Tag: disease

A new study reveals how the price of treatments for a devastating disease quadrupled over the past decade

In a study published by JAMA Neurology, researchers found that multiple sclerosis patients who have Medicare Part D-government-funded health insurance that covers prescription drug costs-have seen their medication prices quadruple from 2006 to 2016. The rise in drug prices has also translated to an increase in patients’ out-of-pocket expenses, which

A Genetic Test That Reveals Alzheimer’s Risk Can Be Cathartic Or Distressing

In a waiting room at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, a 74-year-old woman named Rubie is about to find out whether she has a gene that puts her at risk for Alzheimer’s. “I’m a little bit apprehensive about it, and I hope I don’t have it,” she says. “But

There won’t be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease in our lifetime

Biogen recently announced that it was abandoning its late stage drug for Alzheimer’s, aducanumab, causing investors to lose billions of dollars. They should not have been surprised. Not only have there been more than 200 failed trials for Alzheimer’s, it’s been clear for some time that researchers are likely decades away from being able to treat this

Chronic Wasting Disease: Risk ‘Very High’ of Transmission to Humans

In the 1980s, Michael Osterholm was among a vanguard of public health scientists warning of a new, potentially deadly disease known as AIDS, and how people were at high risk. The next decade, he sounded the alarm about a mysterious neurological ailment showing up in cattle in the United Kingdom

‘Zombie’ deer disease: How to prevent it and avoid eating infected meat

As more than 20 states report cases of a brain-wasting animal disease informally called “zombie” deer disease, officials worry that humans could be affected. Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer, elk and/or moose in at least 24 states and two Canadian provinces since the start of the year,

Experts Warn Fatal ‘Zombie’ Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans

Health experts are warning that a fatal infectious disease that is spreading across the country among deer, elk and moose may be transmittable to humans. Chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is described as a progressive, fatal disease that affects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues of animals, has been

Six unusual signs that may indicate heart disease

The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. In the West, where one in four people die of cardiovascular disease, the importance of keeping the heart in good working order is hard to

The research is out: Probiotics are essential for healthy aging and disease prevention

Not all bacteria are harmful. In fact, many beneficial bacteria are actually found inside the body. The presence of these good bacteria affects many aspects of health. According to a study conducted at the University Medical Center Groningen, the gut microbiome affects aging and disease prevention. Trillions of bacteria, which are either

Consuming alcohol as a teen increases your risk of liver disease as an adult

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden has found a link between alcohol consumption early in life and a greater risk for severe liver disease later on. The study was published in the Journal of Hepatology. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on alcohol intake of more than 40,000 men, aged

Easy PEA-sy: Protein found in peas kills off bacteria

A study published in Idesia concluded that a specific protein found in peas is effective at preventing and/or treating diseases caused by common bacterial strainssuch as E. coli and S. aureus. The researcher behind the study said this implies the usefulness of peas as a powerful natural medicine. For the purposes of the study, Lectin V-2

laundry list of the disease-fighting effects of anthocyanins

It is often recommended to include greens in a person’s diet but people tend to forget about the red-orange and purple-blue fruits and vegetables. These foods are just as important since they are rich in anthocyanins that exhibit multiple health benefits. In the presence of harsh conditions, such as extreme cold,

Disease-causing bacteria attack tomato and pepper plants by injecting a protein that manipulates nutrients and hormone balance

Xanthomonas bacteria are known to damage economically important crops by using destructive effector proteins that break down plant cells. Recently, a German research group discovered the specific means by which one of these effectors interrupted a plant’s nutrient supply and disrupted its hormones, reported a ScienceDaily article. Dr. Bonas’ group has been studying the

Adding TCM to colon hydrotherapy shows promise as a new strategy for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Having a fatty liver can lead to severe conditions in the future, but a team of scientists from the Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine is turning to alternative medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to address it. In particular, they found colon hydrotherapy, when it is combined with TCM, to be a promising treatment strategy in managing

Mushrooms are a delicious way to prevent neurodegenerative diseases

Medicinal and edible mushrooms could be the key to mitigating dementia, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. Researchers from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur explored the health benefits offered by specific types of mushrooms and how they can help in attenuating neurodegenerative disorders. The cases of