Incidence of Sepsis Is on the Rise

Sepsis causes 25% to 30% of hospital deaths. That number goes up closer to 50% when patients have complications. It’s fast-acting and likely to be fatal if it isn’t caught quickly.

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Men and Women May Have Different Risks for Alzheimer’s

Diabetics have an increased risk for dementia because of insulin signaling dysfunction. However, sex hormones may play a role as well, particularly since women are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s. To investigate this, they examined changes in estrogen, insulin, oxidative stress, and markers of Alzheimer’s in male and female middle-aged rats, some of which had type-2 diabetes and some of which served as controls. They found a number of differences between the male and female rats as well as those with and without type-2 diabetes. This indicates that treatment approaches should be different for each group.

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Melatonin Lowers High Blood Pressure

Researchers recently published a review article on melatonin and cardiovascular disease. The article points out that studies show that patients with high blood pressure have low levels of melatonin. Still other studies show that melatonin lowers blood pressure.

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