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Managing Chronic Pain With LIGHT: New Discovery Could Make it Possible

Apr 25, 2018
News Staff

By clipping off the nerve endings with light, the gentle touch that can cause severe pain in neuropathic patients is no longer felt.

(The EU) -- Imagine that the movement of a single hair on your arm causes severe pain. For patients with neuropathic pain - a chronic illness affecting 7 to 8% of the European population, with no effective treatment - this can be a daily reality. 

Scientists from EMBL Rome have now identified a special population of nerve cells in the skin that are responsible for sensitivity to gentle touch. These are also the cells that cause severe pain in patients with neuropathic pain. The research team, led by EMBL group leader Paul Heppenstall, developed a light-sensitive chemical that selectively binds to this type of nerve cell...





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This Glowing Contact Lens Could Prevent a Leading Cause of Blindness

Apr 25, 2018
Emily Velasco

"This is an innovative solution with a potentially huge impact on diabetic retinopathy.” – Yu-Chong Tai

(Pasadena, CA) – Hundreds of millions of people suffer from diabetes worldwide, putting them at risk for a creeping blindness, or diabetic retinopathy, that comes with the disease in its more advanced stages. Existing treatments, though effective, are painful and invasive, involving lasers and injections into the eyeball. Caltech graduate student Colin Cook (MS '16) thinks there's a better way.

Cook, along with a group of researchers from the lab of Yu-Chong Tai, Caltech's Anna L. Rosen Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering, has developed a potential treatment that could be a lot less scary and invasive, in the form of a glow-in-the-dark contact lens...





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Could Eating MOSS be Good for Your Gut? Well...

Apr 25, 2018
News Staff

“We are not advocating eating moss, we are simply saying that there is great potential for this new polysaccharide as we've seen with others." – Professor Rachel Burton

(Australia) –An international team of scientists including the University of Adelaide has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses.

The scientists, from Australia's ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls and University of Rhode Island, in the US, say the polysaccharide looks a bit like the gut-friendly, health-promoting beta glucan found in oats and other cereals. A polysaccharide is a complex carbohydrate made up of sugar molecules...





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Healthy Diet May Preserve Vision

Apr 24, 2018
News Staff

"Good cardiovascular health leads to good eye health. If you take care of yourself in terms of your cholesterol and everything else, your body does better, your eyes do better." - Dr. Nancy Kunjukunju, an ophthalmologist at Krieger

Healthy eating may help preserve your vision as you age, eye experts say.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the macula (a small area near the center of the retina, located on the inside back layer of the eye), leading to a decline in central vision.

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Is Pasta Healthy? The Answer May Surprise You

Apr 24, 2018
Dr. Josh Axe

Is pasta healthy?

Like other processed carbohydrates — including most cereals, bread and baked goods— pasta has been deemed a problematic food when it comes to packing on the pounds. In fact, in recent decades pasta has even been blamed for contributing to the obesity epidemic, despite the fact that it’s been a staple food in countries such as Italy for hundreds of years. (1)

If you’re a lover of pasta, then you’re probably wondering: is pasta healthy, or is pasta bad for you? A recent meta-analysis sought out to answer this very question...





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Promising New Cell Study Provides Hope of Effective Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

Apr 24, 2018
News Staff

There is a significant decrease in the level of calcium when nerve cells are affected by Parkinson's disease. If the calcium level is kept stable, severe symptoms in Parkinson's patients may be prevented.

(Denmark) -- For the first-time there is the prospect of medical doctors and researchers being able to alleviate the serious symptoms that follow with Parkinson's disease. The disease is otherwise best known for causing shaking, muscle stiffness and slow movements in those affected; however, before things get that far and during the course of the disease, many patients experience sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and depression. Unlike the symptoms in the motor system, there is no effective treatment for these more neglected symptoms...





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Just One Concussion Increases Risk of Parkinson's Disease: Here Are Some Surprising Ways to Prevent One

Apr 23, 2018
Lorie Johnson

(Washington, DC) -- A large, new study confirms what health experts already suspected: even the slightest head trauma increases the risk of Parkinson's Disease, an incurable brain disease that causes uncontrolled shaking and difficulty moving that gets worse over time.

The study, which examined 325,000 US veterans between the ages of 31-65 and was published in the medical journal Neurology, found that the more severe the concussion, also known as a Traumatic Brain Injury, the greater their risk of developing Parkinson's. 

Mild Concussion: 56% increased risk of developing Parkinson's Disease

  • loss of consciousness from zero to 30 minutes
  • trouble thinking up to 24 hours, or 
  • amnesia for zero to 24 hours...




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