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WashU Expert: Economic stress played role in increasing U.S. death rate

Greater stress and anxiety resulting from economic insecurity may be at least partly to blame for the U.S. death rate that the government announced Dec. 8 has increased for the first time in a decade, says an expert on poverty and inequality at Washington University in St. Louis.“For the first time since 1993, the overall life-expectancy rate in the United States last year actually went down, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Mark Rank, the Herbert S.

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Guillain-Barré syndrome, GBS, Campylobacter Jejuni, undercooked chicken, Autoimmune Disease, Autoimmune Disorders, zika virus, genes

New Evidence Shows How Bacterium in Undercooked Chicken Causes GBS

A Michigan State University research team is the first to show how a common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS. The federally funded research, now published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, not only demonstrates how this food-borne bacterium, known as Campylobacter jejuni, triggers GBS, but offers new information for a cure.

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Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Legislation

U.S. Congress Passes Historic Eating Disorders Legislation

The AED Applauds the U.S. Congress for Passing the First-Ever Eating Disorders Legislation

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Less Satisfaction in Breast Cancer Patients Who Have Radiation and Implants, Personalized Cancer Vaccine for AML, Model to Predict if Chemotherapy Will Work for Aggressive Breast Cancer, and More in the Cancer News Source

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Kidney Disease, APOL1

Study Furthers Research on Protein Involved in Kidney Disease

• Investigators reveal that Apol1, a protein implicated in kidney disease, is produced mainly by the liver.

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Influenza, flu, Flu Season, Flu Shot, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kevin Harrod

Flu Season and Vaccines — What You Need to Know

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Spread holiday greetings, not the flu, this season.

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Sneezing, David Huston, Colds, Allergies

Can You Sneeze with Your Eyes Open?

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The changing weather brings about many things: holiday excitement, a different wardrobe and—perhaps most annoyingly—cold and flu season. Those around you have likely been sneezing more frequently, which may have prompted you to ponderif it is possible to sneeze with your eyes open.

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Food Desert, south texas, Rural Health, Public Health, Evelia C. Castillo

Bringing Produce to the Food Deserts of South Texas

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a name for areas in which people live far from a supermarket or large grocery store that sells nutritious foods and where much of the population lacks easy access to transportation: food deserts.

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Smallpox, Once Thought an Ancient Disease, May Have Emerged in More Recent Times, Raising Questions About Its Role in History

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New genetic research from an international team including McMaster University, University of Helsinki, Vilnius University and the University of Sydney, suggests that smallpox, a pathogen that caused millions of deaths worldwide, may not be an ancient disease but a much more modern killer that went on to become the first human disease eradicated by vaccination.

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Tobacco, e-cigarettes, Perry, Smoking, Youth, Young Adults, Addiction, UTHealth , uthealth school of public health, Michael and Susan Cell Center for Healthy Living

UTHealth Experts Take Part in U.S. Surgeon General’s First Youth E-Cigarette Report

Researchers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health were the senior scientific editors for the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults, released today.

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Smoking, Tobacco Control, World Health Organization, Smoking and cancer, World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Global Health, WHO

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Optometry, Optometry & Vision Science, Optometry and Vision Science, ophtahlmology

$2 Million Grant Awarded to UAB to Continue Eye Care Research

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Funding from a National Eye Institute award to the UAB School of Optometry will advance eye care research.

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Myositis, myositis research, Research Funding, Precision Medicine Initiative, Rare Diseases, 21st Century Cure Act

The Myositis Association Offers $500,000 for New Research Into Rare Disease

This year, TMA offered half a million dollars in new funding for research into causes, treatments, and cures for rare myositis diseases.

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January's National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Expert Says HPV Can Lead to More than Cervical Cancer

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Myositis, Research Funding, Precision Medicine Initiative, Rare Diseases, 21st Century Cure Act, myositis research

The Myositis Association Achieves Milestones in Research Funding for Rare Disease

Since the inception of its research funding program in 2002, the Myositis Association has approved 50 research projects, including grants and fellowships totaling nearly $6 million.

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Endocrine Society, Insulin, Diabetes, Diabetes & Endocrinology, drug prices, drug pricing, Endocrinology

Endocrine Society Calls for Solutions Regarding Insulin Price Crisis

The Endocrine Society lauds Novo Nordisk’s recent announcement that it would limit price increases for its therapies, including insulin, and hopes that other entities in the insulin supply chain including manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers will also demonstrate similar restraint to address this important issue.

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Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Marijuana, Second Hand Smoke

Mount Sinai Researchers Find Signs of Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Exposure in Children

Children exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke show measurable amounts of the drug in their bodies, a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found.

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c. diff, C. Difficile, infectious and emerging disease, Infectious Disease, Infectious Diseases, Beaumont Health, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Diarrhea, Deadly Disease, deadly infections, Bacteria, Clostridium Difficile, Clostridium difficile infection, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Vancomycin, Clinical Trial, Research, Health Care Costs

Controlling Risk of C. Diff Saves Lives, Prevents Infection and Reduces Health Care Costs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently awarded a $2.4 million grant to study a theory that could prevent thousands of C. difficile infections, relapses and deaths all over the world. Beaumont Health has developed a medical animation to help illustrate the research study.







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