Liver Tumour Models Grown In Vitro for the First Time

Hepatology, Oncology November 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM 0 comments

LIVER tumour models have been grown in a lab for the first time, making it easier for researchers to better understand the biology of the disease and develop new treatments, according to results of a study by the Wellcome Trust, London and Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK. InRead More

Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease Through Word Processing Time

Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease Through Word Processing Time

Neurology November 20, 2017 at 10:34 AM 0 comments

TIME TAKEN to process written words may serve as a reliable predictor of an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study presented by researchers at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, the University of Kent, Kent, UK, and the University of California, Davis, Oakland, California, USA. The studyRead More

Migraines: Friend or Foe?

Migraines: Friend or Foe?

Neurology November 20, 2017 at 10:33 AM 0 comments

SELF-PROTECTION may be the reason behind migraine attacks, according to a new theory suggested by Dr Jonathan M. Borkum, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA. His suggestion stemmed from previously described evidence, which observed that individuals who experience migraines have higher levels of oxidative stress within the brain. There isRead More

Identification of Antibiotic Resistance Methods Could Lead to the Development of New Treatments

Uncategorized November 14, 2017 at 4:55 PM 0 comments

NEW ANTIOBIOTIC resistance mechanisms have been discovered by researchers at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, which could pave the way for the development of new drugs to treat bacterial infections. The study could prove vital for helping combat the global health crisis caused by the antibiotic resistance epidemic. ARead More

Gene Behind Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Uncovered

Gene Behind Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Uncovered

Respiratory November 14, 2017 at 9:20 AM 0 comments

IDIOPATHIC pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is diagnosed in around 6,000 new patients every year. This debilitating disease stems from scarring within the lungs, resulting in the patient suffering major breathing difficulties. Life expectancy is predicted at around 3 years post diagnosis and patients experience a range of unpleasant side effects asRead More

A Potential Cure for Asthma?

A Potential Cure for Asthma?

Respiratory November 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM 0 comments

ASTHMA affects >22 million people in the USA alone, including almost 6 million children, highlighting the significance of the disease. Often attributed to a Western lifestyle, there is currently no cure for asthma; however, a new study has identified a possible cure for this potentially deadly disease in an unlikelyRead More

Significant Mortality Benefits of Mechanical Valves

Cardiology November 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM 0 comments

MECHANICAL valves have very good long-term mortality benefits and should be used more often, particularly in younger patients who require mitral-valve replacements, according to a study conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. The findings have the potential to alter current guidance for physicians alongRead More

Genetic Predictors for Oesophageal Cancer Identified in High-Risk Patients

Gastroenterology, Oncology November 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM 0 comments

OESOPHAGEAL cancer could be diagnosed up to 8 years before the first symptoms appear, enabling earlier treatment of the condition, according to research presented during the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Cancer Conference, Liverpool, UK, on 5th–8th November 2017. This follows the identification of predictive markers in some individuals withRead More

Retired Professional Footballers Are Particularly Susceptible to Osteoarthritis

Rheumatology November 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM 0 comments

PROFESSIONAL footballers are at a far higher risk of developing osteoarthritis after retiring from the game, compared to the average person. This is according to an analysis, led by researchers from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, and funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK, which outlines some of theRead More

New Probe Improves the Ability to Predict Heart Attacks

New Probe Improves the Ability to Predict Heart Attacks

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology November 7, 2017 at 9:43 AM 0 comments

CARDIOVASCULAR disease currently affects 7 million people in the UK, with 530 individuals attending hospital every day due to heart attacks;1 rapid treatment and diagnostic developments are therefore urgently required. Currently, angiography allows examination of plaques present in blood vessels which can cause vessel constriction and may lead to vasculatureRead More