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Health News Archive - July 23, 2012

Genetic Mutations Responsible For Childhood Brain Tumors

Researchers from several prominent medical institutions claim that they have identified several genetic mutations responsible for medulloblastoma, the most common malignant type of childhood brain tumor.

Each year an estimated 70,000 people globally are diagnosed with the kidney immune disorder, idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN). Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) can eventually lead to kidney failure.

Memories - we spend our whole lives making them, but imagine your brain being wiped of all your precious moments. For 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, memory loss is a part of life. Researchers now link the condition to your walking pattern.

In a study reported by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers tried to determine which course of action is more beneficial for men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer through the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: radical prostatectomy or observation without surgery?

Imagine finding out you had a severe stage of cervical cancer. Now imagine that the only reason behind this late diagnosis is your inability to afford an annual doctor checkup.

Enough tossing and turning, time for a good nights sleep! New studies show evidence that a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) commonly used for treatment of severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is also effective in patients with mild and moderately severe OSA.

Three quarters of American adults are considered vitamin D deficient. Consistent research has shown a lack of vitamin D can cause to a variety of health issues, including impairment of lung function for smokers.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Makerere University in Uganda have used hair and blood samples from three-month old infants born to HIV-positive mothers to measure the uninfected babies' exposure—both in the womb and from breast-feeding—to antiretroviral medications their mothers were taking.

The elevated risk of cardiovascular disease seen in patients infected with HIV appears to be associated with increased inflammation within the arteries.

Tens of thousands of Americans taking potent antiretroviral therapies, or ART, to keep their HIV disease in check may not have as much control over the viral infection as previous estimates have suggested.

Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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