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Frighteningly Fattening Fall Foods

By |2018-10-22T01:03:51+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Potpie Perils When fall arrives, many of us turn to hearty foods, like creamy chicken potpie. One pie from the grocery freezer case can have more than 1,000 calories. For a fraction of the calories, try a flavorful roast chicken breast and a warm, whole wheat roll. Game-Day Grub Favorites like chips, nachos, pizza, wings, [...]

Influenza seasons are unpredictable: deal with it

By |2018-10-22T00:53:45+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Mainstream Australian media are reporting that influenza cases in Australia have dropped by 83 per cent. Doctors have also said this is the result of science, guesswork and “a bit of luck”. At face value that sounds like fantastic news. It appears to answer the question of “why is this season lower than last season” [...]

Typhus Cases Rise in Los Angeles, Several Other US Cities

By |2018-10-22T00:44:08+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

LOS ANGELES —  Typhus, a bacterial infection that is sometimes life threatening, is on the rise in Los Angeles and several other U.S. cities. Public health officials say homelessness is making the problem worse and that the disease, which is associated with poverty and poor sanitation, is making a comeback in the United States. Los [...]

Study provides insight into how nanoparticles interact with biological systems

By |2018-10-22T00:30:42+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Findings can help scientists engineer nanoparticles that are ‘benign by design’ Personal electronic devices -- smartphones, computers, TVs, tablets, screens of all kinds -- are a significant and growing source of the world’s electronic waste. Many of these products use nanomaterials, but little is known about how these modern materials and their tiny particles interact [...]

Time to act: air pollution is damaging our brains as well as our lungs

By |2018-10-22T00:23:18+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Air pollution has countless victims—nearly nine out of ten people across the globe breathe polluted air, according to the World Health Organization – and new research from London suggests it even reaches the unborn, moving from a mothers’ lungs to placenta and foetus. While the toll breathing polluted air exacts on health and physical well-being is well documented and well-known, [...]

Wellingtonians become guinea pigs in search for universal flu vaccine

By |2018-10-22T00:16:15+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Every year sometime in Autumn, Kiwis across the country line up to get jabbed in the arm. They are trying to fend off the watery eyes, sore throats, aching body, fevers and chills all associated with the dreaded flu, by getting the flu vaccine that should hold them through to the next year. However, scientists tucked [...]

Try These Natural Tricks to Fall Asleep More Easily

By |2018-10-22T00:09:10+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Complementary approach can aid medical methods Seeing a physician for help with your sleeping problems?  You might want to try complementary medicine as another way to help you get back to restful slumber. Complementary medicine refers to forms of non-invasive therapies that a patient can use alongside conventional Western medicine. Nearly 40 percent of Americans use this approach for specific conditions or overall [...]

Rheumatology-Oncology: Understanding Autoimmunity Through the Lens of Checkpoint Inhibitor Biology

By |2018-10-21T23:46:40+00:00October 21st, 2018|

By Leonard Calabrese, DO The intersection of the fields of rheumatology and oncology has advanced rapidly with the introduction of the first checkpoint inhibitor (CPI) ipilimumab (anti-CTLA4) in 2011 for treatment of advanced melanoma. Since then, five more drugs additionally targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway have been introduced for an increasing number of cancer indications, including a [...]

New figures show alarming rise in women dying from asthma

By |2018-10-21T23:38:06+00:00October 21st, 2018|

It's peak season for asthma.. and new figures have uncovered an alarming trend in the number of women having fatal attacks. According to the National Asthma Council, the number of women aged between 55 and 64 who died from an asthma attack doubled in 2017. That defies other trends showing a drop in asthma-related deaths [...]