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Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Vitamin B provides protection against diseases but it is a “double-edged sword” as taking this vitamin in high doses may increase risk of lung cancer, according to a new study. Various researches have proved the health benefits of Vitamin B6 and B12, but the new study of more than 77,000 Americans revealed a link between its high doses and lung cancer. However, the risk was found only among men, not women.

Eye test may forecast Alzheimer’s risk Two decades before symptoms emerge

Eye test may forecast Alzheimer’s risk Two decades before symptoms emerge

A new study by a team of American researchers claims that an eye test can predict the devastating Alzheimer's disease as many as twenty years before its symptoms emergence. Led by Dr. Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said that their study suggested that a person’s retina might serve as a trustworthy source for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

After making a comparison between their results and brain scans, they found that the eye test was as successful at detecting those with double the quantity of plaque build-up in their brains.

Ironwood Pharma’s gout drug gets FDA’s approval

Ironwood Pharma’s gout drug gets FDA’s approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ironwood Pharmaceuticals oral drug to treat a condition characterized by too much uric acid in blood in patients with gout.

Duzallo is a fixed-dose oral combination of lesinurad and allopurinol that is used to treat hyperuricemia in gout patients for whom target serum uric acid levels haven’t been achieved with only allopurinol.

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday released new guidelines in order to make it easier and more straightforward for healthcare providers to identify and manage high blood pressure (BP) in children.

The new guidelines, which aim to shed new light on defining normal and high BP in children and teens, mark the first update on the subject in more than a dozen years.

Researchers trying to develop better diagnostic test for Lyme disease

Researchers trying to develop better diagnostic test for Lyme disease

A team of researchers and microbiologists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are trying to develop blood test for an early detection of tick-borne Lyme disease infection.

CDC researcher & microbiologist Claudia Molins said the test would use a "signature" of molecular patterns in the a person’s blood to help identify the Lyme infection by differentiating it from another tick-borne infection known as Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI).

FDA approves Pfizer's new blood cancer drug

FDA approves Pfizer's new blood cancer drug

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval for a new Pfizer medicine for use against a rare form of blood cancer, albeit with a boxed warning.

The FDA said Pfizer’s Besponsa medicine can be used to cure patients suffering a kind of advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare kind of blood cancer. By this stage, life expectancy for the patient declines to a very low level.

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Researchers make breakthrough in treatment of childhood peanut allergy

Researchers make breakthrough in treatment of childhood peanut allergy

A team of Australian researchers has made a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood peanut allergy, providing a ray of hope for a possible cure.

A small but long-term clinical trial at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute found that nearly 66 per cent of the kids who were treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment got rid of their allergy.

The children’s tolerance to peanuts was found to persist for up to 4 years after they were given the experimental immunotherapy.

A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A team of scientists at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Public Health claimed to have found a really inexpensive treatment capable of saving thousands of newborns each year.

Led by Prof. Pinaki Panigrahi, the researchers determined that a specific mixture of good bacteria in the body can reduce the incidence of sepsis in newborns. They reached the conclusion after the special mixture slashed the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 per cent at a cost of just $1 per infant.

New study challenges ‘fat but fit’ notion

New study challenges ‘fat but fit’ notion

Obese or overweight people are at a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, a new study has warned. A team of researchers examined health data on more than half a million individuals in around a dozen European countries, including Britain.

Results of the study showed that normal blood pressure (BP), blood sugar levels and cholesterol were no assurance of good heart health among overweight people.

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Children who do not get enough sleep face a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than other kids who usually get enough shuteye, a new study by a team of British researchers has revealed.

Obesity and high blood sugar levels are already known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body fails to properly use or produce adequate of the hormone insulin to alter blood sugar into energy.

Now, the new study revealed a strong link between lack of sleep and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes among children.

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