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An old drug finds new purpose against retinal neovascularization

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have found that the anti-malaria drug amodiaquine inhibits the apelin receptor protein, which helps drive the vascularization behind diabetic retinopathy, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other conditions. Because the drug has been approved to treat malaria for decades, it could move relatively quickly through the pipeline to help patients. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. "We have a receptor that has no relationship to the malarial bug— - it just happens that this compound interacts with the receptor and turns it off," says associate professor Layton Smith,...


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Quitting junk food produces similar withdrawal-type symptoms as drug addiction

If you plan to try and quit junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms—at least during the initial week—like addicts experience when they attempt to quit using drugs. A new study by University of Michigan is believed to be the first of its kind to evaluate people incur when they stop devouring highly processed foods, such as pastries, French fries and pizza. Previous studies have focused on sugar among animals and the literature regarding humans offered only anecdotal evidence, said Erica Schulte, the study's lead author and U-M psychology doctoral candidate. What all researchers can agree upon is that...
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Depression may be linked to arthritis, says study

A new study now finds that the more severe someone’s depression, the more likely they are to suffer from arthritis. Both conditions are common among the elderly and are only becoming more prevalent as the population ages and the condition can be debilitation, and in turn can contribute to depression, a phenomenon, well documented. However, new work from researchers at Dartmouth College is among the first studies to look at whether the relationship may work in reverse. They found that arthritis is more common among depressed patients than those who were not suffering from the mood disorder, suggesting that depression...
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Test could detect patients at risk from lethal fungal spores

Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a genetic mutation in humans linked to a 17-fold increase in the amount of dangerous fungal spores in the lungs. The study, published in Nature Communications could allow doctors to screen patients at risk from Aspergillus, and could easily be developed into a test. When breathed in, Aspergillus can be life threatening and also make asthma much worse, especially in people with compromised immune systems. It is found in soil, pillows and compost but is capable of living anywhere in a moist environment, so breathing it in is unavoidable. Aspergillus is normally...

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Mediterranean-style diet may lower women's stroke risk

Following a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce stroke risk in women over 40 but not in men—according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. A new report, published today in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, reveals that a diet high in fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts and beans, and lower in meat and dairy, reduces risk among white adults who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The study is one of the largest and longest-running efforts to evaluate the potential benefits of the Mediterranean-style diet in lowering the risk of stroke. It shows that the diet may...
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The 'dunce robots' of Japan will help children learn

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Free heart screening at shopping malls in UAE

Now, shoppers can go to the malls not just to hunt for the best deals but also to have a complimentary heart check-up. Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), a chain of shopping malls by, in collaboration with the American Hearth Association and Emirates Cardiac Society, has recently launched its 10th health awareness campaign, called 'Feel the Beat', offering complimentary cardio-health screening for women in shopping malls across the UAE. The free check-up is also available in other MAF malls in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman. The two-month-long campaign which started in the first week of September and will run until October...