Machine-learning method shows neurodegenerative disease can progress in newly identified patterns

Neurodegenerative diseases—like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s—are complicated, chronic ailments that can present with a variety of symptoms, worsen at different rates, and have many underlying genetic and environmental causes, some of which are unknown. ALS, in particular, affects voluntary muscle movement and is always fatal, but while most […]

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Diet high in guar gum fiber limits inflammation and delays multiple sclerosis symptoms in mice

Diets high in guar gum, a common food additive and dietary fiber, limit inflammation and delayed the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms in mice, according to new research by members of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Microbiology and Immunology department. The team’s findings were published in Cell Reports. “The rapid increase of autoimmune […]

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Sleep is good for your heart

Sleep isn’t just a way to pass the time. It’s essential to health, right through to your heart. This June, the American Heart Association (AHA) added sleep to its heart health checklist, now an 8-item list created to help people reflect on and improve lifestyle habits. “Sleep is taking its rightful place as a significant […]

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Advanced melanoma survival improves significantly when immunotherapy is given before targeted therapy

A clinical trial led by clinicians at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center showed a remarkable 20 percent advantage in the two-year overall survival rate for people with advanced melanoma who first received immunotherapy (72 percent survival rate) versus those who initially got targeted therapies (52 percent survival rate). Progression-free survival, where the cancer is stable […]

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