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Gene Therapy Shows No Long-Term Harm in Animals: Study

Gene Therapy Shows No Long-Term Harm in Animals: StudyFRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Results from a long-term study of a gene therapy technique to prevent inherited mitochondrial disease show promise, researchers say.Studies of the technique at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland show no adverse health effects in rhesus macaque monkeys and their offspring. The researchers said the technique could break the cycle of disease passed from mother to baby through mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).Though results of animal studies sometimes differ in humans, the findings bolster the scientific basis for mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) in human clinical trials, the study authors said. But they added a key caveat: The study found varying levels of mtDNA from the mother that replicated and built up within some...

AHA News: Feeling Stressed About Your Role in Life? For...

11 December 2020
AHA News: Feeling Stressed About Your Role in Life? For Women, That Could Be a Health RiskFRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- How a woman feels about her roles at home and at work during midlife can affect several factors that influence her heart health, new research shows.The study, published Dec. 11 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found women who felt more stressed at their jobs or in their roles as caregivers, mothers and spouses had greater odds of having high blood pressure, being overweight and not eating a healthy diet.Conversely, those who felt their roles were more rewarding were substantially more likely to be physically active and to not smoke. And that can potentially help their heart health, said lead author Andrea Leigh Stewart. The research was part of her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate...

Heart Palpitations Can Be Common During Menopause

10 December 2020
Heart Palpitations Can Be Common During MenopauseTHURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An older woman's heart races and flutters. Is it a sign of cardiovascular problems or is it maybe a symptom of menopause?New research shows that the palpitations are a distressing problem for roughly 25% of women during menopause, but those feelings of a pounding heart or skipped heartbeat have been the subject of very little research, said study author Janet Carpenter. She's an associate dean of research at Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis."We're not really sure what they are. We're not sure if they really need a cardiac workup when they're experiencing the palpitations, and that is something that we hope to learn a little bit more about," Carpenter said.The purpose of Carpenter's study was to investigate menopausal...

Why a Newborn's First Breath Is So Important

10 December 2020
Why a Newborn`s First Breath Is So ImportantTHURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New research on what happens as a newborn is delivered and takes its first breath may shed light on a potential contributor to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A team led by doctors from the University of Virginia School of Medicine discovered a signaling system within the brainstem that activates almost immediately at birth to support early breathing.The findings help researchers understand how breathing transitions from its initially fragile state to a stable and robust physiological system that supplies the body with oxygen throughout a lifetime. Before birth, breathing is not required, so the transition at birth is a highly vulnerable time."Birth is traumatic for the newborn, as the baby has to independently take control over...

Mindfulness Helps Young Women After Breast Cancer: Study

9 December 2020
Mindfulness Helps Young Women After Breast Cancer: StudyWEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness, meditation and survivorship education can help young breast cancer survivors overcome depression and other problems, a new study indicates.About 20% of breast cancer cases occur in women younger than 50, many of whom face significant struggles."For women in their 30s and 40s, the experience with breast cancer and its treatments is substantially different from that of older women," said study author Dr. Patricia Ganz, associate director for population science research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center."These women often require more aggressive therapy that can be both disruptive and disfiguring, which can cause high levels of distress, putting them at an increased risk for the negative effects of cancer diagnosis and...

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