Why people choose medically assisted death revealed through conversations with nurses

Since Canada legalized Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in 2016, as of Oct. 31, 2018, more than 6,700 Canadians have chosen medications to end their life. Canadians who meet eligibility requirements can opt to self-administer or have a clinician administer these medications; the vast majority of people choosing MAiD have Continue Reading

Researchers discover new, treatable pathway known to cause hypertension in obese people

There’s no question that as body weight increases, so too does blood pressure. Now, in a study of mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have revealed exactly which molecules are likely responsible for the link between obesity and blood pressure. Blocking one of these molecules—a signaling channel that’s found in a tiny Continue Reading

Study examines how people with psychopathic traits control their ‘dark impulses’

People with psychopathic traits are predisposed toward antisocial behavior that can result in “unsuccessful” outcomes such as incarceration. However, many individuals with psychopathic traits are able to control their antisocial tendencies and avoid committing the antagonistic acts that can result. A team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Continue Reading

For people with pre-existing liver disease, toxic algae may be more dangerous

Toxins produced during harmful algal blooms may be more harmful to people than previously known. Researchers at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences sought out to examine how microcystin might affect individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a widespread condition that is frequently asymptomatic. They found Continue Reading

Study: People with autism show atypical brain activity when coordinating visual and motor information

A new study in the Journal of Neurophysiology by researchers at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute is the first to look at functional brain activity in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while they performed precision visuomotor behavior—in this case, a grip-force test. The authors found new evidence Continue Reading

Vaping: As an imaging scientist I fear the deadly impact on people’s lungs

Vaping causes severe illness in otherwise healthy young adults and teenagers. It causes a life-threatening, life-shortening and sometimes deadly lung toxicity and injury—with apparently irreversible damage that cannot be cured. A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine on 53 confirmed cases of young e-cigarette users hospitalized with Continue Reading

Few people with peanut allergy tolerate peanut after stopping oral immunotherapy

Allergy to peanut, which is often severe, is one of the most common food allergies in the United States. Although previous studies have shown that peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT)—ingesting small, controlled amounts of peanut protein—can desensitize adults and children and prevent life-threatening allergic reactions, the optimal duration and dose is Continue Reading