Appendix removal associated with development of Parkinson’s disease

Patients who had their appendix removed were more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those whose appendix remained in place, according to the largest study to address the relationship between the two conditions. The retrospective study involving more than 62 million patient records from 26 health systems will be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)…

The bird that came back from the dead

New research has shown that the last surviving flightless species of bird, a type of rail, in the Indian Ocean had previously gone extinct but rose from the dead thanks to a rare process called ‘iterative evolution’. Source: The bird that came back from the dead

Neuropathy Completely Reversed with monounsaturated fats

Neuropathy Completely Reversed with monounsaturated fats Swapping dietary saturated fats for monounsaturated fats reverses nerve damage and restores nerve function in male mice, finds new preclinical research published in JNeurosci. Amy E. Rumora, Giovanni LoGrasso, John M. Hayes, Faye E. Mendelson, Maegan A. Tabbey, Julia A. Haidar, Stephen I. Lentz, Eva L. Feldman. The divergent…

Heart failure deaths rising in younger adults

Death rates due to heart failure are now increasing, and this increase is most prominent among younger adults under 65, considered premature death, reports a new study. The increase was highest among black men. This study shows for the first time that death rates due to heart failure have been increasing since 2012. The increase…

Five things to know about physician suicide

Physician suicide is an urgent problem with rates higher than suicide rates in the general public, with potential for extensive impact on health care systems. A ‘Five things to know about …’ practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview of this serious issue. Source: Five things to know about physician suicide

Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia “Our findings suggest that peppermint may help prevent these symptoms by relaxing the smooth muscle in the lower esophagus,” says Donald O. Castell, M.D., a professor emeritus in the MUSC College of Medicine, a nationally recognized gastroenterologist, and senior author on…

An army of micro-robots can wipe out dental plaque

A swarm of micro-robots, directed by magnets, can break apart and remove dental biofilm, or plaque, from a tooth. The innovation arose from a cross-disciplinary partnership among dentists, biologists, and engineers at the University of Pennsylvania. Source: An army of micro-robots can wipe out dental plaque

Elderberry shown to fight Influenza at multiple stages

Elderberry shown to fight Influenza at multiple stages Elderberry shown to fight Influenza at multiple stages The phytochemicals from the elderberry juice were shown to be effective at stopping the virus infecting the cells, however to the surprise of the researchers they were even more effective at inhibiting viral propagation at later stages of the…

Schadenfreude: Your pain is my gain

If someone in the workplace is mistreated, their colleagues may respond with empathy — or with schadenfreude. The latter emotion, according to a new study by the University of Zurich, occurs primarily in highly competitive working environments, when one person’s misfortune facilitates another’s goals. Even worse, schadenfreude can be contagious. For this reason, it is…