Immunology

Serum periostin IDs comorbid chronic rhinosinusitis in asthma

(HealthDay)—For patients with asthma, serum periostin is useful for detecting chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, according to a study published online March 1 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Diabetes

Glucagon receptor antagonist ups blood pressure in T2DM

(HealthDay)—For patients with type 2 diabetes, once-daily treatment with the glucagon receptor antagonist LY2409021 is associated with increases in ambulatory blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online Feb. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New study determines how long Zika remains in body fluids

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provides evidence that the Zika virus particles remain longer in blood than in urine and some other body fluids. This information suggests that blood serum may be the ...

Diabetes

Metformin use linked to less vitamin B12 measurement

(HealthDay)—Long-term metformin use is associated with lower serum vitamin B12 concentration, although metformin users are less likely to receive vitamin B12 testing, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Relapse risk up with low vitamin D levels in ulcerative colitis

(HealthDay)—For patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), serum vitamin D levels ≤35 ng/mL are associated with increased risk of clinical relapse, according to a study published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Metabolites linked to renal decline, time to ESRD in T1DM

(HealthDay)—Serum levels of seven modified metabolites are associated with renal function decline and time to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) among patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), according to a study published online ...

Medical research

Saliva test could offer new way to check immunity

New research from the University of Birmingham shows that antibody levels in saliva are linked to those in blood serum, suggesting a new method for assessment of protection against bacterial infections.

Cancer

Blood-borne HPV antibodies indicate head, neck cancer prognosis

People with head and neck cancers with evidence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection generally have a better prognosis than people without evidence of infection. A new study in JAMA Oncology suggests that to produce a ...

Cardiology

Heart disease protein linked to brain damage

Levels of a protein in the blood associated with heart disease are also linked to early-stage brain damage, according to a study appearing online in the journal Radiology.

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