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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.

FDA: Beware of Embolization With Dermal Fillers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert regarding certain injection sites on the face where unintentional injection of soft tissue fillers into blood vessels in the face can result in rare but serious side effects.

Which Tattoo Ink Colors Are Most Likely to Cause Skin Reactions?

Researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center have reported that up to six percent of adults in New York who get tattoos have experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, severe itching, or swelling that lasted from four months up to years for some.

Mediterranean Diet Might Lower Endometrial Cancer Risk

Adhering to a Mediterranean diet may significantly reduce a woman's risk of endometrial cancer.

Vegan Diet Tied to Weight Loss, Improved Pain in Diabetic Neuropathy

A vegan diet might help patients with diabetic neuropathy lose weight and find some pain relief, a small pilot study suggests.

House Call Primary Care Practices Vary Substantially

Home-based primary care practices vary in terms of size and approaches to quality of care assessment, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.