Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be One Reason Depression Treatment Doesn’t Work

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When someone is depressed and having suicidal thoughts or their depression treatment just isn’t working, their caregivers might want to check to see if they have obstructive sleep apnea, investigators say. That’s true even when these individuals don’t seem to fit the usual profile of obstructive sleep apnea, which includes males who are overweight, snore …

Alzheimer’s Gene APOE May Effect Cognition Before Adulthood

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A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease may have an impact on cognitive health much sooner than previously realized, new research suggests. The APOE gene creates a protein, apolipoprotein E, which packages cholesterol and other fats to transport them through the bloodstream. There are three versions, or alleles, of APOE. One of those is the APOE4 …

Microfluidics Device Helps Diagnose Sepsis In Minutes

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A novel sensor designed by MIT researchers could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals that kills nearly 250,000 patients annually. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune response to infection triggers an inflammation chain reaction throughout the body, causing high heart rate, high fever, shortness of breath, …

Molecular Mechanism For The Anti-Convulsant Properties Of Cilantro Explained

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Neuronal voltage-gated potassium channel subfamily Q (KCNQ) dysfunction can lead to serious epileptic encephalopathies which are resistant to modern pharmaceutical anticonvulsants. A new study explains the molecular action of cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) as a highly potent KCNQ channel activator. This new understanding may lead to improvements in therapeutics and the development of more effective drugs. …

Children With Autism More Likely To Be Bullied At Home And School

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Children with autism are more likely to be bullied by both their siblings and their peers, meaning that when they return from school, they have no respite from victimisation, a new study has found. The researchers also found that children with autism spectrum disorders are more likely to be both the victims and perpetrators of …

More Women Using Cannabis Daily During Pregnancy

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The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is rising, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data from Kaiser Permanente. The research looked at self-reported cannabis use among 276,991 pregnant women (representing 367,403 pregnancies) in Northern California over 9 years …

Music May Offer Alternative To Preoperative Drug Routinely Used To Calm Nerves

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Music may offer an alternative to the use of midazolam, a drug routinely used to calm the nerves before the use of local anaesthesia, suggest the results of a recent clinical trial. It seems to have similar effects as the sedative in reducing anxiety before a peripheral nerve block – a type of anaesthetic procedure …