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Protein in blood may signal age-related macular degeneration

Protein in blood may signal age-related macular degeneration

Researchers identified a protein that may help the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Photo by Tobias Dahlberg/PixabayAn international team of researchers has identified a new protein that could provide a platform for improved diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.In findings published Friday in , scientists from University of London and colleagues report that elevated levels of factor H-related protein 4, or FHR-4, are present in the blood of people with the condition, a leading cause of blindness worldwide.Using eye tissue donated...

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February 11, 2020
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Conflict at home, lack of supervision linked with suicidal thoughts among children

Conflict at home, lack of supervision linked with suicidal thoughts among children

New research shows that 6.4 percent of children aged 9 to 10 years have a lifetime history of passive suicidal ideation. Photo by /PixabayChildren raised in homes with a lot of conflict and little parental supervision are more likely to attempt suicide, a new study has revealed.In findings published Friday by , researchers found that as many as 6.4 percent of nearly 12,000 nine- and 10-year-olds surveyed had at least considered taking their own lives.Their risk for having these thoughts -- referred to as "suicidal ideation" -- was higher if they lived in a home in which parents frequently...

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WHO team to arrive in Wuhan Monday to join in coronavirus fight

WHO team to arrive in Wuhan Monday to join in coronavirus fight

Chinese people return to the capital after a lengthened Lunar New Year holiday due to the threat of spreading the deadly coronavirus in Beijing on Monday, February 10, 2020. The virus killed 97 people in China on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 910 with more than 40,000 infections across 27 countries. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |A delegation from the World Health Organization Monday is scheduled to land in Wuhan, China -- epicenter for the ongoing coronavirus outbreak -- but their exact role on the ground remains to be determined, officials said.Representatives from the WHO first...

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February 11, 2020
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Coronavirus deaths top 1,000 as WHO arrives in China

Coronavirus deaths top 1,000 as WHO arrives in China

A historical, normally tourist-heavy area is eerily empty as the deadly coronavirus threatens Beijing on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |Over 1,000 people in China have died from the novel coronavirus, Chinese health officials said Tuesday hours after an advance team of experts from the World Health Organization arrived in the Asian nation.Officials with China's confirmed a total of 1,016 people have died from the virus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, since patients first started falling ill with the mysterious new disease in early December.The death toll skyrocketed from Sunday's tally of 908...

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February 11, 2020
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Driver caught using carpool lanes with stuffed dinosaur passenger

Driver caught using carpool lanes with stuffed dinosaur passenger

This falls under the category of . Trooper Brock contacted this vehicle for speed and HOV NB I-5 near 320th. Even if you have a favorite stuffed animal it doesn't count as a passenger for the HOV! — Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio)A Washington state driver is facing a hefty fine after being caught using a highway carpool lane with a giant stuffed dinosaur as their only passenger.Trooper Rick Johnson of the Washington State Patrol Wednesday for speeding in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes of Interstate 5 northbound.The trooper conducting the traffic stop quickly discovered the driver's only...

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February 13, 2020
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CDC confirms 14th U.S. COVID-19 case

CDC confirms 14th U.S. COVID-19 case

A woman wears a face mask outside after the Michael Kors FW20 Runway Show on Wednesday, in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |A second person evacuated from the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus outbreak in China to a California military base has tested positive for the disease, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, raising the number of confirmed cases in the United States to 14.In a statement emailed to UPI, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the patient was among a group of people who were airlifted from Wuhan, China, to the Air Station Miramar base in...

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February 13, 2020
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Cocoa may improve leg blood flow, walking in peripheral artery disease

Cocoa may improve leg blood flow, walking in peripheral artery disease

People with PAD who drank a beverage containing flavanol-rich cocoa three times a day for six months saw improvements to the distance they could walk. Photo by /PixabayCocoa may help improve walking and lower-leg blood flow in adults with peripheral artery disease, a study published Friday in the journal has found.The study of 44 people with PAD -- all of whom were 60 or older -- indicated that those who drank a beverage containing flavanol-rich cocoa three times a day for six months saw significant improvements in the distance they could walk without discomfort.Those who drank the cocoa...

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February 14, 2020
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Chronic kidney disease kills more than 1M people annually worldwide

Chronic kidney disease kills more than 1M people annually worldwide

An analysis suggests prevalence of chronic kidney disease is growing globally, leading to more people requiring dialysis. Photo by /PixabayChronic kidney disease has been described as a "global killer in plain sight" by the authors of a new analysis estimating prevalence of the condition.In findings published Thursday in , researchers estimate that chronic kidney disease caused 1.23 million deaths worldwide in 2017.The percentage of the general population requiring dialysis to manage kidney disease has also increased by 40 percent since 1990, researchers report."The evidence is clear: Many...

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February 14, 2020
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China lowers coronavirus death toll, reports 1,700 medics infected

China lowers coronavirus death toll, reports 1,700 medics infected

A Chinese man wears a protective face mask while shopping due to the threat of the deadly coronavirus in Beijing on Thursday. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |People in China wear protective face masks while shopping due to the threat of the deadly coronavirus in Beijing on Thursday. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |China revised down its death toll Friday from coronavirus by 108, while acknowledging more than 1,700 front-line medics have been infected.The China National Health Commission said it adjusted down the tally from nearly 1,500 due to "repeated statistics," stating only 1,380 people had...

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February 17, 2020
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Out-of-pocket costs jump for people with neurological disorders, study finds

Out-of-pocket costs jump for people with neurological disorders, study finds

Out-of-pocket costs have increased significantly for people with neurological disorders in the United States, a new study finds. Photo by fromOut-of-pocket costs for diagnostic tests and office visits for neurological conditions have increased by almost 200% in a 15-year period since 2001, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal .Much of this rise in cash expenditures was fueled by people enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans, who were more likely to have high out-of-pocket costs than people in other types of plans, the researchers said."This trend of increased...

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