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Anti-Inflammatory Agent in Cord Blood Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Scientists report that a factor found in umbilical cord blood helped fight harmful inflammation in mice, and could point the way to new treatments for humans. Inflammation is common, and in certain circumstances it damages healthy tissue. Out-of-control inflammation is associated with a number of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and sepsis, a common cause of hospital patient deaths. Sepsis is the body's overreaction to infection. Scientists from the University of Utah School of Medicine isolated neonatal NET inhibitory factor (nNIF) from cord blood. The factor occurs in the blood of newborns for about two weeks after birth. It is not found in older babies or adults. When given to mice, nNIF reduced inflammation and sepsis-related problems such as fever, breathing fluctuations and death, according to the study. Without treatment, only 20 percent of the ... Read more

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Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with more severe disease, have an increased risk for a variety of other health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Psoriasis is characterized by red, raised patches of skin, or plaques, covered with silvery-white scales. It's also marked by itching, burning or soreness of the skin. It is not contagious. "Psoriasis patients, even those ... Read more

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Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – The skin disorder psoriasis appears linked with artery inflammation, raising the odds for heart disease, a new study says. "As the amount of psoriasis increases, the amount of blood vessel inflammation increases," said senior investigator Dr. Nehal Mehta, a clinical investigator with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His team also found that even mild psoriasis may indicate an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Just one psoriasis skin patch, or plaque, "might be biologically active, causing low-grade inflammation and starting a cascade, speeding up their blood vessel disease," Mehta said. "People really should know that psoriasis is not just a cosmetic disease," he added. However, these study findings only show an association between psoriasis and blood vessel inflammation, not a direct cause-and-effect relationship, Mehta said. His ... Read more

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Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids

Posted 21 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 – Good parenting and life skills coaching seem to reduce inflammation in children from low-income families, a new study suggests. Inflammation is a common problem among poorer children, and can lead to a number of illnesses, according to Northwestern University researchers. "Many health problems in both childhood and adulthood involve excessive inflammation. The process has a role in diabetes, heart disease, allergies and some cancers," study author Gregory Miller, a professor of psychology, said in a university news release. The study focused on mothers and their 11-year-old children in rural areas of Georgia. Ninety percent of the study participants lived in low-income households. About 170 of the mother-child pairs completed a seven-week training program designed to improve parenting skills, enhance communication between parents and children, and teach children ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Main Street Family Pharmacy in Tennessee: FDA Alerts Health Care Providers of Adverse Reactions Associated with Steroid Injections

Posted 27 May 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Board of Pharmacy to investigate reports of seven adverse events associated with steroid injections compounded by Main Street Family Pharmacy, LLC (Main Street) of Newbern, Tenn. The reports of adverse events are all from patients who received preservative free methylprednisolone acetate (80 mg/mL) by injection. To date, the FDA has received seven reports. Clinical information about these patients is pending; at least one of these infections appears to be fungal in nature. BACKGROUND: An investigation into the exact source of these adverse events is still ongoing, but these cases are associated with a potentially contaminated medication. As part of the ongoing investigation, the FDA will continue to work closely with the CDC and state authorities to ... Read more

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