Saturday Health (20 – 26 Sep 2020)

Health News related to Fighting Stress, Early Birds – Night Owls, Parkinson’s, Vitamin E, Leukemia, Cannabis, COVID-19, Neurology, Trojan-Cancer, Cholesterol-Heart

Note: I do not write/own any of the health news bits (and cover picture) given here. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. The content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.

Ten Minutes of Massage or Rest Will Help Your Body Fight Stress

Source: University of Konstanz

Study shows that short, easy-to-apply relaxation techniques can activate the body’s regenerative system for fighting stress—offering new perspective on how we can treat stress-related disease. Research by psychologists at the University of Konstanz observed higher levels of psychological and physiological relaxation in people after only ten minutes of receiving a massage.

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Early Birds Vs Night Owls: For Diabetics, An Early Bedtime Is Best

Source: University of South Australia

Early to bed, early to rise…while the old saying promises health, wealth and wisdom, new research confirms part of the adage holds true, as a world first study shows that people who go to bed early are more likely to be in better health and more physically active compared to night owls. The study assessed the bedtime preferences (sleep chronotypes) of people with type 2 diabetes, identifying a connection between bedtimes and healthy, active lifestyles.

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Researchers Discover New Molecules for Tracking Parkinson’s Disease

Source: University of Pennsylvania

The study describes an innovative approach for identifying and evaluating candidate molecules that can image and track the progression of a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases. For many of the 200,000 patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the United States every year, the diagnosis often occurs only after the appearance of severe symptoms such as tremors or speech difficulties.

Original written by: Erica K. Brockmeier

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Study Shows Vitamin E Needed for Proper Nervous System Development

Source: Oregon State University

In research with key ramifications for women of childbearing age, findings by Oregon State University scientists show that embryos produced by vitamin E-deficient zebrafish have malformed brains and nervous systems.

Original written by: Steve Lundeberg

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New Way to Halt Leukemia Relapse Shown Promising in Mice

Source: Hiroshima University

Researchers have identified a second path to defeating chronic myelogenous leukemia, which tends to affect older adults, even in the face of resistance to existing drugs. Almost all patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, have a faulty, cancer-causing gene, or “oncogene” called BCR-ABL1.

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It Is Time to Embrace Cannabis for Medicinal Use, Say Experts

Source: BMJ

Attitudes towards cannabis products for medicinal use need to change with much greater appropriate use of such products to help alleviate patients’ pain, suggests research. Researchers found that hundreds of thousands of UK patients were self-medicating with illegal cannabis-based products for medicinal use due to the fact that much of the medical and pharmacy professions have so far not embraced and prescribed legal cannabis-based products for their patients.

Original written by: Chalisa Iamsrithong

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COVID-19 Mortality Rates Higher Among Men Than Women

Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

A new review article from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) shows people who are biologically male are dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate than people who are biologically female. In a review published in Frontiers in Immunology, researcher-clinicians at BIDMC explore the sex-based physiological differences that may affect risk and susceptibility to COVID-19, the course and clinical outcomes of the disease and response to vaccines.

Original written by: Lindsey Diaz-MacInnis

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Neurological Consequences of COVID-19: The “Silent Wave”

Source: IOS Press

Is the world prepared a wave of neurological consequences that may be on its way as a result of COVID-19? This question is at the forefront of research underway at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. A team of neuroscientists and clinicians are examining the potential link between COVID-19 and increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, and measures to get ahead of the curve.

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​Scientists Devise ‘Trojan Horse’ Approach to Kill Cancer Cells Without Using Drugs

Source: Nanyang Technological University

Cancer cells are killed in lab experiments and tumour growth reduced in mice, using a new approach that turns a nanoparticle into a ‘Trojan horse’ that causes cancer cells to self-destruct. The researchers created their ‘Trojan horse’ nanoparticle by coating it with a specific amino acid – L-phenylalanine – that cancer cells rely on, along with other similar amino acids, to survive and grow.

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Having High Cholesterol Levels Early in Life Leads to Heart Problems by Middle Age

Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Having elevated cholesterol during the teens or early twenties increases a person’s risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event during middle age. This increased risk persists even in those who were able to get their cholesterol levels down to a healthy level before reaching their late thirties. The research makes a strong case for doctors to intervene early to treat high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

Original written by: Deborah Kotz

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