Alcoholic Liver Disease Aggravated by Intestinal Fungi

Alcoholic Liver Disease Aggravated by Intestinal Fungi

Hepatology June 26, 2017 at 9:41 AM 0 comments

OVERGROWTH of intestinal fungi may exacerbate alcoholic liver disease (ALD), suggests a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, California, USA and the J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA. ALD, a term which encompasses a wide variety of liver diseases, including cirrhosis, has previously beenRead More

Stool Analysis: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Opportunities for Fatty Liver Disease

Stool Analysis: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Opportunities for Fatty Liver Disease

Hepatology June 26, 2017 at 9:39 AM 0 comments

MICROBIAL patterns within stool samples may present a new method of diagnosis for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), suggests a preliminary study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the Human Longevity, Inc., San Diego, and the J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, California, USA. Until now, aRead More

Significant Improvement in Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Found

Significant Improvement in Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Found

Urology June 26, 2017 at 9:36 AM 0 comments

SIGNIFICANT improvements to survival rates in prostate cancer patients have been found to result from the addition of abiraterone to hormone therapy at the beginning of treatment. These findings were from the STAMPEDE trial and are very promising. Indeed, the chief investigator, Prof Nicholas James, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FoundationRead More

Genetic Variants Associated with Urinary Incontinence Identified

Genetic Variants Associated with Urinary Incontinence Identified

Urology June 26, 2017 at 9:34 AM 0 comments

THE FIRST genetic risk factors for urinary incontinence have been discovered by researchers. Although urinary incontinence is a very common issue, with ~50% of adult females experiencing at least occasional leakage and half of those women affected severely enough to impact their quality of life, the genetic variants associated withRead More

New Technique for Assessing Psoriasis Severity

New Technique for Assessing Psoriasis Severity

Innovations June 20, 2017 at 9:47 AM 0 comments

A HANDHELD tissue scanner has been developed for use in the management of patients with psoriasis, potentially enabling physicians to make a more accurate analysis of the severity of the condition than current methods allow. Currently, 10­­–15 million people in the EU are believed to be affected by psoriasis, makingRead More

New Test for the Detection of Latent HIV

New Test for the Detection of Latent HIV

Innovations June 20, 2017 at 9:45 AM 0 comments

A TEST for HIV has been created that the developers have stated will have greater efficacy, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness, possibly helping researchers to find a cure for the infection. The senior author of the relevant study, Prof Phalguni Gupta, Professor and Vice Chairman, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Pitt Public Health,Read More

New Biomarker in Renal Replacement Therapy

New Biomarker in Renal Replacement Therapy

Nephrology June 12, 2017 at 9:26 AM 0 comments

SURVIVAL in patients undergoing renal replacement therapy could be improved by the utilisation of biomarker measurements, according to the results of a recent study. Currently, patients undergoing renal replacement therapy have a 90% survival rate 1 year after starting dialysis, which falls to 83% after 2 years. There are severalRead More

Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy: A Better Alternative to Conventional Therapy?

Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy: A Better Alternative to Conventional Therapy?

Nephrology June 12, 2017 at 9:24 AM 0 comments

TREATMENT of metastatic kidney cancer using a focussed therapy known as stereotactic ablative radiation has been shown to result in >90% control of metastases in a recent study. The trial, conducted at the Kidney Cancer Program, Simmons Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, indicated that stereotactic ablativeRead More

Stem Cells Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Stem Cells Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Rheumatology June 5, 2017 at 9:39 AM 0 comments

MODIFIED stem cells derived from mice tails may hold the potential to fight and protect against arthritis, according to the findings of a recent study. A gene-editing tool, CRISPR, was used to remove a specific gene that contributes to the inflammatory process from stem cells that were converted from skinRead More

New Drug Reduces Effects of Osteoarthritis in Mice

New Drug Reduces Effects of Osteoarthritis in Mice

Rheumatology June 5, 2017 at 9:37 AM 0 comments

A NEW drug offers hope to osteoarthritis (OA) patients, as researchers have discovered, based on trials conducted with young mice, that senescent cells can be reduced in joints. Currently, there is no known cure for OA, yet this ground-breaking research provides hope for a new, single-injection fix with the abilityRead More