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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.

Marijuana use increases blood pressure-related death risk: Study

Marijuana use increases blood pressure-related death risk: Study

Marijuana users who smoke the controversial recreational drug face a three-fold greater risk of dying from high blood pressure or hypertension than non-users of the drug, according to a new study.

A team of American researchers conducted a retrospective follow-up research involving 1,213 individuals aged 20 or above who had participated in an ongoing National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005–2006.

The average duration of use of the drug, which is also called cannabis, was 11.5 years.

Vitamin B3 can help prevent certain types of complex birth defects: Research

Vitamin B3 can help prevent certain types of complex birth defects: Research

An additional dose of vitamin B3 can play a crucial role in preventing certain types of complex birth defects, a new study showed.

Vitamin B3 compensate for defects in the body’s capability to build a molecule, known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which has been linked to healthy fetal development in humans.

Immunotherapy is safe for people with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Immunotherapy is safe for people with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

An immune system therapy can help diabetic people with type-1 of the disease by keeping insulin production steady, a small clinical trial by a team of British researchers showed.

The researchers said the therapy, which is similar to an allergy shot in the manner it works, can keep people with type-1 diabetes safe.

Dr. Mark Peakman, a professor of clinical immunology at King's College London in England, said they found that the immunotherapy had the potential to stop the attacks on beta cells that make insulin.

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