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Archive for August 18th, 2017

Telemedicine as effective as in-person care for Parkinson’s disease

New findings from a nationwide program that links neurologists with patients with Parkinson’s disease in their homes via video conferencing shows that telemedicine can successfully deliver quality care. The study, which appears today in the journal Neurology, points to a new way to improve care for people who suffer from the disease, but may have not [...]

For post-menopausal women, vaginal estrogens do not raise risk of cancer, other diseases

Women who have gone through menopause and who have been using a vaginal form of estrogen therapy do not have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer than women who have not been using any type of estrogen. Among women with an intact uterus, the risks of stroke, invasive breast cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial [...]

Researchers discover fundamental pathology behind ALS

A team led by scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Clinic has identified a basic biological mechanism that kills neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in a related genetic disorder, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), found in some ALS patients. ALS is popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The researchers were led by [...]

Understanding how fish grow their hearts could help humans, professor finds

It’s already known some fish have big hearts – at least during the winter. Now a U of G professor has identified a protein that enables fish to change the size of their hearts based on the temperature of the water. The finding might yield clues to treating or preventing heart damage in humans. “Fish [...]

How decision-making habits influence the breast cancer treatments women consider

A new study finds that more than half of women with early stage breast cancer considered an aggressive type of surgery to remove both breasts. The way women generally approach big decisions, combined with their values, impacts what breast cancer treatment they consider, the study also found. Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy – a procedure to remove [...]