Zika

Researchers Identify Compounds Effective Against Zika

Researchers at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) recently identified compounds that potentially can be used to inhibit Zika virus replication and reduce its ability to kill brain cells. These compounds now can be studied by the broader research community to help combat the Zika public health crisis. NCATS is part of the National Institutes of Health.




Food Allergy

Children with Food Allergies Predisposed to Asthma and Rhinitis

Children with a history of food allergy have a high risk of developing asthma and allergic rhinitis during childhood as well. The risk increases with the number of food allergies a child might have, say researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in a new study recently published in BMC Pediatrics.






Stress May Be Harder On Womens Hearts Than On Mens

Stress May Be Harder On Women’s Hearts Than On Men’s, Study Reveals

As if it weren’t stressful enough knowing that stress is bad for our health, a new study finds that for younger women in particular, mental stress may contribute to heart disease in measureable ways. If you have heart disease to begin with, that is. The study looked at people in their 30s to 70s and found that when they started out with heart problems, being stressed in the lab reduced blood flow to their hearts, and the effect was significantly greater for women. It’s not clear if the results also apply to healthy individuals, but it’s likely they may, given what we know about the links between mental and heart health. And since heart disease kills more women every year, and women are more affected by anxiety than men, the results are worth paying attention to.