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Preterm birth

By |2019-11-18T16:17:58+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Key facts Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015 (1). Three-quarters of these deaths could be prevented [...]

10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

By |2019-11-18T15:59:05+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Can You Make Your Metabolism Better? Boosting metabolism is the holy grail of weight watchers everywhere, but how fast your body burns calories depends on several things. Some people inherit a speedy metabolism. Men tend to burn more calories than women, even while resting. And for most people, metabolism slows steadily after age 40. Although [...]

Can You Develop Celiac Disease?

By |2019-11-18T15:55:04+00:00November 18th, 2019|

The short answer from a gastroenterologist Q: Can you develop celiac disease? Or are you born with it? A: There has been some controversy about this, but now I think the evidence is there showing that you can develop celiac disease at any age. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten, a protein found in [...]

COPD outcomes—treating the individual, not the condition

By |2019-11-18T15:49:36+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Support for people with COPD should be targeted so that individuals develop the skills they need to manage their condition, says Carol Liddle When I read research papers on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and its progression, I find it funny how every study assumes that we’ve had a continuous relationship with our primary and [...]

Ketogenic diet activates protective γδ T cell responses against influenza virus infection

By |2019-11-18T15:43:21+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Putting mice on a keto diet Our immune responses to infections are influenced by several extrinsic factors, including weather, social interactions, and diet. Here, Goldberg et al. report that feeding mice a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet confers protection in the context of lethal influenza infection. By characterizing the immune response in the lungs, the authors identified that [...]

Investigation of Cell Phones as a Potential Source of Bacterial Contamination in the Operating Room

By |2019-11-18T15:37:12+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Abstract Background: Cell phone use has become common in areas of the hospital, including the operating room. The purpose of this study was to document the frequency of bacterial contamination on the cell phones of orthopaedic surgeons in the operating room and to determine whether a standardized disinfecting protocol decreased the rate of bacterial contamination [...]

Aspergillus Endangers Children at Hospital for Second Time This Year

By |2019-11-18T13:15:52+00:00November 18th, 2019|

The presence of the fungus Aspergillus has forced the closing of 11 operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital, marking the second such closure in a year. All 14 of the hospital’s operating rooms will be closed later in the week, said hospital spokeswoman Kathryn Mueller. "On November 10, routine air test results revealed the presence of Aspergillus in the air in [...]