Inflammatory disorders

Chronic inflammation causes loss of muscle mass during aging

People start losing muscle mass at the age of 40—about some 10 percent of the total muscle mass for each 10-year period, which may lead to fall-related injuries, slowing metabolism and reduced quality of life. Today, very ...

Immunology

CRP levels potentially useful in chronic spontaneous urticaria

(HealthDay)—C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are frequently elevated in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), and these elevations are relevant and potentially useful in management of the condition, according ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Blood test unlocks new frontier in treating depression

Doctors for the first time can determine which medication is more likely to help a patient overcome depression, according to research that pushes the medical field beyond what has essentially been a guessing game of prescribing ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

A blood test may help predict confusion after surgery

Many people experience an extended period of confusion when they awake after surgery. This acute confusional state, called delirium, particularly affects older adults and poses an important clinical challenge as it can lead ...

Cardiology

Elevated CRP may be response, not cause of disease

Genetically raised levels of C-reactive protein (CRP, an inflammatory protein) are associated with protection against schizophrenia, according to a Mendelian randomization study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study, ...

Cardiology

Common blood test could predict risk of 2nd stroke

A new discovery about ischemic stroke may allow to doctors to predict patients' risk of having a second stroke using a commonly performed blood test and their genetic profile.

Cardiology

High-intensity statin effect independent of lipoprotein, CRP

(HealthDay)—High-intensity statin therapy is associated with coronary atherosclerosis regression, regardless of baseline lipoprotein or C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, according to a study published in the Nov. 15 issue ...

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