Vitamin C’s effectiveness against COVID may hinge on vitamin’s natural transporter levels

High doses of vitamin C under study for treating COVID-19 may benefit some populations, but investigators exploring its potential in aging say key factors in effectiveness include levels of the natural transporter needed to get the vitamin inside cells. Age, race, gender, as well as expression levels and genetic variations […]

COVID-19 levels in Saskatoon’s wastewater point to upcoming increase in cases

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers and partners at the City of Saskatoon (CoS) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) have developed a COVID-19 early warning system by sampling and testing the city’s wastewater for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Infected people shed virus traces through their feces, often even before COVID-19 symptoms […]

Mayo Clinic expert answers questions about breast cancer screening, levels of risk and latest in imaging

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some patients to keep on track with their regular breast cancer screenings. In the beginning of the pandemic, mammogram screenings dropped significantly. Now health care providers are working to get the word out that it’s not only safe for patients to come […]

Americans with lower education levels suffer more pain than people with more education

Americans with university degrees or higher level of education endure substantially less pain than those who are less educated, according to an international study led by Western University. With more than half of U.S. adults reporting chronic pain, the study will help health-care professionals and policymakers better target relief, the […]

Brain regions with impaired blood flow have higher tau levels

In Alzheimer’s disease, impaired blood flow to brain regions coincides with tau protein buildup. This relationship strengthens as cognition declines, according to new research published in JNeurosci. Vascular function declines and amyloid-β and tau protein accumulate as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, resulting in neuron death. Like the proverbial chicken and egg, […]