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COVID toe: A dermatological manifestation of COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, different strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have resulted in a variety of clinical symptoms. As well as the more common respiratory symptoms, doctors also began to notice possible skin manifestations of the disease, which appeared similar to chilblain-type lesions. Dr Kazuhiro Komura of the Department of Dermatology, Kanazawa Red Cross Hospital, Japan, has explored the link […]

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Effect of β-glucan from oats and barley on weight loss and adiposity

Obesity is a growing public health concern, but studies suggest that soluble fibre from certain cereal whole grains can help weight management. Specifically, the cell wall carbohydrate β-glucan found in oats and barley may impact body weight, body mass index (BMI), and adipose tissue. Rebecca Mathews and her collaborators in the US conducted a thorough review of key studies demonstrating […]

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New delivery technology may improve dietary supplement efficacy

More now perhaps than ever before, the world is focusing on immune health and sourcing ways to support health, including through dietary supplements. However, supplements are not held up to the same rigorous standards of efficacy as pharmaceutical products, nor are they permitted to use most of the additives currently used for controlled release in drug-delivery systems. Therefore, Dr Junichiro […]

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Striking the balance between cost containment and high-quality care

Professor Karl Swedberg at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, collaborated with a consortium of experts to produce a roadmap on cost containment for healthcare in the EU. The roadmap included ways to model proposed changes to see how they would impact on factors such as person-centred care and health promotion. The group’s work will help develop healthcare systems that offer […]

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Shedding light on liver metastasis in pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is an aggressive and lethal malignancy, largely as a result of its early spread, or ‘metastasis’, to the liver. Dr Tami Rubinek and Professor Ido Wolf, of the Oncology Division of Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel, have extensively studied the molecular mechanisms behind liver metastasis in patient tumour samples. They revealed that the absence of certain […]

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Biofield therapy: Evidence for the health benefits of Johrei

Johrei is an important form of biofield therapy developed by Mokichi Okada in Japan in 1935. It is said to provide health benefits when a practitioner absorbs life-force energy from the universe and channels it toward the recipient. While it is practised in some countries such as Japan, the US, the UK, Brazil, and Thailand, the mechanisms are not well […]

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Are bacteria that secrete protein degradation enzymes responsible for preterm births?

Preterm births occur before the 37th week of gestation and are the leading cause of infant deaths around the world. Although there are many factors contributing to preterm labour, including multiple gestation and diseases such as diabetes, approximately 40% of cases are associated with bacterial infection of the uterus. Dr Laura Sycuro and her team at the University of Calgary, […]

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How does sleep affect immune-related disease risk?

Sergio Garbarino, adjunct professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Genetics, Maternal and Child Health, at the University of Genoa, Italy, is an internationally recognised sleep expert. In his recent work, he explores the interrelationships between sleep deprivation, immunity, inflammation, and chronic diseases. It is well established that sleep is essential for health. However, modern lifestyles are not conducive to […]

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Trastuzumab-based therapeutics: Choosing the appropriate species for safety studies

Trastuzumab is a clinically approved monoclonal antibody therapy which targets HER2 (or ErbB2) for treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast and gastric cancers. Safety studies are important in the development of antibody therapeutics and should use animal species which bind the target antigen (HER2) to understand target-mediated effects, in addition to a non-binding species to observe non-targeted effects. It is acknowledged that […]

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Healing with star power: Using plasma to treat skin wounds

New resistant bacteria strains and viruses are appearing all the time, making the treatment of infections increasingly difficult. Humanity is in dire need of new weapons to fight this worldwide war against emerging pathogens. Dr Eric Robert, Thierry Prazuck, and their teams at GREMI, CNRS/Université d’Orléans, and CHRO, Orléans, France, perform pioneering work using cold plasma to treat bacterial infections. […]

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