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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Illness Today's Healthcare
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Chronic fatigue syndrome: Number of patients is expected to double due to long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The number of ME/CFS patients is expected to rise drastically due to long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists have now identified possible biomarkers that could improve the diagnosis and treatment of long-lasting and debilitating fatigue.

Chronic Illness Mental Health Research
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Burnout: Identifying people at risk      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have developed a new tool that can help identify the early warning signs of burnout.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Nutrition
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Helping caregivers help people with dementia eat at home      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study has laid the groundwork for a future intervention designed to help caregivers establish a safe and workable mealtime routine for people with dementia living at home.

Children's Health Fitness
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School uniform policies linked to students getting less exercise, study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

School uniforms could be restricting young people from being active, particularly primary school-aged girls, according to a new study. The study used data about the physical activity of more than a million five-to-17-year-olds in 135 countries. In countries where a majority of schools require students to wear uniforms, fewer young people are meeting the World Health Organization's recommendations for physical activity (60 minutes per day). Fewer girls are meeting the guidelines than boys -- with a standard gap of 7.6 percentage points between boys and girls.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Psychology Research
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Exposure to Agent Orange damages brain tissue in ways similar to Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Agent Orange, an herbicide used during the Vietnam War, is a known toxin with wide-ranging health effects. Even though Agent Orange has not been used for decades, there is increasing interest in its effects on the brain health of aging veterans. A new study reveals the mechanisms by which Agent Orange affects the brain and how those processes can lead to neurodegenerative diseases. The research shows that exposures to Agent Orange herbicidal chemicals damage frontal lobe brain tissue of laboratory rats with molecular and biochemical abnormalities that are similar to those found in early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging
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Clinical trial shows rheumatoid arthritis drug could prevent disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could also prevent the disease in individuals deemed to be at risk.

Children's Health Diet and Weight Loss Fertility Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Genetic cause of low birth weight among children conceived after fertility treatment      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A medical researcher has identified a genetic cause for the increased risk of low birth weight in babies born following assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF.

Chronic Illness
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Protein modifications key influencers in neurodegenerative diseases      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exploring the post-translational modifications of a key protein in Parkinson's disease, researchers uncover potential pathways for future therapies in neurodegenerative diseases in general.

Children's Health
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Adolescents with concussion may benefit from more activity earlier      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found that when it comes to concussion recovery, activity type matters. Researchers found that limiting screen time and returning to school early following a concussion may speed up recovery.

Children's Health
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Predicting psychosis before it occurs      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The onset of psychosis can be predicted before it occurs, using a machine-learning tool which can classify MRI brain scans into those who are healthy and those at risk of a psychotic episode.

Children's Health Today's Healthcare
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This common medication could save half a million children's lives each year. So why is it underprescribed?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Health care providers in developing countries know that oral rehydration salts (ORS) are a lifesaving and inexpensive treatment for diarrheal disease, a leading cause of death for children worldwide -- yet few prescribe it. A new study suggests that closing the knowledge gap between what treatments health care providers think patients want and what treatments patients really want could help save half a million lives a year and reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Chronic Illness
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Scientists debunk role of 'junk cells' in fight against malaria      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown ability of a group of immune system cells, known as Atypical B cells (ABCs), to fight infectious diseases such as malaria. The scientists say ABCs could also be key to developing new treatments for chronic autoimmune conditions such as lupus.

Chronic Illness Today's Healthcare
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Analysis of biological networks helps explain the complexity of multiple sclerosis      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

An international study has used a computational biology tool that, by analyzing a multitude of biological data from multiple sclerosis patients ranging from genetic information to the whole organism, reveals the relationship between elements of different biological scales and improves our knowledge and the diagnosis of the disease.

Children's Health
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Newly discovered genetic malfunction causes rare lung disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The absence of a single immune cell receptor has been linked to both fewer defenses against mycobacterial infections, such as TB, and damaging buildup of sticky residue in the lungs.

Chronic Illness
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New PET tracer detects inflammatory arthritis before symptoms appear      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A novel PET imaging technique can noninvasively detect active inflammation in the body before clinical symptoms arise, according to new research. Using a PET tracer that binds to proteins present on activated immune cells, the technique produces images of ongoing inflammation throughout the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis. This makes it easier for physicians to correctly diagnose and treat patients.

Chronic Illness Diabetes Dietary Supplements and Minerals Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Heart organoids simulate pregestational diabetes-induced congenital heart disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

An advanced human heart organoid system can be used to model embryonic heart development under pregestational diabetes-like conditions, researchers report. The organoids recapitulate hallmarks of pregestational diabetes-induced congenital heart disease found in mice and humans. The findings also showed that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and lipid imbalance are critical factors contributing to these disorders, which could be ameliorated with exposure to omega-3s.

Children's Health Psychology Research
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Researchers identify potential way to treat genetic epilepsy by replacing 'lost' enzyme      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have found a new treatment target for CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD), one of the most common types of genetic epilepsy.

Chronic Illness Psychology Research
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Pharmacological inhibitor protects nerve cells in ALS disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new pharmacological inhibitor can intervene in a central cell death mechanism that is responsible for the death of motor neurons and hence important for the progression of the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Neurobiologists examined a neuroprotective molecule that belongs to a novel drug class. It is able to inhibit the interactions of certain proteins and has been successfully tested in a mouse model of ALS and in brain organoids of ALS patients.

Chronic Illness
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Clues to cancer drug's deadly side effects could make it safer      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

For some leukemia patients, their only treatment option carries a risk of heart failure.

Children's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Are environmental toxins putting future generations at risk?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In a study that signals potential reproductive and health complications in humans, now and for future generations, researchers have concluded that fathers exposed to environmental toxins, notably DDT, may produce sperm with health consequences for their children.