Chitosan Shows Promise For Battling Food Poisoning Bacteria

Chitosan, a naturally occurring carbohydrate derived from crustacean shells, shows promise as a bulwark against a bacterium that sickens more than a million people in the United States each year. Clostridium perfringens food poisoning is the second-most common bacterial foodborne illness in the U.S, after salmonella poisoning. Living in soil,…Continue readingChitosan Shows Promise For Battling Food Poisoning Bacteria

Funnel-web Spider Venom May Thwart Brain Damage From Stroke

Venom from the dangerous Australian funnel-web spider contains a protein that shuts down an ion channel known to become defective in brain cells following strokes, research from The University of Queensland and Monash University has found. The small protein demonstrates great promise as a future stroke treatment, said UQ Institute…Continue readingFunnel-web Spider Venom May Thwart Brain Damage From Stroke

Climate Change Is Contributing To Globally Surging Diabetes Numbers

Climate change may play a part in rising diabetes numbers, a new study reports. Based on population data from 2015, the researchers estimate that a 1°C increase in outdoor temperature contributes to more than 100,000 new cases of diabetes each year in the United States alone. The intention of the…Continue readingClimate Change Is Contributing To Globally Surging Diabetes Numbers

Calcified Arterial Plaque Predicts Heart Attack Better Than Soft Plaque

The belief that soft plaque is more likely to rupture and cause heart attacks than hard calcium deposits in coronary arteries may be incorrect, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. The find challenges views on the relative dangers soft and hard atherosclerotic…Continue readingCalcified Arterial Plaque Predicts Heart Attack Better Than Soft Plaque

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: How Big Data Is Helping In The Fight

Healthy cell function relies on well orchestrated gene activity. Via a fantastically complex network of interactions, around 30,000 genes cooperate to maintain this delicate balance in each of the 37.2 trillion cells in the human body. Broadly speaking, cancer is a disruption of this balance by genetic changes, or mutations.…Continue readingChronic Myeloid Leukemia: How Big Data Is Helping In The Fight

Rivaroxaban Prevents Recurrent VTE Blood Clots Better Than Aspirin

The novel blood thinner rivaroxaban is more effective at preventing recurrence of life-threatening blood clots in the legs and lungs, and as safe as aspirin, an international research team has found. The results came from the EINSTEIN CHOICE trial – Reduced-dosed Rivaroxaban in the Long-term Prevention of Recurrent Symptomatic VTE…Continue readingRivaroxaban Prevents Recurrent VTE Blood Clots Better Than Aspirin

Ibuprofen And Diclofenac May Heighten Cardiac Arrest Risk

Researchers have found an association between cardiac arrest and ibuprofen use, as well as another type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called diclofenac. A cardiac arrest is a serious emergency where the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The Danish study looked at 29,000 people who experienced a cardiac…Continue readingIbuprofen And Diclofenac May Heighten Cardiac Arrest Risk