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  • Large ALS Data Analysis Reveals Common Genetic Cause of Disease

    Large ALS Data Analysis Reveals Common Genetic Cause of Disease

    Researchers have found that mutations in the NEK1 gene are the most common genetic causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), accounting for 3 percent of North American and European ALS patients, both sporadic and familial. The study, “NEK1 variants confer susceptibility to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” published in Nature Genetics, was developed under Project MinE, an international collaborative […]

  • Tips To Save Your Healthcare Costs

    Tips To Save Your Healthcare Costs

    Employers no longer guarantee a comprehensive benefit plan when you’re hired, forcing you to spend more money on healthcare, even though your wages remain the same.Premiums and co-pays are doubling, and deductibles are increasing at an alarming rate.Healthcare costs are out of control. Most of us just don’t know how to break down and challenge […]

  • How Doctors Can Help Prevent Gun Deaths

    How Doctors Can Help Prevent Gun Deaths

    Two people died in a mass shooting in Florida this week, after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history happened at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando just 43 days ago, which itself was the 15th mass shooting in Florida this year. The frequency of mass shootings, while horrifying, obscures the banality of everyday gun violence […]

  • Can Personality Be Changed?

    Can Personality Be Changed?

    Almost everyone has something they want to change about their personality. In 2014, a study that traced people’s goals for personality change found that the vast majority of its subjects wanted to be more extraverted, agreeable, emotionally stable, and open to new experiences. A whopping 97 percent said they wished they were more conscientious. These […]

  • ALS Patients’ Quality of Life Impacted By Psychological Factors

    ALS Patients’ Quality of Life Impacted By Psychological Factors

    Researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht recently studied quality of life among people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and found that anxiety and depression impact poorer health related quality of life (HRQoL), while higher levels of religiosity and spirituality are associated with better overall (global) quality of life (QoL). The research paper, “Associations between psychological factors and […]

  • Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

    Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

    There are about 135 million homes in America, and a surprisingly large portion of them pose threats to their residents: 30 million homes in the U.S. have serious health and safety hazards, such as gas leaks, damaged plumbing, and poor heating. About 6 million of those have structural problems. Another 6 million have lead paint. […]

  • A Psychedelic Can Cure Heroin Withdrawal

    A Psychedelic Can Cure Heroin Withdrawal

    At a shamanic ceremony in Mexico, an initiate is deep in his psychedelic visions. Some sort of wreath is placed on his head and the incessant rattling of indigenous instruments strengthens the trance. Candlelight flickers over a puke bucket as the drugged vision-seeker loses muscular control and sinks to the mattress, feeling a profound connectedness […]

  • Was Tuberculosis Born Out of Fire?

    Was Tuberculosis Born Out of Fire?

    Many thousands of years ago, on a chilly African night, a group of people gather around a fire in a cave. Using the flames, they cook their food, fashion new weapons, and warm themselves. But where there’s fire, there’s also smoke, and the smoke is giving the huddled humans a wretched cough. And in their […]

  • Cell Recycling Study Raises Possibility of New Approach to Treating ALS

    Cell Recycling Study Raises Possibility of New Approach to Treating ALS

    How cells recycle waste, an essential process to cellular health known to go astray in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other diseases, is more complex and interrelated than previously thought, researchers at the Neuromed Institute in Italy report. Their study, “The Autophagoproteasome a Novel Cell Clearing Organelle in Baseline and Stimulated Conditions,” published in frontiers in […]

  • Why America Is a Global Outlier on Abortion

    Why America Is a Global Outlier on Abortion

    A pregnant American woman on Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for the poor, is covered if she goes into labor and has a baby. But if she opts to have an abortion, she’s on her own. A policy called the Hyde Amendment restricts government funding of abortion through Medicaid in most cases. And in this, […]

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