Strong Immune System Could Protect from Heart Attack

Strong Immune System Could Protect from Heart Attack

Cardiology August 8, 2016 at 9:07 AM 0 comments

RESEARCHERS have discovered a link between higher levels of certain antibodies and a lower risk of heart attack excluding other risk factors, in patients with high blood pressure. The research team discovered that higher levels of immunoglobulin (Ig)G antibodies in the blood were linked with a reduction in the likelihoodRead More

Computer Model Simulations Offer Treatment Target for Kidney Disease

Computer Model Simulations Offer Treatment Target for Kidney Disease

Nephrology August 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM 0 comments

VIRTUAL tissue technology has discovered two types of cysts in polycystic kidney disease, providing researchers with the potential to develop a new drug target for therapy. A research team used the open-source software program CompuCell3D to develop a virtual nephron whose cell activity was triggered by mutations in the PKD1Read More

Immune System Gene Linked to Increased Risk of Kidney Disease

Immune System Gene Linked to Increased Risk of Kidney Disease

Nephrology August 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM 0 comments

VARIATION in the copy numbers of a gene involved in the innate immune system has been associated with an increased risk of the immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy kidney disease. Researchers have found that the number of copies of the alpha-defensin gene is a significantly linked with IgA nephropathy, although itRead More

Green Tea Used to Improve Cognitive Function of Individuals with Down’s Syndrome

Green Tea Used to Improve Cognitive Function of Individuals with Down’s Syndrome

Neurology July 25, 2016 at 9:14 AM 0 comments

INDIVIDUALS with Down’s syndrome have for the first time experienced an improvement in cognitive function as the result of receiving daily doses of green tea for a year, according to new research. The researchers aimed to determine whether epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound present in green tea, would improve cognitionRead More

Stem Cells Offer Wider Potential After Restoring Motor Functions in Stroke Patients

Stem Cells Offer Wider Potential After Restoring Motor Functions in Stroke Patients

Neurology July 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM 0 comments

THE SUCCESS of a small clinical trial using stem cells to restore the motor functions of stroke patients could have wider implications for the treatment of various brain injury-related conditions. Researchers found that within a month following a stem cell transplantation, stroke patients exhibited signs of recovery and improvement, whichRead More

Hip Surgery May Not Be Best Choice

Hip Surgery May Not Be Best Choice

Rheumatology July 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM 0 comments

EVIDENCE from a study carried out in the USA shows that arthroscopic hip surgery might not always be a suitable option for people with osteoarthritis affecting the hip joint. The study followed 7,531 patients between the years of 2005 and 2012, assessing the number participants that required hip replacement withinRead More

Adalimumab Drug Suppresses Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Adalimumab Drug Suppresses Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Rheumatology July 18, 2016 at 2:47 PM 0 comments

DISCOVERY of a new function in a widely used anti-inflammatory drug could offer new insight into the divergent efficacies of different medications which target the tumour necrosis factor (TNF). Researchers from University College London, London, UK, have found that the monoclonal antibody adalimumab, commonly marketed under the brand name HUMIRA®Read More

Laser Ablation: A Low-Risk, Highly Effective Option for Prostate Cancer Patients

Laser Ablation: A Low-Risk, Highly Effective Option for Prostate Cancer Patients

Urology July 11, 2016 at 10:08 AM 0 comments

NEW, less invasive therapy has been discovered for the treatment of prostate cancer. The therapy provides a middle ground for men who have previously had to decide between radical prostatectomy and active surveillance. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) California, USA, have discovered that laser ablation, whichRead More

Risk Warning for Higher Salt Consumption in CKD Patients

Risk Warning for Higher Salt Consumption in CKD Patients

Urology July 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM 0 comments

HIGH salt intake could lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, according to a recent study that scrutinised the possible links between urinary sodium excretion and clinical CVD. As the leading cause of death in the USA, CVD is widely prevalent; moreRead More

Autonomous Robot Outperforms Humans in Soft Tissue Operation

Autonomous Robot Outperforms Humans in Soft Tissue Operation

Innovations July 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM 0 comments

AN AUTONOMOUS robot performed more effectively than human surgeons in operations on soft tissue in live pigs in a recent study. The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) was tested against manual surgery, keyhole surgery, and robot-assisted surgery operating in a procedure called anastomosis, in which the tubular loops of theRead More