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Hepatitis B- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

HEPATITIS B YESTERDAY By 1970, the hepatitis B virus had been identified and shown to be a major cause of acute and chronic liver disease. Reliable but somewhat insensitive tests for the virus were newly available. Hepatitis B was the most common cause of acute liver disease in the United States with an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 persons infected annually with the hepatitis B virus, including approximately 20,000 children. The United States was in the midst of an epidemic of hepatitis B that lasted into the 1980s. Hepatitis B was…

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Severe Psoriasis Doubles Risk of Kidney Disease, Penn Medicine Study Shows

PHILADELPHIA — The latest look at connections between psoriasis and other serious medical conditions revealed for the first time that people with more serious cases of psoriasis are at twice the risk of developing  chronic kidney disease and four times the risk of developing end stage renal disease requiring dialysis. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients with mild forms of the disease are not at an increased risk, but those with psoriasis on more than 3 percent of their body are…

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Latest MRI Technology Improves Speed and Image Quality

As it turned out, the move from Tim to Tim 4G was a leap in progress every bit as impressive as the upgrade to Tim back in 2006: which at that time also brought improvements in acquisition speed, and image quality. “One might think that scanning faster takes the image quality down, but it is quite the opposite,” Dehem says. “For abdominal imaging, patients now only need to hold their breath for ten seconds; whereas, in the past, it took 20 seconds. This is a phenomenal difference. The high coil…

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Krokodil the flesh-eating drug spreads to Chicago suburbs with three cases in a week

Use of a a flesh-eating heroin substitute that rots the skin of addicts has now spread to a Chicago suburb, according to local media reports. Krokodil, which is considered more addictive that heroin, originated in Russia before cases were seen in Arizona last month. The latest reports of three cases at the Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in the Joliet suburb of Chicago, is likely to spark further fears that use of the drug, which usually kills addicts within two years, is spreading in the US. According to NBC Chicago…

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Nano-Dissection Identifies Genes Involved in Kidney Disease

Understanding how genes act in specific tissues is critical to our ability to combat many human diseases, from heart disease to kidney failure to cancer. Yet isolating individual cell types for study is impossible for most human tissues. A new method developed by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Michigan called “in siliconano-dissection” uses computers rather than scalpels to separate and identify genes from specific cell types, enabling the systematic study of genes involved in diseases. The team used the new method to successfully identify genes expressed in…

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