A New Treatment Option for Malaria?

Hematology February 10, 2017 at 2:33 PM 0 comments

THE DISCOVERY of a protein that assists parasites in attacking human red blood cells could be used to develop more developed vaccines for the disease, according to researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. This unearthing could result in a more effective treatment for malaria. In the recentlyRead More

New Blood Test Creates Optimism for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

Oncology February 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM 0 comments

A BLOOD TEST to help predict the risk of non-relapse mortality (NRM) and severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in blood cancer patients who undergo a bone marrow transplant has been developed following a recent study. In the new study paper, scientists report that no laboratory test currently exists to predict theRead More

Merlin Protein Could Help Peripheral Nerves Repair Themselves

Neurology February 9, 2017 at 10:08 AM 0 comments

RESEARCHERS have learnt how a particular protein enables damaged nerves to repair themselves in a study using mouse models. The findings of this research could lead to the development of new treatments for injured peripheral nerves. Damage to these nerves can occur, for example, as the result of traumatic injuriesRead More

The Potential of SHP-1 Control in the Maintenance of Stent Patency

The Potential of SHP-1 Control in the Maintenance of Stent Patency

Interventional Cardiology February 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM 0 comments

SURGICAL STENT implantation within Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients is an operation of limited long-term success, due to the accelerated rate at which these patient’s arteries will likely become reblocked. Already at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, this problem is then further augmented for the patient asRead More

Microgreen Consumption May Lower Cardiovascular Risk

Microgreen Consumption May Lower Cardiovascular Risk

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology February 7, 2017 at 10:46 AM 0 comments

MICROGREENS, seedlings of plants often used as up-market garnishes, may be the key to better cardiovascular protection and lower levels of circulating lipids. Although the benefits of ‘eating our greens’ to modulate hypercholesterolaemia is already known universally to be a healthy commitment in the long term, researchers from the USRead More

Mechanical Force Used by Antibiotics to ‘Tear Apart’ Resistant Bacteria

Uncategorized February 6, 2017 at 2:56 PM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS have found that antibiotics are still able to kill resistant bacteria by using mechanical force to ‘tear holes in the bacteria and rip them apart’. These findings will help scientists to develop new antibiotics, and modify existing ones, to overcome resistance in infectious bacterium, according to lead author ofRead More

Scientists Report New Approach for Developing Safer and More Stable Polio Vaccines

Gastroenterology February 6, 2017 at 2:52 PM 0 comments

MODIFYING existing ‘virus-like particles’ (VLPs) to create more stabilised structures could represent a new approach to developing more practical poliovirus vaccines, researchers have reported. VLPs undergo damaging changes when exposed to heat, which makes them unusable as a poliovirus vaccine unlike their success as vaccines for the hepatitis B andRead More

Large Genetic Study Identifies New Treatment Targets for High Blood Pressure

Hematology February 2, 2017 at 9:43 AM 0 comments

THE RESULTS of a large genetic study have validated 107 genes linked to high blood pressure, which could help scientists to identify at-risk patients and develop new drug treatments. Researchers have suggested that these findings could allow doctors to target medication for patients at a higher risk of hypertension andRead More

Urine Samples Used to Detect Bladder Cancer

Urology February 1, 2017 at 2:36 PM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS have developed a non-invasive bisulphite sequencing test to detect bladder cancer using urine samples that matches the performance of a cystoscopy, the current clinical standard. The UroMark test was developed by researchers at the University College of London (UCL), London, UK and uses genomic sequence to detect abnormal cancerRead More

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Patients with Paralysis to Communicate

Neurology February 1, 2017 at 10:10 AM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS have reported the use of a brain-computer interface that allows patients suffering from complete motor paralysis to communicate and answer ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions. Four patients were enrolled into the study with advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and suffering from complete motor paralysis but intact cognitive and emotional processing. ThisRead More