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Archive for August 7th, 2017

Researcher identifies potential way to reduce chronic pain

By identifying a molecule responsible for activating the body’s pain receptors, Professor Loren Martin of the University of Toronto Mississauga offers hope to the one-in-five Canadians reportedly suffering from chronic pain – and other sufferers worldwide. Martin, a behavioural neuroscientist working in collaboration with colleagues from McGill University and the University of North Carolina, has [...]

Side effect to blood pressure drugs is genetically determined for some patients, study finds

Some patients may have a genetic risk of developing a serious side effect to a type of medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure, research by clinicians and scientists at the University of Nottingham has found. The research – a culmination of 15 years of work – has revealed that a small minority of [...]

Clues about immune resolution identified in blood

Stopping a wound from bleeding is essential for human health. Blood coagulation – in which blood goes from liquid to gel and forms a clot – can prevent excessive bleeding and infection. But exactly what molecular events transpire when blood coagulates has remained somewhat mysterious. Using a new profiling procedure invented by investigators from Brigham [...]

Risk of a fatty heart linked to race, type of weight gain in middle-aged women

A woman’s race and where on her body she packs on pounds at midlife could give her doctor valuable clues to her likelihood of having greater volumes of heart fat, a potential risk factor for heart disease, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, published [...]

Increasing risk of drug withdrawal in newborns as US opioid epidemic accelerates

In the US, about every 25 minutes an infant is born with signs of drug withdrawal (also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome). These can range from difficulties with feeding and sleeping to irritability, breathing problems and seizures. Drug withdrawal is a well known complication of opioid exposure in the womb (in utero), but other psychotropic [...]