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Chronic Illness News
June 24, 2019

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Gut Bacteria Associated With Chronic Pain for First Time

A research team has shown, for the first time, that there are alterations in the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of people with fibromyalgia. Approximately 20 different species of bacteria ... read more

Farm-Like Indoor Microbiota May Protect Children from Asthma Also in Urban Homes

A child's risk of developing asthma is the lower the more the microbiota of the child's home resembles that of a farm house. This was shown by a ... read more
A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of 'night owls' -- people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits -- could lead ... read more
Scientists have recreated a critical brain component, the blood-brain barrier, that functioned as it would in the individual who provided the cells to make it. Their ... read more
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Chronic Conditions -- Not Infectious Diseases -- Are Top 5 Causes of Early Death in China

Chronic diseases, such as stroke, ischemic heart disease, and lung cancer, now represent the leading causes of premature death in China, according to a new scientific study. The rise in ... read more

A New Drug Target for Chemically Induced Parkinson's Disease

An enzyme that modifies chemicals formed in the body by alcohol, tobacco, and certain foods may be a new target for treating Parkinson's disease. The altered compounds, the researchers found, ... read more

More Than 5 Million Cancer Survivors Experience Chronic Pain, Twice the Rate of the General Population

More than 5 million cancer survivors in the United States experience chronic pain, almost twice the rate in the general population, according to a new ... read more

Psoriasis Patients Turn to Alternative Medicine When Traditional Treatments Fail

A recent survey from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences found patients with psoriasis frequently use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptoms when traditional ... read more

Study Challenges 'No Pain No Gain' Requirement for Patients With Clogged Leg Arteries

Patients with peripheral arterial disease should be given the option of pain-free exercise, according to a new ... read more

One Step Closer to Chronic Pain Relief

While effective drugs against chronic pain are not just around the corner, researchers have succeeded in identifying a protein as a future potential target for medicinal drugs. Basic research shows ... read more

Good Physical Fitness in Middle Age Linked to Lower Chronic Lung Disease Risk

Good heart and lung (cardiorespiratory) fitness in middle age is associated with a lower long term risk of chronic lung disease (COPD), suggests new ... read more

Survivors of Breast Cancer Face Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Thanks to advanced medical treatments, women diagnosed with breast cancer today will likely survive the disease. However, some treatment options put these women at greater risk for a number of other ... read more

Tiny Probe That Senses Deep in the Lung Set to Shed Light on Disease

A hair-sized probe that can measure key indicators of tissue damage deep in the lung has been developed by ... read more

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Study Shows Significant Reduction in Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

The results of a pilot study suggest that electro stimulation of one of the nerves connecting the brain to the body (the vagus nerve), could provide a novel treatment approach for patients with ... read more

New Method to Rapidly, Reliably Monitor Sickle Cell Disease

Researchers have developed a rapid and reliable new method to continuously monitor sickle cell disease using a microfluidics-based electrical impedance sensor. This novel technology can characterize ... read more

Potential New Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer's Disease

Apolipoproten E (apoeE) is a major genetic risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease, yet it tends to be understudied as a potential druggable target for the mind-robbing ... read more

Promising Treatment for Shoulder Pain in Wheelchair Users With Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers have reported the first case of successful, long-term relief of chronic refractory shoulder pain in a wheelchair user with spinal cord injury following a single injection of autologous, ... read more

Early Life Stress Plus Overexpressed FKBP5 Protein Increases Anxiety Behavior

A new preclinical study finds that anxiety-like behavior increases when early life adversity combines with high levels of FKBP5 -- a protein capable of modifying hormonal stress response. Moreover, ... read more

Big Picture Genetic Scoring Approach Reliably Predicts Heart Disease

Polygenic risk scores -- genetic risk scores that take into account variations in a person's entire DNA -- are able to predict coronary artery disease in those who have not yet had heart ... read more

Unhealthy Gut Promotes Spread of Breast Cancer

An unhealthy, inflamed gut causes breast cancer to become much more invasive and spread more quickly to other parts of the body, new research ... read more

Disturbed Sleep Linked to Mental Health Problems in Natural Disaster Survivors

Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the ... read more

Scientists Edge Closer to Root Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers have found mutations in 12 genes believed to be largely responsible for the onset of multiple sclerosis in families with multiple members diagnosed with the ... read more

Mosquito Control Program Reduces Dengue, Costs in Sri Lanka

A public health, police, and military partnership to reduce the mosquito population in Sri Lanka resulted in a more than 50% reduction in dengue, as well as cost savings, finds a new ... read more

Predicting Post-Injury Depression and PTSD Risk

Addressing the psychological effects of injury can improve health and reduce the negative outcomes of injury. Yet, in a national survey, only 7% of trauma centers incorporate routine screening for ... read more

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