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Healthy environment, healthy kidneys

Health has always been affected by climate and weather, but is increasingly clear that the change in climate is a significant threat to human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 24% of global deaths are linked to environmental factors. Climate change and pollution can lead to undernutrition, mental disorders, and noncommunicable diseases including […]

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5 conditions that can affect a pregnancy

Hearing the news that you are pregnant can bring excitement, but also anxiety of the unknown. A common fear for many women is having a high-risk pregnancy—when the mother or baby has risks factors or medical conditions during pregnancy. Research shows that 8% of all pregnancies are high risk. “It’s important to know that the […]

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Study supports gene therapy as a promising treatment for soft bone disease

A preclinical study led by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys has established that AAV8-TNAP-D10—a gene therapy that replaces a key enzyme found in bone—may be a safe and effective single-dose treatment for hypophosphatasia (HPP). The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and performed in a murine model of the disease, further […]

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Association between blood plasma lipids and risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Latest research from UNSW Sydney’s Center for Healthy Brain Aging (CHeBA) has uncovered new insight into the underlying mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, published in Translational Psychiatry, examined differences between the plasma lipidome of people with Alzheimer’s disease and ‘healthy’ individuals of the same age from CHeBA’s Sydney Memory and Aging Study aged between […]

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The molecular underpinnings of immune cell migration

In a new study, researchers from Osaka University discovered a novel molecular mechanism by which immune cells migrate to fight off infections. These findings may help in understanding the development of certain immune deficiency disorders and establish novel therapies against them. Immune cells represent a diverse group of cells. Some circulate in the blood stream […]

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New drug could help halt dementia after multiple head injuries

A world-first international study led by the University of South Australia has identified a new drug to stop athletes developing dementia after sustaining repeated head injuries in their career. The link between concussion and neurogenerative diseases is well established, but new research findings could halt the progression of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in sportspeople who […]

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Personalized nutrition is trendy, but can it help us eat less junk food?

Australian adults get around one-third of their energy intake from junk foods. Also known as discretionary foods, these include foods such as biscuits, cakes, sausages, sugar-sweetened drinks and alcohol. Unhealthy diets are a key reason why almost one in every three adults in Australia is obese. Excess weight also increases risk of heart disease, type […]