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Bacteria-eating viruses may reverse liver damage in alcoholics

Bacteria-eating viruses may reverse liver damage in alcoholics by killing toxic gut microbes found in patients with severe hepatitis, study suggests The liver’s attempts to process excess alcohol result in liver damage, disease, cirrhosis and hepatitis, a form of chronic inflammation  Scientists at UC San Diego and King’s College London found alcoholics have high levels […]

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Kratom may cause liver damage: study

(HealthDay)—The popular herbal supplement kratom may cause liver damage, researchers warn. Kratom is widely available in smoke shops and online. It’s a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia. At low doses, it’s a stimulant. At high doses, it has an opioid-like effect. Use of kratom has risen […]

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Runaway mitochondria cause telomere damage in cells

Researchers at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center provide the first concrete evidence for the long-held belief that sick mitochondria pollute the cells they’re supposed to be supplying with power. The paper, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involves a causal experiment to kick off a mitochondrial chain reaction that wreaks […]

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A new treatment for stroke in mice reduces brain damage and promotes motor recovery

Brain injuries like stroke can be debilitating and require time-sensitive treatment. Clotting factors like thrombin are commonly administered to patients, but there are many other stroke-related signs that can be targeted, such as swelling and ion imbalances in the surrounding fluids. New research shows that brain fluids can be normalized with adrenergic receptor antagonists, a […]