Sepsis-Induced Immune Paralysis Reversed by β-Glucan

Sepsis-Induced Immune Paralysis Reversed by β-Glucan

Hematology December 12, 2016 at 9:19 AM 0 comments

SEPSIS is a life-threatening condition with inefficient treatment options available at present. With an incidence of approximately 2–30 per 10,000 people in the Western world and 20% of patients dying in the intensive care unit (ICU), researchers at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, investigated the mechanisms involved at an epigenetic, molecularRead More

Association Found Between Vitamin D Levels and Breast Cancer Prognosis

Association Found Between Vitamin D Levels and Breast Cancer Prognosis

Oncology December 12, 2016 at 9:18 AM 0 comments

VITAMIN D serum biomarker levels, particularly 25-hydroxyvitamin D, can be used to gauge vitamin deficiency or abundance among patients. In 2003 alone, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an alarming truth: 230,815 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,860 died across the USA that year. Now,Read More

Prediction Tool Estimates Risk of Gestational Diabetes in Obese Women

Diabetes December 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS have developed a prediction tool for early identification of obese women at a high risk of gestational diabetes (GDM) which can be used to guide treatment interventions to those most likely to benefit. The team developed three different models by drawing on a range of clinical and demographic measures,Read More

Molecular Signature of Liver Disease Indicates Responsiveness to First-Line Therapy

Hepatology December 8, 2016 at 9:28 AM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS have shown how high-risk primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), or PBC in patients who do not respond to conventional treatment, has distinct differences in its molecular signature compared to its low-risk form. Among the PBC patient population, 30% of individuals are unresponsive to ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) therapy which can haltRead More

Promising Drug Trial Results for Infant Spinal Muscular Atrophy Treatment

Neurology December 8, 2016 at 8:43 AM 0 comments

THE INTERIM results of a small, ongoing Phase II trial have shown that the drug nusinersen is a well-tolerated treatment for infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy that results in the improvement of motor functions for the majority of participants. The results of the trial have informed the design of a larger,Read More

New App Helps Doctors Assess Risk of Lung Cancer

Oncology, Respiratory December 8, 2016 at 8:27 AM 0 comments

CANCER RESEARCH UK have launched a free iOS app to assist doctors as they decide their next steps in managing patients with pulmonary nodules. The new app has been designed to allow clinicians to easily access the information needed when deciding whether pulmonary nodules might be cancerous and require furtherRead More

Pubic Hair Grooming Related to Sexual Infection

Urology December 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM 0 comments

PUBIC HAIR grooming has been linked to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) according to the findings of a new study, leading researchers to suggest how this insight might be useful for clinicians to reduce the risk of infections in patients. Scientists found that ever having groomed pubic hair has a positiveRead More

Mechanism Discovered Behind Slower Wound Healing

Mechanism Discovered Behind Slower Wound Healing

Dermatology December 5, 2016 at 1:55 PM 0 comments

OLDER people need more time to recover from injuries; this has been documented for >100 years, since it was noticed that older soldiers in World War I took longer to heal. A recent study by Prof Elaine Fuchs, Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, Rockefeller University,Read More

Skin Bacterium Secretes Protective Enzyme

Skin Bacterium Secretes Protective Enzyme

Dermatology December 5, 2016 at 1:54 PM 0 comments

A UNIQUE antioxidant enzyme released by one of the most common skin bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes, is believed to help protect humans from disease and skin damage, according to the results of a recent study. Current evidence suggests that the bacteria which make up the human microbiome are vital to ourRead More

Phantom Limb Pain Relieved Using Augmented Reality

Innovations December 2, 2016 at 11:33 AM 0 comments

MOVEMENT of a phantom limb using augmented reality and by playing video games is part of a new therapy found to significantly reduce the amount of pain experienced by patients with an upper limb amputation. A team of researchers designed the new therapy named phantom motor execution to see whetherRead More