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Monday, June 15, 2015

Health News: Eight Vibrio infections, including two deaths reported in Florida ♦ How the discomfort from dry eye disease originates ♦ Physical activity decreases over time at all levels of COPD

Eightnfections, including two deaths reported in Florida  The Florida Department of Health has reported eight confirmed Vibrio vulnificus infections, including two deaths, so far this year. Vibrio is a naturally occurring bacterium found in warm, brackish seawater. Vibrio infections are rare, and the bacterium does not pose a risk to a normally healthy person (without any open cuts or wounds) who swims
Researchers discover how the discomfort from dry eye disease originates A study on the origin of the symptoms of dry eye disease has taken place, and explains the molecular mechanism leading to the discomfort that causes this disease. Dry eye is the most common eye disease in the world, and especially so in elderly people. It is caused by disorders in the quantity and quality of tears, and leads to continuous eye pain and irritation, increased blinking and altered vision, and can potentially cause blindness.
Physical activity decreases over time at all levels of COPD severity, leading to further decline Physical activity decreases substantially over time in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at all levels of severity
Ultrasound identifies RA patients in clinical remission who need more intensive treatment Two new studies have shown the importance of using ultrasound to identify those Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in clinical remission who would benefit from more intensive treatment.
Mechanism regulating gene expression linked to bone and joint damage in ankylosing spondylitis A new study reveals that DNA methylation -- a mechanism that regulates gene expression -- could influence the progression of structural damage to the joints and spine in ankylosing spondylitis. Study findings showed significant associations between a low methylation score and more radiographic progression of the disease, and implicated smoking in worsening of disease outcome.

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