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The world is a giant petri dish. You and everything you come into contact with are carpeted with bacteria—so there’s no escaping microorganisms. The good news is that the vast majority of them are either benign or beneficial. That’s true even of those infamous “fecal bacteria.” While a sick person’s excrement harbors illness-causing germs, a healthy person’s poop—though gross—usually isn’t dangerous. (If you’ve read anything about fecal transplants, you know that the bacteria in feces may in some cases confer health benefits.) So even if your smartphone is enveloped in an invisible aura of bacteria—and it surely is—most of those bacteria pose no threat to you. “It’s unusual that the general bacteria healthy people leave on surfaces like our phones will make us sick,” says Emily Toth Martin, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. That said, germs that can sicken you are out there. And because many of us touch our phones while we eat meals, extra caution is warranted when it comes to these devices. Illness-causing germs—including the types that cause food poisoning, common colds and other infections—can only make you sick if they enter your body, says Philip Tierno, a clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine. They tend to do that by clinging to your hands and then sloughing o...
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This article reviews efficacy data, incidence of key adverse events and provide recommendations and expert opinion regarding how to manage common toxicities in triplet therapies. Relevant publications and abstracts were searched in PubMed, ASH, ASCO and EHA meetings. Guidelines from IMWG, NCCN, ESMO and ASCO, published trial protocols and prescribing information were used to formulate recommendations for the management of toxicities. Expert Commentary: Side effects are a critical factor guiding the selection of optimal chemotherapy regimens for multiple myeloma. The majority of toxicities encountered with triplet therapies...
Source: Expert Review of Hematology - Category: Hematology Tags: Expert Rev Hematol Source Type: research
Authors: Rahmé R, Adès L Abstract INTRODUCTION: Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal stem cell disorders mostly affecting the elderly. They are classified into lower and higher risk MDS according to prognostic scoring systems. In higher-risk patients, treatments should aim to modify the disease course by avoiding progression to acute myeloid leukemia, and therefore to improve survival. Areas covered: Stem cell transplantation remains the only curative treatment when feasible, but this concerns a small minority of patients. Treatment is principally based on hypomethylating agents (HMAs). Our unde...
Source: Expert Review of Hematology - Category: Hematology Tags: Expert Rev Hematol Source Type: research
Authors: Araiz Burdio JJ, Serrano Aulló MT, García Gil A, Pascual Bielsa A, Lue A, Lorente Pérez S, Villanueva Anadón B, Suárez Pinilla MÁ Abstract INTRODUCTION: several indicators are available to assess liver graft survival, including the American DRI and the European ET-DRI. However, there are significant differences between transplant programs of different countries, and the previously mentioned indicators might be not valid in our setting. OBJECTIVES: the aim of the study was to describe a new national liver graft risk indicator based on the results obtained from t...
Source: Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Rev Esp Enferm Dig Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Dexmedetomidine ameliorated OGD-induced cell apoptosis and inflammation in L-02 cells, exerting protective activities in ischemic liver injury. The anti-OGD effects of dexmedetomidine might be realized by down-regulation of miR-711 and suppression of p38MAPK and JAK/STAT signaling pathways. PMID: 30338821 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Transplantation of hUCMSCs in SCI mice can promote the polarization of M2 macrophages by reducing the expression of IL-7 in the injured site, thereby weakening the inflammatory response at the injured site, promoting the repair of the injured site and improving the motor function. PMID: 30338812 [PubMed - in process]
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Authors: Park M, Yoon YS Abstract Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are collectively called pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), have emerged as a promising source for regenerative medicine. Particularly, human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) have shown robust potential for regenerating injured heart. Over the past two decades, protocols to differentiate hPSCs into CMs at high efficiency have been developed, opening the door for clinical application. Studies further demonstrated therapeutic effects of hPSC-CMs in small and large animal models and the und...
Source: Korean Circulation Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Korean Circ J Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: There are many poisonous plants in Asian countries. This case highlights the possibility of accidental or intentional use of Gloriosa seeds or its extracts to cause potentially fatal poisoning. It would be difficult to identify Gloriosa as the cause of poisoning without any background information because of multiple complications that can mimic a systemic infection. This case is a good example of the use of plants as biological weapons. PMID: 27324655 [PubMed - in process]
Source: BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: BMC Pharmacol Toxicol Source Type: research
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Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Alex Lewis, 35, from Hampshire, was given just a three per cent chance of survival after a common cold triggered a strep A infection, blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Click here to get your free audio book. Do hand creams stop your skin from regenerating? Julia from Germany asks…I have very dry skin so I use hand cream a lot. I read an article that said if you use too much hand cream the skin on your hands can not regenerate properly anymore because it becomes dependent on the hand cream. Is this true? I wish Julia had included a link to the article so we could get more details but without further information we have to say this sounds like a misunderstand. There’s nothing about t...
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