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High Blood Pressure Linked to Cognitive Decline

Subjects undergoing treatment for high blood pressure demonstrated slower rates of cognitive decline compared to those with untreated high blood pressure
Subjects undergoing treatment for high blood pressure demonstrated slower rates of cognitive decline compared to those with untreated high blood pressure
American Heart Association

New research from Columbia University, presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions, is adding weight to a growing body of evidence connecting high blood pressure to the onset of cognitive decline and dementia. The study suggests treating high blood pressure can potentially slow the rate of cognitive decline. read more

Transgender Kids Will Regret it Later

from The College Fix:

Johns Hopkins professor on child tranImage result for transgenderismsgender trend: ‘Many will regret this’

Argues that doctors are doing treatment without evidence

A psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University has slammed the medical and psychiatric industries for what he says is reckless and irresponsible treatment of patients who claim to be transgender. read more

Next-Gen CRISPR Gene for Fighting Disease

New research helps make CRISPR more of a genetic Swiss Army Knife
New research helps make CRISPR more of a genetic Swiss Army Knife

The CRISPR tool is fast developing into a powerful way to edit the genes of bacteria, mammals, plants, humans, and even reptiles. It’s often referred to as “genetic scissors,” but a new improvement turns it into a “genetic Swiss Army Knife.” Research led by Caltech has refined the formula to help the tool zoom in on specific organs, tissues or cell types, and give it greater control over what happens next. read more

Would You Like a Pig Heart?

Pig hearts may be adapted for human use within three years in a breakthrough move that could clear the UK donor list, a leading surgeon has said.

Sir Terence English, who performed Britain’s first ever successful heart transplant, said his mentee from the 1979 operation will try to replace a human kidney with a pigs before the end of the year.

He believes this could pave the way for more complicated organ transplants in the process called ‘xenotransplantation’.

Simultaneous Gene Modifications Now Possible

Genes and proteins in cells interact in many different ways. Each dot represents a gene; the...
Genes and proteins in cells interact in many different ways. Each dot represents a gene; the lines are their interactions. For the first time, the new method uses biotechnology to influence entire gene networks in a single step(Credit: ETH Zurich / Carlo Cosimo Campa)

We’ve seen a number of recent improvements to the CRISPR gene editing method, from enhanced precision to novel techniques to block the process. But despite all these innovations, the technique is generally only able to modify one single gene at a time.
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Turmeric Skin Graft

A small sample of the Scaravoid foam
A small sample of the Scaravoid foam(Credit: Empa)

Most people think of turmeric as a kitchen spice, or perhaps as a health supplement that’s taken orally. Now, however, scientists have incorporated curcumin – a compound extracted from turmeric – into a porous foam that’s designed to heal skin wounds with a minimum of scarring. read more

Earliest Breast Cancer Test Yet

A novel blood test is hoped to help track the efficacy of early-stage drug treatments for...
A novel blood test is hoped to help track the efficacy of early-stage drug treatments for breast cancer and avoid unnecessary surgical procedures(Credit: rbhavana/Depositphotos)

An extraordinarily sensitive new blood test has been developed that promises to be able to effectively track the progression of breast cancer at its earliest stages. It is suggested the blood test could track the efficacy of drug therapies better than current imaging techniques and prevent unnecessary surgical procedures or needless extra doses of chemotherapy. read more

Young Blood the Key To Stop Alzheimer’s?

The company behind a Phase 2 trial of its proprietary young plasma protein formulation says it...
The company behind a Phase 2 trial of its proprietary young plasma protein formulation says it can potentially slow, or even stop, cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease(Credit: albund/Depositphotos)

Alkahest, a California-based biotech start-up, has just revealed some compelling early results from an ongoing Phase 2 trial into the efficacy of its novel formulation of plasma proteins derived from young blood, developed to slow, or even stop, the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. read more

Cancer Killer Found in Common Flower

The common flower Feverfew has been found to host an anti-cancer compound
The common flower Feverfew has been found to host an anti-cancer compound(Credit: HeikeRau/Depositphotos)

Feverfew is a common flower easily recognizable either from a home garden or the shelf of the local health store. For hundreds of years it’s been used as a traditional medicine for migraines and other pains, though its actual usefulness in that regard is questionable.
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WND Exclusive – What comes after ‘Medicare for All’?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

According to leading polls of Democratic primary voters, health care is still one the top issues. And it took center stage, as a new human right, by means of the new progressive socialist tag-team, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, during Tuesday’s Democratic debate.

On night 2, there was not the unbridled enthusiasm for the Sanders-Warren Medicare for All scheme, as Joe Biden threw cold water on it and defended Obamacare. But he appears to be one of only a few. To many of the rest, it’s like Obamacare never existed – like it had no positive effect on “health care” at all.

It didn’t, by the way.

And here we are today. It’s déjà-vu all over again (h/t: Yogi Berra). Almost a decade after Obamacare was signed into law, the issue is still front and center. read more