Serum biomarker linked to brain atrophy in multiple sclerosis

(HealthDay)—Serum neurofilament light chain (sNFL) levels are significantly associated with clinical and neuroimaging outcomes in multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Neurology. Ester Cantó, Ph.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues conducted a prospective cohort study involving 607 patients Continue Reading

New research suggests gut bacteria may be linked to high blood pressure and depression

A study of bacteria in the gut identified differences between people with high blood pressure compared to those with high blood pressure plus depression, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. “People are ‘meta-organisms’ made up of roughly equal numbers of human cells Continue Reading

Healthiest lifestyle linked to 75% reduction in diabetes risk, reduced risk of CD, death in those already with diabetes

People with the healthiest lifestyle have a 75% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those with the least healthy lifestyle, according to a new study in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes). Amongst those individuals with type 2 diabetes, a healthy lifestyle is Continue Reading

THC may be to blame in Minnesota’s severe respiratory illnesses linked to vaping

State and federal health investigators are focusing on illicit THC compounds as they search for the cause of a rash of vaping-related respiratory illnesses that struck teens and young adults this summer. Health officials have interviewed eight of 15 patients in Minnesota who have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illnesses Continue Reading

Hardship during the Great Recession linked with lasting mental health declines

People who suffered a financial, housing-related, or job-related hardship as a result of the Great Recession were more likely to show increases in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and problematic drug use, research shows. The research findings, published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal Continue Reading