Monday, 16 May 2022

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The Pros and Cons of Healthcare Chatbots

Chatbots are conversation platforms driven by artificial intelligence (AI), that respond to queries based on algorithms. They are considered to be ground-breaking technologies in customer relationships. Since healthcare chatbots can be on duty tirelessly both day and night, they are an invaluable addition to the care of the patient. Medical chatbots. Image Credit: olya osyunina/ […]

Gut bacterium supports growth in infants with severe acute malnutrition

About 18 million children under age 5 suffer from severe acute malnutrition, and over 3 million children die from it each year. Treatment with high-calorie supplemental foods and antibiotics can prevent deaths, but these interventions often have limited impact on the long-term effects of severe acute malnutrition, such as persistent stunted growth, disrupted immune function […]

What is Nutritional Psychiatry?

Nutritional psychiatry is the practice of using food and food supplements as alternative treatments for mental health disorders. Most current treatments for mental health disorders – from psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia – focus on treating the symptoms of the condition. Though many are effective at treating these symptoms, […]

The Folate Debate

The folate debate refers to the ongoing discussion about the mandatory fortification of food with folic acid. Approximately 80 countries currently add this synthetic vitamin to their food supply. The rationale for doing so is prophylactic, with the hopes to prevent particular types of birth defects. In 2021, the UK joined the list of these […]

Should you Mix COVID Vaccines?

Recent evidence on heterologous prime-boost coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination has shown promising results in terms of inducing robust immune responses against deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Such a vaccination approach is particularly important to alleviate the global storage of vaccines, maximize vaccine coverage, and provide better protection against newly emerging viral […]

What is Barakat Syndrome?

The Barakat syndrome, also known as HDR syndrome, is a clinically variable (heterogeneous) rare genetic condition first identified by Barakat et al. in 1977. This clinical entity has a wide range of genotypic and phenotypic variants and is genetically diverse. Image Credit: valiantsin suprunovich The GATA binding protein 3 (GATA3) gene haploinsufficiency causes Barakat syndrome, […]

What is Balo’s Disease?

Balo's disease, a rare variant of multiple sclerosis (MS), is a demyelinating disorder of the CNS in which the myelin (the fatty substance that covers nerve fibers) is destroyed. Balo’s disease is also known as concentric sclerosis or Balo concentric sclerosis because it is marked by bands of intact myelin (the sheath of fatty substances […]

$35 million to support study of sleep disorder linked to neurodegeneration

People with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder act out their dreams. While sleeping safely in bed, for example, they might throw up their arms to catch an imaginary ball or try to run from an illusory assailant. Such actions are more than just a nuisance. People with the disorder have a 50% to […]

Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) is a nutrient-rich leafy vegetable. It contains several important micronutrients which encompass a wide range of vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber, protein, and fatty acids which are essential for the maintenance, improvement, and regulation of tissue. Image Credit: nesavinov/ Spinach is also a substantial source of antioxidants that […]

$7 million to support research into how human genome works

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help lead national efforts to investigate how variations in the human genome sequence affect how the genome functions. Such information is critical for understanding human health and seeking new ways to treat diseases. […]

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