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Newly Discovered Immune Cell Could Prevent Lung Infections During Chemotherapy

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Alex

The risk of infection increases during chemotherapy as the drugs work to kill the body’s dividing cells — some of which are cancerous and some of which are immune cell producers. When chemotherapy kills the cells that produce immune cells, the white blood cell count … Read More »

Gene Stabilizing Technique Could Help Prevent Inherited ALS

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Alex

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that progresses rapidly, causing muscle weakness and loss muscle of control. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 90-95 percent of all ALS patients develop the disease with no clear risk factors. The other … Read More »

New Oral Medication Could Reduce or Stop Multiple Sclerosis Progression

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Alex

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurological disease that eventually ends in death. Current treatments exist to reduce the severity of symptoms or slow down the progression, but so far, doctors have been unable to find a cure for the condition. Since the disease is … Read More »

Saliva Testing Might Determine the Severity of Asthma

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Alex

If asthma severely impairs your life and ability to work, you might qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, proving that asthma prevents you from performing any substantial gainful activity can be difficult, as disability standards currently base their assessments on the frequency, severity, … Read More »

Improvements Coming to the Medical Disability Examination Process for Veterans

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Alex

The medical disability examination is a critical part of the veterans’ disability benefits process. Delays in these examinations are one of the reasons the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a backlog of veterans’ disability claims. Now, a new round of contracts totaling $6.8 billion … Read More »

Protein Combination Could Predict Multiple Sclerosis Severity and Progression

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Alex

Tracking the difference in behavior of immune system cells in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) might help doctors predict the severity of MS symptoms. Currently, an MS diagnosis only identifies that the person has the condition, and that there is a potential for it to … Read More »

Mechanisms that Halt Breast Milk Production May Help in Fight Against Cancer

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Alex

Inflammation is one of the vital mechanisms in the spread of many different types of cancer. Researchers from the University of Sheffield recently looked into the natural methods the body uses to remove dead cells which cause inflammation. Scientists looked at the human breast to … Read More »

VA Announces List of Presumptive Illnesses Associated with Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Alex

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is finally acknowledging the harmful effects the Camp Lejeune water supply, contaminated more than 30 years ago, had of servicemembers. The VA might consider servicemembers, reserve, and National Guard members stationed at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 to … Read More »

VA Now Allows Vets to Schedule Appointments Directly for Audiology and Optometry Care

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Alex

Hearing damage and vision loss are common concerns for veterans, especially those of advanced age. Appointments for audiology and optometry care are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system, but only after veterans obtain a referral from their primary care physician. With … Read More »

VA to Award Almost $8 Million in Adaptive Sports Grants to Benefit Disabled Veterans

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Alex

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award up to $7.8 million in grants to support adaptive sports programs benefiting disabled veterans and servicemembers. The grants will go to organizations nationwide (including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) that currently support veterans … Read More »