Inflammatory Skin Condition Rosacea Tied To Increased Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease

Patients with a chronic inflammatory skin condition called Rosacea are at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. These are the findings of a study conducted on the Danish population by a group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. According to the researchers, the activity of the matrix metalloproteinase enzyme is the common link between the Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory skin condition rosacea. The exact mechanism that causes rosacea is still unknown, however, the aforementioned enzyme is known to break down the proteins of specific tissues in this condition. There is an increased matrix metalloproteinase activity in the case of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders as well. This led researchers to analyze whether both conditions are linked in some way or the other. Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms May Be Possible To Identify Just With Phone App During the study, the research team analyzed the risk of Parkinson’s disease onset in patients with rosacea. The study included more than 5.4 million people from the Danish population.Like us on Facebook Out of the total population, 68,053 people were diagnosed with rosacea and nearly 22,387 patients had Parkinson’s. The team found that Parkinson’s appeared to occur 2.4 years earlier in patients suffering with rosacea. In addition, rosacea patients who were treated with tetracyclines has slightly decreased risk of Parkinson’s than the other patients who did not follow the same course of treatment. The researchers say that other factors could also potentially contribute to the association between rosacea and Parkinson’s disease. The authors of the study say that their study does not prove causation and that further research into the subject is required to confirm the observations made by the team and know its clinical consequences. The complete details of the study have been published online in the journal JAMA Neurology. Photo Sources: Wikipedia, Wikimedia

Gene Editing Technique Successfully Used To Strike Off HIV Genes From Human Immune Cells

For the first time in the history of medical sciences, the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has been used to wipe out the entire HIV-1 genome from the infected immune cells of a patient. The breakthrough has been achieved by a team of researchers at the Temple University. The researchers say that their discovery shows that the gene editing technique can also be used as a treatment tool for elimination of AIDS and other retroviruses. Such viruses end up incorporating their RNA into the genomes of their host cells for replication. The recent research proves that the CRISPR/Cas9 tool can be used for a different purpose altogether, rather than just for the treatment of inheritable diseases and to introduce new genes into the genome of an individual. Gene Editing Of Human Embryos Begins In UK Soon During the study, the research team led by geneticist Kamel Khalili derived the infected T-cells from the patient and used a modified version of the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to target the HIV-1 DNA. The team guided the RNA across the T-cells genome to look for similar components.Like us on Facebook As soon as the RNA recognized similar component, a nuclease enzyme destroyed the offending strands, reports Gizmodo. The natural DNA repair system fixed the loose end of the DNA strands. The researchers were thus able to completely remove the viral DNA from the infected cells. According to the researchers, the technique is completely safe and has no toxic effects. In addition, the genetic system remained effective within the cell even when the HIV-1 attempted to return to the unedited cells of the subject. Thus, further infections were prevented. A patient infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is dependent on antiretroviral drugs for the control of infections. However, patients who stop taking the antiretroviral drug therapy suffer a quick relapse, which further deteriorates the symptoms and lead to the onset of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Photo Sources: Wikimedia, Twitter

Gene Editing Technique Successfully Used To Strike Off HIV Genes From Human Immune Cells

For the first time in the history of medical sciences, the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has been used to wipe out the entire HIV-1 genome from the infected immune cells of a patient. The breakthrough has been achieved by a team of researchers at the Temple University. The researchers say that their discovery shows that the gene editing technique can also be used as a treatment tool for elimination of AIDS and other retroviruses. Such viruses end up incorporating their RNA into the genomes of their host cells for replication. The recent research proves that the CRISPR/Cas9 tool can be used for a different purpose altogether, rather than just for the treatment of inheritable diseases and to introduce new genes into the genome of an individual. Gene Editing Of Human Embryos Begins In UK Soon During the study, the research team led by geneticist Kamel Khalili derived the infected T-cells from the patient and used a modified version of the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to target the HIV-1 DNA. The team guided the RNA across the T-cells genome to look for similar components.Like us on Facebook As soon as the RNA recognized similar component, a nuclease enzyme destroyed the offending strands, reports Gizmodo. The natural DNA repair system fixed the loose end of the DNA strands. The researchers were thus able to completely remove the viral DNA from the infected cells. According to the researchers, the technique is completely safe and has no toxic effects. In addition, the genetic system remained effective within the cell even when the HIV-1 attempted to return to the unedited cells of the subject. Thus, further infections were prevented. A patient infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is dependent on antiretroviral drugs for the control of infections. However, patients who stop taking the antiretroviral drug therapy suffer a quick relapse, which further deteriorates the symptoms and lead to the onset of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Photo Sources: Wikimedia, Twitter

Zika Virus In Panama: Birth Defects Tied To The Uncontrollable Virus

Panama has reported the incidence of first birth defect case tied to the Zika virus in the country. The report was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. The general director of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, confirmed on Tuesday that a baby with unusually smaller head and brain damage was born in Panama after 30 weeks of gestation. However, the baby died a few hours later after birth. Health investigators in Panama found traces of Zika virus in the umbilical cord of the baby. The case has further added on to the existing list of evidences that depict the dangerous effect of the Zika virus. Zika Virus: South Korea Confirms First Zika Case A surge in the rare birth defect called microcephaly – characterized by smaller heads of babies due to incomplete brain development – in Brazil has been linked to the occurrence of Zika infection. The co-occurrence of the two could be a mere con-incidence, however, researchers around the world are working hard to find if there is a definite connection between the two.Like us on Facebook During the news conference at Geneva, Chan further expressed her concern over the spread of the virus across different continents. “The knowledge base is building very rapidly. The more we know, the worse things look,” she said, reports the NY Times. “No one can predict whether the virus will spread to other parts of the world.” So far, the surge in microcephaly cases has only been noticed in Brazil. Researchers are waiting for pregnant mothers to give birth to infants in other Zika-infected countries to see whether Zika is actually linked to microcephaly. Health officials believe that if microcephaly is actually linked to Zika infection, they would start to see the occurrence of birth defects in Columbia in June. According to Chan, Columbia has set up “a robust mechanism” to figure out if both the conditions are linked to each other. Photo Sources: Flickr, Pixabay

Zika Virus In Panama: Birth Defects Tied To The Uncontrollable Virus

Panama has reported the incidence of first birth defect case tied to the Zika virus in the country. The report was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. The general director of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, confirmed on Tuesday that a baby with unusually smaller head and brain damage was born in Panama after 30 weeks of gestation. However, the baby died a few hours later after birth. Health investigators in Panama found traces of Zika virus in the umbilical cord of the baby. The case has further added on to the existing list of evidences that depict the dangerous effect of the Zika virus. Zika Virus: South Korea Confirms First Zika Case A surge in the rare birth defect called microcephaly – characterized by smaller heads of babies due to incomplete brain development – in Brazil has been linked to the occurrence of Zika infection. The co-occurrence of the two could be a mere con-incidence, however, researchers around the world are working hard to find if there is a definite connection between the two.Like us on Facebook During the news conference at Geneva, Chan further expressed her concern over the spread of the virus across different continents. “The knowledge base is building very rapidly. The more we know, the worse things look,” she said, reports the NY Times. “No one can predict whether the virus will spread to other parts of the world.” So far, the surge in microcephaly cases has only been noticed in Brazil. Researchers are waiting for pregnant mothers to give birth to infants in other Zika-infected countries to see whether Zika is actually linked to microcephaly. Health officials believe that if microcephaly is actually linked to Zika infection, they would start to see the occurrence of birth defects in Columbia in June. According to Chan, Columbia has set up “a robust mechanism” to figure out if both the conditions are linked to each other. Photo Sources: Flickr, Pixabay

Do You Get Angry Often? Blame The “Cat Parasite”

People who get angry often and suffer from rage disorder are probably exposed to a common parasite found in cat feces and undercooked meat. These are the findings of a new study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Chicago. The study has found that people who suffer from bouts of anger are twice likely to have been exposed to the common toxoplasma gondii parasite, as compared to others with no such psychiatric finding. Exposure to the parasite has thus been associated with bouts of extreme and impulsive anger in individuals. A parasitic infection caused by toxoplasma gondii parasite is generally carried by 30 percent of the population. The researchers looked for the traces of infection in 358 adults and found that it is associated with “intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and increased aggression.” Zika Virus: A Trigger For Autism, Schizophrenia? “Our work suggests that latent infection with the toxoplasma gondii parasite may change brain chemistry in a fashion that increases the risk of aggressive behavior,” said senior study author Emil Coccaro, in a press statement. “However, we do not know if this relationship is causal, and not everyone that tests positive for toxoplasmosis will have aggression issues.”Like us on Facebook IED affects more than 16 million people living in the United States. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, IED is defined as recurrent, impulsive, problematic outbursts of verbal or physical aggression that are disproportionate to the situations that trigger them. Toxoplasma gondii parasite is most commonly transferred through contaminated water, undercooked meat or through the feces of an infected cat. The parasite resides in the brain tissue of the infected individual. Although an individual infected by the parasite appear healthy, he or she is at an increased risk of developing several types of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, suicidal behavior and bipolar. The complete details of the study have been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Photo Sources: Wikimedia, Pixabay

Do You Get Angry Often? Blame The “Cat Parasite”

People who get angry often and suffer from rage disorder are probably exposed to a common parasite found in cat feces and undercooked meat. These are the findings of a new study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Chicago. The study has found that people who suffer from bouts of anger are twice likely to have been exposed to the common toxoplasma gondii parasite, as compared to others with no such psychiatric finding. Exposure to the parasite has thus been associated with bouts of extreme and impulsive anger in individuals. A parasitic infection caused by toxoplasma gondii parasite is generally carried by 30 percent of the population. The researchers looked for the traces of infection in 358 adults and found that it is associated with “intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and increased aggression.” Zika Virus: A Trigger For Autism, Schizophrenia? “Our work suggests that latent infection with the toxoplasma gondii parasite may change brain chemistry in a fashion that increases the risk of aggressive behavior,” said senior study author Emil Coccaro, in a press statement. “However, we do not know if this relationship is causal, and not everyone that tests positive for toxoplasmosis will have aggression issues.”Like us on Facebook IED affects more than 16 million people living in the United States. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, IED is defined as recurrent, impulsive, problematic outbursts of verbal or physical aggression that are disproportionate to the situations that trigger them. Toxoplasma gondii parasite is most commonly transferred through contaminated water, undercooked meat or through the feces of an infected cat. The parasite resides in the brain tissue of the infected individual. Although an individual infected by the parasite appear healthy, he or she is at an increased risk of developing several types of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, suicidal behavior and bipolar. The complete details of the study have been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Photo Sources: Wikimedia, Pixabay

Spring Allergy Cities Ranked in the United States

Spring is here. You might be excited with the sunshines and grass and the breeze on your hair.  However, this is also the season of the pollen. If you live in Philadelphia, you know you have a problem when you have spring allergies. According to an annual ranking in the United States among places with the most difficult living conditions for those with allergies Philly jumped into 21st place place while Jackson, Mississippi remains the top. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Philadelphia has one the largest jump in the rankings from 38 to 21. This ranking lists all of the cities in the United States that are most challenging cities for people who have spring allergies. PixabayGene Tool Key to Cure HIV, Autism, and Cancer Local pollen levels are the basis of the rankings. As well as the use of allergy medication and the number of specialists in each metropolitan area. It is logical that way, the more people buying anti-allergy medications, the more cases of spring allergic people are residing in that area. The more certified allergists who practice in the area, the more difficult it is for the people living there because they have to go visit a physician. This particular research was sponsored by DYMISTA Nasal Spray, which is distributed by Meda Pharmaceuticals.Like us on Facebook There is no city in New Jersey making the list. Surprisingly, New York only ranked 31st in the list. Syracuse jumped from number 20 last year to top 3 this year. Daytona Beach is top 100, an improvement from number 99 last year. Included in the report are spring allergy regions for divided in North, East, West and South territories.   Here is the top 10 of the most difficult places to live when you have spring allergies.   Jackson, Miss.   Memphis, Tenn.   Syracuse, N.Y.   Louisville, Ky.   McAllen, Texas   Wichita, Kan.   Oklahoma City   Providence, R.I.   Knoxville, Tenn.   Buffalo, N.Y.    

Spring Allergy Cities Ranked in the United States

Spring is here. You might be excited with the sunshines and grass and the breeze on your hair.  However, this is also the season of the pollen. If you live in Philadelphia, you know you have a problem when you have spring allergies. According to an annual ranking in the United States among places with the most difficult living conditions for those with allergies Philly jumped into 21st place place while Jackson, Mississippi remains the top. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Philadelphia has one the largest jump in the rankings from 38 to 21. This ranking lists all of the cities in the United States that are most challenging cities for people who have spring allergies. PixabayGene Tool Key to Cure HIV, Autism, and Cancer Local pollen levels are the basis of the rankings. As well as the use of allergy medication and the number of specialists in each metropolitan area. It is logical that way, the more people buying anti-allergy medications, the more cases of spring allergic people are residing in that area. The more certified allergists who practice in the area, the more difficult it is for the people living there because they have to go visit a physician. This particular research was sponsored by DYMISTA Nasal Spray, which is distributed by Meda Pharmaceuticals.Like us on Facebook There is no city in New Jersey making the list. Surprisingly, New York only ranked 31st in the list. Syracuse jumped from number 20 last year to top 3 this year. Daytona Beach is top 100, an improvement from number 99 last year. Included in the report are spring allergy regions for divided in North, East, West and South territories.   Here is the top 10 of the most difficult places to live when you have spring allergies.   Jackson, Miss.   Memphis, Tenn.   Syracuse, N.Y.   Louisville, Ky.   McAllen, Texas   Wichita, Kan.   Oklahoma City   Providence, R.I.   Knoxville, Tenn.   Buffalo, N.Y.    

Spring Allergy Cities Ranked in the United States

Spring is here. You might be excited with the sunshines and grass and the breeze on your hair.  However, this is also the season of the pollen. If you live in Philadelphia, you know you have a problem when you have spring allergies. According to an annual ranking in the United States among places with the most difficult living conditions for those with allergies Philly jumped into 21st place place while Jackson, Mississippi remains the top. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Philadelphia has one the largest jump in the rankings from 38 to 21. This ranking lists all of the cities in the United States that are most challenging cities for people who have spring allergies. PixabayGene Tool Key to Cure HIV, Autism, and Cancer Local pollen levels are the basis of the rankings. As well as the use of allergy medication and the number of specialists in each metropolitan area. It is logical that way, the more people buying anti-allergy medications, the more cases of spring allergic people are residing in that area. The more certified allergists who practice in the area, the more difficult it is for the people living there because they have to go visit a physician. This particular research was sponsored by DYMISTA Nasal Spray, which is distributed by Meda Pharmaceuticals.Like us on Facebook There is no city in New Jersey making the list. Surprisingly, New York only ranked 31st in the list. Syracuse jumped from number 20 last year to top 3 this year. Daytona Beach is top 100, an improvement from number 99 last year. Included in the report are spring allergy regions for divided in North, East, West and South territories.   Here is the top 10 of the most difficult places to live when you have spring allergies.   Jackson, Miss.   Memphis, Tenn.   Syracuse, N.Y.   Louisville, Ky.   McAllen, Texas   Wichita, Kan.   Oklahoma City   Providence, R.I.   Knoxville, Tenn.   Buffalo, N.Y.