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Dementia: Gene study boosts search for treatment

Dementia: Gene study boosts search for treatment

For the first time, researchers have identified two clusters of genes that appear to generate the neurological hallmarks of dementia. The discovery provides a new path toward drug discovery. Understanding the genetic mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s moves us ever closer to an effective treatment. Dementia is a growing concern throughout the Western world and beyond. According […]

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Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Advances in medicine have made it possible for a person living with HIV to have an undetectable viral load with traditional blood testing methods. If HIV is undetectable over an extended period, it is also untransmittable. An undetectable viral load is when a person has so little of the virus in their blood that a […]

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What does my eosinophil count mean?

What does my eosinophil count mean?

Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that help the body fight off infections. The test involves a doctor drawing blood. An eosinophil count may be either too high or too low, which may indicate an underlying condition, or it may be in the normal range. Learn more about eosinophil count here.

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The health risks of being a night owl

The health risks of being a night owl

The first international review to compare night owls with early risers outlines the health risks associated with preferring late nights. However, these risks may not be set in stone. A recent review takes a fresh look at the impact of being a night owl. Most individuals fit one of two chronotypes: We are morning people […]

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Snoring can worsen heart function, especially in women

Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea could lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women, according to a new study. A recent study unlocks the health issues linked to snoring. “Snoring” refers to a sleeping pattern in which a person breathes while emitting a snorting or grunting sound. The National Sleep Foundation suggest that […]

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Cancer cells’ use of sugar holds the key to their destruction

Cancer cells’ use of sugar holds the key to their destruction

Scientists have suggested a way to improve treatments that use viruses to attack cancer. It exploits the fact that cancer cells need a lot of glucose and must metabolize it rapidly to survive. Cutting down cancer cells’ sugar supply could make them more vulnerable to treatment. Oncolytic viruses specifically target and enter cancer cells and […]

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Infections could trigger cardiovascular disease

Infections could trigger cardiovascular disease

Researchers find a higher risk of coronary events during the 3 months after an infection. The body’s immune response, they suggest, may explain why infections “trigger” heart attack and stroke. Scientists encourage everyone to have their flu shots this year, as simple influenza viruses may trigger cardiovascular events. The term cardiovascular disease (CVD) covers a […]

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What is an HIV viral load?

What is an HIV viral load?

Viral load refers to the amount of HIV in a person’s blood. HIV treatments aim to reduce the viral load until the virus is no longer detectable, which mean it is also untransmittable. In this article, we discuss what viral load means for people living with HIV and their partners, the links between viral load […]

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What to know about a fever and HIV

What to know about a fever and HIV

One of the earliest indications of an HIV infection can be a fever. A fever in early-stage HIV infection may be a symptom of the virus rapidly multiplying in the body. A fever usually occurs within 2 to 4 weeks of exposure to the virus. Sometimes, a person may mistake a fever and other symptoms […]