Could brain protein help people 'sleep off' the flu?

Conclusion This complex study suggests the AcPb protein is playing a role in regulating normal sleep and the response to flu infection in mice. At this stage, the implications of this research for humans are unclear, as differences between the species may mean the results would not be exactly the same in humans. While The Telegraph suggests this "could finally lead to an effective treatment for the [flu], which until now has eluded experts", we are a long way off knowing whether this is the case. What the researchers have shown – in mice – is if you remove this protein, mice don't fight the virus as well. This does not necessarily mean giving mice more of the protein would make them fight it better. It also doesn't mean giving more of the protein wouldn't have side effects. Overall, this research is at a very early stage, with much more animal research needed before we know if we are closer to a flu treatment. There is currently no cure for the flu, so the most effective weapon against it is prevention, such as good basic hygiene procedures and the flu jab. The jab is recommended for people who are at risk of developing serious complications if they catch the flu, such as the over 65s, pregnant women, and people with a serious long-term illness. Read about the influenza vaccination and who should get it. Analysis by Bazian. Edited by NHS Choices. Follow Behind the Headlines on Twitter. Join the Healthy Eviden...
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The disease was declared eliminated in 2000. So far this year, there have been more than 100 cases.
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The death of a Kenyan activist due a botched abortion spotlights how thousands of pregnant women and girls are being driven by social stigma and restrictive policies to lose their lives in backstreet clinics, human rights campaigners said on Friday.
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Authors: Baki Yildirim S, Ko┼čar Can Ö Abstract The aim of this study is to investigate vitamin D deficiency and the associated risk factors in pregnant women and their infants in the Black Sea region of Turkey. One hundred and twenty healthy pregnant women in the last trimester and their healthy newborn pairs were observed between June and August 2017 in Giresun province. The serum 25(OH)D3 and calcium levels were measured through the samples collected from maternal and neonatal cord blood. The effects of maternal lifestyle on the maternal vitamin D levels were assessed by multiple regression analysis. The me...
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Authors: Smorti M, Ponti L, Tani F Abstract Maternal symptomatology during pregnancy represents a significant risk factor for women and children. The main focus of this paper is to jointly investigate the role of maternal depression and anxiety during pregnancy on the well-being of the newborn, through their influences on the clinical aspects of labour. A longitudinal study was conducted on 167 pregnant women (Mage=32.07, SD = 4.50) recruited in the third trimester of gestation. The data was collected at two different times: the socio-demographical data and prenatal anxiety and depression were assesse...
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This study aims to investigate the patterns of sexual intercourse during pregnancy and its impact on obstetric and neonatal outcomes. All of the participants delivered their babies between September 2016 and June 2017 at Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH). An online questionnaire was sent to postpartum women with singleton deliveries at least 6 months after their deliveries. The perinatal outcome data were collected by reviewing the maternal and neonatal medical records. The obstetric and neonatal outcomes were compared between the women without and with sexual intercourse. Five hundred fifty questionnair...
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Millions of cases could be prevented with high HPV vaccine and screening coverageCervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in most countries around the world by the end of the 21st century, according to research.The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes most cases, has dramatically reduced incidences of cervical cancer wherever uptake has been high. There are hopes that the jab given to young girls, together with occasional HPV screening, could end the scourge of a disease that kills more than 300,000 women globally every year.Continue reading...
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Conclusion Before turning to the temporary relief you may find in prescription medication, illicit drugs, or alcohol, strongly consider trying one of these free, proven methods for relieving stress and curbing anxiety. Matthew Boyle is the Chief Operating Officer of Landmark Recovery, a growing chain of drug and alcohol rehab centers in Oklahoma and Kentucky. Matthew graduated from Duke University in 2011 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has worked in the healthcare industry ever since, creating a holistic treatment model that supports patients in the pursuit of achieving lifelong sobriety.You've read...
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Lots of patients who have a poor ovarian response end up getting only one or two embryos in an IVF cycle . Their options are to transfer the fresh embryo in the IVF cycle; or to freeze them, one at a time , store and pool them, and then transfer them later on, one at a time, after thawing them.The reason this is a better option is because time is at a premium for patients with poor ovarian reserve. Transferring an embryo and then waiting to see whether a pregnancy occurs or not ends up consuming a lot of time. It makes more sense to do 3-4 egg collection cycles , back to back , and therefore collect lots of eggs , and...
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Authors: Ibrahim SM, Nicoloro-SantaBarbara J, Auerbach MV, Rosenthal L, Kocis C, Busso CE, Lobel M Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine whether pregnancy-specific coping predicts changes in emotional distress from mid- to late pregnancy. BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify ways of coping that reduce or elevate emotional distress in pregnant women as such distress increases the risk of adverse birth outcomes. METHODS: 132 women receiving prenatal care from a university hospital midwifery practice were recruited prior to 25 weeks gestation (M = 19.58, SD = 5.14). The state anxiety versi...
Source: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: J Reprod Infant Psychol Source Type: research
_______________ We are proud to announce the first wave of confirmed Speakers to share their innovative work and insights at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health, to be held May 7–9th, 2019: Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health Dr. Ainslie Hatch, Director of Digital Therapeutics at Otsuka Pharmaceutical David Klein, CEO of Click Therapeutics Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at The Bridge Builders Collaborative Louis Gagnon, CEO of Total Brain Dr. Anna Wexler, science writer and PI of the Wexler Lab at UPenn Dr. Eddie Martucci, Founder and CEO of Akili Interac...
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