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Why Are Women More Likely to Develop MS Than Men?

The innate lymphoid cell has demonstrated different immune activities in males vs. females, researchers from the Northwestern Medicine lab have found.

Highest, Lowest U.S. Organ Donation Rates Ranked by Region

In the United States, organ donor rates are highest in the Midwest and lowest in New York state, according to a report published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

Reduction in Glaucoma Risk With Metformin Appears Dose-Dependent

Metformin is associated with a lower risk of developing open-angle glaucoma (OAG), according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Deaths From Cancer Rising Worldwide, Esp. Lung Cancer

Between 1990 and 2013, the proportion of deaths worldwide caused by cancer rose from 12 to 15 percent. During that time, years of healthy life lost to cancer increased 29 percent, according to data on 28 types of cancer in 188 countries published in JAMA Oncology.

Even Moderate BMI Reduction Could Ease A-Fib Burden

Incremental increases in body mass index (BMI) are associated with excess risk of incident, postoperative, and post-ablation atrial fibrillation (AF).

Antiviral May Tighten Blood-Brain Barrier Against Pathogens

Researchers have discovered that the antiviral interferon-lambda can tighten the blood-brain barrier, protecting the brain from invading viruses.

Better Outcomes for HIV Patients Who Start Treatment Early, Says Study

Preliminary findings from a study funded by the the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), indicate that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably reduced risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they initiate treatment with antiretroviral medications when their CD4+ T-cell count is higher, rather than waiting until this cell count drops to lower levels.

DOD: Live Anthrax Accidentally Sent to Nine States, South Korea

The Department of Defense (DOD) has admitted that live anthrax samples were accidentally sent to 19 laboratories in nine states and South Korea, and that at least 26 individuals are receiving antibiotics due to potential exposure.

Severe Abdominal Pain After BBQ? It Could Be a Bristle

With summer comes outdoor grilling, but patients should be careful when cleaning the grill with a wire barbecue brush due to cases of accidental ingestion of bristles.

New OTC Lightweight Wearable Launched for Chronic Pain Relief

NeuroMetrix announced the launch of the Quell device for the treatment of chronic pain in patients with conditions such as diabetic nerve pain, low back and leg pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis pain.