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Elderly With Low Vitamin B12 Risk Brain Shrinkage And Cognitive Decline

October 23, 2019

Elderly individuals with low blood vitamin B12 levels have a greater risk of brain shrinkage and losing their cognitive skills, researchers from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago reported in the journal Neurology. Foods rich in vitamin B12 are mainly from animals and include, eggs, milk, liver, meat, and fish. Christine C. Tangney, Ph.D. and team carried out a study with 121 individuals aged at least 65 years from the south side of Chicago. They underwent blood tests to check for their lev...

Growth Hormone Doesn't Help You Live Longer

October 22, 2019

A new study has indicated that not only does growth hormone not help you live longer, but it comes with a substantial potential for adverse side effects, such as diabetes, carpel tunnel syndrome and swollen joints. Growth hormones have been promoted for years as wonder products that can prevent, even reverse, the aging process. You can read about this study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers from the University of Stanford looked at 31 studies. In all the studies growth hormone ha...

Launch Of BD BACTEC™ MGIT™ 320 System Expands TB Detection Worldwide

October 21, 2019

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), announced the launch of the BD BACTEC™ MGIT™ 320 Mycobacteria Culture System -- a new, smaller capacity system to quickly and accurately detect tuberculosis (TB). Designed for laboratories with smaller volumes, the BD BACTEC MGIT 320 System is half the physical size of the industry-leading BD BACTEC MGIT 960 System -- a fully automated system for mycobacterial liquid culture and susceptibility testing. The new, smaller...

National Health Insurance Association Confirms Reports - Coverage Going To The Dogs!

October 20, 2019

The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) reports that health insurance is going to the dogs, and that cats are only receiving about half of the care provided to their canine relatives. There are more than 82 million pet cats and over 72 million pet dogs in the United States and Canada. Pet owners in households with at least one dog and one cat were more attached to their dogs than their cats by a 3-to-1 margin (57 percent to 19 percent, respectively), according to a special ...

Critically Ill Patients On Verge Of Respiratory Failure Treated With Bone Marrow Stem Cells

October 19, 2019

Researchers are reporting this week new study results they say provide further evidence of the therapeutic potential of stem cells derived from bone marrow for patients suffering from acute lung injury, one of the most common causes of respiratory failure in intensive care units. Led by Drs. Michael A. Matthay and Jae W. Lee at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco, the team writes in a Journal of Biological Chemistry "Paper of the Week" that its e...