Kids Health

Here Are the (Weird) Baby Name Trends of 2019

Good news for curious parents-to-be (and name nerds like myself): The projected trends for the rest of 2019 are here! We got the inside info on the predictions for 2019’s top baby names thanks to Pamela Redmond Satran, name expert and founder of the website Nameberry. “Parents are looking to new sources for baby names that […]

Health Problems

Flu vaccination keeps COPD patients out of the hospital

A new study published in the January issue of Chest establishes that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face heightened risks of death, critical illness, and hospitalization if they develop the flu and demonstrates the beneficial effects of influenza vaccination. The report also reveals gaps in care that need to be addressed, including less-than-universal […]

Health Problems

Urbanization changes shape of mosquitoes’ wings

The mosquito Aedes aegypti is the main transmission vector of dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya in Brazil. It is highly adapted to urban environments and rarely found in forested areas. The mosquito Anopheles cruzii is the primary vector of Plasmodium, the protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans. It mostly inhabits the countryside and […]

Health Problems

Study points to alternate therapy for rare form of diabetes

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers say an unexpected finding during the cellular analysis of human pancreatic tissue has revealed new information about a rare type of diabetes and underscores the importance of genetic testing for some individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The research centers on discoveries made from the pancreatic tissue from a 33-year-old […]

Health Problems

Investigation evaluates effects of environmental exposures on neurologic disorders

Both genes and the environment shape a person’s risk of disease, but while genes are frequently cataloged, perturbed, activated, turned off and systematically tested in the lab, environmental exposures are often studied as one-offs. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed an approach to systematically and simultaneously evaluate the effects of hundreds of environmental […]