Real-Time Video Used in New Therapy for Athletes with Laryngeal Dysfunction

Respiratory November 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM 0 comments

STUDENT athletes monitored real-time images of their throat during strenuous exercise as part of a new therapeutic approach to exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO). Prof Tod Olin and his team at the National Jewish Health hospital in Colorado, USA, designed the non-surgical method which involves EILO patients wearing a helmet withRead More

Small Rise in Obesity Rates Among Children in England

Diabetes November 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM 0 comments

OBESITY RATES among children in England have risen slightly over the past year, figures released today by NHS Digital show. In 2015–2016, the prevalence of obesity measured in children aged 10–11 years old was 19.8% (confidence interval [CI]: 19.7–19.9%). This is a small increase from the rate of 19.1% (CI:Read More

Surprisingly Large Number of Women with PTSD Symptoms After Pregnancy Loss Found

Reproductive Health November 3, 2016 at 2:45 PM 0 comments

THE PREVALENCE of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in women who have experienced an early pregnancy loss has surprised scientists and prompted suggestions for the need of routine screening of the disorder after miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. In the new study, Dr Jessica Farren from the Imperial College of LondonRead More

Prosthetic Implant Can Help Blind Patients See Again

Innovations November 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM 0 comments

A NEW study has shown how patients with long-term blindness could respond to visual stimuli with the use of a retinal prosthetic implant after years of sight deprivation. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, a commercially available prosthetic, was surgically implanted into seven blind patients affected by retinitis pigmentosa, aRead More

‘Weekend Effect’ Absent in England’s Major Trauma Centres

Uncategorized November 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM 0 comments

RESEARCHERS find no ‘weekend effect’ in the care given to patients admitted to major trauma centres (MTCs) across England. The ‘weekend effect’ is a controversial finding from previous research that has shown worse outcomes, including increased mortality, for patients admitted to various care settings at the weekend compared to those onRead More

Altered States of Arousal Make People More Confident

Neurology November 2, 2016 at 1:39 PM 0 comments

RESEARCHERS have found that when individuals are unknowingly shown a visual cue that induces an aroused state they make more confident choices when tested for perceptual precision. The research team from University College London (UCL), London, UK explored how unexpected states of physiological arousal could influence the confidence individuals feelRead More

Patients No More Active After Hip Replacement

Rheumatology November 2, 2016 at 1:37 PM 0 comments

A TEAM of researchers have found no increase in the levels of physical activity in patients after receiving a unilateral total hip replacement. Mr Thomas Whithers, a PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and his team analysed 17 studies, including 1,030 patients. They collected data onRead More

New Catheter Development Allows Doctors to Look Inside Arteries

New Catheter Development Allows Doctors to Look Inside Arteries

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology October 31, 2016 at 9:58 AM 0 comments

A HIGH-TECH catheter has recently been successful in allowing cardiologists to see inside patients’ arteries for the first time during procedures to remove plaque build-up from inside arteries. This novel technique calls for only the diseased tissue to be removed and is consequently far safer and more effective than previousRead More

Reduced Severity of Heart Attacks is Associated with Preventative Medication

Reduced Severity of Heart Attacks is Associated with Preventative Medication

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology October 31, 2016 at 9:57 AM 0 comments

PREVENTATIVE heart attack medications, such as statins and aspirin, have been linked with reduced heart attack severity. A study including nearly 15,000 participants was carried out to explore this relationship. Researcher Dr Min Li, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Centre, Beijing, China,Read More

Obese Kidney Cancer Patients Found to Live Longer

Obese Kidney Cancer Patients Found to Live Longer

Nephrology October 24, 2016 at 8:37 AM 0 comments

OBESITY is linked to greater risk for numerous cancers. Indeed, the American Cancer Society states that it can trigger changes in hormones that lead to renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer. Nevertheless, a recent study has suggested that overweight and obese patients with kidney cancer haveRead More