Month: May 2019

The epigenetics diet: A barrier against environmental pollution

Early-life dietary nutrition can profoundly affect individual developmental fate and disease prevention. For example, the presence of absence of royal jelly determines whether the larvae of female honey bees develop into a queen (presence of jelly) or a sterile worker (absence of jelly). In a recent review article published in Clinical Epigenetics, we have reported important roles of specific diets in protection of environmental pollution-induced genetic/epigenetic disorders through the regulation of gene expression even when the DNA is not altered. Epigenetics may be one of the most important molecular mechanisms linking environmental stimulation, fetal programming, and adulthood phenotype. Epigenetics...

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A new era in mosquito-borne disease surveillance

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on the planet, thanks to the variety of arboviruses and other pathogens they transmit. Surveillance of these pathogens in collected mosquitoes allows us to detect them before they infect people and become public health concerns. Unfortunately, mosquito surveillance is a tedious and expensive enterprise, and local mosquito control districts and researchers spend a lot of time, money and effort doing that. I know this at a personal level, as a mosquito surveillance partner of the Washington Department of Health in Spokane County. For the last 4 years, once a week in the summer,...

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Research on Augmented Reality in nursing still in its infancy

Augmented Reality In recent years, there has been an increase in the development of innovative digital technology, including Augmented Reality (AR). AR is the overlaying of virtual content on a user’s view of the real world. Cases supporting the use of AR smart glasses exist if an application is needed to be timely, mobile, and hands-free and continuous attention on the task is necessary. For example, in maintenance a worker could use a smart glass with a live-streaming feature to get advice of technicians, including watching demonstrations, while doing the work. Because of the novelty of AR applications, we...

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Is aerobic exercise an effective treatment strategy for patients with migraine?

© FS-Stock / stock.adobe.com Migraine is a highly prevalent disorder. Patients with migraine often use acute medication to reduce an acute migraine attack or prophylactic medication to prevent migraine attacks from occurring. However, not all patients tolerate these drugs equally and some might request non-pharmacological alternatives. Non-pharmacological prophylactic treatments like self-management strategies, manual therapy and aerobic exercise are also being used in clinical practice. The rationale for the application of aerobic exercise in migraine is based on the fact that exercise can decrease pain by modulating the pain process in the brain. For example, exercise is already used as...

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