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Archive for August 14th, 2017

Sleep biology discovery could lead to new insomnia treatments that don’t target the brain

UCLA scientists report the first evidence that a gene outside the brain controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation – a surprising discovery that could eventually lead to greatly improved treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders that do not involve getting a drug into the brain. The scientists report that increasing the level [...]

Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate

Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. The findings were reported online by the Journal of [...]

Scientists unearth cell ‘checkpoint’ that stops allergic diseases

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the regulation of immune cells that play a pivotal role in allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema. They have identified a ‘checkpoint’ manned by these immune cells that, if barred, can halt the development of the lung inflammation associated with allergies. The [...]

Stress heightens fear of threats from the past

Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind – think “fight or flight” – one that is aided by past negative experiences. But when older memories are coupled with stress, individuals are likely to perceive danger in harmless circumstances, according to a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [...]

Out-of-pocket costs exceed what many insured cancer patients expect to pay

A third of insured people with cancer end up paying more out-of-pocket than they expected, despite having health coverage, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have found. The data showed that costs such as copays and deductibles could lead to financial distress among insured patients of all income levels and with all stages of cancer. [...]