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Mouse, not just tick: New genome heralds change in Lyme disease fight

As Lyme disease increases, researchers have taken a significant step toward finding new ways to prevent its transmission. The experts, who include a pioneer in Lyme disease discovery, have sequenced the genome of the animal carrying the bacteria that causes

The impact of genetics on motor neurone disease

Trinity College Dublin researchers have found that one in 347 men and one in 436 women can be expected to develop motor neurone disease during their lifetime. Motor neurone disease (MND) is a devastating condition which causes progressive paralysis, increasing

Smoking has long-term impact on peripheral artery disease risk

Both duration and intensity of smoking have a long-term impact on the risk for three major atherosclerotic diseases: peripheral artery disease (PAD), coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke, according to a study published in the July 30 issue of the

Heart disease biomarker linked to paleo diet

People who follow the paleo diet have twice the amount of a key blood biomarker linked closely to heart disease, the world’s first major study examining the impact of the diet on gut bacteria has found. Researchers from Edith Cowan

Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease

A team of UC Davis Health scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications鈥攂lood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. The authors hope

Novel PET staging system may help monitor Alzheimer disease

(HealthDay)—A staging system of β-amyloid (Aβ) accumulation may be useful for monitoring patients throughout the course of Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a study published online July 17 in JAMA Neurology to coincide with the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference,

Deciphering brain somatic mutations associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have identified somatic mutations in the brain that could contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Their findings were published in the journal Nature Communications last week. Decades worth of research has identified inherited mutations that lead to

Parkinson’s disease study identifies possible new treatment target

Treatments for Parkinson’s disease have most recently focused on increasing dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects reward-based behaviors and motivation, as well as movement. A new study by Yale researchers challenges long-held assumptions about dopamine’s sole role

Can gut infection trigger Parkinson’s disease?

A new study by Montreal scientists published today in Nature demonstrates that a gut infection can lead to a pathology resembling Parkinson’s disease (PD) in a mouse model lacking a gene linked to the human disease. This discovery extends recent

Should obesity be recognized as a disease?

With obesity now affecting almost a third (29%) of the population in England, and expected to rise to 35% by 2030, should we now recognise it as a disease? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. Obesity, in which

Osteoarthritis linked to higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have investigated the link between osteoarthritis and mortality in an epidemiological study. It was shown that the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was higher for people with osteoarthritis than for the rest of

Biocompound from Atlantic Rainforest combats leishmaniasis and Chagas disease

Natural compounds isolated from Nectandra leucantha, a neotropical tree species belonging to the laurel family (Lauraceae) and endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest biome in Brazil, where its common name is canela-seca or canela-branca, could result in new medications for the

Elevated systolic BP may up risk for valvular heart disease

(HealthDay)—The cumulative effect of elevated systolic blood pressure appears to be associated with an increased risk for major valvular heart disease, according to a study published online July 10 in JAMA Cardiology. Milad Nazarzadeh, from the University of Oxford in

Mad cow disease: A computational model reveals the mechanism of replication of prions

An article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens reports a realistic computational model for the structure and mechanism of replication of prions, infectious agents responsible for mad cow disease and other neurodegenerative disorders of human and animals. The study was

Chronic kidney disease patients face continual, significant gaps in care

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a high prevalence of uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes, as well as statin use below the recommended guidelines for cholesterol control, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. While effective treatments

The risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., but recent studies have ranked it third after they found that deaths caused by this disease were underreported. In addition, many people who potentially have Alzheimer’s never receive

Researchers map previously unknown disease in children

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Two children from Europe and one from Canada, aged four, six and 10, suffer from a previously unknown disease that causes epileptic seizures, loss of magnesium and reduced intelligence. There is currently no way to treat

Is that really a neglected disease?

M. leprae, one of the causative agents of leprosy. Credit: Public Domain Dangerous infectious diseases such as AIDS/HIV, Zika, Ebola and influenza frequently make headlines, and it seems as if there is no end of media attention and research interest