the bloodstream damages tissues and organs. The fight against sepsis could get a helping hand from a surprising source: gut bacteria. Prior work has linked IgA responses to gut microbes and IgA specific to components of intestinal bacteria have been detected in sera of mice. The researchers of the current work asked whether gut microbes could trigger IgA responses that protect against sepsis.
New crystal structures reveal mysterious mechanism of gene regulation by the 'magic spot'
In 1969, our coauthor, Michael Cashel, discovered that a new molecule appeared in E coli when the bacteria were starved of key nutrients. Cashel called this molecule, which showed up as a new spot on a chromatogram, the 'magic spot,' because of its appearance from seemingly nowhere when bacteria were starved. The magic spot subsequently was shown to be guanosine tetraphosphate, or ppGpp, a chemically modified analog of the G nucleotide in the ATCG alphabet of the genome.
Analysis finds lower IQ in children with chronic kidney disease
Children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may have lower intellectual functioning compared with the general population, with mild deficits across academic skills, executive function, and visual and verbal memory. CKD in children clearly affects their physical health, but research also indicates that it can have impacts on neurocognitive function, academic performance, and mental health. The analysis suggests that children with CKD may have low-average neurocognitive and academic outcomes.
Turmeric is more effective than paracetamol or ibuprofen at healing injuries
A new study now suggests that turmeric is more effective than popular painkillers at easing the agony of sports injuries. Those opting for medication over the curry ingredient are four times more likely to suffer gastro-related complications, the research adds. This comes after research released last month suggested turmeric may boost people's memories by nearly 30 per cent, as well as easing depression. Past studies have also linked the onset of Alzheimer's disease to the accumulation of protein plaques in the brain.
Novo's pioneering diabetes pill impresses in first big study
The world's largest diabetes drug maker, Novo Nordisk, on Thursday presented the first successful data from a large final-stage study of a pill it hopes will transform the diabetes market. The new medicine is a threat to Eli Lilly, a key rival in the multibillion-dollar diabetes market. Importantly, nausea was not a major problem with the new pill, as some experts had feared.
Fertility breakthrough: New research could extend egg health with age
As early as the mid-30s, women start to experience declines in fertility, increased rates of miscarriage and maternal age-related birth defects. All of these problems are thought to be caused by declining egg quality, rather than a lack of eggs. The results were better than they had hoped, showing that even a late administration of the drug could extend the worms' egg quality. Another experiment that knocked out the cathepsin B genes entirely succeeded in extending worms' fertility by about 10 percent.
Cancer risk associated with key epigenetic changes occurring through normal aging process: Could help refine biomarkers of cancer risk
The work, published in the Feb 12 issue of Cancer Cell, may help refine biomarkers of cancer risk. Screening for these genes may help stratify, for every age group, individuals with the highest risk for cancer development, the authors say. Aging is probably the leading risk factor for most common cancers, says coauthor Stephen Baylin, MD, the Virginia and Daniel K Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research at the Kimmel Cancer Center.
A look at the space between mouse brain cells
Between the brain's neurons and glial cells is a critical but understudied structure that's been called neuroscience's final frontier: the extracellular space. These images give us a new sense of the raw and fluid complexity of brain tissue, he says. The space between neurons is thought to regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and clear metabolites during sleep, among other roles. The extracellular space is altered during traumatic brain injury and epilepsy, yet its structure and function in healthy and diseased brains remains largely unknown.
Decoding the structure of huntingtin
An improved understanding of the structure and the function of the huntingtin protein could contribute to the development of new treatment methods in the future. Now Rubn Fernndez-Busnadiego from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and Stefan Kochanek, head of the Department of Gene Therapy at the University Hospital Ulm, have succeeded in decoding the molecular, three-dimensional structure of the huntingtin protein. The second reason is that the huntingtin protein is very flexible in its structure.

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