Tag Archives: Disease

Gum disease and Alzheimer's: Your questions answered

People are questioning a landmark study suggesting that a bacterium involved in gum disease may also cause Alzheimer’s. Here’s what you need to know about the study P. gingivalis may be the main culprit in Alzheimer’s diseaseA. DOWSETT, PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Debora MacKenzie The publication of evidence that gum disease bacteria may cause… Read More »

These Patients Had Sickle-Cell Disease. Experimental Therapies Might Have Cured Them.

Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene. But for decades, there has been only modest progress against an inherited condition that mainly afflicts people of African descent. With advances in gene therapy, that is quickly changing — so much so that scientists have… Read More »

Heart disease may begin in the WOMB

Heart disease may begin in the WOMB: The children of pregnant women with pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or a smoking habit are more at risk of the condition in later life Adults who had low oxygen exposure in the womb are more at risk Show red signs for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or… Read More »