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Vaping linked to rare lung disease: study

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Doctors treating a patient with a rare lung disease usually caused by exposure to industrial metals say it may instead be the first case linked to vaping. Electronic cigarettes are sold as safer alternatives to traditional tobacco products and as aids to stop smoking. But they have been implicated in a […]

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Fecal transplantation to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease: Hope or hype?

Scientists review the evidence for using fecal transplantation and pre- and probiotics in patients with Parkinson’s disease in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease and conclude that more research is needed before supporting their use Constipation is a common complaint in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT) and pre- and probiotics are potential […]

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New diagnostic criteria proposed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Researchers at National Jewish Health and dozens of leading institutions around the nation have proposed new criteria for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The proposal, published in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation, expands diagnostic criteria from a single measure of […]

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Study helps explain why exercise guards against heart disease

Regular exercise protects the cardiovascular system by reducing risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure. “But we believe there are certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease that are not fully understood,” says Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, Ph.D., of the Center for Systems Biology at MGH. In particular, Nahrendorf and his team wanted to better understand […]

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Girl facing fatal brain disease gets tailor-made drug

Mila Makovec, pictured at age 2, was diagnosed with Batten disease at age 6. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images)) When Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition at age 6, her prognosis was grim. The condition, known as Batten disease, is fatal, with death usually occurring in […]