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Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Lowers Risk of Coronary Heart Disease - CPAP Effective In Lowering Danger

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Lowers Risk of Coronary Heart Disease - CPAP Effective In Lowering Danger

New research reinforces the importance of treating sleep apnea, a common breathing problem. According to researchers the risk for coronary artery disease increases up to five fold in people with obstructive sleep apnea.

There are two forms of sleep apnea. The most common form is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is caused when the throat relaxes during sleep. Snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, and for the most part, the sleeper is unaware he has the condition. When the throat momentarily closes-up the sleeper stops breathing momentarily. The symptoms include a tired feeling during the day.

Ovarian Cancer Survival Rate Lower in Obese Women – Fat Tissue Excrete Hormone or Protein Causing Aggressive Growth

Ovarian Cancer Survival Rate Lower in Obese Women – Fat Tissue Excrete Hormone or Protein Causing Aggressive Growth

Obese women have a lower survival rate for ovarian cancer according to researchers from California. This is the first study to identify weight as an independent factor for ovarian cancer in disease progression and overall survival.

Dr. Andrew Li says that the study suggests “that there is an element in the fat tissue itself that influences the outcome of this disease in obese women.” Li is the study’s principal investigator at Cedars-Sinai’s Women’s Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Avian Bird Flu or the Common Flu? New Micro-chip Technology offers Quick diagnosis of Flu Strains

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Avian Bird Flu or the Common Flu?  New Micro-chip Technology offers Quick diagnosis of Flu Strains

A microchip-based test is being developed by scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which will be able to help labs pinpoint the influenza virus strain in a sick patient. The micro-chip technology is able to detect 72 different influenza strains, including the H5N1 Avian Bird Flu virus. The test can complete within a 12 hour time frame. Lead author Kathy L. Rowlen, Ph.D., a University of Colorado scientist has reported the result of this micro-chip technology in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

The FluChip technology would be able to be used in lower level biosafety facilities. This technology would be able to help diagnose flu strains in geographic regions and also test both human and non-human sources.

Enzyme Found Can Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease and Restore Memory in Mice

Enzyme Found Can Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease and Restore Memory in Mice

Researchers from New York say that they have discovered an enzyme that thwarts some of the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The enzyme, called Uch-L1 is found in lower amounts in Alzheimer’s patients.

Dr. Bing Gong and colleagues at Columbia University say that tests on shows promise. They injected the enzyme into the mice and found the mice developed new memories.

High Fiber Diet – How it keeps you Regular

High Fiber Diet – How it keeps you Regular

We have heard of the many benefits of eating fiber, one being it helps keeps your intestinal tract regular. Dr. Paul L. McNeil who is a cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia reported how fiber benefits digestion and improves the health of the intestines. Mc Neil first published his study in the online August 21st edition and also will appear in the September print issue of PLoS Biology.

The roughage of the fiber increases mucus production which has been known for years. Mc Neil discovered the reason in which he says, “When you eat high-fiber foods, they bang up against the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract, rupturing their outer covering. What we are saying is this banging and tearing increases the level of lubricating mucus. It’s a good thing.”

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